“It’s like Mad Max meets Henry V but aboard a world-sized Weyland-Yutani spaceship.”Joe Monti, Executive Editor at Saga Press
I’m excited to announce that Saga Press will be publishing Kameron Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion, a stand alone space opera, in 2016. It is the first of two science-fiction novels purchased by Joe Monti at Saga Press from Kameron Hurley. Follow along for the official press release, and an interview about the new deal and The Stars are Legion with Kameron Hurley. This is a novel worth getting seriously excited about.
The official press release:
Award-winning author Kameron Hurley has sold two new science-fiction novels, to Simon and Schuster’s new genre imprint Saga Press.
The Stars are Legion is a standalone space opera for fans of Ann Leckie and China Mieville; set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, it follows the feud between the matriarchal families of two of the world-ships, whose feud will grow into a war to wrest control of the fading hopes of the legion of worlds. Joe Monti at Saga Press bought North American and audio rights to 2 books on an exclusive submission from Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates.
Publication is planned for Fall 2016. U.K., translation, and film rights handled by Liza Dawson Associates.
Joe Monti says about the new project: “This will show a new facet of Hurley’s writing that both echoes the visceral intimacy of God’s War and the epic scale of the Mirror Empire trilogy with a level of action-packed immediacy within The Stars Are Legion. I think this book will be an exciting debut to the many-layered imagination that the field has come to expect from a Kameron Hurley novel. It’s like Mad Max meets Henry V but aboard a world-sized Weyland-Yutani spaceship.”
Hannah Bowman says: “The Stars Are Legion has everything I like best about Kameron’s writing: flawed characters, off-the-charts creativity, and visceral, brutal ideas and descriptions that place you right in the middle of strange new worlds. She writes science fiction at its strangest and best.”
Kameron says about the new book: “You can indeed expect the best from me in this one: war, revenge, rebels, rotting spaceships…. melted half-people, casual cannibalism, flesh-eating recycler monsters, aborted worlds, frozen spacewalkers, three-headed seers, and cancerous bottom-world mechanics, and oh yes an epic war between two families fighting it out for supremacy in a dying legion of starships. Incredibly excited to see this book out in the world with the enthusiastic help and support of Joe Monti and Saga Press.”
Monti had me at “It’s like Mad Max meets Henry V but aboard a world-sized Weyland-Yutani spaceship.” But, then you add all the rest of the good stuff Hurley’s throwing into the mix — rotting spaceships, melted half-people? What sort of dystopic generation ship is this? — proves that Hurley wasn’t content with the bar she’s setting with the Worldbreaker trilogy, and has her sights set on something even bigger, even weirder, even more unsettling.
Press releases are fun, but I wanted to find out more about Hurley’s new novel, so I caught up with her to chat about the upcoming novel, Saga Press’ rising star, dying spaceships, and why Star Wars is as much fantasy as it is science fiction.
You get all the fun of the frontier of space infused with the fantastic weirdness of what-could-be-what-might-have-been of fantasy.
Hurley makes a wonderful distinction by pointing out that Star Wars is as much a fantasy as it is science fiction, and it’s lovely to see writers who are willing to explore the intersect between the two genres. Whether it’s technology so advanced it appears magic, or physics-bending aliens the likes of which we’ve never seen on Earth, Hurley has the chops to make space wonderful and frightening. I can’t wait to see where she takes us.
Kameron Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion will be published in 2016 by Saga Press. Can’t wait for dying generation ships and familial warfare? The Mirror Empire, the first volume of the Worldbreaker trilogy, is currently exciting critics and readers, and her non-fiction collection, We Have Always Fought, collects the best of Hurley’s essays and rants into one nice package.