Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC-the largest publisher of science fiction in the world-and Microsoft are pleased to announce the launch of HALO: EVOLUTIONS, the new story collection in the New York Times bestselling Halo® series, expanding the universe created in the hugely successful Halo videogames for the Xbox 360. High-resolution jacket art images and a full table of contents are available by request.
HALO: EVOLUTIONS features a wide variety of tales set across the span of the Halo universe. Contributing brand-new original stories are New York Times bestselling Halo novelists Eric Nylund and Tobias Buckell, Halo newcomer and #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss, Halo Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor, Bungie developer and in-game writer Robt McLees, and Tor Books editor of the Halo series Eric Raab. Three previous Halo novels published by Tor have sold over a million combined copies to date, and in 2010 Tor will publish the first in a new Halo trilogy by science fiction icon Greg Bear.
"There are so many interesting and exciting playgrounds that are spawning from every HALO offering," says Eric Raab, Tor editor. "This is a great chance to watch writers have some fun with these areas and expand on some of the unexplored mythos and characters, while at the same time creating new ones as well. Think of the short story collection as a new litter of Halo stories, each excitingly unique."
"The chance to explore corners of the Halo universe, whether obscure or popular, is something we are always excited to do, but the chance to shine light on these dark corners with the talents of these wonderful luminaries, is a pleasure indeed," says Frank O'Connor, Franchise Development Director, 343 Industries. "The combination of fresh eyes and old hands guarantees a brilliant continuation of a Halo tradition."
Halo has emerged from the videogame world as a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 27 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 3: ODST, launched on September 22, 2009. 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.
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