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Solaris is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel

Solaris is excited to share the news of the acquisition of Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel, coming summer 2021.

Editor Kate Coe acquired World English rights in Appel’s new novel from Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates.

John Appel’s Assassin’s Orbit: pitched as Battlestar Galactica meets Golden Girls, in which a private investigator, spy, security chief, and starship captain (all women of middle age and older) investigate a mass murder on a space station which uncovers a conspiracy to release a technological threat humanity thought they had escaped in their long-ago exile from Lost Earth.

Author John Appel on the acquisition:

“I’m thrilled to be working with the Rebellion team to bring the universe and characters of Assassin’s Orbit to life. It’s a story in the grand tradition of adventurous science fiction, with a cast that’s anything but the usual suspects – all women, and all over 40. These are women who’ve been there, done that, and don’t have time for fools. Assassin’s Orbit is about overcoming incredible obstacles and defying the odds, not singly, but together.”

Editor Kate Coe had this to say:

“When I was sent Assassin’s Orbit, it was described as Golden Girls meets The Expanse with a side of Babylon Five – and it’s all of that and more. It combines the very best of a murder mystery and political thriller with an added dose of intrigue, and tops it off with amazing characters and worldbuilding: very simply, it’s a book I couldn’t stop reading!”

Author bio

John Appel volunteered to jump out of planes before he’d ever been in a plane; his friends and family say this sums up his approach to life pretty well. He writes science fiction and fantasy and the occasional tabletop RPG adventure. A lifelong Marylander, he lives in the Baltimore suburbs with his wife and children. He masquerades as a technology risk manager to pay the bills after two decades as an information security pro. When not writing, rolling dice, or keeping the bad guys at bay, he enjoys rum and swords, but not both at the same time. John is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop.

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