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    with Christopher Brookmyre

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  • New Release

    Fade To Black

    by Francis Knight
    One of 2013's most exciting debut fantasy novels is out this February. An anti-hero takes on dark magic and corruption in this thrilling British fantasy adventure - set in the vertigo-inspiring city of Mahala.
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    Orbit covers

    January to June
    Orbit is thrilled to release a selection of their January to June 2013 covers! A few additional covers are still being finalised, but they will be shared as they come in. To view these covers individually and in a larger size, visit the Little, Brown Pinterest page.

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debut British author

Meet Francis Knight

What inspired you to write FADE TO BLACK? I’ve always loved darker stories. Not grit exactly, or anything overly graphic, but explorations of the darker parts of people, the darkness we all have inside. I had a character in my head with a scarred past who was trying to overcome it. And lo, Rojan was born. He started talking and would not shut up, and he was as cynical as they come which is great to write. And slowly it became his struggle with who he is. It’s a theme that seems to crop up quite often in what I write – people struggling against the chains that bind them, even, maybe especially, the invisible ones.
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Bloodfire Quest

By Terry Brooks
The adventure that started in WARDS OF FAERIE takes a thrilling new turn, in the second novel of bestselling author Terry Brooks's brand-new fantasy trilogyThe quest for the long-lost Elfstones has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned. Now the hunt for the powerful talismans that can save their world has become a series of great challenges: a desperate search for kidnapped comrades, a relentless battle against unspeakable predators, and a grim race to escape the Forbidding alive. But though freedom is closer than they know, it may come at a terrifying price.Back in the village of Arborlon, the mystical, sentient tree that maintains the barrier between the Four Lands and the Forbidding is dying. And with each passing day, as the breach between the two worlds grows larger, the threat of the evil eager to spill forth and wreak havoc grows more dire. The only hope lies with a young Druid, faced with a staggering choice: cling to the life she cherishes or combat an army of darkness by making the ultimate sacrifice.Explodes from the first page . . . and the action doesn't stop until the novel's cliffhanger ending. . . . Intense and exhilarating . . . The author balances character development with intense action, and he has a gift for creating characters the reader cares about. Brooks is one of the best fantasy writers in the business, and Bloodfire Quest is better than its predecessorShannara fans will delight in Brooks's sorcerous action, skilled characterizations, and rapid-fire storytelling twistsBrooks mixes things up here with several sharp battle scenes, for which he brings his distinct talent, giving a true grandeur to clashes involving terrifying creatures and powerful magic. . . . A fine middle chapter to Brooks' latest Shannara adventureFrom the first pages to the harrowing ending, Bloodfire Quest . . . is a thrill ride that will leave readers wanting more. . . . This volume, paired with the first, might be just the right place to introduce new readers to this fine writerIf you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasyTerry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required readingI can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the yearsTerry's place is at the head of the fantasy worldTerry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Dark Legacy of Shannara adventures Wards of Faerie and Bloodfire Quest; the Legends of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy: Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; and The Sword of Shannara. The author was a practising attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.A bold and exciting new look for Terry's books - this series is the start of a new generation for himAfter writing a number of spin-off series, by huge demand Terry now returns to his core Shannara world - always his most popular and bestsellingThe three books in this trilogy are being published all within a year (Aug '12, Mar '13, Jul '13) - on a faster schedule than usual at the request of Terry's devoted fansTerry's writing is as popular and relevant as ever - shown by the fact he was voted author of the year by SciFiNow readers in 2010Orbit UK has sold over 2 million copies of Terry Brooks titles and his last 5 hardbacks have all been SFF bestsellers

The Curve of the Earth

By Simon Morden
An action-packed new science fiction thriller set in the world of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Samuil Petrovitch novels


Post-apocalyptic London, full of street gangs and homeless refugees. A dangerous city needs an equally dangerous saviour.

Step forward Samuil Petrovitch, a genius with extensive cybernetic replacements, a built-in AI with god-like capabilities and a full armoury of Russian swear words. He's dragged the city back from the brink more than once - and made a few enemies on the way.

So when his adopted daughter Lucy goes missing in Alaska, he has some clue who's responsible and why. It never occurs to him that guessing wrong could tip the delicate balance of nuclear-armed nations. This time it's not just a city that needs saving: it's the whole world.

This is British sci-fi at its hard-boiled best, and it's worth reading just for the irascible Petrovitch: a diplomat lacking diplomacy, who delights in confronting the idiocy of the world around himGreat dialogue, great characters, great settings - this takes post-apocalyptic worlds to a new height, with sensational results. Absolutely riveting!

Filled to the brim with cybernetic enhancements to his body and sporting an artificial-intelligence companion who's with him wherever he goes, Petrovitch is as snarky, impulsive, and coarse as ever. He's also a genius who can manipulate computer systems without being anywhere near them and can access the most secret of top-secret files without moving a muscle.

But can he find his missing daughter before something horrible happens to her? Morden has built a fully realized, believable, postapocalyptic world and populated it with full-bodied characters. Sure, Petrovitch is a bit (well, a lot, actually) over-the-top, but so what? He's also completely engaging and so compelling you don't dare look away from him, for fear you might miss something.

I just slammed through it, and it's a blastCompletely enveloping and thoroughly absorbing . . . Morden is a master storytellerDr Simon Morden is a bona fide rocket scientist, having degrees in geology and planetary geophysics, and is one of the few people who can truthfully claim to have held a chunk of Mars in his hands. Simon Morden lives in Gateshead with a fierce lawyer, two unruly children and a couple of miniature panthers.This series won the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award for 2011 - given for the most original science fiction paperback that yearFast-paced, witty, future thrillers - perfect for fans of Richard Morgan, early William Gibson, and films such as BLADE RUNNER, MINORITY REPORT and THE FIFTH ELEMENTSimon Morden has impeccable SF credentials, having edited the BSFA's FOCUS magazine and served as a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award


By Ken MacLeod
A disturbing and critically acclaimed novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and BRAVE NEW WORLD, from the award-winning author described by SFX as 'the modern day George Orwell'

Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child.

Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, is expecting her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. This divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse. Is her decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?

A plausible and original novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and Brave New World.

Insightful and ingenious . . . Intrusion is both horrific and comic, and deals movingly with the consequences of genetic fixesA steely, brilliant piece of workSince graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full-time. He is currently the Writer in Residence for Edinburgh Napier University's MA in Creative Writing (2012-2013) and was the Genomics Forum writer in residence in 2009.INTRUSION is Ken MacLeod's finest novel yet, a 1984 for the digital generationTHE NIGHT SESSIONS won the BSFA award for Best NovelKen MacLeod has long been acknowledged as one of the world's great political novelistsINTRUSION was shortlisted for the BSFA award for 'best 2012 novel' and longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012

The Exiled Blade

By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The concluding volume in this gripping fantasy series about ambition, revenge and the rise of a vampire assassin - from a critically acclaimed British authorVenice stands victorious. It has beaten back the German emperor's army and the Byzantine navy. The Duchess Alexa's party at court is strong again. Her niece, Lady Giulietta, will be the next Regent, and possibly the next duchess. Giulietta's lover, Lord Tycho, will sit beside her.

But no one is prepared for the fury of Prince Alonzo, exiled regent and traitor to his city. No one is prepared for the harshest winter Europe has ever known. As the canals of Venice freeze and wolves cross the ice from the north, Alonzo's plotting brings the Venetian empire to the very edge of destruction.

With the Millioni family at war with itself, Lord Tycho, once a slave and a trained assassin, has to ask himself the only question that matters. How much is he prepared to sacrifice to keep Lady Giulietta's city safe?Jon Courtenay Grimwood has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award twice and the BSFA Award for Best Novel seven times, winning twice. He lives in Winchester with his wife, novelist and editor-in-chief of RED magazine, Sam Baker.Jon Courtenay Grimwood is an award-winning and critically acclaimed authorGlobally coordinated publishing and packaging will ensure maximum coverageHistorical fantasy with vampires, werewolves, sorcerers and Shakespeare!The author is extremely well connected in the SFF communityThe success of Brent Weeks and the ASSASSIN'S CREED tie-in novel show the immense market appeal of assassins

Turn the Wheel of Time

Turn the Wheel of Time and join in its revolution towards the publication of the final volume, A MEMORY OF LIGHT, on 8 January 2013.