“Outcast!” The sentence is handed down as the iron brand burns Kolhen’s arm. Now, instead of his warrior tattoo, the young man wears the mark of the rejected, the “outcasts” as they are known on the planet Orion-XB12557. Determined to prove his innocence and to get revenge on those who framed him, Kolhen escapes captivity with the help of the fiery Tryana, another of society’s pariahs. On his quest, Kolhen meets a mysterious woman with golden hair, who’s armed with strange and powerful weaponry, and who claims to be an envoy from another planet: Earth.
Born in France, Éric Corberand started his carrier as the writer of the series Les Griffes du marais in 1990. Using the pseudonym Corbeyran, he made a successful foray in a variety of styles including the thriller (Le chant des Stryges), social chronicles (Paroles de Taulards), sci-fi (Les hydres d’Ares) and humor (Le Cadet des Soupetard). En 2010, he develops with Cécil the steampunk universe's The Bombyce Network, published by Humanoids. In 2016, still with Humanoïds he started the adaptation of Orion’s Outcasts, based on the best-seller written by sci-fi cult author Julia Verlanger. He is one of the most prolific French comic writers, with nearly one hundred and thirty books to his name.
Julia Verlanger is one of the pen names of the acclaimed science-fiction writer Eliane Grimaître (1929-1985). Ever-enigmatic, she kept her identity secret throughout her career by using psuedonyms including Julia Verlanger and Gilles Thomas, a masculine name that was considered more acceptable in the field at the time. Under the name of Gilles Thomas, Eliane would become very prolific, penning three to four novels a year including L’Autoroute Sauvage (Savage Highway) and La Croix des Décastés (The Outcast’s Cross). In honor of his late wife, Jean-Pierre Tâïeb created the prestigious Julia Verlanger Prize in 1986. Julia Verlanger left an indelible mark on the world of popular literature, and her titular prize is awarded to science fiction or fantasy novels that best emulate her success.