Jae Lee’s covers for The Electric Church

I’m Devi and I’m an Editor at Orbit and I’ll be chatting about the upcoming books, authors, reviews, etc.

I’ve just gotten early sketches for THE DIGITAL PLAGUE by Jeff Somers! That is his second book starring Avery Cates, criminal-for-hire.

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The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn Facebook Giveaway Terms and Conditions.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This is a competition for one winner and two runners-up. The winner will receive a POP vinyl figurine of Smaug and a copy of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides. The two runners up will each receive a copy of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides. To enter, please like the post and comment with your favourite loveable rogues in fiction
  2. The Winner and Runners up will be selected from the correct entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions based on the following criteria: the winner has liked and commented on the post with a fictional loveable rogue. The winner shall be selected by a member of the little brown marketing team, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. The Winner and Runners up may see their entry posted on the Orbit UK social channels (hereinafter the ’Company’) website and on other websites and social media accounts.
  4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
  5. The competition opens at 12:01 am BST on 31/05/2018 and closes at 11:59 pm BST on 04/06/2018 Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
  6. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK except employees of the Company, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families
  7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
  8. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
  9. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the competition without notice, but will try to avoid creating any undue disappointment. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.
  10. The Winner and Runners up will be notified by a direct message on Tuesday 5th June 2018
  11. The Company will make available the name and county of the Winner and Runners up to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address Little Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ
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  13. By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  14. This competition is being organised by Little Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ
  15. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Space review and YouTube trailer

Dark Space book jacket

This month, Orbit UK is extremely excited to be publishing Dark Space, the new start of a new series from Marianne de Pierres.

As a sharply written space opera, it’s something of a departure for Marianne, who until now has been best known for her near future thrillers. It’s great to be able to report that reviewers seem to agree: in particular, there’s a great review of the book in Hub Magazine:

“This is serious modern space opera, grappling with big themes and painting on a broad canvas with a great eye for detail, and readers of simple spaceship adventure stories may wish to pass this title by. On the other hand, readers who hunger for perceptive, intelligent and unflinching literary science fiction should seek this book out as soon as possible.”

Here’s the trailer, and there’s more on Marianne’s official website.

Introducing The Innocent Mage

The Innocent Mage book jacket

In the bestselling tradition of Trudi Canavan and Fiona McIntosh, Karen Miller’s debut for Orbit, The Innocent Mage, is an irresistibly compelling tale of destiny and forbidden magic, and the first volume in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series.

We’re very excited at publishing Karen in the UK this month — and our sister imprint Orbit US will be publishing the series for American readers in the autumn.

It’s not always straightforward for us to get across our enthusiasm for a book in writing, so we decided to go straight to the author and sat Karen down in front of a video camera. This is a bit of an experiment for us, but we’re intending to do a lot more of these sorts of videos, and we hope that you’ll enjoy this first attempt and will perhaps try the book.

Terra Incognita for Kevin J. Anderson

We’re extremely excited to announce that Orbit has bought a new series by New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, for publication in 2009. The Terra Incognita trilogy, based on the great sea voyages of the Age of Discovery, is a departure for the author, who is best known for his SF works, such as the Dune novels (co-written with Brian Herbert) and his Saga of Seven Suns. Orbit will publish in the US and the UK, and it will be a flagship series in both territories.

Kevin J. Anderson comments: “For at least a decade I have been developing and pondering a fantasy epic about sailing ships and sea monsters and undiscovered territories. I’ve always been intrigued to stare at amazing old maps with great swatches of territory marked “Here Be Monsters” or “Terra Incognita” — when brave captains dared to go out into the unexplored vastness where, for all they knew, they could sail directly off the edge of the world. I’ve read about the exploratory voyages of Balboa, da Gama, and Magellan, coupled with the religious and political inspirations for such desperate journeys. The concepts and the imagination simply grew too large to be contained within a strict historical framework, and so I have taken the basic ideas and recast them into a brand new, and yet excitingly familiar, pattern.”

Orbit Publishing Director Tim Holman adds: “Kevin is a masterly storyteller and this is a wonderful idea for a fantasy series. With its imaginative roots in a fascinating period of history, it promises to be a series that will appeal to both genre and mainstream readers, and this makes it a particularly exciting publishing prospect for us.”

Pressing buttons

Ken MacLeod’s The Execution Channel is published by Orbit in the UK next week, but has begun to hit bookstores. There’s a great buzz building around it: in a five star review, The Bookbag says:

“The SF elements . . . are subtle and muted, but undeniably there. The feel of the book, however, is that of a tense spy thriller. Cleverly too, although violence is all around, we don’t meet much of it head on. It’s all in the background, adding to a feeling of threat and menace in a world that has become so immersed in power games and double bluffs it lacks even the semblance of a moral framework on which to stand. The Execution Channel was easy to read and difficult to think about. And it pressed every single one of my buttons.”

You can read the rest of the review here. More information about the UK edition of The Execution Channel is available here.

Welcome!

Why an Orbit blog? The truth is that we’ve got a general idea of why we’re doing this, but we haven’t progressed very far beyond the general idea stage. The general idea is this:

  1. The posts you’ll read here will be written by anybody and everybody who works for Orbit, in our London and New York offices — so we’re expecting there to be a wide variety of posts, both in terms of content and style. Very few mainstream publishers have followed this route, but we think it’s right for the SF & Fantasy field, which is increasingly a global conversation.
  2. Our posts will give you an insight into what goes on at an SF publisher’s office. Not just what we do, but what we talk about and what we think about — sometimes small things, and sometimes the bigger issues that affect the entire community.
  3. Our posts should also help you to keep in touch with what’s going on in our corner of the SF world — what our authors are getting up to, news, events, reviews, articles and so on.
  4. Finally, our posts should be fun for us to write and for you to read.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with it!