Publisher’s Weekly mentioned this yesterday, so I guess I can finally share the news. Here’s the official announcement in full:
TITAN BOOKS: ACQUISITION ANNOUNCEMENT
THREE-BOOK DEAL FOR A NEW SERIES FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR GARETH L. POWELL
June 24th, London: Titan Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of a brand-new, original trilogy from award-winning author Gareth L. Powell for the UK, Northern American and Australian territories.
A thoughtful, character-driven space opera in the tradition of Josh Whedon’s cult classic television series Firefly meets the lyrical SF of Ann Leckie’s record breaking Ancillary Justice, the series follows the fate of the sentient warship Trouble Dog and her crew.
They built her for violence. They made her a war criminal. But now she’s fighting back.
She was a warship created for the hardships of battle, but instead finds herself disgusted by the casual violence of war and her own place in its instigation. In an attempt to atone for her guilt she makes the ultimate sacrifice: to be decommissioned.
Stripped of her crew and weaponry she finds herself isolated in her new role in the world. But when another ship goes missing in a disputed system she’s assigned a new mission and a new purpose. Teamed with a new crew of misfits and captained by Sal Konstanz, an ex-captain of a medical frigate who fought against her in her previous life, they are assigned to investigate and save whoever they can.
What appears to be a straight forward rescue mission soon turns out to be something more dangerous as it becomes clear that someone on board the missing ship is not who they first seemed. Finding herself and her crew at the heart of a potential new conflict that could engulf not just mankind but the entire galaxy, TROUBLE DOG is going to have to remember how to fight, and quickly…
The author of the cult-favourite SF Ack-Ack Macaque books and previous space opera The Recollection, author Powell has garnered extensive critical praise alongside prestigious SF awards for his previous titles with The Guardian praising The Recollection as “beautifully balanced between big ideas and the smaller-scale human story,” adding “if you read only one space opera this year, it’s got to be [this]” and Adam Roberts, author of The Thing Itself, describing the Ack-Ack Macaque series as “genius.”
The three-book deal was struck between Alexander Cochran of Conville & Walsh Ltd and Titan Books Senior Editor Cath Trechman. The as yet untitled series is due to begin publication in Summer 2017.
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