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Kings Of Eternity and Ben Macallan

29/04/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired a new science fiction novel from Eric Brown, Kings Of Eternity. Jonathan Oliver also acquired the opening volume of an urban fantasy series, Desdaemona, from pseudonymous author ‘Ben Macallan’.

The agent is John Jarrold, and the deals are for UK/US rights. Both books are due for publication in the spring of 2011.

“Eric has been one of the world’s most consistent – and consistently enjoyable – SF novelists for over two decades,” John Jarrold told SFcrowsnest. “He has a very happy home with Solaris and this marks his eighth book with them.”

Jonathan Oliver added, “It’s a great pleasure to be continuing to work with Eric, who is one of the shining stars of science-fiction. I’m very excited about Kings of Eternity, as it is just one of the best SF novels I’ve read in the past ten years. A truly extraordinary book.”

As far as pseudonymous author ‘Ben Macallan’ and Desdaemona is concerned…

“Ben’s urban fantasy novel is wise, witty and terrific fun,” Jonathan Oliver said. “It’s great to find a work that does something different with the genre while still managing to be a ripping good yarn.”

Jay finds people – runaways. He looks like a teenager, but he’s not. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural, including the awesome Powers That Be.

Desdaemona, who also knows the non-human world far too well, comes to him, searching for her lost sister Fay who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal before disappearing. This may be a mistake – for both of them. Not least because of those whose attention is drawn to them…

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