Fantasy future for A&B

<p>Allison &amp; Busby is poised to move into fantasy and science fiction for the first time after publishing director Susie Dunlop spotted that there was a gap in the market for a smaller publisher.</p><p>It will publish 11 science fiction and fantasy titles this year, kicking off with US author Rachel Caine&#39;s <em>Ill Wind</em> (&pound;6.99, p/b, 28th April), the first in her Weather Warden series about beings who control the elements. A&amp;B also has UK rights in a further four Weather Warden titles, which have been published in the US as <em>Heat Stroke, Chill Factor, Windfall</em> and <em>Firestorm</em>.</p><p>&quot;The fantasy market is lacking in books from smaller publishers. We are starting off small but retailers&#39; responses towards our first fantasy novel Ill Wind have been great,&quot; said Dunlop. &quot;Waterstone&#39;s and Borders have embraced it instore and this fantastic response shows that there is clearly a demand out there for fantasy.&quot;</p><p>A&amp;B&#39;s biggest fantasy release this year will be <em>Fallen</em> (&pound;19.99,&nbsp; h/b, 11th Aug), a dark horror fantasy by Tim Lebbon. &quot;I signed Tim a few months ago and we are excited about the release,&quot; said Dunlop. &quot;Tim is prepared to do as much publicity as we can get to promote the book.&quot;</p><p>A&amp;B also plans to release a second novel by Lebbon, <em>The Everlasting</em>, as a paperback original in August (11th August, &pound;6.99).</p>