From the Orion/Gollancz catalogue posted by Jussi -
PAUL MCAULEY - Evening’s Empire (October 2013)
The fourth novel in a quartet of linked space operas. After mankind’s divergent evolutionary strands went to war over a child and her vital memories in The Quiet War, Gardens of the Sun and In the Mouth of the Whale, now the epic struggle for mankind’s future reaches a new level of ferocity. Acclaimed for strong, believable hard science, McAuley here weaves this into a story of high drama and vast possibilities and dangers.
Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (a pseudonym for M.D. Lachlan, author of the acclaimed Wolfsangel series)
The start of an original new fantasy: The Hundred Years’ War played out by angels and demons.
It is 1337 and Edward III is powerless and bankrupt. He cannot hope to defend his lands in France, which are subject to a vicious scorched earth policy pursued by the French King. Hal Romsey is a sixteen year old boy; he is a visionary and a disciple of the Devil. He has one of the keys to Hell, and knows how to use it. Hell is willing to ally with England, and thus begins a story that will shake the thrones of medieval Europe and see angels and
demons fighting for the future of England and France.
Gallow by Nathan Hawke (a pseudonym for British fantasy author Stephen Deas)
Gallow: The Crimson Shield (July 2013)
Gallow: Cold Redemption (August 2013)
Gallow: The Last Bastion (September 2013)
Fantasy needs a new hero. Meet Gallow: trouble for anyone who crosses him.
“I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have tasted victory and I will tell you which is sweeter. Despise me then, for I have slain more of your kin than I can count, though I remember every single face.”
A protagonist with a big sword, a troubled past and big sense of justice.
The whole of this exciting new trilogy will be published over three months and will be perfect for fans
of David Gemmell.
STEPHEN HUNT - In Dark Service (December 2013)
The start of a brand new fantasy adventure trilogy by an acclaimed fantasy author.
The world of Plenas has a land mass 550 million times the surface area of the Earth and is a place where peddler caravans can take a thousand years to complete a limited circuit of their trade territory.
Jacob Carnehan the priest of the Church of the Three Saints in the harbour town of Northgate, and his wild son Carter have a difficult relationship. Carter resents his timid soft-spoken father and yearns for adventure. The old adage about being careful what you wish for was never better applied than to Carter, as a massive six hundred-rotor warcraft flies over his hometown, parachuting slave raiders down into Northgate. Burning and slaying all before them, the slavers are interested solely in sturdy young trade flesh and capture Carter and the majority of his youthful companions.
Jacob is resolved to rescue his only child. He really isn’t as serene as his parishioners once believed. The man Jacob has worked so hard to become is being shed like a snakeskin, and despite his best efforts to hold onto serenity, the man he once was, is now slowly returning.
And in that man’s shadow, demons will not tread, righteous gunfire will bark, and sabre steel will stab down anyone who dares to oppose him. Hell is coming, and neither father nor son will recognise each other when they are finally reunited..
PHILLIP MANN - The Disestablishment of Paradise (February 2013)
An ecological SF thriller from one of the greats of the genre.
Something has gone wrong on the planet of Paradise.
The human settlers – farmers and scientists – are finding that their crops won’t grow and their lives are becoming more and more dangerous. The indigenous plant life – never entirely safe – is changing in unpredictable ways, and the imported plantings wither and die. And so the order is given – Paradise will be abandoned. All personnel
will be removed and reassigned. And all human presence on the planet will be disestablished.
Not all agree with the decision. There are some who believe that Paradise has more to offer the human race. That the planet is not finished with the intruders, and that the risks of staying are outweighed by the possible rewards. And so the leader of the research team and one of the demolition workers set off on a journey across the planet. Along the way they will encounter the last of the near-mythical Dendron, the vicious Reapers and the deadly Tattersall Weeds as they embark on an adventure which will bring them closer to nature, to each other and, eventually, to Paradise.
STEPHEN BAXTER - Promixa (September 2013)
Proxima is a brand new novel from pre-eminent SF writer, Stephen Baxter. It is an awe-inspiring planetary
romance set in the 27th century. Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun, and host to the world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, Proxima IV keeps one face to its parent star at all times.
The ‘substellar point’, with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the‘antistellar point’ on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world? Proxima will tell the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new Eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever.
ADAM DALTON - Gateway of the Saviours (March 2013)
BEN AARONOVITCH - Broken Homes (2013)
JAMES BARCLAY - Beyond the Mists of Katura (May 2013)
STEPHEN DEAS - The Dragon Queen (June 2013)
ALASTAIR REYNOLDS - On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon’s Children Book 2) (June 2013)
ELSPETH COOPER - The Raven’s Shadow (July 2013)
CHRIS WOODING - The Ace of Skulls (August 2013)
RICHARD MORGAN - The Dark Defiles (August 2013)
JOHN MEANEY - Resonance (December 2013)
ADAM ROBERTS - Twenty Trillion Leagues under the Sea (July 2013)
It is 1958 and the France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down... Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond. Hundreds of miles, thousands... And so it goes on. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious
mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere?
SARAH PINBOROUGH - Fairy Tales: Tales in Tatters
Poison (April 2013)
Charm (July 2013)
Beauty (October 2013)
Three interwoven well-known fairy stories with deliciously dark twists. Each story Poison (Snow White), Charm (Cinderella) and Beauty (Sleeping Beauty) will be 40,000 words, illustrated, and have a clever twist at the end. The tales are also linked together quite deviously.
TOM LLOYD - Moon’s Artifice (November 2013)
Bestselling Gollancz author kicks off a spectacular new fantasy series, perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin,
On the cusp of an industrial age that threatens the warrior caste’s rule, the Empire of a Hundred Houses awaits civil war between noble factions. Centuries of conquest has made the empire a brittle and bloated monster, constrained by tradition and crying out for change. To save his own life and those of untold thousands Nariote must understand the key to it all: Moon’s Artifice – the poison that could destroy an empire.
JUSTINA ROBSON - Glorious Angels (November 2013)
The groundbreaking new novel from one of the genre’s most respected authors: a thrilling mix of science, magic and sexual politics. On a world where science and magic are hard to tell apart a stranger arrives in a remote town with news of political turmoil to come. And a young woman learns that she must free herself from the role she has accepted.