London, U.K. – April 19, 2013 – Titan Books announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to publish the works of the acclaimed literary science fiction author Christopher Priest. Priest’s new upcoming novel The Adjacent, a superb literary SF tale of alternate pasts and futures, and his most recent award-winning and stunning literary SF novel The Islanders, will be published for the first time in the U.S. and will launch as lead titles for Spring 2014.
Born in Greater Manchester, England, in 1943, and strongly influenced by the science fiction of H.G. Wells, Christopher Priest is a multi award-winning contemporary novelist and leading figure in modern SF and Fantasy. He is the author of The Prestige which was adapted into a box office hit film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman (2006). His latest novel The Islanders won both the BSFA Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The Separation won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA Award. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983. He has published 12 novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical work, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction. In 2006, Priest was appointed Vice-President of the international H.G. Wells Society.
Fiction Editor Cath Trechman says: “Christopher Priest’s new novel The Adjacent is brilliantly written, breathtaking, and gripping from the opening pages and we are absolutely thrilled to be adding it, along with the astonishing award-winning The Islanders, to our growing list.”
Praise for The Islanders:
“His prose is supple, elegant, and seductive, his insights about memory and perception tantalizing, his skill at visualizing the radically different land and seascapes of the islands endlessly compelling.”― Locus
“A glowing mosaic of a novel, puzzling, transporting and nigh-on impossible not to start again immediately once finished.”―The Sunday Times
“He understands the magic of imaginary worlds, where hot winds race across parched landscapes and everyone is a dreamer. It is his first book for nearly ten years, and well worth the wait….engrossing.” ―The Mail on Sunday
“…piecing together the rather unpleasant lives of the main characters is entertaining; and there are episodes complete in themselves, short stories really, which are satisfying. The ghosts are excellent. And I consider the thryme an absolutely first-class invention.” ―The Guardian
“I think that the Dream Archipelago experience the author presents in The Islanders and in the related story collection, is indeed a masterpiece of modern sff and I expect to be enchanted by it again and again across the years.”―Fantasy Book Critic
Praise for The Prestige: “A dizzying show of a novel…Imagine Possession rewritten by Barbara Vine, or Robertson Davies…A brilliantly constructed entertainment!” ―Washington Post
“Extraordinary – like a dazzling magic act!”―Entertainment Weekly
Titan Books, nominated as Independent Publisher of the Year 2011, has a rapidly growing fiction list encompassing original fiction and reissues, primarily in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk and crime. Recent acquisitions include Stephen King’s Joyland, the hugely popular horror series Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, science fiction/fantasy debut author Danie Ware’s Ecko Rising, and the urban fantasy zombie series Plague Town, by Dana Fredsti. Titan’s TV and film tie-in list includes novels for Fringe, Man of Steel, Spartacus, and Supernatural. Titan also has an extensive line of media and pop culture-related non-fiction, graphic novels, art and music books. The company is based at offices in London, but operates worldwide, with sales and distribution in the US and Canada being handled by Random House.