Friday, December 07, 2012

Halo: Silentium Cover Art Unveilved

Saw over at Halo Waypoint that Tor Books has unveiled the official cover art for their upcoming novel, Halo: Silentium.

The official press release is as follows:

Cover art for the third novel in the New York Times bestselling Halo Forerunner Saga,
written by legendary science fiction author Greg Bear

New York, NY – December 5, 2012 – Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, the largest publisher of science fiction in the world, and 343 Industries are excited to unveil the cover art for the forthcoming hardcover and trade paperback edition of Halo: Silentium (March 19, 2013) by #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Bear. The New York Times bestselling Halo series of novels, based on the hugely successful Halo videogame franchise that has sold over 50 million copies, is part of a global phenomenon that has dominated the science fiction landscape over the last decade.

In Halo: Cryptum, Greg Bear began a three-book arc set in the era of the Forerunners, the ancient and enigmatic creators and builders of the Halos, which continued in Halo: Primordium. Now, in the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood, a horrifying shape-changing parasite, has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.

Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian, a husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict, hold the keys to salvation. Facing the consequences of a profound tragedy, one of them must commit a great atrocity in order prevent an unmatched evil from dominating the entire universe.

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that have grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original Halo: Combat Evolved for Xbox in 2001, the rich fiction of the franchise has since inspired a series of blockbuster Xbox and Xbox 360 video games, New York Times best-selling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more. To date, the Halo franchise has sold more than 50 million copies to date, with sales eclipsing $3 billion over its lifetime. Halo 4 marks the beginning of a new saga in the iconic universe, as Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. Developed by 343 Industries exclusively for Xbox 360, Halo 4 released on Nov. 6, 2012, earning high marks from industry insiders and fans alike.

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-five years in a row the company has been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

I'm really looking forward to this novel, and I'm hoping it ties up nicely how the Didact becomes a "bad guy."

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