Transworld acquires novels from Heroes creator Tim Kring

09 Mar

I consider this to be cool news. 🙂

I’ve not yet watched the last season of Heroes (still planning to, ye naysayers!), but I’ll definitely be reading Shift when it’s released! 🙂 Here’s the news, from the press-release:

“Transworld Publishers are pleased to announce the acquisition of a trilogy of novels by Tim Kring and Dale Peck. Kring is best-known as the creator of the hit TV series, Heroes, which is regularly watched by 3-4 million viewers per episode.
Simon Thorogood and Simon Taylor jointly acquired the series of novels from Kring’s US publisher, Crown. The first novel introduces Chandler Forrestal, a man whose life is changed forever when he is unwittingly dragged into a CIA mind-control experiment. After being given a massive does of LSD, Chandler develops a frightening array of mental powers.

Simon Thorogood described the series as ‘having all the elements that make Heroes such a success – intelligent plotting, great characterisation and must-know-what-happens suspense.’ Simon Taylor added that ‘the finished novel more than delivers on the tantalizing promise of this project which we first heard about a couple of years ago.’

The first in the series, Shift, will be published by Bantam Press in January 2011.”

What do you all think? Good idea? Cool premise?


P.S. Thanks to The Mad Hatter for the Amazon link and the cover. 🙂


Posted by on March 9, 2010 in Announcements


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3 responses to “Transworld acquires novels from Heroes creator Tim Kring

  1. The Mad Hatter

    March 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    This could be good, but I have to read a bit more about it before taking the plundge. The US cover isn’t doing much for me though:

  2. Sam Strong

    March 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    By ‘great characterisation’ do they mean he’s going to re-write the characters every time he feels like doing a different plot, and then reboot everything when people moan? You know… If we’re comparing it to Heroes and all 🙂

    Heroes took itself way too seriously and the writers dug themselves into a massive hole, by way of gratuitous use of time travel.

    So yeah I guess it’s an interesting premise, but I won’t hold my breath as to whether Kring can actually write a novel.

  3. Dave-Brendon de Burgh

    March 10, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Hey Sam, yep, I have to agree on that one – having another author’s name on the cover makes it practically a sure thing that Kring won’t be the one to actually write the novels. But it’s going to be interesting to see how many Heroes fans read the novels (or even hear about them). 🙂


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