A couple of a weeks ago, I got a few emails informing me that I had received a nomination for a Book Blogger Appreciation Week award – several, in fact. I blushed a little, but more or less wrote it off to me nominating myself and then forgetting.

Well, apparently someone likes A Dribble of Ink, because it made the short-list (along with four others) for Best Speculative Fiction Blog. I’m blushing even more, now.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week short list

The others nominated (which all deserve the honour, so I’m not sure how I was included above so many other great blogs) are:

Bibliophile Stalker
Scifiguy.ca (go Canadians!)
The Book Zombie
The Galaxy Express

So get on over there and vote! It doesn’t have to be for me (you know, it’s an honour to be nominated, and all that…), but take the time to pick you favourites among the mountain of awards being given out. You can vote HERE.

Hot on the heels of the recently released UK cover art for Robin Hobb’s Dragon Haven, we have a look at the US cover (as well as a looked at a tweaked version of the Dragon Keeper, where they tooled around with the typopgraphy, because, you know… that’s where the problem was) and, well… it’s not so pretty.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb

Since first unveiling the cover for Dragon Keeper, I’ve learned that EOS comissioned Hobb’s sister’s neighbour’s landlord’s highschool-aged son’s teacher’s grade 10 Computer Animation class to do the artwork. In recompense, they were allowed to skip two periods to watch Reign of Fire and Dragonheart. Lucky kids!

Yep, it begins.

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Tor.com, North American publishers of The Gathering Storm, have released the first chapter of the long awaited effort by Brandon Sanderson to fill Robert Jordan’s shoes. It’s available for free download to all Tor.com members (registration is quick, easy and free), and can be found HERE.

On top of that, more news about the series was announced on Dragonmount:

The PROLOGUE to The Gathering Storm will be available as an eBook purchase beginning on September 17th. The price will be $2.99 and will be available from Amazon.com, BN.com, Tor.com, as well as other online vendors.

Tor will be releasing the ENTIRE Wheel of Time series in various eBook formats beginning with the release of The Eye of the World beginning on October 27th. Each book will be released in series order on a monthly basis after that. The text of the books has been optimized for the ebook reading experience, and retain all illustrations and maps from the physical books. Pricing is not yet available

And that’s not all – Each of the WoT eBooks mentioned above (not the TGS prologue) will include new ‘cover art’ by different professional artists. Tor is commissioning a different artist for each book, so you’ll see brand new art for each one of the books in the series. Here are the details for the artists of the first four books:

THE EYE OF THE WORLD
David Grove
http://www.stock-illustration-portfolios.com/artistPage/Grove_David.html
Illustrators Hall of Fame. Known for work in National Geographic, advertising, and movie posters including Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Outsiders.

THE GREAT HUNT
Kekai Kotaki
Spectrum award winner.
Lead Concept Artist for ArenaNet on Guild Wars 2.
http://www.kekaiart.com/
http://kekai.blogspot.com/

THE DRAGON REBORN
Donato Giancola
http://www.donatoart.com/
bio: http://www.tor.com/bios/artists/donato
Multiple Spectrum and Hugo Award Winner, and Hamilton King award winner.

THE SHADOW RISING
Sam Weber
Society of Illustrators and Spectrum award winner.
http://www.sampaints.com/

I dunno about releasing a prologue and making people pay for it. Maybe the proceeds could go to a Charity? Or to support Mayo Clinic, where Jordan recieved treatment through his illness? In any case, I’m sure it’ll sell bucketloads. Personally, as a junkie for cover art, I’m more excited for the new covers (especially Kekai Kotaki’s!) Can’t wait to see what other illustrators they manage to wrangle.

News surfaced a few months ago that Solaris Books, whose catalog includes Gail Z. Martin, Paul Kearney and Simon R. Green, was for sale. Well, it took a bit of time, but it looks like a buyer has been found.

Rebellion Logo

The press release:

REBELLION ACQUIRES SOLARIS IMPRINT FROM GAMES WORKSHOP

This week, Rebellion, Europe’s leading independent games developer and owner of the iconic comic 2000 AD and sci-fi and fantasy imprint Abaddon Books, completed the acquisition of the Solaris book publishing imprint from Games Workshop for an undisclosed sum.

This well-known and highly successful brand offers a mixture of new and traditional science fiction, fantasy and horror books and has many bestselling titles from both upcoming and established names such as Brian Lumley, Gail Z. Martin, Eric Brown and Simon R. Green, amongst others.

Solaris will sit alongside, and be run in parallel with, Rebellion’s own Abaddon Books.

Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion said, “We’ve been aware of the Solaris imprint for some years now and have admired its success with fantastic stories and great writers. Acquiring Solaris will allow us to continue to push our publishing trajectory upwards and expand the quantity, whilst maintaining the quality, of all our titles.”

George Mann, Games Workshop’s Head of Publishing said, “We’re delighted that Solaris has found a new home with Rebellion. After a period of fantastic growth with our Games Workshop related titles, we decided the time was right for us to focus all of our attention on our Black Library imprint. We’re sure Rebellion will now take Solaris forward to even greater heights.”

Rebellion has also entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Simon and Schuster. Under the agreement, Simon & Schuster will continue to handle sales, distribution and fulfilment of all Solaris titles for all new and backlist titles to trade and specialty accounts. The agreement is effective August 31st, 2009.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website www.simonandschuster.com

Distribution for Solaris will continue to be represented by Simon and Schuster.

www.solarisbooks.com

Oddly, Rebellion is best known as a Videogame developer, but a closer look ties them to the comic book industry (2000 AD) and even the Speculative Fiction publishing world, as owners of Abaddon Books.

I don’t know a whole lot about Rebellion, nor do I have any experience with Abaddon Books, but looking at Rebellion‘s lineup of videogames, I don’t have the utmost faith in them. Still, it’s nice to know that Solaris, and its staff, will continue to operate, more or less, as normal.