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Piper Acquire German Rights in Debut SF Trilogy Pre-emptively

Carsten Polzin at Piper has acquired German rights in a three-book SF series, The Spin Trilogy, by debut novelist Andrew Bannister pre-emptively, for a major sum in Euros from Ann Katrin Ziser – Senior Rights Manager at Transworld UK. The first novel is titled CREATION MACHINE.

 

Simon Taylor at Transworld acquired world rights, also in a pre-emptive deal, from agent was John Jarrold in March 2015 and the first book is scheduled for Spring 2016 publication in the UK.

 

Andrew Bannister is an environmentalist, speaker and writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has published novels, short stories and technical articles. He has been reading science fiction since he was seven.

 

Andrew describes his wonderfully imagined setting here:

 

“The trilogy is set in The Spin at an indeterminate time. The Spin is an ancient artificial cluster of ninety-nine planets and associated suns, inhabited mainly but not entirely by humanoids. The Spin is hundreds of millions of years old and its Creators are no longer extant or known. Their influence is felt in the bizarre form of The Spin itself – several of the planets follow orbits which appear physically impossible – in the deliberately contradictory evidence left in some geological strata, and most importantly in the occasional discovery of remnant machinery from the Construction Phase: the so-called Artefacts. The Creation Machine is the first of these artefacts to impact significantly on the trilogy.”

 

Simon Taylor said:

 

‘Far-flung and far future space opera is a particular passion of mine and in Andrew Bannister I believe we’ve a star, a constellation even, in the making. We responded to the vision, the sometimes-head-spinning concepts and conceits, the strong, confident writing, the wit and, crucially, the fact that he has created characters – whether flesh and blood or a mobile mass of sentient particles – we care about and are rooting for!’

• April 10th, 2015 • Posted in News

Pre-emptive Three-book Deal for Debut SF Novelist

Simon Taylor, Editorial Director of Transworld, has acquired world rights in a three-book SF series by debut novelist Andrew Bannister pre-emptively, for a major five-figure sum. The first novel is titled CREATION MACHINE.  The agent was John Jarrold and the first book will be scheduled for Spring 2016.

 

Andrew Bannister is an environmentalist, speaker and writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has published novels, short stories and technical articles. He has been reading science fiction since he was seven.

 

Andrew began writing as a student in the 1980s. His first published article was an in-depth investigation of the history and progress of the AIDS epidemic, published in the Imperial College student newspaper ‘Felix’ in 1986. This was followed by smaller articles in various magazines including an explanation of room-temperature superconductors, commissioned and published by ‘Electronics Times’ in 1989.

 

During the 1990s Andrew wrote mainly for his own pleasure and education, developing skills in technical writing and longer fiction whilst pursuing his career as a sustainability consultant. He continued to publish occasional short pieces in fanzines and special interest newsletters.

 

In the early 2000s Andrew completed two courses in Creative Writing at South Leicester College and subsequently joined the Leicester Writers’ Club where he has been an active member ever since.

 

Andrew describes his wonderfully imagined setting here:

 

“The trilogy is set in The Spin at an indeterminate time. The Spin is an ancient artificial cluster of ninety-nine planets and associated suns, inhabited mainly but not entirely by humanoids. The Spin is hundreds of millions of years old and its Creators are no longer extant or known. Their influence is felt in the bizarre form of The Spin itself – several of the planets follow orbits which appear physically impossible – in the deliberately contradictory evidence left in some geological strata, and most importantly in the occasional discovery of remnant machinery from the Construction Phase: the so-called Artefacts. The Creation Machine is the first of these artefacts to impact significantly on the trilogy.”

 

John Jarrold said:

 

“This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved with, as an agent or a publisher.  Andrew’s writing, characters and invention bear comparison with any major SF novelist of the last twenty years.  I’m delighted that Transworld and Simon Taylor share my overwhelming enthusiasm.”

 

Simon Taylor said:

 

‘Far-flung and far future space opera is a particular passion of mine and in Andrew Bannister I believe we’ve a star, a constellation even, in the making. We responded to the vision, the sometimes-head-spinning concepts and conceits, the strong, confident writing, the wit and, crucially, the fact that he has created characters – whether flesh and blood or a mobile mass of sentient particles – we care about and are rooting for!’

 

• March 18th, 2015 • Posted in News

Ian Sales Space Opera Trilogy to Tickety-Boo Press

Gary Compton of Tickety Boo Press has acquired UK and US rights in an epic space opera trilogy from Ian Sales, a client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

 

An Age of Discord opens with A PROSPECT OF WAR, followed by A CONFLICT OF ORDERS and A WANT OF REASON.

 

Gary Compton said. “Ian Sales is a wonderful addition to our growing list of science fiction authors. We are now very strong in the Space Opera genre with Ian’s trilogy. We will be launching the book at Edge-Lit in July and I personally can’t wait as it is a wonderful story, beautifully written.”

 

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it, but those who ignore history do so at their peril. The Empire was born in civil war and now, 1,300 years later, a fresh civil war is brewing. But who is the mysterious “Serpent” who threatens the Imperial Throne? And what can the renegade naval officer known only as the Admiral, and her single battlecruiser, do to combat him? Casimir Ormuz, a young man of low birth, may be the key. Whoever controls him is most likely to win—but he is determined to be his own master

 

And then the historical origin of the Serpent’s conspiracy abruptly intrudes into the present… And the civil war becomes a battle for the Empire’s survival.

 

Set in a colourful and richly-detailed universe, An Age of Discord tells an epic story of derring-do and intrigue, while subverting space opera sensibilities and traditions.

 

• January 16th, 2015 • Posted in News

Second US Deal for John Gwynne

Harriet Sanders, Rights Director at Macmillan, has sold US rights in two further novels by UK fantasy novelist John Gwynne – RUIN and WRATH – to Will Hinton at Orbit US, who have already published the first two books in the series, MALICE and VALOUR.

 

Will Hinton said:

 

‘John Gwynne is an author whose work reminds me why I fell in love with fantasy, so I’m thrilled to continue publishing the epic and engrossing Faith and the Fallen series.’

 

World rights in the first two titles were acquired pre-emptively by Julie Crisp at Tor UK from agent John Jarrold for a major advance, since when another two-book deal has been concluded.  MALICE was published in the UK in December 2012, and the sequel, VALOUR, in 2014.  RUIN will be published in summer 2015.  MALICE won the Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in the David Gemmell Legend Awards.

 

Bestselling novelist Conn Iggulden said of MALICE:

 

‘Influenced by Gemmell’s RIGANTE and George R R Martin’s GAME OF THRONES – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page…Hell of a debut.  Highly recommended’

 

The INDEPENDENT said:

 

‘With its warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents…is a strong contender for the “if you like GAME OF THRONES why not try this” award’

• December 18th, 2014 • Posted in News

Four-Book German Rights Deal for John Gwynne

Jonathan Mitchell, Senior Rights Manager at Macmillan UK, has sold German rights in all four novels in THE FAITHFUL AND THE FALLEN series by fantasy novelist John Gwynne to Beatrice Lampe at Blanvalet, who said:

 

“John Gwynne is an absolutely talented fantasy writer, who deserves to perform on the international publishing stage. Blanvalet is very happy to welcome him as a new name among our authors George R.R. Martin, Brent Weeks and Trudi Canavan.”

 

World rights in the first two titles were acquired pre-emptively by Julie Crisp at Tor UK from agent John Jarrold for a major advance, since when another two-book deal has been concluded.  MALICE was published in the UK in December 2012, and the sequel, VALOUR, in 2014.  RUIN will be published in summer 2015.  MALICE won the Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in the David Gemmell Legend Awards.

 

Bestselling novelist Conn Iggulden said of MALICE:

 

‘Influenced by Gemmell’s RIGANTE and George R R Martin’s GAME OF THRONES – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page…Hell of a debut.  Highly recommended’

 

The INDEPENDENT said:

 

‘With its warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents…is a strong contender for the “if you like GAME OF THRONES why not try this” award’

 

• December 18th, 2014 • Posted in News