Successful Kickstarter project: GERRY ANDERSON’S GEMINI FORCE ONE, is to be published by Gollancz in 2014 and Orion Children’s Books in 2015 in a deal agented by Robert Kirby of United Agents with Orion Children’s Books Editorial Director Amber Caravéo. Publication will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first broadcast of THUNDERBIRDS.
GEMINI FORCE ONE was devised and developed by Gerry Anderson before his death and completed by bestselling author M G Harris with the approval of the Estate of Gerry Anderson, led by his son Jamie.
A special, and strictly limited edition of GEMINI FORCE ONE will first be published by Gollancz in August 2014 and will be available to original Kickstarter supporters, and will also be sold in collaboration with key specialist bookseller Goldsboro Books.
An Orion Children’s Books main paperback edition will then be published in spring 2015 with books 2 and 3 to follow in 2015 and 2016.
On successful Kickstarter funding, Jamie Anderson said: “With over 600 Anderson fans from around the world chipping in to get this project launched – Gemini Force One is go!”
And with this new publishing deal, he adds: “Dad was a prolific creative, and was constantly coming up with new ideas. Gemini Force One was one of his final projects, and something that he felt passionately would inspire a whole new generation. In continuing to develop GF1 we’ve been lucky enough to team up with best-selling author MG Harris who really understood the premise of the project and its “Gerry Anderson spirit” from the get-go. Now I’m delighted that we’re able to team up with Orion, who share our passion for GF1, to bring this fantastic book series to a global audience. Stand by for action!”
GEMINI FORCE ONE is a complete reinvention of the magic formula of adventure and rescue which formed the core of Gerry’s most successful series, THUNDERBIRDS, and should appeal to the several generations of THUNDERBIRDS fans and a generation of readers entirely new to the THUNDERBIRDS phenomenon.
MG Harris is best known for her bestselling series, THE JOSHUA FILES. Brought on board with the project at an early stage, she is passionate about the project and says of the collaboration: “It’s a huge honour for me as a Gerry Anderson fan to be involved in bringing Gemini Force One to life. The enthusiasm of Orion Publishing Group at all levels for this project has been inspiring. I’m delighted to be working with Orion Children’s Books to add a brand new action-adventure title to their list.”
Orion Children’s Books Editorial Director Amber Caravéo adds: “It is a great honour to work with Jamie Anderson and M.G. Harris on this hugely exciting new Gerry Anderson project. It has all the hallmarks of a typical Gerry Anderson concept – action, adventure and a great story at its heart that simply races along! As soon as I read the outline I could see that this was going to be a fantastic new Gerry Anderson brand and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it to long-standing fans and new readers alike!”