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Halo: Contact Harvest Launches Today

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*TOR BOOKS LAUNCHES / HALO^® : CONTACT HARVEST/ TODAY*

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*/Bungie Lead Writer, Joseph Staten, Pens Latest in Best-Selling Series /*

New York , NY – Tuesday October 30, 2007 - Tor Books, an imprint of Tom
Doherty Associates, LLC—the largest publisher of science fiction in the
world—announces the launch of /Halo/®: /Contact Harvest/. The new novel
is the latest of the /New York Times / bestselling series based on the
hugely successful Microsoft and Bungie Studios' /Halo/® video games for
the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system. / Halo: Contact
Harvest/ is written by Joseph Staten, Bungie Studios' lead writer and
one of the original creators of the Halo game trilogy.

Though /Halo:/ /Contact Harvest / marks Joseph Staten first foray into
novel writing, he has served as a writer and cinematics director for
Halo (2001) and Halo 2 (2004) and the record-breaking Halo 3.

In/ Halo: Contact Harvest/, Staten reveals the state of the Halo
universe leading up to humanity's devastating first contact with the
Covenant —a chance encounter that catapulted mankind into a struggle for
its very existence. Readers will experience the start of the
Human-Covenant war from the perspective of Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson,
Master Chief's legendary confidant and mentor. As readers follow the
young Sergeant's adventures, they will gain terrifying insights into
both the Covenant's genocidal fury and the vicious civil war that
threatened to destroy humanity's fledgling interstellar empire, even
before the Covenant got their chance.

"It goes without saying that Joseph has great, intimate knowledge of the
Halo universe, so who better to tell the harrowing tale of humanity's
first contact with the Covenant?" says Tor Editor Eric Raab. "In the
novel, Joseph not only reveals exciting nuances of known events and
characters such as Sgt. Johnson. But he also breaks new ground —takes
readers on an action-packed journey to a little-known but vital part of
the Halo universe: the far-flung, ill-fated word of Harvest."

Halo has emerged from the video game world as a global phenomenon. Its
latest installment, Halo 3, garnered more than $300 million in its first
week alone, making it the fastest selling video game ever, and one of
the most successful entertainment properties ever. With a fully
fleshed-out universe of heroes, villains and epic scenarios, the novels
expand the universe to give fans a grander view of the game environments
and characters they encounter.

To date, over 20 million copies of the games in the /Halo/ trilogy have
been sold worldwide. The record week one sales comes on the heels of the
previously announced $170 million in sales in the U.S. within the first
24 hours of the game's release, which marked not just the biggest
videogame launch, but the biggest entertainment launch in history. The
Xbox 360 title beat previous U.S. sales records set by blockbuster
openings for entertainment events like the release of Spider-Man 3 and
/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/. Additionally, more than 1.7
million copies of /Halo 3/ were preordered in the United States, making
it the fasting pre-selling game in history, surpassing the previous
record-setting pre-sales of /Halo 2
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_About Tor Books_


Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New
York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in
1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy
literature. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line,
an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback,
Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse
line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single
English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major
award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last twenty years in
a row we have been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the
largest consumer poll in SF.

*HALO/^® / : Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten*

A Tor Trade Paperback Original

On-Sale Date: October 30, 2007

Cover Price: $14.95

Also Available from Audio Renaissance Unabridged CD $29.95

Available everywhere in the English speaking world

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