News: Tor Books Announces New Halo Trilogy

Hugo and Nebula award-winning author GREG BEAR to pen Halo® trilogy set in the time of the Forerunners…

New York, NY – Monday, April 6, 2009 – Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC—the largest publisher of science fiction in the world—and Microsoft are pleased to announce a new trilogy in the New York Times bestselling “Halo®”series based on the hugely successful Halo videogames franchise for the Xbox 360. Three previous “Halobooks published by Tor have sold over a million combined copies to date. The first novel in this new trilogy will be published in early 2010. An unabridged audiobook edition will publish simultaneously with the new novel.

A science fiction icon and winner of the field’s highest awards, Greg Bear has signed on to write three “Halo” novels set in the time of the Forerunners, the creators and builders of the Halos. Almost nothing is known for sure about this ancient race. Worshipped by the Covenant as gods, their engineering relics pepper the galaxy, and their connection to humanity remains unanswered. Devoted fans of both the books and games will finally get to delve deep into the era of these enigmatic beings, and discover for themselves the epic story behind one of the great mysteries of the “Halo” universe: the complete disappearance of the Forerunners from existence. “Greg Bear is truly a living legend of science fiction. To have him at play in the Halo universe will be exciting not just to Halo fans but to science fiction fans on a whole,” says Eric Raab, Tor editor.

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including the international bestsellers Eon and The Forge of God. He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for both his novels and short fiction. Bear has also served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Army, the CIA, Sandia National Laboratories, Callison Architecture, Inc., and other groups and agencies. His talent for taut narratives, intellectually rigorous themes, and realistic, appealing characters make him the most qualified author writing today to extend this blockbuster franchise. “We’re thrilled to have Greg Bear join a great tradition of sci-fi writers who’ve inhabited the ‘Halo’ universe, and Greg’s incredible sense of epic scale and wonder is the perfect match for the Forerunner mythos,” said Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director for Halo, at Microsoft Game Studios.

The deal was done by Richard Curtis, of Richard Curtis Literary Associates.
“Halo” has emerged from the videogame world as a global phenomenon. To date, more than 26 million copies of the games in the Halo franchise have been sold worldwide. “Halo 3” made entertainment history when it launched on Sept. 25, 2007, setting record sales which marked not just the biggest videogame launch, but the biggest day-one entertainment launch in history. The newest game in the franchise, “Halo Wars,” launched on March 3, 2009 and is the best-selling current generation console-based strategy game of all time. With a fully fleshed-out universe of heroes, villains and epic scenarios, the novels expand the universe to give fans a grander view of the game environments and characters they encounter.