I would have blogged about this sooner but I’ve been crazy busy and have only just come up for air.  Here is the first part of the result of an epic-length transatlantic phone interview with Andrew Miller for Geek Asylum.  I really enjoyed myself talking to Andrew, and I hope that shows.

Not much else to report.  I should have a couple of cover images to brag about shortly, but until they come in, all I can tell you is that the nose is firmly to the grindstone.  I’ve begun work on the Age Of Satan novella.  That will be followed by the first of the two Sherlock Holmeses, then the Age Of Gaia novella, then Age Of Shiva, and finally the second Holmes.

By the way, the three novellas — Anansi, Satan and Gaia – are due to appear in a physical-form anthology/compendium in autumn 2013, under the umbrella title Age Of Godpunk.

And after that, we have plans.  Oh yes, we have plans.  But they are secret plans.  So I must keep the secret of the secret plans and not reveal what those secret plans are.  Because they’re secret.

• Filed under News • 17/09/2012 • Comments: 0

It’s covers a-go-go here at the blog.  First off, the mighty Marek Okon has come up trumps again with this image:

It’s for Age Of Voodoo, of course, and there’s Baron Samedi looking all bony and badass…  And what’s that reflected in the lens of his sunglasses?  Hard to say, but if you squint and look closely, it seems like a manlike figure in motion.  Spooky.

Then there’s this:

Sean Longcroft is the artist responsible, and he also provides illustrations in the body of the book itself.  I’m really hoping Ford and Keane — which features a pair of young detectives solving mysteries in their home town — will do well enough to become an ongoing series.

In other news, I have agreed with Solaris to write two more Pantheon ebook novellas to accompany Age Of Anansi.  The first of these, Age Of Satan, should be out in the spring of next year, while the second, which I haven’t even got a title for yet, is due out in the summer.  Then, come autumn, all three will be gathered together and published in a physical-book omnibus edition, which I’m pre-e-etty sure we’re going to be calling Age Of Godpunk.

Oh, and here’s an internet interview thingie what I done at Sci-Fi Bulletin, along with a pic of my lovely Seiun Award for Best Short Story (Translated):

 (Sorry about the fingerprints!)

 

 

• Filed under News • 21/06/2012 • Comments: 0

Lo and behold, a host of reviews of new and newish releases, plus an interview with me…

First, the interview, with Stefan Fergus at Civilian Reader, and a review of Age Of Anansi to accompany it.

Then there’s this one of Age Of Aztec, plus another one of Age Of Anansi, and a third, of Redlaw.  All three come courtesy of Paul Simpson at Sci-Fi Bulletin.

And, oh, hey, one more for the road (Age Of Aztec again) from Nick Sharps.  Said gentleman is currently languishing in bed with a broken leg, for reasons too spectacularly bizarre to go into here.  Suffice to say that he had an altercation with a car, his own, and the car came off worse.

 

 

• Filed under News • 30/03/2012 • Comments: 0

This one’s been bubbling under for a while but it’s finally come to the surface…

Titan Books have made me an offer to write a couple of Sherlock Holmes novels for them.  I pitched them two proposals earlier this year, and found out this week that they would like to publish them.

To say I’m thrilled about this is an understatement.  One of the great pleasures of my childhood was reading the Holmes stories or having them read to me by my father.  In particular, during a two-week holiday in a clifftop house in Brittany, Dad read the whole of The Hound Of The Baskervilles to us, a couple of chapters an evening.  It was fantastic.

Ever since, I’ve wanted to write a Holmes story.  In fact, Conan Doyle is one of the reasons I became a writer (he and Ian Fleming are two of my earliest influences).  So this is genuinely a boyhood dream come true.

The working titles for the books are The Stuff Of Nightmares and Gods Of War.  They’re not going to be completely straight Holmes tales.  There’ll be elements of cyberpunk and the supernatural in both.  There’ll be plenty of action in them too, but also some good, old-fashioned sleuthing.

It’s too early to announce publication dates.  I haven’t even signed a contract yet.  But the first should be out in late 2013 and the second the year after that.

P.S. There’s also this, an interview I’ve done recently for Keith Brooke, about Age Of Aztec and various other forthcoming events.  It was conducted before the above news arrived.

• Filed under News • 17/03/2012 • Comments: 0

I may already have mentioned elsewhere (i.e. Facebook) that sales of the Pantheon series have now topped 100,000.  [Imagine enormous smiley face or other similar emoticon inserted here.]  I’m pretty happy about this, as you can imagine, and so are Solaris.  I know so because they sent me a lovely bottle of Champagne as a way of saying well done and thank you.  Here’s their press release on the subject.

What’s great isn’t just that the books are continuing to sell in respectable quantities, but that with at least two more on the horizon the figures can only continue to rise as the backlist gets hauled along in the slipstream of each new volume.

But enough of the self-congratulation.  Let’s get on with congratulating others, specifically Simon Parr, who has produced this draft of a cover for the Age Of Anansi novella.  It’s simple and understated but it does its job very well indeed, I think.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished.

Simon has also produced these two new cover images for the deep backlist.  Again, nice and restrained.   They’re for ebook-only release, and will be available to buy…  Well, I’m none too sure when.  But soon, I imagine.

Finally, a few items for your must-purchase list. Warsuit 1.0 is out the beginning of next month (March) — robot-suit action for the SF-savvy teen in your life.  It’s closely followed by Age Of Aztec, which I’ve probably banged on about too much already (but it’s ace).  And you may also be interested, if you’ve a mind to such things, in Strange Divisions And Alien Territories, an anthology of essays on the subgenres of SF, which has been compiled and edited by Keith Brooke and which includes a piece by me on apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic SF.  That’s on sale right now and looks like a very interesting and scholarly read.  Even my contribution.  Yes, I can be erudite when I need to be.

All the links in the above paragraph are to Amazon, but of course other retail outlets, both high-street and online, are available.

• Filed under News • 15/02/2012 • Comments: 2

As a little yuletide treat for one and all, a couple of cover images for forthcoming titles.

First off, here’s how the cover of Warsuit 1.0, my new book for teens, is going to look.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, I feel.  Big-ass weaponised robot suit.  Jumpsuited terrorist bad guys peppering it with ray-gun fire.  Villain-stomping ahoy!

What you will have to imagine is the foil enhancement.  Basically, wherever you see plain white or grey, there’ll be foil.  So that’s the book title, my name and the Warsuit’s eyes.

Now, how about an excerpt from the back-cover text?

Armed and dangerous, Od is trapped in a desperate race to save his father’s life, battling the terrorists who want his secrets, the government who want their Warsuit back, and a viciously beautiful Secret Service operative known only as Angelica W-K…

‘Nuff said.  Out in March.  Order your copy now!

And this one is from the US edition of Kill Swap.  Barrington Stoke, the publisher, have recently signed a distribution deal in the States, and Kill Swap is one of the first contingent of titles from their backlist that’ll be available over there.

I think this is a very cool-looking image.  There’s been some to-ing and fro-ing over the level of gun references on the cover.  Guns and teens, after all, are not a good mix.  However, the inclusion of a semiautomatic in the image is fairly subtle and, in my humble opinion, works pretty well.

 

 

• Filed under News • 16/12/2011 • Comments: 0

The big news, it’s official, I know it is because I read it on the Solaris website, is that I have signed a contract for a fifth Pantheon novel.  This one is called Age Of Voodoo, the title carrying on the absence of definite article to be found in Age Of Aztec.  Possibly in the next one we’re going to do away with the “Of” part.  And maybe the “Age” part as well.

Naturally the book is going to be set in the Caribbean, and I’m hoping Solaris will stump up for me to take an all-expenses-paid research trip to the West Indies, staying at a five-star, all-inclusive hotel.  Failing that, I’ll just have to stay at home and keep watching episodes of Death In Paradise.

This one’s planned as an all-action, ticking-clock military-SF yarn, with as many surprises and as much violence as I can pack in.  I’ve already provided a cover brief for the mighty Marek Okon, and when he furnishes us with a finished image, I will of course post it here.

The other bit, or indeed bob, to mention here is this little update on Emmanuel Beiramar’s site, Fantasy.fr.  It’s a fair summary of what I’ve got upcoming in the next few months, and don’t let the fact that it’s in French put you off.  Everything sounds better in another language — especially French.

• Filed under News • 08/12/2011 • Comments: 0

This has just come in, hot off the press, or hot off Clint Langley’s hard drive at any rate.  I’m trying to be cool and casual about it, you know, it’s a nice piece of artwork, does its job well, fits the brief perfectly…

But I can’t.

BECAUSE IT’S TOTALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!

Yes, I have turned into an American teenager.  And I’m not ready to turn back into a 40-something Englishman just yet.

DUDE, IT’S TOTALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!

There’s the snow.  The American cityscape.  The creepy- ugly vampire face.  The badass mofos in military gear.  And Redlaw looking even more badass than those badasses.  Like he could whup those badasses’ asses badly.

I share this with you all so that you may bathe in its bleak, radiant brilliance.

And now all I have to do, as ever, is make the book as good as I can, in order to match the cover.  And I haven’t even started writing it yet.

No pressure, then.

• Filed under News • 30/09/2011 • Comments: 4

Gig, my palindromic flipbook rock novella of 2004, is back, bigger and better than before!!! 

(Sorry.  Slipped into Stan’s Soapbox mode there for a moment.)

Previously released in mirror-image flipbook format by PS Publishing, and still available as such, the book is now being released in a brand spanking new ebook format by Angry Andy Remic’s Anarchy Books, and may be purchased from all the usual ebook outlets, i.e. Amazon, any time within the next couple of days onwards.

It’s a nice-looking product, and the text itself has been extensively rewritten, mainly to bring the content of the story up-to-date in this age of music downloads and YouTube (and also to sneak in a few new extra palindromes, because, well, why not?).

It’s also been enhanced, in the way that DVDs are enhanced with bonus material, by the addition of an album of music written and recorded especially for the project.  Written and recorded, I should add, by none other than me.  And yes, sung too.  Consider yourselves warned.

There are four songs and four instrumental pieces, and the album is available as a free download — yes, you heard that right, free, as in gratis, for nothing, without charge, on the house — from the Anarchy Books website.

I would urge you to seek out and obtain this wondrous item.  One isn’t supposed to say this about any particular book in one’s oeuvre, but Gig is a favourite of mine.  It was a pleasure to write from start to finish (and it isn’t every one of my novels I can say that about), and it’s also the book which came the closest in execution to the way I’d originally envisioned it.

The music’s pretty good too, even if I do say so myself.  And all this can be yours for a measly £2.98.  Well, what are you waiting for, True Believer?

(Aargh!  I did it again.)

• Filed under News • 15/09/2011 • Comments: 0

Here’s something funny.  I found out not so long ago, courtesy of a Mr Hirohide Hirai, that a short story of mine, “Carry The Moon In My Pocket”, had just won an award in Japan: the 2011 Seiun Award for Best Translated Short Story (scroll down a bit).  Hurrah, fab, groovy, and all that.  A nice surprise.  But a surprise in another way, because I wasn’t aware that the story had been translated into Japanese or even appeared in Japan.

Turns out the tale, originally published in Peter Crowther’s Moon Shots all the way back in 1999, was included in an anthology called The Astronaut From Wyoming And Other Stories, edited by Toro Nakamura.  I got in touch with the publisher, Hayakawa Publishing Inc., to enquire whether or not they had actually bought the rights to translate the story.  I suggested politely that there had perhaps been some sort of administrative error or oversight.  It seems there had.  A very nice editor called Akira Yamaguchi explained that there’d been “some miscommunication between Hayakawa’s staff”.  A contract is on its way, as well as payment, so all’s well that ends well.

The Seiun is Japan’s equivalent of the Hugo, so the award is a huge honour.  I’ve sent an acceptance message, via Mr Hirai, to be read out at the awards ceremony, as I can’t afford to fly over to Tokyo and pick it up myself.

I’m rather fond of “Carry The Moon…” (which can be found, in its original English, in my collection Diversifications).  It’s got some personal resonance for me, even though I’m not old enough to remember the moon landings with any clarity, and it’s a nice, gentle little tale.

On a completely unrelated front, the ebook version of Gig is now ready to go and will be on sale in September, courtesy of Anarchy Books and the indefatigable (and much scarier-looking than you) Andy Remic.  As you may or may not know, I’ve composed and recorded some music to enhance the reading experience, in the form of four songs and four instrumental pieces, all of it relating to the action in the book.  The eight tracks are a free download, and a sampler may be found here, alongside a preview image of the ebook’s cover.

Handsome hardcopies of Gig are, of course, still available.

• Filed under News • 03/08/2011 • Comments: 0