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A Fiery New Deal for Michael Cobley with Orbit

SEEDS OF EARTH, the first book in Michael Cobley’s space opera trilogy Humanity’s Fire, was first published in the UK in March 2009. Since then, the series described by Iain M. Banks as “Proper, galaxy-spanning space opera” has kept readers glued to its pages and eager to read more. Given the outstanding quality of Michael Cobley’s science fiction and its major success so far in the UK, Orbit is thrilled to announce a worldwide deal for a new book by this bestselling author. Orbit have acquired World English rights from agent John Parker at the Zeno Agency for a new standalone novel by Michael Cobley, set in the Humanity’s Fire universe.

the three covers for Michael Cobley's Seeds of Earth science fiction trilogy

The new book, WARCAGE, is a high-action space adventure currently scheduled for worldwide hardback release in autumn 2013. Ahead of that publication, all three existing books in the Humanity’s Fire series will be published by Orbit US, who are releasing SEEDS OF EARTH in the US in October, ORPHANED WORLDS in November and THE ASCENDANT STARS in December 2012. Anne Clarke, Editorial Director for Orbit UK, says:

We’re all delighted with the continuing success of Michael Cobley’s superb Humanity’s Fire series, and we’re very excited about WARCAGE and looking forward to sharing it with Mike’s fans next year. Michael Cobley is becoming an increasingly important name in science fiction, so we’re extremely happy that our colleagues in the US will be on this adventure with us too.”

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  1. Rob B

    January 6, 2012
    at 1:42 pm

    I’m very pleased to know his work will be coming to US bookshelves. Mark, my colleague at SFFWorld had very good things to say about Seeds of the Earth a couple of years ago.

    Keep those terrific covers, too!

  2. Player1

    January 7, 2012
    at 2:34 pm

    This is good news indeed.

    My only gripe is that I have to wait till the end of the year before the books come out here in the States.

    Oh, well…

  3. Jon

    March 30, 2012
    at 3:25 pm

    This is great news.. I’m in the US but my bro-in-law was in the U.K. for 6 years and sent me these three books.. Definitely sharing the news with my firends.

  4. Big D

    October 23, 2012
    at 3:24 pm

    I am definitely intrigued by this series. Time to pick the first one up and give it a go.

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