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Where to find me at Nine Worlds 2015

Next week I’ll be heading down to London for Nine Worlds 2015 – unfortunately due to work commitments I’m only there for one day – Sunday 9th August – but here is where you can find me:

The Books of Doctor Who – Just how many are there anyway?
Royal C&D, 10:00am – 11:15am (Doctor Who)
with Sarah Groenewegen, Simon Guerrier, Paul Cornell
Over the past fifty years there’ve been a truly terrifying number of Doctor Who books published. From the Target novelisations of the classic series stories to the New Adventures of the nineties, the record-breaking Eighth Doctor Adventures, and the tie-ins of the New Series. What great stories can be found in Doctor Who books? How have the books influenced your views of Doctor Who?

The Many Roads Into Comics – Four creators discuss their way into graphic narrative
Connaught A, 1:30pm – 2:45pm (Comics)
with Maki Yamazaki, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli
Adam Christopher, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli and Maki Yamazaki talk about how they got to where they are and why they made the choices they did in shaping their careers. How much of it is luck? How much can you influence the process?

Writing the Other
Commonwealth West, 3:15pm – 4:30pm (All of the Books)
with Stark Holborn, Stephen Aryan, Emma Newman, Guy Haley, Naomi Foyle
There’s no description for this panel on the Nine Worlds website, but you get the gist from the title – this panel is about writing the other: other cultures, characters, people who are not you. Should be a good one.

The Top 5 Who Stories – …chosen to be saved from destruction
Royal C&D, 5:00pm – 6:15pm (Doctor Who)
with Katherine Jay, Amy (such_heights), Laurie Penny
There’s been a disaster in the space/time vortex! All of Doctor Who is about to be destroyed. Only our panellists can save five stories. Which five will they be and why? Will they co-operate with their fellow panellists to reach a compromise, or stand firm with their favourites and tut as they defend what are clearly appalling stories while all of Doctor Who is lost forever?

The full schedule and guest list can be found at See you in Heathrow!

What I did in San Diego…


SDCC 2015 was a million years ago now, so I’m not going to blog about it. Much. Chuck Wendig did a better job here. Zen Cho’s excellent rundown is here.

It was my first SDCC, and actually… I had a blast. It was infernally busy, hellishly large, and diabolical fun. I got (very) lucky and managed to snag my Hasbro exclusives (but I did miss out on the LEGO). My panels had packed rooms. My signing line at the Tor booth was so long it needed to have it’s own line.

SDCC was good.

It was also very businessy — in fact, it was probably the most businessy con I’ve been too, which is great. I had a lot of meetings, and have a lost of post-con work to get through.

So instead of a blow-by-blow account, here’s ten pictures!

SDCC is... big. Very big.

SDCC is… big. Very big.

Made to Kill was at the Tor Books booth...

Made to Kill was at the Tor Books booth…

...while The Shield was on show at the Archie Comics booth.

…while The Shield was on show at the Archie Comics booth.

Me and Shield co-writer Chuck Wendig got to a rare chance to hang out.

Me and Shield co-writer Chuck Wendig got to a rare chance to hang out.

Some of the Dark Circle Comics crew - from the left, editor Alex Segura, Hangman writer Frank Tieri, Shield artist Drew Johnson, Archie editorial staffer Joe Morciglio, and me.

Some of the Dark Circle Comics crew – from the left, editor Alex Segura, Hangman writer Frank Tieri, Shield artist Drew Johnson, Archie editorial staffer Joe Morciglio, and me.

I also got to hang out with (from the left) Chuck, Gary Whitta, Robert Brockaway, and Veronica Belmont...

I also got to hang out with (from the left) Chuck, Gary Whitta, Robert Brockaway, and Veronica Belmont…

...and Batgirl Sarah Chrisp (who, incidentally, works at my local comic shop here in Macclesfield)...

…and Batgirl Sarah Chrisp (who, incidentally, works at my local comic shop here in Macclesfield)…

...the Fourth Doctor...

…the Fourth Doctor…

...and Mixmaster Mike. Yes, seriously.

…and Mixmaster Mike. Yes, seriously.


San Diego is a lovely city – Chuck, me, and Paul Cornell enjoying the view from the roof of the public library.

SDCC was actually the final part of a three-week bookseller tour that took me from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, in support of my forthcoming novel, Made to Kill. You can check out the gallery of photos from the tour — including more shots from SDCC–over at


My San Diego Comic Con schedule

I’ve been in the US for a couple of weeks on my bookseller happy hour tour, but tomorrow I head down to San Diego for the biggest geek fest on the planet.

And here is where you can find me:

Thursday, July 9

The Resurgence of Science Fiction (panel)
1:00-2:00pm, Room 32AB
with Margaret Stohl, Mel Odom, Peter Clines, Chris Weitz, Jason Hough

The Resurgence of Science Fiction (signing)
3:00-4:00pm, Sails Pavillion
with authors from the above panel; limited quantities of Made to Kill ARCs will be available

Friday, July 10

Dark Circle Comics signing
12:00-1:00pm, Archie Comics booth #1829

SherlockeDCC mini-con/party
7:00pm to late, San Diego Public Library
Note: this is a ticketed event with no door sales

Saturday, July 11

Dark Circle Comics (panel)
1:00-2:00pm, Room 29AB
Get in on the ground floor of 2015’s most ambitious comics imprint as Alex Segura (editor of Dark Circle Comics), Mike Pellerito (president of Archie Comics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer), and key talent Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig (co-writers, The Shield), and Frank Tieri (writer,The Hangman) expand the cinematic and literary universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics, including The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Hangman.

Dark Circle Comics signing
2:00-3:00pm, Archie Comics booth #1829

Tor Books signing
5:00-6:00pm, Tor Books booth #2707
Limited quantities of Made to Kill ARCs will be available

Aside from those appearances, if you see me wandering around, please do say hello!


Time flies. This time next week I’ll be on my way to Seattle for the Locus Awards Weekend, followed by a week of bookseller happy hour meet’n’greets to lay a little groundwork for my forthcoming novel, Made to Kill, and then on to San Diego Comic Con! More on those events later…

In the meantime, I’m pleased to be able to show off the cover for my second Elementary novel. It’s called Blood and Ink, and it’s out in February 2016. Click to enlargenate!


More details about Blood and Ink–including jacket copy–to come. I’ll have a full list of pre-order links up soon too, but in the meantime you can check it out on and

More to share soon!

THE LA TRILOGY website launch!

This week is Book Expo America, the gigantic publishing industry fair held annually in NYC. Tor Books are there as always, and yesterday they kicked off their BEA events with a giveaway of 200 special ARCs of my November novel, Made to Kill!


That’s Tor Director of Publicity Patty Garcia with a pile of lovely ARCs and my Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books Author ribbon, which I must steal off her forthwith…

Tying in with BEA, Tor have launched, a dedicated website for the series! There you can read about Made to Kill, meet some of the characters, and order the book. There’s also a link to the prequel novellete, Brisk Money.

Check. It. Out. (!!!!)

You’ll also see that I’ve got not one but two US tours coming up–more on those later!

In the meantime, welcome to Hollywood, California! The year is 1965, and the last robot in the world, Raymond Electromatic, has a mystery to solve…

Drew Johnson joins THE SHIELD and I return to the Brooklyn brownstone for ELEMENTARY book #2!

Comic Book Resources broke the news in an exclusive yesterday – we’ve had a change of artist on The Shield, and I’m rather delighted to say our new chap on the job is Drew Johnson.


Drew is a superb artist, well known for his work on Wonder Woman. Just check out that promo image he conjured up to go with the CBR announcement, with brilliant colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

The switch does mean that The Shield #1 has been pushed back to July – full details, including updated soliciations, are at the link.

In other news, I’m happy to confirm what was really a not particularly closely guarded secret – I’m back to write the second Elementary tie-in novel. Yay! And I can’t wait to get stuck in – the book doesn’t have a title yet, and the release date is what you might call “up in the air”, but I can promise another rip-roaring New York adventure for Sherlock and Joan.


Huzzah! More info on that title as I have it. In the meantime, if you’re curious about the first book in the series, The Ghost Line, you can read a wee excerpt here, and then you can jump here for some order links.

And for any Holmes fans heading to the SherlockeDCC night during San Diego Comic Con, hosted by the wonderful Baker Street Babes – I will see you there!

MADE TO KILL is a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books 2015 selection!

Made to Kill might not be out until November — and believe me, I’m absolutely dying for you to see this thing — but today you can have a sneak peak at what’s coming

In time for Book Expo America, Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books 2015 (Fall/Winter) is out today, featuring extracts from 33 of the hottest forthcoming titles of 2015. It’s available digitally across multiple platforms — just follow the links at the link — and it’s absolutely, 100% free.

And I’m pretty buzzed myself to say that Made to Kill was selected for inclusion! You can read the first three chapters of my brand new novel, for free, today.

Made to Kill continues the story of Raymond Electromatic, the last robot in the world… and Hollywood’s premier hit man. Here’s the official blurb:

Made to Kill

It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office — young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I’m Ray, the world’s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine–after all, the last place you’d expect to find a Hollywood’s best hit man is in the plain light of day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency — except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen — and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

It’s already up for pre-order on Amazon. I’ll have other order links up ASAP.

If you are attending BEA, you can pick up a special ARC of Made to Kill from the Macmillan/Tor booth (#3056). The giveaway will start Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm, and there are just 200 ARCs available, so get in quick! And if you want to read Ray’s origin story, you can check out the prequel novelette, Brisk Money, for free at

Stay tuned for some more Made to Kill goodies coming soon!

THE MACHINE AWAKES is out in the UK (and just about everywhere else) today!

Following the North American release on Tuesday, The Machine Awakes, the second in the Spider Wars trilogy, is now out in the rest of the English-speaking world from Titan books. And, to tingle the senses of those of us with the collector gene, it has this rather striking cover:


The Machine Awakes is available at your favourite bookstore – here are some handy links:

The Machine Awakes at
The Machine Awakes at Waterstones
The Machine Awakes at Hive
The Machine Awakes at WH Smiths
The Machine Awakes at Foyles
The Machine Awakes at Blackwell’s
The Machine Awakes at iBooks UK

Titan are also publishers of the first book, The Burning Dark, which you can find out about here.

Yesterday, SciFiBulletin posted this rather nice review of The Machine Awakes, awarding the book 8/10 and saying:

Adam Christopher’s second book in his Spider Wars saga blends tropes of the detective story, space opera and political thriller into a highly engaging novel.

Hey, I’ll take that!

THE MACHINE AWAKES is out in North America today!

Book 2 of 2015 is out in North America today – The Machine Awakes, the second in the Spider Wars trilogy, is published by Tor in the US and Canada, and has a rather snazzy cover by Will Staehle that looks like this:


The Machine Awakes is available at your favourite bookstore – here are some handy links:

The Machine Awakes at
The Machine Awakes at Barnes & Noble
The Machine Awakes at Indiebound
The Machine Awakes at Powell’s
The Machine Awakes at iBooks US

If you missed the first book, The Burning Dark, it’s now out in trade paperback in North America too.

The Machine Awakes hits the rest of the English-speaking world on Thursday – stay tuned!

52 blogs of 2015 | #9 | BRISK MONEY at Publisher’s Weekly and the Hugo Award nomination deadline

The deadline for Hugo Award nominations is just hours away – 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday March 10, 2015 – so, those members of LonCon3, Sasquan, or MidAmeriCon II, make sure you have your ballot completed by then!

I have several bits and bobs of mine that are eligible (you can see the list here), but really the only thing I want to suggest is my novelette Brisk Money. This was published by last year, and… honestly, I love it. It’s fun, and it started a whole new series of novels for me, the first of which – Made to Kill – comes out in November 2015 from Tor in North America and Titan everywhere else. I’m immensely proud of that novel, and I can’t wait for folks to get their eyes on it.


In a happy coincidence, yesterday Brisk Money got a nice call-out in the Publisher’s Weekly starred review of the Some of the Best from 2014 anthology! Of the anthology as a whole, they said:

These uniformly excellent stories are all exactly as long as they need to be, and all the more powerful for it.

Brisk Money is, of course, entirely free to read. And you can do that… right here!