Ian Tregillis’ Milkweed Trilogy to be published by Orbit in the UK

Zeno Agency is now representing US author Ian Tregillis in the UK, Commonwealth and translation markets on behalf of his head agent Kay McCauley at  Pimlico/Aureous Inc in New York.

Rights to Ian’s Milkweed Trilogy – comprising of Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War and Necessary Evil – have been acquired by Orbit in a deal negotiated by John Berlyne.

This alternative version of 20th-century events sees Nazis engineering scientifically-enhanced supermen with powers of telekinesis, invisibility and fire-manipulation, whilst British troops resort to dark magic and even darker tactics to hold back the German invasion. The novel has received widespread praise since its release in the US last year, being described by Cory Doctorow as having “a white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters” and leading George R. R. Martin to dub Tregillis “a major talent.”

Orbit Commissioning Editor Anna Gregson says “We’re delighted to have acquired this thrillingly sinister, clever and compelling tale that melds real-life events with occult forces and weird science. Its vivid atmosphere and supernatural twist make this a deeply mesmerising and entertaining novel, with great appeal for any fans of alternate histories, dark fantasy and superhero comics. Think Inglourious Basterds crossed with X-Men!”.

Bitter Seeds is scheduled for publication in December 2012, with the second and third titles following respectively in February and April 2013.’