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Bella Pagan


Bella Pagan


Senior commissioning editor: working on out-of-this world SF, fantasy and urban fantasy (plus other subdivisions, factions and associated areas) for Tor UK. On twitter as @BellaPagan.

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28 Feb 2012


Shadows of the Apt series: new artwork

We have been working away at reissuing the whole of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt series. Illustrator Alan Brooks and our designer Neil Lang have done a fabulous job and now the new look is ready for unveiling - starting of course with EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD!

A bit of a drum roll now please . . .

And the next two …


EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD (book 1) and DRAGONFLY FALLING (book 2) will be out next month in March. These are followed by BLOOD OF THE MANTIS (book 3) and SALUTE THE DARK (book 4) in August. The last reissues will follow in the Autumn, bringing us up-to-date with the new book 8, THE AIR WAR.





Comments on “Shadows of the Apt series: new artwork”

  1. February 29, 2012 at 9:44 am FantasyNibbles says:

    Ooooo shiny! these are beautiful :)
    beautiful enough to warrant a re-read I reckon, nicely done!

  2. March 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm dermatek says:

    Well, that’s great, but what about us, that already bought the original 6 books in the UK edition?

    Are the books after The Sea Watch at least going to be published in the smaller paperback size?

    It’s one thing to change the art style on the front cover – I could live with that, but there’s no way I am buying 4 of 10 books in series in a different format than the one I already own.

    • March 6, 2012 at 10:21 am Bella Pagan says:

      Hi Dermatek and great to hear you have been enjoying the series, and I’ll try to answer your questions here.

      I realise the rejacketing will be an inconvenience to some readers and I do sympathise. However, it is very standard practice in publishing to periodically refresh a series style to update it and attract more readers for the author. The reissue books will have new artwork and will be published in a paperback size that’s slightly larger than the previous paperback but not as large as a trade paperback. New books will published first in trade paperback, then in the slightly larger paperback. The majority of authors being published now are moving to this slightly larger paperback and we don’t want Adrian’s books to be left behind, so to speak. I hope that helps explain where we are coming from and that you might be tempted to continue reading Adrian’s great stories, whatever your opinion of the artwork.

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