Tuesday, 29 September 2009

News on Paul Kearney

The ongoing saga of Paul Kearney's publishing woes - which at this point would make a pretty good story by itself - has reached a (hopefully) happy conclusion: the author has just signed a new two-book deal with Solaris for two books set in the same world as his excellent The Ten Thousand. The Monarchies of God omnibuses remain contracted to Solaris and will hopefully surface next year, although Paul hasn't commented on the situation so far since Solaris got its new owners (Rebellion, the guys who handle the comic 2000AD and associated media).

The new books had previously been unveiled and titled as Corvus and Kings of Morning, but negotiations were put on hold whilst Solaris underwent its change of management. With that transition completed, we can hopefully look forward to additional news from Solaris about new books in the near future.

Jonathan Oliver, the commissioning editor for Solaris Books since it was acquired by Rebellion has confirmed a two book deal with Paul Kearney. The novels, entitled Corvus and Kings of Morning, are due for delivery in 2010 and early 2011 respectively and are set in the same universe as Paul's successful The Ten Thousand, previously published by Solaris.

Paul's agent, John Jarrold, was quoted as saying "The immediacy of Paul’s prose and characterisation always puts me in mind of David Gemmell, who I was lucky enough to publish in the mid-1990s...With The Ten Thousand he has created a world ripe for re-visiting. Can’t wait to read these books! And I’m very pleased to have concluded my first deal with Jon Oliver and the 'new' Solaris."

4 comments:

Tosan said...

This is great news. I've been of the opinion that Paul Kearney has never gotten the recognition he deserves, Monarchies of God i thought was better that Abercrombies series, but Kearney has just had shit luck. I read ten thousand and thought it was powerful. I really want to know more about that world especially ever since paul let it leak that that world was based more on scifi than anything.

Read Black Man by Morgan off your recommendation, and i have to thank u for that Adam. That book is so close to perfect, and i loved FINALLY seeing A black Man as a main protagonist in SF&F. Kate Elliott seems to be the only author that gave us black folk great roles in fantasy. Im a Fiend of the Wire and i think Idris was nail Carl Marsillus if there ever was an adaptation.

I guarantee you, Black Man will be mandated readings in social/history classes in the future.

When you can check out Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon, i think ud love it. Its unlike anything you've ever read.

Longasc said...

I hope that Paul Kearney finally gets the recognition he truly deserves! I think his 10.000 / Macht universe has potential to be something like Gemmell's Drenai series.

Marduk said...

I think it's fair to say that Steven Erikson has some great lead characters who don't fit into the white anglo mould - indeed, black characters (human as well as non-human). He definitely recognises that worlds are vast places filled with lots of different races and species...

Bryce said...

I'm a little disappointed at my local library. They don't have a single Kearney volume. I'm going to rectify that today, since they almost always buy what people suggest.