Archive for January, 2013

Launching THE AGE ATOMIC at Forbidden Planet! Limited edition hardcovers… including EMPIRE STATE!

My forthcoming sequel to Empire State, The Age Atomic, is out on April 4th, and to mark the occassion we’re launching it at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, where I’ll be doing a reading, having a little chat, and signing books. The event is on Thursday 4th April, 2013, 6.00 – 7.00pm. A Facebook event page will be up shortly.

I’m also pleased to announce that The Age Atomic will be available in a lovely limited edition hardback! These will be signed and numbered and there will only be 100, exclusive to Forbidden Planet.

And not only that… I’m beyond pleased and heading towards utterly chuffed when I can say that Empire State, my debut from January 2012, is getting a re-release at the event, also as a limited edition hardcover! Wrapped in a brand new cover by Will Staehle, and featuring some new bonus content, there are only going to be 100 of these too.

I’ll be posting more about this as we get closer to the launch – and revealing the new Empire State cover – but in the meantime, head over to Angry Robot for the low-down on this event and some other fabulous launches happening, and over to Forbidden Planet, where you’ll find the pre-order links for The Age Atomic (Empire State coming soon).

Roll on April 🙂

Events and appearances 2013

This is my 2013 so far:

I’m editing two books for two different publishers (Hang Wire for Angry Robot, and The Book Formerly Known As Shadow’s Call for Tor), both of which have more or less the same deadline. I’ve got a novel proposal to finish, and a new comic pitch due in early Feb, as well as the last two episodes of The Sentinel for VS Comics to script.

So yeah, busy. Busy but happy!

First, some more catch-up links:

Finally, my 2013 event schedule is firming up. I’ll update the side panel shortly, but in the meantime I’ll be at:

So far that’s it for the year, but probably more than enough travel…

THE AGE ATOMIC: Happy 100th birthday to Grand Central and the Apollo Theater!

The action of The Age Atomic, the sequel to Empire State, is once again split between New York City and the Pocket universe. Two main locations in the story turn 100 years old in our own reality this year.

The first is the monumental Grand Central Terminal, which was opened in February, 1913. This building is staggering in its size and beauty, and is one of my favourite Manhattan landmarks.

The other is other is Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater on 125th Street, which opened for business in April 1913.

In The Age Atomic, what we actually see are the Empire State reflections of these landmarks – Grand Central is empty and unfinished (there is nowhere for any trains to go, after all); meanwhile, the disused Apollo is the lair of a strange old man with penchant for jazz and robots, while the Tree of Hope is alive and well and growing into the fabric of the building…

For more information on the real-life Grand Central Terminal and the Apollo Theater, I’d recommend heading over to The Bowery Boys, whose excellent New York City history podcast is a firm favourite of mine.

2012 leftovers, Angry Robot ebook sale, and the year ahead

Hello 2013! We’re back to an odd-numbered year, during which I will turn an odd-numbered age. I like odd numbers.


There are a few leftover bits and bobs from the end of 2012:

  • At WarpCoreSF, Empire State was named the Best Superhero Noir of 2012.
  • At The Founding Fields, Seven Wonders came in at number 9 of their best books of 2012.
  • Empire State came in at number 3 on Angel of Retribution’s list of best debuts of 2012, while Seven Wonders made it to number 3 on their Best of the Best list.
  • The Eloquent Page named The Age Atomic among their top ten books to look forward to in 2013
  • The Ranting Dragon have compiled a might list of 50 titles to look forward to in 2013, with The Age Atomic at number 19. Also featuring a shout-out to Hang Wire, although I’d argue whether one book is more important than the other!

Today is the last day of Angry Robot’s ebook sale, which features 25% off all their ebooks (including, of course, Empire State and Seven Wonders). You can find details of the sale here. All Angry Robot ebooks are DRM-free too!

Couple of award things – the BSFA Award nomination period is only open until January 11th (details here), and the Hugo Awards are now open for nominations until March 10th.

New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards are also open from now until March 31st.- notably, anyone can nominate for these, regardless of membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.

If anyone is so inclined, my list of eligible work is here.

And finally a quick update to my year ahead – actually, this is all likely to take me well into 2014. So my projects are: Shadow’s Call (to be renamed – now scheduled for publication in March 2014), Hang Wire (out in November 2013) Lucifer, Blackout 77, and an untitled urban fantasy project.

Um, yeah. That should keep me going! I should also have an update on my comic debut, The Sentinel, shortly. I’m looking forward to showing off some new art from that!