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    Tor Books and Visceral Games have announced Dead Space: Martyr ( A Tor Trade Paperback; $14.99; July 2010), the first novel based on the award winning Dead Space game franchise.  Dead Space: Martyr delves into the back story of the fiction including the history of the Church of Unitology, the discovery of the enigmatic “Black Marker” and the mysteries behind an alien artifact of unknown power.

    When geophysicist Michael Altman Michael Altman learns of a mysterious signal emitting from deep within the Chicxulub crater, he cannot resist the lure of an undiscovered artifact.  He soon learns that being in close proximity to the artifact causes strange occurences – visions of the dead, vivid dreams, and violent murders.  Altman’s experience with the alien artifact leads to this crucial first chapter in the Dead Space saga.

    “One of the most compelling storytelling aspects of Dead Space has been the Church of Unitology: its origins, power, and role in Dead Space,” says Tor editor, Eric Raab.  “Writer B.K. Evenson gets into the terrifying aspects of mob mentality like no other writer today.  This isn’t only a great story within the Dead Space universe; it’s a great novel on its own.”

    “The Dead Space world is incredibly vast and rich — expanding its fiction into a novel lets us share parts of the story that just can’t fit into videogames,” said Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer of Dead Space 2.  “We hope Dead Space: Martyr will be the first of many books to let fans dive deeply into Dead Space’s secrets and immersive lore.”

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