By Adam Roberts | December 6, 2012
Categories: Book News
Amazon have this down for release October 2013; don't know if that's right -- but I do know that (a) the cover is a beauty, m'hearties, and that (b) the book, when it emerges, will be adorned by a plethora of absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Mahendra Singh. Not the cricketer, no. The artist! Really -- if you don't know his Hunting of the Snark artwork then you're missing one of the great treats of the internet. That he is my friend doesn't, I think, disqualify me from insisting that he is one of the most distinctive, most evocative and simply best illustrators at work anywhere today. There's something about his combination of 19th-century precision-gravure and his surrealist or otherwise imaginatively-unfettered modernity of idiom that just knocks the top of my head off.
I'm really honoured that I've been able to collaborate with him on this project.
As for the story, well it's come a long way from this jumping-off-point, as the third of six possible Verne sequel/update/metatext/doojabs. The core idea is the same but the details have largely changed.No tags for this post.