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Earth Star – Cover Reveal

Earth Star

August is still a while away, but we thought we’d cheer you up on this chilly January day with a sneak-peak at the wonderful new cover for Earth Star: the highly anticipated follow-up to Janet Edward’s sensational YA sci-fi debut, Earth Girl.

18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?

We love the cover, but get it-touch via the blog, Twitter or Facebook and tell us your thoughts!

Amazon | Waterstone’s

Missed out on Earth Girl?

Amazon

Waterstone’s

‘With a dash of action, sprinkling of romance, some teenage angst and a couple of collapsing skyscrapers, this novel contains everything you could possibly want to grab a teenage reader and keep them utterly enthralled’ Starburst Magazine

‘A break from the norms’ SFX magazine

‘In her debut novel, Janet Edwards has created an authentic futuristic world with enough history and adventure to keep readers captivated’ Amazon Kindle Editors’ Pick – August Book of the Month 2012

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Earth Girl has landed in a bookshop near you!

Earth Girl comes out today! Read a bit about the book below and see what the reviewers have been saying.

A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author. Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

‘With a dash of action, sprinkling of romance, some teenage angst and a couple of collapsing skyscrapers, this novel contains everything you could possibly want to grab a teenage reader and keep them utterly enthralled’ Starburst Magazine

‘A break from the norms’ SFX magazine

‘In her debut novel, Janet Edwards has created an authentic futuristic world with enough history and adventure to keep readers captivated’ Amazon Kindle Editors’ Pick – August Book of the Month 2012

One of the most recent reviews tweeted at us said:

“Earth Girl is totally zan, impressive, unforgettable and unputdownable. Everything about it was perfect and well-thought out: history, technology, plot, language, vibrant characters, character development and interaction and culture! The writing was flawless and engaging and at the same time, fun and youthful. When I reached the end, I went back to my favorite parts and read them again. I highly recommend this to dystopian readers and science fiction readers! If you see this in a bookstore, grab a copy asap!” Blog link

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Space exploration

So yesterday morning (in the UK), I woke up to the amazing news that the Mars rover Curiosity landed safely on the surface of another planet. It absolutely blew my mind. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I dreamed of being an astronaut as a teenager (a terrible Physics grades put an end to that dream!) and so seeing the delight on the faces of the men and women of NASA who poured their blood, sweat, brains and energy into making this landing a success was so exciting. I don’t know whether Olympics fever has made me extra emotional, but it was so incredibly heart-warming to see their hard work come to fruition. And now I can’t wait to see the images that Curiosity comes back with!

This renewed excitement at seeing humanity reach out to the stars couldn’t have come at a better time for our debut novellist Janet Edwards, whose sci-fi novel Earth Girl touches on a subject we can all relate to: what if everyone could explore the universe, except for you? 

Earth Girl has been picking up loads of buzz lately, including being chosen by the Amazon Kindle editors as their YA Book of the Month (August) and receiving this rave review from Kate of ‘For Winter Nights’ blog, who says Earth Girl ‘ is the best YA novel I’ve read this year and I am confident that it will be one of my contenders for novel of the year.’

To celebrate Curiosity’s landing, we’re giving away an early copy of Earth Girl! To enter, answer this ridiculously easy question in the comments or e-mail us: thevoyager@harpercollins.co.uk by 16 August 2012: On 6 August 2012, what planet did the Curiosity rover land on? [for residents of UK + Commonwealth (excluding Canada) + Europe, only]

To pre-order the paperback edition of Earth Girl (Aug 16 2012), visit Amazon or Waterstones or support your favourite independent retailer.

To pre-order the Kindle edition of Earth Girl (Aug 16 2012), click here.

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EasterCon – Eat, Drink and talk SFF!

This weekend was Eastercon – and the Voyager team was there in full force! It was one of the biggest Eastercons to date, with over 1400 people in attendance! Two of our authors were there as Guests of Honour: George R.R. Martin and Cory Doctorow.

For those who have never attended a convention or are curious about them, Eastercon is a great place to start. As was well documented in this Guardian article [http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/09/eastercon-sf-fantasy-convention?INTCMP=SRCH], Eastercon feels like one of the most inclusive genre events – and it is one of the biggest too, as the UK’s annual national SF convention.

This year, there was a noticeable shift of focus onto fantasy fiction as the UK’s biggest selling author of second half of 2011 (that’s the entirety of the UK book market, not just genre!), George R.R. Martin, took to the stage. He thrilled audiences by reading the first two chapters of The Winds of Winter (currently the viewpoint characters Victarion and Tyrion, but that is certainly subject to change) and answering some questions from the audience. He was also on several panels, including ‘How Pseudo do you like your Medieval?’ and ‘Nature of Heroism’. Even a few of the cast members from Game of Thrones turned up at Eastercon to enjoy the festivities, including Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon), John Bradley West (Samwell Tarly), and  Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel).

Our very own Cory Doctorow was also on hand as a guest of honour – he had a fabulous interview with his US editor Patrick Nielsen-Hayden and continued to blow everyone’s minds on panels like ‘Death of the Internet’, ‘Dystopian YA’ and ‘The Future of Ebooks’. Other Voyager authors in attendance included Stephen Hunt and Janet Edwards – great to have such a stronger Voyager contingent out in force!

The best thing about Eastercon is the chance to meet and chat in person with all the authors that you admire. You could probably miss out all of the panels and just sit at the bar, and still have a fabulous time (OK, we admit it; there was quite a lot of bar sitting time for the Voyager team too!)

If you were sad to miss out, a few of the panels and interviews were recorded online.  Check the videos out here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/2012—olympus

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Let’s get arty – Earth Girl by Janet Edwards Cover Competition

Picture from http://listsoplenty.com/blog/?p=9606 I have no image rights to it“Cover Art” occurs every Tuesday.

Essentially, the HarperCollins Art Department gather us in a small, air-tight room, and show us a bajillion covers until our heads explode.  I jest! It’s actually rather fun - definitely one of the highlights of the week. They sometimes even have biscuits (posh)!

 

So, in an attempt to prolong the creative process I think that we should get all arty.

The Challenge

Create your own cover  interpretation of our 2012 Sci Fi debut Earth Girl by Janet Edwards.

http://janetedwards.com/

Overview

Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Brief

It needs to say Earth Girl and Janet Edwards.

All of the entries (if we have any, it’s a busy time of year) will go up on the blog. Stick figures are welcome.

Enter via Twitter or email thevoyager@harpercollins.co.uk

 DEADLINE 5th JANUARY 2012! All entries will receive goodies!