03/09/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
This week, Rebellion, the European games developer and owner of the somewhat famous comic 2000 AD, along with their sci-fi and fantasy imprint, Abaddon Books, completed the acquisition of the Solaris book publishing imprint from Games Workshop for an undisclosed sum thought to be in the low millions.
This Solaris brand offers a mixture of new and traditional science fiction, fantasy and horror books and publish titles from 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 told the Nest, "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, added, "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 will be effective August 31st, 2009.
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