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Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep (Comma Press 2015)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

My author copy of this handsome-looking volume, edited by Penelope Lewis and Ra Page, arrived today. My story, 'Raveled Sleeve of Care', closes the volume, and has an afterward by the editor, Dr Lewis, herself. It is about the sinister Dr Slechterschlaf, and his proposed cure for sleep. More, including purchasing information, at the Comma […]

Chinese Jack

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Well I Like Ebrei, and I Like Zombi, but Which Is Better? There’s Only One Way To Find Out …

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

From semi-editor Lavie Tidhar, I learn that an Italian edition of Jews Versus Zombies is now on the cards (including my story 'Zayinim', at which, as I have already noted, I worked assiduously for months, perfecting and titivating the sentences, balancing the structure, refining the narratorial voice and undertaking whole weeks of detailed zom/hebie research). […]

Rave, Rave Against the Dying of the Light

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

So my latest, and in all likelihood last, collection of SF essays and reviews is now out -- Rave and Let Die: the SF and Fantasy of 2014 (Steel Quill 2015). 269 pages of material, including several never-before-published reviews of books, a lo-o-ong introduction overviewing the state of the genre, and a sort of short-story […]

Thing Itself, The

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

As SF Signal notes, this is coming soon. Currently slated for a 17th December 2015 release. It's the novelisation of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason the world has been waiting for. Also, it solves the Fermi Paradox. You're welcome.

Landor’s Cleanness

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

I've neglected this author website rather shamefully, and from now on I shall try to be a little more assiduous with updates. Starting with notice that the TLS has reviewed Landor's Cleanness (Oxford Univ. Press 2014). Not wholly dithyrambic, but a pretty positive judgement overall by Jacqueline Bannerjee. I can't deny the 'rather desperately chatty', […]

Looking Forward: 2016

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Nothing finalised yet, but it looks like this could be an early-ish 2016 release.

Jews versus Zombies

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar have edited these two volumes, Jurassic have published them, proceeds will go to a very worthwhile charity, and from March, you'll be able to buy either (or both!) here. It's e-book only at the moment, but a limited edition hard copy is coming, and perhaps an omnibus. Zombies contains my […]

Locus: Best SF/Fantasy of 2014

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The complete list is here. I was delighted to see Bête listed amongst the (very strong) list of best novels; and doubly-delighted that Sibilant Fricative: Essays & Reviews is listed amongst 'Best Non-Fiction'. Triple delight awaited me when I saw that “Thing and Sick” (originally in Solaris Rising 3) is listed amongst the 'Best Novelettes'. […]

Saint Rebor

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

A new collection of short stories: available now. I believe there are 150 actual copies for sale, all signed by me; but there's no limit to the number of e-book copies available, and they're only £2.99 a pop. Amazing!

Twenty Trillion Leagues: American Edition

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The US edition of Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea is out now. That's very exciting news! There's also an audio-book version for download, narrated by Christian Coulson. One more thing. Follow this link -- this one, here -- down, down into the depths of publishing's marianas trench, and you'll find an excerpt of this […]

My Six Best Books of 2014 …

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

... in a more-literal sense than is usually implied by these sorts of headlines. 1. Bête, a novel: it's the best of me. £6.49 on Kindle; still some hardcover copies left in stock (pricier, but makes a better gift. Look at that cover art! I mean, obviously I can't claim any credit for the cover […]

The first review of Bête is in.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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 […]

Finished copies of Bête now in …

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I'm extremely excited by this ... you can tell, by the ellipses ... these are the ellipses of an excited author ...

Sibilant Fricative

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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 […]

Bête Bound Proof

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

... in my grubby hand. Looks nice!

Cover Reveal: US Edition of Twenty Trillion

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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 […]

Twenty Trillion Variants

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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.


Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Edited by Ian Whates. Available now. Classy stuff, you know.

The Brick Moon/Another Brick in the Moon

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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 […]


Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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 […]


Monday, October 21st, 2013

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 […]

Sibilant Fricative: Cover Reveal

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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!

Mummy, He’s Making Eyes At Me

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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 […]


Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Exciting! Coming out 16 Jan 2014! Also with oodles of intrinsic Mahendra Singh goodness:

Riddleses of the Hobbitses

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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!

Dozois 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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 […]

Adam Robots Reader

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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 […]

The Lowest Heaven

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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 […]

Bilim Kurgu Tarihi

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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!

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