Archive for the ‘Press release’ Category

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Penguin Random House imprint Century are publishing Star Wars: Catalyst by James Luceno. Having finally watched the latest in the series, I’m really excited about this book release. Check out the blurb below…

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Story by James Luceno will be released on 17th November.

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Malcolm Cross wrote a brilliant and unique take on the post-apocalypse with his story Orbital Decay. He has now published a novel that has been released today on Amazon Kindle. Check out the blurb below..

A crowdfunded civil war is Azerbaijan’s only hope against its murderous dictatorship. The war is Edane Estian’s only chance to find out if he’s more than what he was designed to be.

He’s a clone soldier, gengineered from a dog’s DNA and hardened by a brutal training regime. He’d be perfect for the job if an outraged society hadn’t intervened, freed him at age seven, and placed him in an adopted family.

Is he Edane? Cathy and Beth’s son, Janine’s boyfriend, valued member of his MilSim sports team? Or is he still White-Six, serial number CNR5-4853-W6, the untroubled killing machine?

By joining a war to protect the powerless, he hopes to become more than the sum of his parts.

Without White-Six, he’ll never survive this war. If that’s all he can be, he’ll never leave it.

The premise has me intrigued and I’ve already got Dog Country lined up in the teetering to-be-read pile.

Great press release to share regarding the brilliant sci-fi author Iain M Banks:

Gollancz will be publishing an SF Masterworks edition of Iain M. Banks’ BSFA Award-winning Feersum Endjinn.

The SF Masterworks list is over 100 books strong and contains many of the finest voices in British and world science fiction. The list was founded by the Chairman of Gollancz, Malcolm Edwards, with the help of leading SF writers and editors and the goal of bringing important books back into print. The list was described by Iain M. Banks himself as ‘amazing’ and ‘genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF’.

The Masterworks edition of Feersum Endjinn will be published in hardback on April 14 2016, and will include a new introduction by Ken MacLeod. The hardback licence was agreed with Gollancz’s sister imprint, Orbit, the SF imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group, who will continue to publish Feersum Endjinn in paperback.

Malcolm Edwards said, ‘Iain was immensely supportive when we launched the SF Masterworks, giving us an enthusiastic endorsement which appeared prominently on all the books, so it’s a particular pleasure to see him join the list.’

Due to recent life getting in the way of hobby type stuff, I’ve not been keeping up to date with all my emails and news (though I am reading a bonkers book; more on that in another post). However, this weekend has brought about some exciting revelations.

Joe Abercrombie has a collection of short stories featuring characters from his fantasy series, The First Law, due to be published soon. From the press release: “The short stories will be a mix of original and reissued short stories collected together for the first time, eight of which are award-winning and previously published, and six brand new. The brand-new shorts will feature some of the most popular characters from the First Law world, including Glokta, Jezal, Logen Ninefingers, Bethod and Monza Murcatto.

If that isn’t awesome enough, then his announced tour in April should be. Check the banner below for more info..

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Gollancz have announced that they will be publishing Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching in July 2016. The book has already had it’s film rights snapped up by before it’s even out in hardback. Now, that is hype.

However, there’s a lot to like about the press release and blurb. Check it out below:

Best compared to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Max Brooks’s World War Z, Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching is a brilliantly addictive novel following a cast of diverse characters from around the globe who are pulled together into a desperate fight against an ancient species.

A local guide is leading wealthy tourists through a forest in Peru when a strange, black, skittering mass engulfs him and most of the party. FBI Agent Mike Rich is on a routine stake-out in Minneapolis when he’s suddenly called by the Director himself to investigate a mysterious plane crash. A scientist studying earthquakes in India registers an unprecedented pattern in local seismic readings. The Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. And all of these events are connected.

As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer’s Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack…An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end…

Sounds awesome? Yes, it does.

Gollancz have announced they will be publishing a sequel to The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells, first published in 1897. Massacre of Mankind will be written by the multi-award-winning co-author of The Long Earth novels with Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter and released in 2017.

Steve Baxter said: “HG Wells is the daddy of modern SF. He drew on deep traditions, for instance of scientific horror dating back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and fantastic voyages such as Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726). And he had important near-contemporaries such as Jules Verne. But Wells did more than any other writer to shape the form and themes of modern science fiction, and indeed through his wider work exerted a profound influence on the history of the twentieth century. Now it’s an honour for me to celebrate his enduring imaginative legacy, more than a hundred and fifty years after his birth.”

The blurb from the press release sounds pretty interesting…

In Stephen Baxter’s terrifying sequel, set in late 1920s London, the Martians return, and the war begins again. But the aliens do not repeat the mistakes of their last invasion. They know how they lost last time. They target Britain first, since we resisted them last time. The massacre of mankind has begun.

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I grew up with the good trilogy of Star Wars films. Then, a few decades later, came the bad set of Star Wars films. Now, a new Star Wars movie will soon be released (though I doubt I’ll see it anytime soon).

Just one day after that (the 18th December), the novelisation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens authored by Alan Dean Foster and published by Century will come out in ebook. The hardback will drop on the 1st January. It’s pretty exciting and if you’re as keen as me to read it, I’d recommend checking here http://amzn.to/1jfENzt

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A while back I shared a press release from Gollancz concerning the development of a game book based on Richard K Morgan’s A Land Fit For Heroes. It’s launched on mobile devices (PC comes later)…

The game sounds dark and gritty, just like Morgan’s work. Check out the blurb below..

A LAND FIT FOR HEROES is a profound story of three distinct characters falling into a sequence of bloodthirsty events full of gore and mystery. It is not your average gamebook; A LAND FIT FOR HEROES is darker, deeper and very explicit, primarily its narrative is targeted towards a mature audience. The main characters are not traditional heroes but outcasts with marred souls and questionable pasts. This is a story and character design with a truly dark twist; readers may be shocked but they will still be enthralled by Morgan’s rich and mysterious dark fantasy presented in an entirely unique format for the book series.

Based on Richard Morgan’s trilogy of dark fantasy novels, A LAND FIT FOR HEROES is the new interactive gamebook experience telling the story of three unlikely heroes with three interlocking storylines. Kirellin of House Caith is a skilled war veteran, a man with a death wish who suffers the mental trauma from years of combat. Calnar is a young Majak warrior,repeatedly raped by his father during his childhood, he channels his inner rage as one of the fiercest fighters in bloody combat. Ilaria is an accomplished thief with a tortured past filled with violence and personal anguish. Each of their paths will cross in this adventure where they are tested to the extreme – but wherein the reader decides upon their fates. Children go missing in the marshes. Ancient spirits awaken. Powerful machine-demons manipulate the fate of mankind. But all of this is just a game for even darker forces. In the first of its kind, bestselling author Richard Morgan brings his trilogy of novels to life as a three-player gamebook set in the world of Land Fit For Heroes.

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I’m oddly fascinated by the idea of shared world fiction and the authors who end up working as “hired guns” for these franchises. Una McCormack, who has written for Star Trek and Doctor Who and is no stranger to these settings, is now about to embark on a visit into Eric Brown’s sci-fi series Weird Space.

Check out the blurb below for McCormack’s debut under the Abaddon banner..

Weird Space: The Baba Yaga
By Eric Brown and Una McCormack

What would you sacrifice for your family?
What would you sacrifice for peace?

Delia Walker has lost her job, her love, and the life she knew. What she’ll find in its place may be the future of us all.

The growing threat of the dimension-invading Weird has driven the Expansion government to outright paranoia. Mandatory telepathic testing is introduced, and the colony Braun’s World – following reports of a new Weird portal opening – is destroyed from orbit, at an unimaginable cost in lives.

Delia Walker, a senior analyst in the Expansion’s intelligence bureau and a holdout of the pragmatic old guard, protests the oppressive new policies and is drummed out. Sure there’s a better way, she charters the decrepit freighter the Baba Yaga and heads into the lawless “Satan’s Reach,” following rumours of a world where humans and the Weird live peacefully side by side.

Hunted by the Bureau, Walker, her pilot Yershov, and Fait – a Vetch child stowaway, fleeing slavery – will uncover secrets about both the Weird and the Expansion; secrets that could prevent a catastrophic war…

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Weirdly, I’ve been looking up books I read as a youth – mainly pulp fiction – and Sven Hassel was just one of those authors that I got my hands on as a ten-year old (who knows where my parents were!). Gollancz have recently released news that Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, has acquired World Rights to publish an illustrated version of Sven Hassel’s iconic war novel, Wheels of Terror.

Contention regarding the author aside, these books were brutal, thrilling stories about war. The misfit bunch of soldiers Hassel depicted were captivating and, hopefully, the graphic novel will do them justice.

Wheels of Terror will be published to mark the 70th anniversary of the conflict’s conclusion, released on October 1st.