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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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14 Jan 2014

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NEW BOOK DEAL: TOR ACQUIRES SCIENCE FICTION FROM ESTABLISHED FANTASY AUTHOR

Tor logoIt’s the new year and already we have a new book deal to report! Here, we are delighted to tell you about Adrian Tchaikovsky’s really wonderful science fiction novel. We’ve been loving Adrian’s fantasy novels, and in fact publish Seal of the Worm, the last in his ten book Shadows of the Apt series in July. But Adrian is always looking forward to the next thing and, although we are already signed up to publish more new fantasy, he and his agent wanted to show us his secret project. And what a secret project it turned out to be! Needless to say we couldn’t be happier to publish this and full details are in our press release below … 

TOR ACQUIRES STUNNING SCIENCE FICTION FROM ESTABLISHED FANTASY AUTHOR

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint is thrilled to share news of its latest acquisition – a breath-taking science fiction epic by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Senior Commissioning Editor Bella Pagan bought World Rights to the novel, from Simon Kavanagh of the Mic Cheetham Agency. Tor UK has published nine of Adrian’s highly accomplished Shadows of the Apt fantasy novels so far. But with this science fictional departure, Tchaikovsky has proved that he is a true master of speculative fiction – being more than capable of making this challenging transition from one subgenre to another.

Portia’s Children tells the story of a desperate quest to preserve the last remnants of humanity, which brings out the best and very worst in his impressive cast of characters. It describes a future where our kind once travelled the stars. But here our reach exceeded our grasp, and we fell back to Earth. Now, the ragged remnants of our species are fleeing a dying planet one last time, following ancient star maps and searching for a new home. But they cannot know that mankind’s oldest fear is already waiting for them.

Adrian Tchaikovsky enthused: ‘I’m delighted that Tor has decided to take me up on this. I’ve been wanting for a long time to turn my hand to science fiction, and Portia’s Children is a book that I poured a lot of myself into. I’m looking forward to seeing it unleashed on the world.’

Bella Pagan praised the book, saying: ‘I knew Adrian was an impressive fantasy writer, but I was really blown away by his science fiction. This novel is utterly compulsive, powerfully ambitious and a palpable sense of menace and danger informs the urgent writing throughout.’

Tor UK plans to release Portia’s Children in summer 2015, in between Tchaikovsky’s forthcoming fantasy titles.

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You can find more posts on Torbooks.co.uk about and by Adrian Tchaikovsky here. 
Adrian’s tenth and final book in his thrilling  Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, The Seal of the Worm, is published in July this year. 

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Comments on “NEW BOOK DEAL: TOR ACQUIRES SCIENCE FICTION FROM ESTABLISHED FANTASY AUTHOR”

  1. January 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm Jo Meeshan says:

    Sounds a lot like the basic premise of Battlestar Galactica (TV show)

    • January 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm Bella Pagan says:

      Thanks and hope it will be just as popular! It’s partly a generation-ship novel, so it certainly has that in common. Plus this is also exciting with great characters – but can’t tell you all or there would be spoilers! Here humans are searching from a home away from a dying earth, rather than trying to find earth. But more in due course and thanks for your interest.

  2. January 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm Jacey Bedford says:

    Oh, well done, Adrian! And congratulations to Tor.

  3. January 15, 2014 at 10:42 am Tom A. says:

    Looks interesting, indeed in a somewhat Battlestar Galactica way.
    But!
    Summer 2015?!
    2015?!
    Can’t it come at xmas this year at latest?

    • January 15, 2014 at 11:21 am Bella Pagan says:

      Thanks so much for your keenness! We’d love to do all our books as soon as possible, but if we did do that we’d end up with them all in a few months and nothing in the rest of the year!

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