Rights Available! Drought-Based Dystopian Drama and Alien Tale Up for Sale

Claire Vaye Watkins' timely debut, 'Gold Fame Citrus,' and Mark Alpert's anticipated science fiction thriller, 'The Orion Plan,' are ready to option.
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'Gold Fame Citrus'

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Perhaps you enjoy a little science in your fiction?

This week's Rights Available is all about the sci-fi stories. First up is Claire Vaye Watkins' well-reviewed drought dystopia Gold Fame Citrus — one of several stories about environmental disasters to gain a lot of attention in the past few months. Also making the rounds is Mark Alpert's (The Omega Theory) latest, The Orion Plan, about nanotech and an imminent alien invasion. 

This week's hot titles:

Gold Fame Citrus (Riverhead) by Claire Vaye Watkins
Agency: RWSG

Watkins' debut novel has been building heat with its scarily timely premise: Set in a drought-stricken wasteland that was Los Angeles, a young couple takes in a mysterious child and sets out to escape the scorched, dystopian Southwest.

The Orion Plan (Thomas Dunne) by Mark Alpert
Agencies: APA/Writers House

Science meets science fiction in this hotly anticipated February novel from an editor at Scientific American: A lone NASA scientist discovers aliens are using nano­technology to enslave humans and turn Earth into a colony.