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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sold! Solaris Books is acquired by Rebellion

Great News!

The Imprint that brought us some excellent books like Paul Kearney's The Ten Thousand(FBC Rv), Tim Akers' Heart of Veridon(FBC Rv), James Lovegrove's The Age of Ra(FBC Rv), not to speak of the superb Solaris SF anthology series (FBC Rv #3) is going to continue under a different owner.

From the Press Release graciously sent to me by Mark Newton author of the celebrated Nights of Villjamur(FBC Rv) and (former) Solaris editor:


This week, Rebellion, Europe's leading independent games developer and owner of the iconic comic 2000 AD and sci-fi and fantasy imprint Abaddon Books, completed the acquisition of the Solaris book publishing imprint from Games Workshop for an undisclosed sum.

This well-known and highly successful brand offers a mixture of new and traditional science fiction, fantasy and horror books and has many bestselling titles from both upcoming and established names such as Brian Lumley, Gail Z. Martin, Eric Brown and Simon R. Green, amongst others.

Solaris will sit alongside, and be run in parallel with, Rebellion's own Abaddon Books.

Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion said, "We've been aware of the Solaris imprint for some years now and have admired its success with fantastic stories and great writers. Acquiring Solaris will allow us to continue to push our publishing trajectory upwards and expand the quantity, whilst maintaining the quality, of all our titles."

George Mann, Games Workshop's Head of Publishing said, "We're delighted that Solaris has found a new home with Rebellion. After a period of fantastic growth with our Games Workshop related titles, we decided the time was right for us to focus all of our attention on our Black Library imprint. We're sure Rebellion will now take Solaris forward to even greater heights."

Rebellion has also entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Simon and Schuster. Under the agreement, Simon & Schuster will continue to handle sales, distribution and fulfilment of all Solaris titles for all new and backlist titles to trade and specialty accounts. The agreement is effective August 31st, 2009.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
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Distribution for Solaris will continue to be represented by Simon and Schuster.

Acquired by Rebellion Group in 2009, the ethos of Solaris is to publish a mix of new and traditional science fiction and fantasy books for fans of these genres. It also aims to fill the ever-widening gap that has appeared between the large mass-market publishers and the small genre press in the American and British scene. But more than anything, Solaris exists to publish fantastic books by great authors, and to bring to the readers' attention a plethora of exciting new stories and novels.


Anonymous said...

I wonder how this will affect the publication of Conrad Williams' Decay Inevitable?

Cool cover for that novel.


Liviu said...

This one I think is in the pipeline and the UK edition may already be out with the US one coming October 1, so there should be no change.

The interesting thing is what will happen with the series they are running, the announced but put on hold books...


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