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Richard King, Rights Manager at Orion, has sold Romanian rights to SUMMERLAND by Finnish science fiction novelist, Hannu Rajaniemi, to Nemira.


Nemira have previously published Hannu’s hugely successful debut THE QUANTUM THIEF, plus two further books – in which world rights were acquired pre-emptively by Gollancz from agent John Jarrold for a high five-figure sum in pounds sterling, on the basis of one chapter.


SUMMERLAND is the first book in a new three-book world rights contract with Gollancz, mixing John Le Carré with SF.  It is an  account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living from the most exciting new voice in the genre since Neal Stephenson. Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning.


SUMMERLAND will be published this June in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Tor.


• March 21st, 2018 • Posted in News


John Guy Collick has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


After lecturing on English Literature and Philosophy in Japan for ten years he now tours the world giving talks on (among other things) Neuroscience, A.I., Transhumanism, Robotics and Cyberspace at international conferences. He works closely with experts and government think-tanks on developing scenarios for technology-human relationships in the classrooms of the future, always using science fiction as a reference. Having just got back from presenting in Dubai and Beirut, this spring he’ll be visiting Moscow again to give a talk to the Ministry of Education on how SF can help students develop scientific thinking and a sense of wonder.


His four-volume epic SF series THE BOOK OF THE COLOSSUS has been self-published to great acclaim:


“I’ve just finished reading John Collick’s Thumb, a brilliantly weird and weirdly brilliant surreal SF adventure set at the end of time, based on a really audacious notion, thrillingly written.” – Ian Watson


Thumb is a superb book… The vast, Byzantine, humanoid world of Thumb is a dying earth setting taken to its extremes … and the whole concept has a weird dignity and gravitas to it.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky


“The Book of The Colossus is one of those rare series that re-kindle the reader’s interest in science fiction. Staggering concepts from the seemingly bottomless well of John Guy Collick’s imagination crackle off nearly every page.” – Artist Peter Knifton


Amazon Reviews:


“I’d say you’d be hard pressed to find a darker more surprising novel than Thumb by John Collick. The enormity of the mindscape he projects and the imagination it must have taken to propagate it defies belief.”


(Ragged Claws)

“This is a wonderful book, a massive canvas of purple and blood red skies, oceans of liquid metal, decomposing cities full of fear and squalor inside the body of God (yup, that’s right), nightmarish beings, and exquisite beauty.”


His new, three-book series takes in the Russian Revolution, star creatures, journeys to Mars and beyond, and a brilliant, wide-ranging cast of characters. It’s the dawn of the twentieth century – a new world of revolutionary possibility, when the old regimes are torn down and cruel taboos obliterated. Earth finds itself at the centre of ancient interstellar conspiracies and Communists, Futurists and Fascists all become pawns in a complex game of alien betrayal and revenge.


“John’s imagination is truly outstanding,” said John Jarrold. “I’ve worked with him editorially on THE BOOK OF THE COLOSSUS, and the new series, opening with The Star Tsar, is quite amazing. Horrific, funny and above all endlessly inventive.”


• March 8th, 2018 • Posted in News


Jessica Purdue, Senior Rights Manager at Orion, has confirmed two further subsidiary rights deals for CALLING MAJOR TOM by David M Barnett, making a total so far of ten territories.


HarperCollins Iberica have acquired Portuguese rights, having already taken on Spanish rights.


Brazilian rights have been sold to Renata Pettengill at Editora Record, one of the biggest publishing houses in Brazil.


Sam Eades at Orion commissioned the novel for the Trapeze imprint and acquired world rights from agent John Jarrold in March 2016. The book was published in June 2017.  It has sold over 50,000 copies, received over 1,000 5-star reviews on Goodreads and has been optioned for film by award-winning content production company Vision3.


• February 9th, 2018 • Posted in News


David M Barnett’s novel Calling Major Tom (Trapeze Books) has been optioned for film by award-winning content production company Vision3, the first project on the slate as they expand their remit to produce groundbreaking feature films.

The book is the life-affirming story of an astronaut who has given up on the world, but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. To date, the book has sold in eight foreign territories including a six-figure German deal, and is a Kindle Top five ebook bestseller.

Vision3 are responsible for developing an ambitious approach to 3D filmmaking on landmark projects like Warner Bro’s Gravity and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, through to the moving and intimate Nick Cave Documentary One More Time With Feeling – receiving a record 8 Lumiere Awards from the International Advanced Imaging Society in the process. They are increasing their scope in launching a new home for films that combine compelling stories with the company’s production and post production technical prestige.

The deal optioning film rights was done between Richard King, rights manager of Orion Publishing Group, John Jarrold at the John Jarrold Literary Agency and Adam May, director of production at Vision3.

David M Barnett, author said: ‘I’m hugely excited that Vision3 will be working on bringing Calling Major Tom to life. They’re an innovative, pioneering company with fabulous credentials and a great pedigree in the film world, and their enthusiasm for the book and their ideas for adaptation makes me certain that Calling Major Tom is definitely in the best hands. I can’t wait to see how they start to let Tom, Gladys and the rest make the giant leap from page to screen.’

Adam May, Director of Production at Vision3, and Producer of Calling Major Tom said:  ‘As we expand into producing original films at Vision3 – we have set out to champion strong character stories, told on often spectacular canvases. Calling Major Tom perfectly hits that sweet spot. It is an incredibly uplifting and affecting story – and manages a delicate balance of gripping adventure on a galactic scale with a ground-level story of redemption and hope in modern Britain. David has achieved an incredible feat in creating a feel-good tale of actual substance. The film will allow us to continue to showcase the incredible technical talent we have in house, within the context of Drama that we feel will really resonate with audiences. We couldn’t be happier to announce Calling Major Tom as the first film in Vision3’s new slate of exciting features.’

John Jarrold, agent said: ‘When we found out that Vision3 were interested in the film rights to Calling Major Tom, both David and I were very positive and excited.  Innovation is the word that came immediately to mind. Their background is outstanding and this is going to be a fascinating journey!’

Richard King, said: ‘When I first met with Adam to hear of Vision3’s plans to expand into producing their own slate of features, he said they were looking for a heartfelt and intimate domestic drama with the scope for a big visual. Calling Major Tom couldn’t fit this bill more beautifully, and it was clear straightaway that Vision3 would be the perfect production company to bring David’s wonderfully heart-warming and unexpectedly epic novel to the big screen. Adam and the whole team at Vision3 have championed this novel right from the beginning, and I’m confident that in their hands Calling Major Tom could be a future classic of British cinema.’


• February 9th, 2018 • Posted in News


Chris Beckett will appear on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 programme, which airs between 5pm and 7pm, on Monday November 27.  He’ll be discussing his new novel AMERICA CITY on the fortnightly Radio 2 Book Club. Six million people listen, making this a wonderful platform. Here are some details about the programme.


Only 26 books are chosen for the Book Club every year, out of the tens of thousands published in the UK. As you’ll see below, recent authors have included Vic James, Robert Harris, Laura Purcell and Matt Haig. In 2011, Ben Aaronovitch’s first Peter Grant novel RIVERS OF LONDON was chosen for the club, which assisted his immediate growth in sales and recognition with a wide audience.




• November 15th, 2017 • Posted in News