Announcement: THE BURNING DARK and sequels to Titan Books!

So, this happened.

As you know, Tor are publishing The Burning Dark in the US and Canada in March 2014, with The Jovian Conspiracy and The Stars Below following in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

I’m pleased to announce that here in the UK, the books will be published by Titan Books, starting in March 2014. Here’s the official press release:


 “A widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comicbook fans to catch. It’s ballsy, bright and tight, poignant at its core, not to be missed.”

— Praise for The Burning Dark, James Lovegrove

Titan Books to publish chilling space opera series from Adam Christopher

Titan Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of a three-book series from the multi-award-winning author of Empire State, Adam Christopher. The Spider Wars series is a fusion of science fiction thriller and psychological suspense [Titan Books, original paperback, March 2014].

The Burning Dark and its sequels are a chilling exploration of guilt, loss, and the dimensions that lurk beneath our own. The first novel follows Captain Idaho Cleveland on one last mission before early retirement: decommissioning the U-Star Coast City, a distant research outpost orbiting the toxic star Shadow.

Titan Books will publish The Burning Dark in original paperback in the UK and Commonwealth in March 2014, followed by two further books in the series.

Adam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer. In 2010, as an editor, Christopher won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand’s highest science fiction honour. His debut novel, Empire State, was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year for 2012. In 2013, he was nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel award for Best New Talent, with Empire State shortlisted for Best Novel. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in Great Britain since 2006. You can find him online at www.adamchristopher.co.uk and on Twitter @ghostfinder.

Natalie Laverick bought the rights from Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Agency. She writes: “The Burning Dark is a wonderfully dark space opera with an intensely creepy atmosphere and absorbing mystery at its centre. Adam Christopher is a fantastic writer and we’re thrilled to be adding this series to our growing fiction list.”

 Praise for Adam Christopher’s Empire State:

“Adam Christopher’s debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story… a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns that hearken to other plot turns. It’s often fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope… just feel it in all its weird glory.”

— Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“Christopher’s tightly plotted novel is a truly original debut that, while subtly referencing Orwell, Kafka, Marvel comics and Philip K Dick, manages to maintain its own distinctive tone – a genuine pathos and longing for something elusively other. Recommended.”

The Guardian

“Christopher’s Empire State is something of a tour de force. If, somehow, Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick had collaborated on a Superman story, they might well have produced this novel.”

Financial Times

“Stylish, sinister, and wickedly fun, Empire State is not your average sexy retro parallel universe superhero noir.”

— Lauren Beukes, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls


Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be with Titan Books in the UK – they’re a great house, publishers of Cory Doctorow, Kim Newman, Danie Ware, and many others, as well as being the home of one of my favourite things in the world, the Hard Case Crime imprint.

Achievement unlocked. Time to Snoopy dance!