Publishing Industry Plays Eschaton. As the ugly fight between Amazon and Orbit Books' parent company Hachette continues, there's a fascinating profile of Hachette chief Michael Pietsch — who was the book editor that made Infinite Jest readable.
Tough time for Orbit authors. First Orbit Books' parent company Hachette clashed with Amazon, causing the online retailer to delay sending books and raise prices. Then Orbit announced it won't send free copies of books to Hugo voters, putting authors at a distinct disadvantage.
Yearning for the sort of cutting-edge dystopian future we were promised way back in the 1980s? Simon Morden's Equations of Life may be just the cyberpunk thriller for you.
Orbit Books just unveiled its new e-book promotion, The Orbital Drop, and it looks like you might want to sign up for this one. Here's the spiel:
Can't wait to get your hands on Iain M. Banks' new novel Surface Detail, coming out early next month? Well, you'll be in a frenzy after reading the first chapter of the book, available on the Orbit Books website.
Orbit Books Creative Director Lauren Panepinto has posted a high speed video showcasing her cover for Gail Carriger's upcoming urban fantasy novel Blameless. Gander at six hours of rapid-fire Photoshopping condensed into a mere 115 seconds!
Iain M. Banks' latest novel Transition, in bookstores this week, will jelly your brains in brilliant weirdness. Banks turns political world-building on its head in this exciting tale of an Earth-based multiverse in turmoil, where dimension-hopping assassins jockey for power.
In these troubled times, whether you're looking for some simple escapism or a vision of how things could be even worse, science fiction has the answer. And book sales are starting to reflect that.