Debut novelist Jaine Fenn has just signed a world rights deal with Jo Fletcher at Gollancz for three science fiction novels, following in the footsteps of Gollancz bestsellers like Alastair Reynolds and Richard Morgan. Jaine Fenn has had short fiction published in a variety of magazines and anthologies over the years. She is represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.
The first novel, THE PRINCIPLES OF ANGELS, is set on a world where nothing is forbidden; a world which is nonetheless a democracy of sorts: a democracy by assassination. Taro is one of the privileged few, but when his Angel aunt, one of the City’s assassins, is herself murdered, he loses everything. As the young street-hustler struggles to survive in the brutal world of the Downside slums, he finds himself caught up in something that may mean the end of everything . . . Combining the relentless all-action thrills of Richard Morgan with the world-building of Alastair Reynolds, Jaine is a new star in the sf firmament. THE PRINCIPLES OF ANGELS will be published in summer 2008.
John Jarrold said, ‘Jaine’s writing has really come of age in this novel. Its characters, plotlines and background all meld into a remarkable whole, and another name can now be added to the major British SF writers who have appeared over the last decade.’
Jo Fletcher said, ‘We’ve been exceptionally lucky at Gollancz recently, with a slew of new discoveries in the fantasy field, including Tom Lloyd, Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch, and Joe Hill in the horror field, but it’s been a little quiet on the sf front, so we’re doubly thrilled to be able to add Jaine Fenn to the Gollancz stable of future superstars.’
14th June 2007