Thursday, June 01, 2006

New SF/F imprint

Bucking the publishing industry's latest consolidation trends, Hachette Book Group USA plans to launch Orbit, a new science fiction/fantasy imprint, next spring. According to this article in Publishers Weekly,
Orbit will become part of Little, Brown and plans call for a list of 40 titles within three years. “We want to have a significant program really fast,” said LB publisher Michael Pietsch.
Orbit is currently part of Little, Brown's UK publishing business, and plans to expand to Australia as well as the United States.

Frankly, after years of Chicken Little-League bad news from the publishing world, I'm a little stunned at this development. Apparently reports of the genre's death have been greatly exaggerated.

Best wishes to the new kid on the block! Oh, and, buy my books.


Oh, and, buy my books.

That was my thought, too, and then I thought NO NO OH GOD NO PLEASE DON'T because the last thing I need right now is another contract. :)

But I hope they buy YOUR books!


Posted by: Blogger CE Murphy at 6/02/2006 6:49 AM

Thanks, Catie!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/02/2006 11:02 AM

I was in the SciFi section of our library yesterday, and I noticed something- about half the books were Star Wars/Star Trek novels. Some classics- Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury and the like, but precious little newer scifi that wasn't a space series.

It's a shame. There are a lot of good books out there that just don't get the attention.

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 6/03/2006 12:19 PM

That's true, Sharon. Our library has a pretty good selection, but I've also noticed that many SF/F books get shelved under general fiction. I'm not sure how they decide what deserves to be "upgraded" to general fiction.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/03/2006 3:12 PM

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