Monday, 24 March 2014

Gollancz signs-up space opera from multi-award-winning author

Totally meant to post this on Saturday but, erm… Better late than never? You may have seen this news elsewhere already but it’s worth repeating. From the press release…

Gollancz, the science-fiction and fantasy imprint of The Orion Publishing Group, is delighted to announce the acquisition of World Rights to a two-book space opera from John W. Campbell and Hugo-Award-winning author, Elizabeth Bear.

Combining a unique concept with a compelling plot, Elizabeth Bear’s novels imagine the invention of The White Drive: an easy, nonrelativistic means of travel across unimaginable distances. The gripping story follows salvage operators, Haimey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz, as they pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human – and alien – vessels.
Elizabeth Bear is the author of a number of novels and short stories. She has received extraordinary recognition including two Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2005), a Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award, an Asimov’s Reader’s Choice award, a Spectrum Award, and an honourable mention for the Philip K. Dick Award.

Simon Spanton, Gollancz Associate Publisher, acquired World Rights, including Audio, to two novels by Elizabeth Bear from Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass agency for a high five figure dollar advance. The first book, ANCESTRAL NIGHT, will be published in late 2016.
Elizabeth Bear says: I'm incredibly excited to work with Simon and Gollancz on the kind of sweeping big-idea project that's so dear to my heart. This is going to be fun!

Simon Spanton, Gollancz Associate Publisher, adds: We’re always looking for exciting new voices in SF; sometimes that voice is already there but hasn’t broken through in a particular market. Elizabeth’s novels have always fizzed with ideas, passion and character. The chance to publish a new SF novel from her and welcome her to Gollancz is one I absolutely relish.

I’ve read a couple of books by Elizabeth Bear (‘All the Windwracked Stars’ and ‘By the Mountain Bound’ just in case you were wondering) but haven’t got round to reading her ‘Eternal Sky’ books just yet (soon, soon…) I always enjoy a bit of Space Opera though so will keep an eye open for these books when they are published. Has anyone here read the ‘Eternal Sky’ books?

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