I’ll be part of a panel discussion – “Science as the spark: literature inspired by science” - on Thursday 20th March, 7 – 8.30, at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. This will be part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The panel includes Dave Clements, Laura Dietz, and Kelley Swain and will be chaired by Dr. John Holmes, Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science. See you there!
I’ve got three new publishing events coming up in 2014.
First of all, there’s the US publication of Dark Eden in April. There will also be a new US audio book version, which I’m really looking forward to hearing: it will have a large cast of actors and a lot of trouble is being taken with the Eden dialect.
US edition of Dark Eden from Broadway Books
Second, there’s the revised version of Marcher, to be published in the summer by Newcon Press. Marcher is my second novel (the first was The Holy Machine, which was reissued last month by Corvus with a new cover). It includes some of my very best writing – I have met people who consider it the best of my three novels to date – but the original edition, published by Cosmos, was flawed on a number of levels (ranging from sloppy editting on my part to a lack of proofreading on the part of the publishers). I’ve revised it extensively and I’m keen to get it out there in its new and improved form. The cover image below, by Ben Baldwin, depicts the book’s main protagonist: a solitary immigration officer who is obsessed with boundaries and mirrors.
The cover of the new revised Marcher
Thirdly, Mother of Eden, the sequel to Dark Eden, will also be coming out, some time in the the second half of the year. This depicts an Eden a couple of centuries on from the events in Dark Eden, where the two halves of the original family of Eden have become two distinct societies, with their own starkly different takes on the events described in the original book.
The new edition of The Holy Machine is now available. It’s the same book inside the cover, of course, but books are objects too, and this new version seems to me a pretty desirable thing.
The contents aren’t bad either:
“A triumph.” – Paul di Filippo, Asimov’s SF.
“…the sparse prose and acute social commentary of a latter-day Orwell…” – Eric Brown, The Guardian.
“The most amazing book I have ever read…. Simply amazing. A must read for all human beings!” – Rafael from Brooklyn: enthusiastic Amazon.com reviewer!
The Holy Machine is also available as an unabridged AUDIO BOOK, read by John Banks.
More about The Holy Machine here.
I’ve just received the book proofs of the North American edition of Dark Eden, looking very smart with its eerie new cover image of the sunless forest of Eden.
And it’s now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and from Amazon Canada. A new US audio book version is also under way.
Here’s a recent interview with Kritika Iyer. Thanks, Kritika!
This is the striking new cover for a reissue of The Holy Machine which will be available from early December from Corvus. Corvus hope, as I do, that it will draw the attention of people who enjoyed Dark Eden, but haven’t yet come across this, my first novel. There’s more information about the book here, and some thoughts on its history here.
As well as paperback and ebook, The Holy Machine is also available as an audiobook, narrated by John Banks.
A free audio version of my story ‘Our Land’ here, really beautifully narrated by Scott Barclay (accents and everything) in Dark Fiction magazine.
Also free stories by Hal Duncan, Chloe Yates and Den Patrick.
‘Our Land’ is included in the short story collection The Peacock Cloak, published earlier this year.
This is the completely new and I think very beautiful cover for the US edition of Dark Eden, to be published on April 1st 2014 by Broadway (part of Random House). Further details, preorders etc here.
It’s good to see both Dark Eden and The Peacock Cloak appearing in lists of recommended summer reading. Dark Eden in the Guardian, Peacock Cloak in the Financial Times.
Rights to Dark Eden have now been brought by (in this order) US, Turkish, Russian, French and Polish publishers. Details here on my agent (John Jarrold’s) website.
It’s actually quite appropriate that, after the UK and the US, the first publisher to take Dark Eden on should be Turkish, because in the back story to the book, the planet Eden was first discovered by five people, two of them British, two American, and one (Mehmet Haribey) Turkish. That’s the reason Mehmet is a common name in Eden, along with Michael, Angela (or Gela), Dixon and Tommy.