Pan Mac has swooped for an “extraordinary” science fiction trilogy from Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Bella Pagan, editorial director, acquired world rights from Simon Kavanagh of the Mic Cheetham Agency. Shards of Earth and its two sequels will be published under the Tor imprint in the UK. Orbit will publish the trilogy in the US where the books were bought by senior editor Brit E B Hvide.
The synopsis explains: “Readers are transported to the far-future, following a war that could have extinguished humanity. For 50 years, space had been silent, the war’s heroes forgotten. Now mankind’s enemy is back, but is someone else forcing their hand? If so who – or what – is this new aggressor? Idris discovers something strange, abandoned, as his salvage vehicle combs isolated tracts of space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but is this foe returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race between the stars, hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to own it.”
Tchaikovsky is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall series, and other novels, novellas and short stories. The Tiger and the Wolf (Pan) won the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2017 and Children of Time (Pan) won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2016.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to launch this new space opera. I had a blast writing the first volume and I’m looking forward to everywhere the series is going to go.”
Pagan added: “Adrian is at the top of his game when it comes telling an incredible story. And this new book will wow his readers. It has all the amazing plotting, wonderful characters and big ideas that we’ve come to love from his work.”
Shards of Earth will be published in spring 2021. Tchaikovsky’s next book, The Doors of Eden, is released on 20th August 2020.