Gavin Smith’s The Bastard Legion to Gollancz

Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of World Rights to three books in a new SF series, The Bastard Legion, from Gavin G. Smith, an author described as ‘an exceptional talent’ by Peter F. Hamilton.

Gollancz commissioning editor, Marcus Gipps, bought the World rights to three books, with audio rights going to Audible. The books will originally be released as eBooks and audio downloads, with physical releases to follow.

Four hundred years in the future, the most dangerous criminals are kept in suspended animation aboard prison ships and “rehabilitated” in a shared virtual reality environment. But Miska Corbin, a thief and hacker with a background in black ops, has stolen one of these ships, the Hangman’s Daughter, and made it her own. Controlled by explosive collars and trained in virtual reality by the electronic ghost of a dead marine sergeant, the thieves, gangsters, murderers, and worse are transformed into Miska’s own private indentured army: the Bastard Legion. Are the mercenaries just for fun and profit, or does Miska have a hidden purpose connected to her covert past?

Marcus Gipps said: “Gollancz is delighted to have Gavin writing hard-edged, fast-paced and exciting military SF for us. Miska is a wonderful character, and the crew of criminals she controls is full of memorable psychopaths (don’t get too attached to them, though).”

Gavin Smith said: “I couldn’t be more excited to unleash the Bastard Legion on the world. Miska’s been in my imagination a long time – crazed, defiant, and perhaps just a little bit of a psychopath herself. She couldn’t be in better hands than with Marcus and the team at Gollancz.”

The first book, The Hangman’s Daughter, will be released as an eBook and audio download on January 26th 2017, with a physical edition following in October 2017 alongside the second book, Friendly Fire, in eBook. This pattern will be repeated for the following books in the series.

Gavin G. Smith is the Dundee-born author of the hard edged, action-packed SF novels Veteran, War in Heaven, Age of Scorpio, A Quantum Mythology and The Beauty of Destruction, as well as the short story collection Crysis: Escalation. He has collaborated with Stephen Deas as the composite personality Gavin Deas and co-written Elite: Wanted, and the shared world series Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction.

Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, the imprint of the Orion Publishing Group is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Through our long-running SF and Fantasy Masterworks programme, and major digital initiative the SF Gateway, Gollancz has one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.