Solaris buys debut SF trilogy for 'significant sum'

Solaris buys debut SF trilogy for 'significant sum'

Solaris Books has acquired a debut science fiction trilogy from Yoon Ha Lee, titled The Machineries Of Empire.

Editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver bought World English rights in the trilogy for a “significant sum” from Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Agency in New York.

The Machineries of Empire is a tale of massacres, madness and mathematics in deep space that Solaris has described as “hard SF quite unlike any other, and a truly unique piece of boundary-pushing storytelling”.

The first volume in the trilogy is Ninefox Gambit, which follows Kel Cheris, a disgraced captain if the Hexarchate who is given the opportunity to redeem herself by recapturing the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles.

Oliver said: “Yoon Ha Lee has been a writer whose work I’ve been keeping a close eye on for a while now. His prose is razor sharp and his ideas are fresh and challenging. Ninefox Gambit is an astonishingly assured debut and one of the richest science fiction novels I have read in a good long while. This is a space opera with scope and depth, and also diversity. Yoon shows that science fiction is alive and well and really going places.”

Science fiction illustrator Chris Moore, who has created covers for works by the likes of Alastair Reynolds and Philip K Dick, will be providing the cover art for Ninefox Gambit. Solaris will publish in June 2016.

Lee hails from Houston, Texas. He has published over 40 short stories in publications such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and his collection Conservation of Shadows (Prime Books) was released in 2013. Ninefox Gambit is his first novel.

Lee said: “I'm thrilled that Solaris Books has picked up my trilogy and working with them has been terrific.  Expect weaponised math, big space battles, and a captain whose 400-year-old undead advisor is her best ally and her most dangerous enemy, in a nation constantly at war with heretics."