Halo novels get a makeover

Publisher Tor Books announces reissue of first three Halo novels ahead of Halo: Reach release; new books to include updated content, art, and stories.

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Halo fans wishing to brush up on their Covenant history before the release of Halo: Reach later this year will have their chance with news that Tor Books will be reissuing the first three original Halo novels with new content and cover art.

Tor Books--one of the world's biggest science-fiction publishing houses--announced yesterday that it will be updating the original Halo trilogy to "set the stage" for the upcoming Halo title.

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The new novels will include updated content and artwork, as well as a series of short stories that expand on the universe of Halo games to date. The first book in the trilogy to be released will be Halo: The Fall of Reach, written by science-fiction author and Microsoft Game Studios writer Eric Nylund. The book is the basis for the upcoming Halo: Reach game and will be available in August 2010.

The original Halo: The Fall of Reach novel was released in 2001 as a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved. It details the story of series protagonist Master Chief, from his childhood to his rise to the top of the Spartan-II program, and explains the events that led up to the first game in the series.

The remaining two novels in the trilogy, Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz and Halo: First Strike also by Eric Nylund, bridge the gaps between the Halo 2 and Halo 3 games.

According to Tor Books, sales in the Halo franchise--including video games, novels, anime, action figures, and merchandise--have eclipsed US$1.7 billion to date, while the publisher's own Halo novels have sold over a million combined copies.

The publisher also revealed plans to publish a new Halo trilogy later this year written by science-fiction writer Greg Bear, which will give readers a look into the Halo universe during the time of the Forerunners.

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