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Cover Launch: BLACKFISH CITY by Sam J. Miller

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for BLACKFISH CITY by Sam J. Miller, courtesy of Little, Brown’s very own designer, Ellen Rockell. Feast your eyes on this beauty:

Blackfish City

 

Publishing in April 2018, BLACKFISH CITY is a mesmerising, fearlessly imagined novel from an exciting new voice in science fiction.

After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, it has started to crumble under the weight of its own decay – crime and corruption have set in, a terrible new disease is coursing untreated through the population, and the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside deepest poverty are spawning unrest.

Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor – a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will lead to unprecedented acts of resistance.

Blackfish City is an exhilarating tour of a post-catastrophe future that’s both fantastical and eerily convincing . . . A saltwater-splashed refuge for misfits and cutthroats, teeming with mystery and intrigue, Blackfish City is a place you might never want to live in – but as a reader, you won’t want to leave’
Adam Sternbergh, author of The Blinds

‘Miller gives us an incisive and beautifully written story of love, revenge, and the power (and failure) of family in a scarily plausible future. Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder.’
Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke Awards

 

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His debut novel The Art of Starving, was called ‘Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful . . . a classic in the making’ by Book Riot, and received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Awards and have appeared in over a dozen ‘year’s best’ anthologies. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City.

Congratulations to this year’s Hugo Award winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Hugo Award winners and finalists — including our own N. K. Jemisin, whose The Obelisk Gate (US | UK | AUS) won Best Novel, while James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series (US | UK | AUS) won Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form with The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes,” written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)!

 

MEET THE WITCHER

Season of Storms, the newest novel in Andrzej Sapkowski’s international bestselling Witcher series that inspired the hit video games, is launching Spring 2018 – get a first look at the spectacular cover below.

Praise for the Witcher series:

“Like Miéville and Gaiman, Sapkowski takes the old and make it new.”
Foundation

A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don’t miss it!”
Fantasy Book Review

“A hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended.”
Time

”One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I’ve ever read…. Sapkowski is a genuine stylist.”
Nerds of a Feather

The universe of Sapkowski’s The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas….this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish.”
B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Season of Storms cover illustration: © CD PROJEKT S.A.

Season of Storms cover design: Lauren Panepinto

 

Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead . . .

There’s a new fantasy character in town and it’s time for you to meet her!

Dr Greta Helsing is a talented and well-respected physician with a highly specialised – and highly peculiar – medical practice in London’s Harley Street.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Greta is a descendent of the vampire hunter Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Luckily for her, family relations with the undead have improved since the nineteenth century and Greta now spends her days carrying on her father’s legacy by treating London’s supernatural community for a host of ills, such as vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies.

We managed to grab a few minutes with the busy doctor for a quick interview. You can read it here.

Greta Helsing

 

If you want to find out more about Greta’s adventures in medicine and  mystery, STRANGE PRACTICE (US/UK/ANZ) is hitting shops next week! You can read the first chapter here.

Strange Practice

‘A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead’ James Bennett, author of Chasing Embers

Greta is a refreshing urban fantasy heroine, strong and smart and utterly normal, despite her chosen profession.’ Booklist

Strange Practice surprises and delights . . . But the greatest elements of the book are the characters. They shine’ Bookbag

An excellent adventure’ Fran Wilde

‘What a splendid adventure this is – Dr Greta Helsing is a brilliant character’ Espresso Coco

‘An exceptional and delightful debut’ Elizabeth Bear

‘Readers will look forward to more of Greta’s adventures. An imaginative, delightfully droll debut’ Kirkus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orbit US is Hiring

We’re looking for a Marketing and Publicity Associate to join our US team in New York. Visit the HBG job board for details!

The Witcher Is Coming To Netflix – Read the Books That Started It All.

Read the Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher saga, which started with The Last Wish (US | UK) and has continued over 8 books, is getting the Netflix treatment. In a press release, Netflix Vice President Erik Barmack says, “Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing the Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world.” Sapkowski, for his part, said, “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing.”

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, most recently of The Expanse, will act as executive producers, and Tomek Bagiński and Jarek Sawko from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company that produced many of the cinematics from The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt, will also produce. Additionally, Bagiński will direct at least one episode per season.

 Speaking about the books on which the show will be based, Baginski and Sawko said, “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

Where should you start reading the Witcher books? We’ve created a handy guide that will get you up to speed on the lore before the show launches!

Read the official press release: Platige Image – THE WITCHER Saga on Netflix

Cover launch: SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE by Trudi Canavan

If you’re already a fan of Trudi Canavan, then you’ll know what kind of a thrill ride you can expect from her latest series, Millennium’s Rule. Judging from the awesome reader reviews, fantasy fans around the world have been enthralled by the first two books in the series THIEF’S MAGIC and ANGEL OF STORMS.

And now the time is here to unveil the cover for the third book, SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE.

Successor's promise by Trudi Canavan, book 3 of Millennium's Rule

This dramatic third novel is set in a time of chaos. Worlds are at war, torn apart by deadly machines and power-hungry sorcerers. And the loyalties of Rielle and Tyen will be tested to their limits. Trust us fantasy fans – you do not want to miss this one. Look out for this thrilling new novel in September 2017.

Pre-order SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE now

Cover launch: ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, by RYAN NORTH

We’re very excited to present the UK cover for ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, a ludicrously funny and irreverent take on Romeo and Juliet from the creator of Dinosaur Comics.

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?

Ryan North

In this New York Times bestselling version of Romeo and Juliet, you get to choose where the story goes. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns and more than a billion possible storylines, ROMEO AND/OR JULIET offers a new experience every time you read it. And, as an added bonus, all the different endings feature beautiful and quirky illustrations by some of the best artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe and Jon Klassen.

‘Ryan North is the only writer I know who’s smart enough and funny enough to pull this off’  Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy

‘[A] ridiculously fun book . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic’  BookRiot

‘Written with the finest distilled charm and genuine enthusiasm. Entertaining and extremely satisfying’  Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling author of HARK! A VAGRANT

 

Illustrations by Noelle Stevenson
Design by Ryan North

Cover launch: CHASING EMBERS by James Bennett

Chasing Embers by James Bennett, a contemporary fantasy novel perfect for fans of Ben AaronovitchDo you ever feel like there’s something more to your city than meets the eye?

Have you ever sensed a touch of magic simmering beneath the streets?

Do you ever wonder about the myths intertwined in our folklore – and whether there’s any truth to them?

You could just be right. Because this Autumn, something’s about to be let loose…

Today we can reveal the cover for CHASING EMBERS (UK/US/ANZ), a spectacular debut fantasy novel coming in September from author James Bennett.

If you’re a fan of the books of Ben Aaronovitch, Benedict Jacka, Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, this contemporary fantasy is about to sweep you off your feet . . .

Get ready to meet Red Ben Garston. He’s a rascal, a rogue and an anti-hero who will stand shoulder to shoulder (and likely end up in a tussle) with the likes of Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, Peter Grant and Atticus O’Sullivan. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and a very big secret hiding under his skin.

Intrigued? See the below info and stay tuned for more soon . . . It’s available for pre-order now.

Behind every myth there is a spark of truth.

There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beaten-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows about his ex in a local bar.
Or so he’d have you believe.

What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he’s also known as Red Ben. He can’t let you know that the world of myth and legend isn’t as make-believe as you think, and it’s his job to keep that a secret. And there’s no way he can let you know what’s really hiding beneath his skin . . .

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. Because a centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.

Something’s been hiding in the heart of the city – and it’s about to be unleashed.

Glenda Larke Wins Inaugural Sara Douglass Award

Huge Orbit congratulations go to Glenda Larke this week for winning the inaugural Sara Douglass Award for her Watergivers trilogy!

Glenda says she is ‘So honoured. So chuffed. So breathtakingly amazed’ and writes a little more about the award and its namesake at her blog. The award was given at the Aussi Natcon 2016 in Brisbane during the Aurealis ceremony over the weekend, and is given to an entire series, not a single novel.

The Watergivers trilogy is available from Orbit in print and ebook and begins with THE LAST STORMLORD (UK|US).

The Stormlord Trilogy: Award-winning epic fantasy by Glenda Larke

 

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