Company spotlight: Orbit

Company spotlight: Orbit

You could be forgiven if you had not realised that two of this year’s Science Fiction & Fantasy (SFF) hits were, in fact, SFF titles. Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and M R Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts were both lavishly praised and selected for the Waterstones Book Club, and both have sold more than 100,000 units (print and e-book sales combined).

Both were published by Little, Brown imprint Orbit, and their covers are far from the typical SFF treatments. The livery, says Orbit publisher Tim Holman, reflects a “mainstreaming” of SFF (even literary houses are...

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