Tor Books Announces a Decade of John Scalzi

Patrick Nielsen Hayden of Tor Books is pleased to announce a significant deal with award-winning and bestselling author John Scalzi. Thirteen books – 10 adult and three young adult titles – will be published over the next 10 years, with world English language rights acquired by Tor. The deal was set via Ethan Ellenberg of Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

The first book will launch a new far-future space opera series. Scalzi will also return to the Old Man’s War universe. Other titles will include sequels to 2014’s bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In.

Says Nielsen Hayden, “It’s an unusually large deal, but it makes tons of sense. As far as we can tell, one of the commonest responses to reading a John Scalzi novel is to go out and inhale all the other John Scalzi novels. We see this reflected in his backlist sales, thousands of copies month after month.”

“One of the biggest challenges faced by science fiction and fantasy storytellers is how to get the reader into a story about an imagined world not our own without resorting to ‘let-me-explain-everything’ exposition. Scalzi’s ability to do this is equaled, in my view, only by J. K. Rowling’s. So while his current sales are very healthy indeed, we think he’s got the potential to grow by orders of magnitude, well beyond the bounds of the traditional SF&F category.”

“Well, now I know what I’m doing for the next decade,” says Scalzi. “And that’s a good thing. In an era when publishing is in flux, this contract with Tor will let me spend more of my time doing what readers want me to do: writing books and making new stories for them to enjoy. It also gives both me and Tor a stable, long-term base to grow our audience, not only among established science fiction and fantasy fans, but among readers of all sorts. Science fiction is mainstream culture now, and there are so many people discovering just how much there is to enjoy in these stories of ours. We have much more to share. That’s what we’re going to do.”

John Scalzi is one of the most acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, his most recent novel Lock In, and also Redshirts, which won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog The Whatever has earned him two other Hugo Awards as well. Currently three of Scalzi’s novels are in development for television: Redshirts (FX), Old Man’s War (SyFy), and Lock In (Legendary TV).


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