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Orbit Books Guest Blog Post

Further reading if The Shadow of the Gods has sparked an interest all things Norse

I’ve had a lot of fun working on The Bloodsworn Saga and book one of that series, The Shadow of the Gods, in large part because I LOVE Norse mythology. Odin, Thor and Loki are […]

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Dear Libraries

Claire North, author of Notes from the Burning Age, has written an open letter to libraries. A love letter, if you will, to the humble library, a place of solace, safety and wonder for readers of all […]

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Hannah Whitten’s Fairytale Inspirations

Most of my book ideas start out with taking something that already exists and twisting part of it. Wondering what might happen in a story if one seemingly tiny detail were different. And where I […]

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Teagan Frost’s top 5 tips to get you through another sh*tstorm of a year

Teagan Frost’s top 5 tips to get you through another sh*tstorm of a year As a government agent who can move things with my mind, I’ve seen a lot of wild sh*t and consider myself […]

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Andrea Stewart’s Five Favourite Reads with Companion Animals

Mephi is one of the best (read: our favourite) characters in Andrea Stewart’s debut,The Bone Shard Daughter. So, to celebrate the release of The Bone Shard Daughter in paperback, we asked Andrea to share her top five […]

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Words and Worldbuilding by Mike Brooks

When I began writing The God-King Chronicles, I knew that I wanted it to be about different cultures coming together and clashing (and more importantly, trying not to clash). For that to be effective on […]

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Essa Hansen’s Inspirations

Essa Hansen, author of NOPHEK GLOSS, on the science fiction movies that informed her writing The space opera NOPHEK GLOSS, described by Alastair Reynolds as ‘a killer story with real heart and soul,’ is the […]

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Six killer plants (that sound like they come from science fiction or fantasy but exist in real life)

Because nature, it isn’t all daisy-chains and bumblebees . . . Let M. R. Carey, author of the Rampart Trilogy – which is set in a strange future world, filled with deadly plant life – […]

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In the era of FAKE NEWS, Claire North discusses what ‘Truth’ really means

The human brain is not wired for ‘truth’.  Nor does it exactly need to be. Our lives are built on assumptions, extrapolations and interpretation. We learn that sharks can kill us, and to keep ourselves […]

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The Solitary Hero by Jon Skovron

Ah, the ranger. We know what that is, right? Whether it’s Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, Benjen Stark in The Song of Ice and Fire, or the classic adventuring class in Dungeons & Dragons, […]

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We have always been on this path together by Annalee Newitz

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is EACH FOR EQUAL. Orbit author, Annalee Newitz has explored this theme through the story of her great-grandmother Zadie Lee. Read her story here: I never knew my […]

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Exploring Dark Histories Through Fairy Tales by Rena Rossner

Exploring Dark Histories Through Fairy Tales by Rena Rossner The first dark fairy tale I remember reading was Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose. It is less a fairy tale retelling and more of a glimpse into […]

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