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ORU Contributors #5: Brian Hades

Okal Rel Contributors: A series of profiles celebrating the people who've contributed creatively to the Okal Rel Universe.

Brian Hades, Publisher

Brian Hades, Publisher

Brian Hades is the publisher/owner of Canada's largest publishing house dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: EGDE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Hades' books have been nominated for Canadian, US and Australian literary awards such as the Sunburst, Aurora, Aurealis, ForeWord and Ben Franklin Awards. Hades is the first Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy genre publisher to have sold publishing rights to The Science Fiction Book Club of New York. Other co-publishing and licensing deals include the release of various USA hardback and paperback editions, the translation and publication of French, Italian and Australian editions, as well as the optioning of television/movie production rights and the co-production of an animated short movie based on the poems in i-ROBOT Poetry by Jason Christie.

When did you first encounter the Okal Rel Universe?

I first encoutered the Universe when Lynda and Alison presented THRONE PRICE to me for consideration. THRONE PRICE is the 4th book in the seeries, but it ws the first book finished. I liked the idea of a huge decology (10 books) series and, since I’m a bit of a risk taker, agreed to publish the entire saga. Book 7 just came out, Book 8 is sheduled for the fall of this year and books 9 and 10 will be out next year (2013).

How are you involved with the ORU? Has this involvment been a positive expeirence for you?

My involvement is that of publisher. I oversee that the edits are done, the production is complete and the finished books are distributed and offered for sale. It takes a lot of energy to work on such a long series of books, but each one holds its own reward and I can’t wait to have them all available (maybe in a boxed set).

What can you see in the Okal Rel Universe's future?

The future of the Okal Rel Universe in open to so many possibilities. Of course there is already an ongoing series of Novellas being published and there are the OPUS anthologies of short stories that allow other writers to contribute to the Okal Rel Universe. Spin offs could include plays, pod-casts, net-movies, etc. There is no real limit to how big the Universe might grow. This is one of those book projects where the author encorages others to “play” in the universe. My hope is that many many “others” do so.

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