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Solaris signs Yoon Ha Lee’s The Machineries Of Empire trilogy

We’re extremely excited to unveil a brand new acquisition for Solaris today, in the form of Yoon Ha Lee’s The Machineries Of Empire trilogy.

You may have read the news on The Bookseller this morning, and frankly we’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you ever since the deal was done.

Ninefox Gambit, the bravura opening instalment of the trilogy – and, amazingly, Yoon’s debut novel –  follows Kel Cheris, a disgraced captain of the Hexarchate, who is given the opportunity to redeem herself by recapturing the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles.

A tale of massacres, madness and mathematics in deep space, this is hard SF quite unlike any other, a truly unique piece of boundary-pushing storytelling and a bold step forward for 21st century SF.

Legendary 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 Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver commented on the signing:

“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.”

Yoon Ha Lee said:

“I’m thrilled that Solaris Books has picked up my trilogy and working with them has been terrific. Expect weaponized 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 whose calendars change the laws of technology.”
As you might imagine, we’re incredibly excited to be working with Yoon, and can’t wait for you to read Ninefox Gambit, which we’ll be publishing in June 2016.

Watch this space for more on Yoon and The Machineries Of Empire!