LATEST BOOK: THE PEACOCK CLOAK.

FORTHCOMING BOOKS: the new MARCHER, available August 2014.  MOTHER OF EDEN, available November 2014.

Chris Beckett’s short stories have been appearing in magazines and anthologies since 1990.  His story collection, The Turing Test, won the Edge Hill Short Fiction Award in 2009, from a shortlist that included collections  by Booker Prize winner Anne Enright and Whitbread Prize winner Ali Smith.  His novel, The Holy Machine, was published in the UK by Corvus in July 2010.  Dark Eden was published by Corvus in Jan 2012.  It was shortlisted for the BSFA Best Novel award, and was the winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke award.  His latest book is the short story collection, The Peacock Cloak.

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The sequel to Dark Eden.

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Featured book:

The Holy Machine

New Holy Machine cover

“A triumph.” Paul di Filippo, Asimov’s SF.

“…the sparse prose and acute social commentary of a latter-day Orwell…”  Eric Brown, The Guardian.

“This isn’t just good sf – this is the kind of sf that should be written, that we ought to be out on the streets outside publishers demanding should be written…” – Gary Gibson

George Simling lives in Illyria, a city state founded by scientists and other refugees from the religious fundementalism that has swept the rest of the world.  But Illyria is getting just as intolerant and narrow-minded as the countries that its inhabitants fled from.

George’s guilty secret is his obsession with Lucy, a syntec, a robot built for sex.  When Lucy shows signs of self-awareness, George has two choices: to allow her to be ‘wiped clean’ (to have her emerging mind erased) or to escape with her to the outside world, the ‘Outlands’.  But there she will have to pass herself off as human, or face certain destruction, because to Outlanders robots are demons, abominations, mockeries of God’s creation.

George sets out on a journey that leads him, through betrayal and madness, to the monastery of the Holy Machine, in a story that reflects on science and religion and the relationship between body and soul.  (Published by Corvus).

Also available as an audio book.

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