When I first saw examples of Tomislav’s work, his style immediately made me think of 1970s SF paperback covers — in a good way — and that’s the vibe that he’s gone for here, without lapsing into a slavish tribute or kitsch parody. While I gave him a few pointers as to what the book is (or rather will be) about, he came up with the visual content himself. The dead soldier is a great idea — someone obeying orders and suffering the consequences — but for me the loveliest touch is the No U-Turn sign. The book is (will be) about scientific hubris and the notion of going too far in the name of Progress, but with a secondary theme centring on destiny and the idea of learning to go along with whatever fate allots you in life. In both cases the message is: once you’re on a path, there’s no turning back.
And now, as with Redlaw, I can’t wait to get started on the book. In fact, I want to write both novels so much, I’d do them simultaneously, if I could. A kind of literary menage a trois.
And moving swiftly on from that…
If you’re in the Eastbourne area this weekend (and why wouldn’t you be?) I’m going to be signing books at the town’s branch of Waterstone’s for most of Saturday, from 11am onwards. So that’s July 31st, Waterstone’s, Terminus Road, Eastbourne. In the pedestrian-precinct part. Come along, say hi, buy a copy, have my name and yours scrawled in it. It’ll be fun.