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Tor Books announces EVE Online novelization

EVE: THE BURNING LIFE

CCP Games main Creative Writer Hjalti Danielsson to pen an epic novel set in the EVE Online universe

New York, NY – Wednesday, July 1, 2009 – Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC—the largest publisher of science fiction in the world—and CCP Games are pleased to announce a grand new space opera set in the universe of EVE Online, the largest and most successful science fiction MMOG (Massive Multiplayer Online Game) today with over 300,000 subscribers worldwide. EVE: THE BURNING LIFE (Tor, $14.99) will be published in North America in November 2009.

Hjalti Daníelsson has worked in different capacities on EVE Online since its start in 2003 and currently serves as CCP’s main creative writer for the harsh universe of New Eden, the setting for EVE Online. He is the author of more than seventy short stories and assorted other fiction set in the EVE Online universe. A visceral writer whose aggressive prose and grand operatic scope is reminiscent of Iain M. Banks and Joe Haldeman, Daníelsson’s storytelling talent and familiarity with the EVE universe make him the ideal candidate to write a full-length novelization for fans and newcomers alike.

“EVE is a phenomenal SF offering,” said Eric Raab, Tor Editor. “The game is beyond awe-inspiring, and its intricacies deserve stories. Hjalti’s storytelling skills shine in-game and in his short fiction. We at Tor are truly excited for his first foray into the novel form.”

An epic hybrid of space opera and military science fiction, EVE: THE BURNING LIFE stands on its own for science fiction readers looking for a new universe to explore. It also promises to compliment the vast EVE backstory by providing fans a personal narrative through new realms of this massive world. “Though the player-driven drama unfolding daily in EVE Online is the essence of our virtual world, CCP firmly believes that EVE can transcend the boundaries of a single medium to offer new ways of experiencing its richness” said Thor Gunnarsson, VP of Business Development at CCP. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the incredibly talented team at Tor Books to bring a taste of the EVE universe to sci-fi readers around the world.”

EVE: THE BURNING LIFE
By Hjalti Danielsson
Tor Books
On-Sale: November 2009
400 pages * ISBN: 0-7653-2486-5 * $14.99

About CCP Games
CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOGs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997, CCP’s international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company’s website, www.ccpgames.com.

About Tor Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy literature. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last twenty-two years the company has been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.