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[UPDATED] Psst…Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy A Book Publishing Company?

Well, it’s all over the web by now (I heard it from Mark Chadbourn first), but Games Workshop is (unofficially, at the moment) putting their Solaris publishing imprint up for sale. Normal publication will continue through 2009, but then it’s anyone’s guess.

Serious bummer.

Solaris burst onto the sf scene in 2007 with a slew of interesting titles and has been producing top-quality science fiction ever since. Personally, I’ve enjoyed several of their books the last couple of years, like The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 1 and Volume 2 edited by George Mann, Sideways In Crime edited by Lou Anders, Extraordinary Engines edited by Nick Gevers, The Dragon’s Nine Sons and Three Unbroken by Chris Roberson, Deadstock and Blue War by Jeffrey Thomas, Helix by Eric Brown, Infinity Plus edited by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers, and War Machine by Andy Remic.

And that doesn’t even cover some of the others I want to read but haven’t gotten to, such as…


Infoquake by David Louis Edelman, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 3, The Accord by Keith Brooke, Kethani and Necropath by Eric Brown, Splinter by Adam Roberts, Set the Seas on Fire by Chris Roberson, Biohell by Andy Remic, to name a few. And also not to mention upcoming projects like 2010’s Shine anthology by Jetse de Vries.

I have no idea what the issues surrounding this decision might be if this is true — again, there is no official word yet — but I really believe they are doing some things very, very right. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best…

3/4 Update: Well, now it’s official. The following press release was issued:

GAMES WORKSHOP PUTS SOLARIS BOOKS IMPRINT UP FOR SALE

Games Workshop PLC today announced its intention to make its Solaris Books

publishing imprint available for sale.

BL Publishing, the publishing division of Games Workshop, has two imprints,

Black Library and Solaris. Its core business is the Black Library, an imprint

which publishes fiction set in the dark fantasy worlds of Games Workshop’s

Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 settings. It has seen consistent double

digit like-for-like growth over the last 3 years.

Solaris is an original fiction imprint of BL Publishing and releases around 20

science fiction, fantasy and horror titles a year. Renowned for its back-to-

basics approach and innovative marketing, this imprint was started in 2006

and has very quickly become established as a global brand in midlist, mass

market fiction.

Both the Black Library and Solaris are distributed in the UK and US by Simon

& Schuster.

Games Workshop’s Head of Publishing, George Mann, said in a statement:

“In recent years our Black Library imprint has more than doubled in size and

scope and we have decided that we should focus all our attention in growing

this core part of our business. Whilst we see plenty of growth potential with

Solaris, we are looking for a buyer who is interested in developing this global

brand.”

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2 Comments on [UPDATED] Psst…Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy A Book Publishing Company?

  1. I believe that these “unofficial reports” surfaced about a year ago and were denied. Hopefully they will be denied again. Hope so, because they do some dang good books.

  2. Steve Kyle // March 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm //

    The UK book trade magazine/website The Bookseller has the full story now, from an official Games Workshop person: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/79064-games-workshop-to-sell-solaris.html

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