The novel had previously appeared in three instalments in Galaxy Science Fiction, in June, July and August 1974. After its publication as a book it won the British Science Fiction Award for the best novel in 1976.
Shaw wrote two sequels, Orbitsville Departure (ISBN 0-671-69831-1), published in 1983, and Orbitsville Judgement, published in 1990.
- Dutch: "Het Stalen Paradijs", 1979, ISBN 90-6317-881-6.
- Russian: "Орбитсвиль", "Отбытие Орбитсвиля", "Судный день Орбитсвиля", 1995, ISBN 5-88196-349-0
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