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.
I haven’t even finished the rewriting, and it won’t come out until mid-2014, but the cover has already been designed: a new revised edition of my second novel Marcher, from Newcon press. More info here. Here’s the beautiful cover by Ben Baldwin:
Cover design for Marcher by Ben Baldwin
I’m absolutely delighted that Dark Eden has won the Arthur C Clarke award. I’m feeling a bit dazed today (though very happily so), and sleepiness is starting to catch up with me, so I won’t attempt to write much about it now. (There are few thoughts here written earlier in the day for the Atlantic Books website, and the award ceremony itself is on video here.)
I will say though that I have been extremely touched by the number of people who have contacted me one way or another to say ‘well done!’ It’s not so often in life that you get a whole bunch of people warmly wishing you well all at once. It feels absolutely great! And it really is much so easier to write when you feel that people are cheering you on.