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It's always a slightly nerve-wracking time, immediately before and immediately after a novel comes out. Reviews are posted. And must be read. Inevitably, every time you read a new review your heart glollops a bit with fear (after all: maybe this one will be the one that utterly cremates your writing and crushes your butterfly-fluttering [...]
I'm extremely excited by this ... you can tell, by the ellipses ... these are the ellipses of an excited author ...
Newcon Press are publishing this collection of SF/Fantasy related essays and reviews, with a preface by BSFA Award-winning critic Paul Kincaid, in August (I believe the launch is at Loncon): Newcon supremo Ian Whates facebooked the above photo to show that actual copies are now in existence. Exciting stuff! I set up the like-named Sibilant [...]
... in my grubby hand. Looks nice!
I'm not a big fan of the idiom 'cover reveal', actually. It's the 'reveal' part, like I'm a stage performer whisking a white sheet off something as the audience oos and aas. Still that is the idiom, and I'll run with it. So. [takes breath] ... St Martin's Press in New York New York will [...]
Courtesy of the estimable Mahendra Singh, two could-have-been never-were alternate timeline variant covers for Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea. Cool, no? In related news, check out this excellent Ron Miller essay on Mahendra's superb artistry from i09.
Edited by Ian Whates. Available now. Classy stuff, you know.
Lovely cover, there, from Gary Northfield. The book itself is coming soon: Jurassic London is delighted to announce The Brick Moon, a new edition of the classic tale from Edward Everett Hale. Hale’s prophetic novel, first published in 1869, is the first to imagine the launch of an artificial satellite – making it the perfect [...]
The Trei website has just posted this rather handsome cover-art snap of their upcoming (or, wait: is it out now?) brand new Romanian translation of Jack Glass. Exciting! And the blurb! "Într-un viitor, în care deplasările prin sistemul solar sunt controlate de o oligarhie nemiloasă, Jack-din-Sticlă este căutat pentru activităţi teroriste. Jack crede că supravieţuirea [...]
Black Sheep are, what can I say? Artist-designers of genius, that's what they are. Here's Bête: Simon, my editor, talks a little bit about how he commissioned this gorgeous cover on the Gollancz blog today. He also notes that the novel itself includes a talking cat. It's true. However felinophobic I may, myself, be, I [...]
Courtesy of the estimable Ian Whates, here is the cover for my upcoming collection of Essays and Reviews, soon to be published by Newcon Press (also check out the like-named blog). GASP AT MY BEAUTY, O WORLD! GASP, I SAY!
Pornokitsch have posted the TOC and pre-order details for the newest Jurassic London anthology, The Book of the Dead. And it's (if you'll pardon the phrase) A Monster: Table of Contents Introduction: "Some Words from an Egyptologist" by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society) "Ramesses on the Frontier" by Paul Cornell "Escape from the Mummy's [...]
Exciting! Coming out 16 Jan 2014! Also with oodles of intrinsic Mahendra Singh goodness:
It seems the proofs of this book (due out December this year) have arrived in the Palgrave office; though they have yet to make their way out to me. Exciting!
Gardner Dozois's 30th collection of the Best SF of the year is out. It contains a story by me, but (to quote Paul McAuley, who has two stories in the volume), 'don't let that put you off.' I might as well go on quoting Paul, actually: Gardner says: 'Every year is special, because every year [...]
Wait, that cover splash is not right. That's better. Well, my collection of short fiction was published. It has been variously reviewed, and I have been unsystematic about gathering notices together. But here is one I saw today, by Niall Harrison, that tall man, on the Strange Horizons blog: Thesis: Adam Roberts is distinctive among [...]
That book to which the Robots version of Adam contributed a story? It's The Lowest Heaven, edited by Jared 'The Man' Shurin and Anne 'The Woman' Perry; it'll be launched June 13th and the Royal Observatory are taking pre-orders now. Oh, it's a good collection. It's a very very good collection. Anne Perry's middle name [...]
Turkish publisher Bilim ve Gelecek Kitapligi (Google translate leads me to believe the name means: 'the Library of Science and the Future') of Istanbul have just acquired the translation rights to my Palgrave History of Science Fiction. Hurrah!
Which is nice of them. In an interview with PW, Roberts says that he set out to write a new kind of whodunit, where the murderer’s name is revealed on page one yet is still a surprise to the reader at the end. He succeeds admirably with this three-part SF mystery, which just won the [...]
From the latest SFX.
Speculative Fiction was released last Thursday (25 April); You can find it in the US for $11.99 and in the UK for £8.99. In addition to my piece on Ayn Rand, it has a wealth of brilliant articles and critical readings. Proceeds from all sales go to Room to Read. So -- c'mon! What's keeping [...]
My contributor copy of this handsome volume, edited by Jonathan Strahan, came through the post today. Some excellent stories therein, but also my own 'What Did Tessimond Tell You?' Actually I'm pretty proud of this tale: formally traditional, but with some (I think) nice touches. It first appeared in Ian Whates' Solaris 1.2. If it [...]
There's no graceful way to apologise for falling internet-silent for a long time, so I'll hurry past that, mumbling and looking at the floor. Instead let's concentrate on: NEWS! 1. I won my first ever award! Jack Glass won the BSFA Best Novel award, which thrilled me more than I can easily say. The shortlist [...]
Buy yours today! (Also available in superrobotic kindle format*). [*'superrobotic' kindle is exactly the same as regular kindle. Value of short stories may go down as well as up. £6.99 in ebook format. Pirates will incur my displeasure.]
Sie können kaufen Sie dieses Buch für alle deutschsprachigen Freunde. Ja.
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 -- [...]
I'm delighted that MUSE films have optioned New Model Army. It is, I think, one of my two best novels, one of the things I'm proudest of writing, and although I know full well that only a tiny fraction of books optioned by film production companies ever actually make it to the Big Screen, nonetheless [...]
Appearing in an anthology of short stories alongside Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi and many others? Really? Why, it appears to be true. And is it for sale? Yes: buy direct from the publishers at that last link, or from amazon here.
Snowbooks say this was published on the 1st Nov, but a little bird tells me the issue date has been moved to the 1st December. Soon, though! Also, the 'sixteen' tales you can see on the other end of that publisher's site link has been distilled down to a more focussed fifteen, as you can [...]
That's (... dacă nu mă înșel ...) the Romanian for Jack Glass. I'm very pleased indeed to announce that a Romanian translation of my novel will be appearing late 2013, perhaps 2014, from the exciting publishing house of Editura Trei. As far as I'm concerned this is one of the most significant things to happen [...]Previous Entries