Orbit Books

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Orbit Books
Parent companyHachette
(Lagardère Publishing)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
DistributionUnited Kingdom, United States, Australia, South Africa
Fiction genresScience fiction, fantasy
Official websiteorbitbooks.net

Orbit Books is an international publisher that specialises in science fiction and fantasy books. It is a division of Lagardère Publishing.


It was founded in 1974 as part of the Macdonald Futura publishing company. In 1992, its parent company was bought by Little, Brown & Co., at that stage part of the Time Warner Book Group. In 1997, Orbit acquired the Legend imprint from Random House.[1]

In 2006, Orbit's parent company Little, Brown was sold by Time Warner to the French publishing group Hachette Livre.

In summer 2006, it was announced that Orbit would expand internationally, with the establishment of Orbit imprints in the United States and Australia. Orbit Publishing Director Tim Holman relocated to New York to establish Orbit US as an imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. In June 2007, Orbit announced the appointment of Bernadette Foley as publisher for Orbit Australia, an imprint of Hachette Livre Australia.



  1. ^ Dozois, Gardner (1998). The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 9780312190330.