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Cover and synopsis for THE MACHINE AWAKES

As an author, one thing that never gets old is seeing a cover for a new book. And with Tor, I’m super lucky to have Art Director Irene Gallo and designer extraordinaire Will Staehle looking after me.

Over at SF Signal, they revealed the cover for The Machine Awakes, the second book in the Spider Wars sequence that begins with The Burning Dark. Click to enlarge!


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As humanity fights a destructive mechanical race, a government agent finds a conspiracy far closer to home in this far future space opera set in the Spider War universe of The Burning Dark.

In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders—a machine race capable of tearing planets apart—the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral’s secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track.

When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral’s replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet’s own, a psi-marine and decorated hero—a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front.

As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims linked to terrorist atrocities across the whole of Fleetspace, is determined to uncover.

But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry.

The Spiders are near.


The Machine Awakes is out April 2015.

THE LA TRILOGY starts today with the prequel novelette, BRISK MONEY!

Today is the day! My new novelette, Brisk Money, is up at Tor.com!


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“BRISK MONEY”
Written by Adam Christopher
Edited by Paul Stevens
Illustration by Gérard Dubois

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.


Brisk Money is a prequel to The LA Trilogy, a set of three novels starring Raymond Electromatic, a robot PI, which you can learn more about here. The first volume is due out in late 2015.

And you know what? I really like Brisk Money a lot. It’s a lot of fun, and I hope people really enjoy it! It’s also available from iBooks and Amazon (UK | US) – please feel free to leave a review there!

Tor.com interview with me and Chuck Wendig about THE SHIELD

This week Chuck and I gave our first proper interview about The Shield, the superhero comic we are writing for Dark Circle Comics. You can check that out over at Tor.com!

Meanwhile, Dark Circle editor Alex Segura has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the relaunch of the whole line, while the new design of the Shield herself is given a once-over at Project: Rooftop.

Excite!

My week of geek schedule: Nine Worlds, LonCon3, and everything in-between

SFF fans have got it good this August in the UK, with an unprecedented “week of geek” packed with two major conventions and a host of other events.

Here’s my (updated!) schedule – there are a couple of items still to confirm, along with rooms and locations. But in the meantime, general convention and ticket info can be found at the links.

Nine Worlds (8 – 10th August, 2014)

Friday 8th August

Writing Transmedia: ideas that cross formats and boundaries
6.45pm  8.00pm (All The Books)
Because a story can also be an app, computer game, vlog, fanvid, web series, docu-drama, interactive ebook, diary comic, inter-sensory experience or any other format currently existing or yet to exist not listed here. Kind of against the spirit of the thing, if you ask us. Guess you’ll just have to go to it in person.
Barry Nugent, Anna Caltabiano, Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher

Saturday 9th August

Signing
10.00am – 10.30am
The signing slots are actually an hour long, but I’m a little tied up Saturday morning so if you want to come along and get me to deface something, you must be IN like a NINJA at the Forbidden Planet table in Commonwealth West. Failing that, do feel free to ambush me elsewhere at the con – after a panel, or at the bar, or if you see me wandering around.

Dis/Continuity: long-running characters, change, evolution and disruption
1.30pm  2.45pm (Comics Fandom)
The challenges, joys, disappointments and outright confusion of writing, following and redesigning characters with 60+ years of sometimes-not-entirely-straightforward back story.
Paul Cornell, Kieron Gillen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Adam Christopher

Working with Artists: drawing up professional relationships
6.45pm – 8.00pm (All The Books)
How can artists get the best from their writers, and vice versa? Advice about making great things.
Q&A, with Sarah McIntyre, Emma Vieceli, Gillian Redfearn, Djibril al-Ayad, Adam Christopher

Sunday 10th August

Anytime, Anywhere
10.00am – 11.15am (Doctor Who)
The Doctor can travel anywhere in time and space, and the pure historical story was a regular occurrence in the early days of the show, but has been seen only once since 1966. Would a pure historical work in today’s Doctor Who? Is there any time or place the Doctor should go that he hasn’t yet? Which historical figures does he really need to get around to meeting?
Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher, Joanne Harris, Anna Jackson

Marketing & Social Media: getting the word out
11.45am – 1.00pm (All The Books)
How do you get the word out about your book? How can events, social media, publicity and marketing work? Tips and tricks from the experts.
Q&A with Tom Hunter, Adam Christopher, Danie Ware, Sophie Calder and James Oswald

Never Just “Comic Book Guy”: celebrating diverse comics fandom
1.30pm – 2.45pm (Comics Fandom)

Celebrating diverse comics fandom, defying stereotypes, encouraging participation and wondering when people will realise comics are for everybody.
Helena McCallum, Tony Keen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Kate McAlpine, Charlotte Geater, Hazel Robinson, Adam Christopher

Fantasy in the Court (12th August, 2014)

Cecil Court, London, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Join me and a bazillion other authors in this amazing celebration of SFF. Full listing at the website. Tickets are £5, redeemable on a book bought on the night.

Angry Robot Summer Invasion (13th August, 2014)

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
I’ll be reading and signing at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday night alongside Madeline Ashby, Wesley Chu, Anne Lyle, Ramez Naam and Mike Shevdon.

LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (14 – 18th August, 2014)

Thursday 14th August

Reading
6.00pm – 6.30pm
Might dig out something special for this one…

Friday 15th August

Welcome Party
9.00pm – 11.00pm
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marcus Gipps

Saturday 16th August

Kaffeeklatsch
12.00pm – 1.00pm
Come and have a coffee, maybe some biscuits, and we can talk about stuff!

Sunday 17th August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
11.00am – 12.00pm
Fanfiction, fan art, and other forms of transformative works can be a sensitive topic with authors understandably having mixed reactions to works based on their creations. In this session four successful authors embrace forms of creative (not-for-profit!) output based upon their works. They discuss the benefits and difficulties of having fans creatively engage with their material. Beyond that they openly talk about their own experiences with fan works, whether they have written, still write, or read fanfiction or produce other forms of fan works.
Karen Hellekson, Seanan McGuire, Adam Christopher, Karen Miller, Patrick Rothfuss

Detectives in SF
4.30pm – 6.00pm
The detective character has always been with us, but more and more we’re seeing new narrative shapes creeping into the genre as part of a noir movement. What is noir in a literary sense? How is it differentiated from hard boiled? How has the detective had to adapt to survive in a science fictional world? Why such an increase in the prevalence of crime oriented science fiction?
Heidi Lyshol, Erin Hunter, Peter F Hamilton, Jan Siegel, Adam Christopher

Wow… that’s quite a week. See you in August!

Say hello to THE SHIELD, coming from Dark Circle Comics in 2015!

TheShieldYou may have seen last week (also here, here, here, and hereArchie announcing that their superhero imprint, Red Circle, was rebranding as Dark Circle, with a slate of new titles and creatives teams ready to rejuvenate one of the oldest superhero universes.

Well, as USA Today has unveiled, I’m delighted to say that the secret comic project I’ve been working on with Chuck Wendig is part of Dark Circle – we are writing The Shield, with art by Wilfredo Torres, colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

And just take a look at that design – she’s amazing. She looks like a real woman.

She looks like she will kick your ass.

More to come over the next days and weeks, of course. The first issue of The Shield will drop from Dark Circle in early 2015. In the meantime, Chuck and I have a comic-related tumblr, and you can also follow Chuck on Twitter (which you should be doing already!) – he’s also given his thoughts on the project over at his blog. You can also find Archie Comics and Dark Circle on Twitter too.

So, it’s been a long time coming… but damn, I’m excited. Roll on 2015!

Tonight! Angry Robot Live 3 with me, Chuck Wendig, Anne Lyle and Carrie Patel!

A quick note to say: come join me and three other Angry Roboteers in a Google Hangout, as we discuss series writing!

The hangout starts tonight (Wednesday 25th June) at 7.30PM BST (11.30AM PDT/2.30PM EDT). Full details, the hangout link and sign-up, can be found over at Angry Robot.

Titan Books to publish THE LA TRILOGY!

I’m pleased to announce that Titan will be publishing my forthcoming crime SF series, The LA Trilogy, as per yesterday’s roundup in Publisher’s Marketplace:

Adam Christopher’s THE LA TRILOGY, set in an alternative 1960s Los Angeles and starring a robot detective and his boss, pitched as inspired by Raymond Chandler’s parody of science fiction in a letter to his agent, to Natalie Laverick at Titan Books, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Yay! I’m so pleased to have landed this at Titan, who are also publishing the three books of The Spider Wars sequence, which started with The Burning Dark. Both series are published by Tor in the US.

The LA Trilogy has an interesting origin, which you can read about over at Tor.com. Although the first volume isn’t due to drop until September 2015, you won’t have to wait that long to meet its star, Raymond Electromatic. His origin story is told in Brisk Money, my next Tor.com novelette, which is due to be published on July 23rd. I have shown off the nifty cover before, but hey, any excuse to do it again:

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July 23
“BRISK MONEY”
Written by Adam Christopher
Edited by Paul Stevens
Illustration by Gérard Dubois

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.

There’s an official press release doing the rounds, which you can read here.

And back to the editing!

The true story behind HANG WIRE…

Not dead, just editing.

And in the process of moving house, which means it was time to clear out the office cupboards at the weekend. And just look what I found…

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I’ve said before that my urban fantasy novel Hang Wire was based on a true story. And it is. Kinda. These are the last three fortunes I have left from the dozen or so that popped out of a weird fortune cookie one night in San Francisco in 2009.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t granted the powers of a murdered Chinese trickster god. But I did get a neat idea for a novel…

Tonight: Interview at the British Fantasy Society, Phoenix Artists’ Club, London!

Later today I’m heading down to London, where tonight I’m the guest of the British Fantasy Society at their open night. There’s a lot going on tonight, including an anthology launch, the launch of DieGo Comics Publishing, and the announcement of the shortlists for the British Fantasy Award.

And there’s also an interview with me, conducted by Gollancz Publishing Director Gillian Redfearn, which should be fun.

There’s also an entirely free raffle, and I’m bring a fair pile of books to throw into it – including some limited edition hardcovers.

Full details are available at Angry Robot and the BFS website. The open night is completely free to attend whether you are a member of the BFS or not. You don’t need any tickets, and things officially kick-off at 7.00pm. The Phoenix is on Phoenix Street, just off Charing Cross Road. You can find directions here.

See you there!

BRISK MONEY cover reveal!

On July 23rd, Tor.com publish my next novelette, Brisk Money. The official blurb is up, as is the cover art!


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July 23
“BRISK MONEY”
Written by Adam Christopher
Edited by Paul Stevens
Illustration by Gérard Dubois

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.


The illustration, by Gérard Dubois, is astonishing – it’s a painting. If you look at the detail in full-size, it’s just incredible.

I’m thrilled to have another story on Tor.com, who are the purveyors of some of the finest online fiction there is. My thanks to editor Paul Stevens, and also to Art Director Irene Gallo, who has pulled it out of the bag yet again with Gérard’s cover.

Brisk Money is a prequel to The LA Trilogy, a set of three novels starring Raymond Electromatic, a robot PI. The first one is due to drop from Tor in September 2015. You can find out more about how The LA Trilogy came about over at Tor.com.