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Cover Launch: LIGHTBORN

Tricia Sullivan is the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of an impressive body of work, including Maul, Double Vision and Sound Mind.  Here’s just a sample of the praise that has been heaped upon her work:

‘A challenging, disturbing, often compulsive read’ Time Out

‘Tricia Sullivan returns to science fiction not a second too soon . . . I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time’ Guardian

‘Painfully gripping throughout – read it if you dare’ The Times

Maul confirms an increasingly badly-kept secret – Sullivan is one of the best and most ambitious SF writers around’ Dreamwatch

‘Intelligent, sensitive and engrossing . . . You’ll be thinking about it long after you’ve finished reading’  SFX

‘Tricia Sullivan is why I refuse to give up on science fiction’ Pat Cadigan, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author

I think it’s clear from the above that Tricia is almost universally regarded as an audacious and original voice in modern science fiction. And what better way to signal that to the reader than with an audacious and original cover. Ladies and gentlemen (and other forms of life – we’re not speciesist at Orbit!), we give you Lightborn:

Lightborn is a revolutionary new technology that has transformed the modern world.

Better known as ‘shine’, it is the ultimate in education, self-improvement and entertainment – beamed directly into the mind of anyone who can meet the asking price.

But what do you do if the shine in question has a mind of its own . . . ?


Lightborn will be published in October. Design by Nathan Burton Design. Art direction by Duncan Spilling – LBBG.

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  1. Marianne de Pierres

    May 18, 2010
    at 7:24 am

    Wonderful cover for a wonderful writer. Congrats.

  2. Time4u Book Review

    May 18, 2010
    at 7:52 am

    Have not read this yet, but i am intrigued by it, some very promising comments and a very odd cover.

  3. Tommi

    May 18, 2010
    at 9:15 am

    This cover is very strong, I like it a lot! I guess was executed digitally only? So there is no original artwork, say in airbrush? It does remind me of the work of Eyke Volkmer from the sixties and seventies (http://www.weltraumtaschenbuch.de), with an added minimalist touch.

    Would make an awesome move-poster, as well.

    Could you please (!!!) remember to credit the artists / designers who do that kind of work? I think they deserve it.

    Best! Tommi.

    PS: If a screenprint without that tacky tagline becomes available, please inform me.

    • Darren Nash

      May 19, 2010
      at 11:05 am

      Good point about the designer, Tommi – I’ve updated the post accordingly. We’re going to have to agree to disagree on the merits of the tagline, though!

      • Tommi

        May 20, 2010
        at 10:23 am

        Ok, I agree, Darren. Thanks for the designer info! Will have to order this book when it comes out for my collection … just because of the cover alone ;)

  4. Kate Elliott

    Kate Elliott

    May 19, 2010
    at 2:21 am

    I am very excited that I’ll soon be able to read this!

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