The Guardians was pure work-for-hire. The basic concept was dreamed up by one of the higher-ups at Orion Books – a one-line idea about two races of aliens waging war on Earth – which I then developed and fleshed out, adding characters, history and basically everything else. I was really into conspiracy stuff at the time, secret alien interference in history, all that sort of thing, and so were lots of other people, but the books didn’t do too well because, I think, we hit the wave just a little too late. It had crested already and the world was tiring of all things “X”. Also, the Sci-Fi Channel were supposed to be doing some cross-promotion for the books and, for reasons of their own, didn’t. I’m not blaming anyone. In the end, it comes down to the fact that the timing just wasn’t right. (Unless, of course, I had inadvertently got too close to the truth and the Secret Rulers of the World did all they could to prevent the books from reaching a wider audience.)
Of the two Guardians titles in existence, I prefer the second, Berserker, because with the first, The Krilov Continuum, I was finding my feet and trying to adjust my style to a more pulp-fictional feel. With Berserker I got into my stride and there are bits of that book that really kick butt. It’s a shame I couldn’t finish the series, but there you go.
- Guardians: the Krilov Continuum [Gollancz, June 1998] – ISBN 978-1857985368
- Guardians: Berserker [Gollancz, June 1999] – ISBN 978-1857985566
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