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Cover reveal: I ONLY KILLED HIM ONCE

Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted a thumbnail of this up on Twitter a couple of weeks back, but now I can show this thing off in all its glory. The final Ray Electromatic Mystery novel, I Only Killed Him Once, is out from Tor Books on July 10, 2018, and thanks – yet again – to the genius of Will Staehle, it will look like this:

US pre-order links at the link! UK links to come!

New York Comic Con 2017

Next month I’m making my first visit to New York Comic Con, where I am a Spotlight Guest! You can find my official schedule here, but it doesn’t include a couple of extras, so here’s my rundown:


Thursday, October 5th

Panel: It’s Technical: Our Future with Robots and More
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 PM
Place: Room 1A18
With:
Annalee Newitz, Sylvain Neuvel, Kirsten Miller, Nathan Hale

Robots. Artificial Intelligence. Smart Everything. How will the tools of technology, whether of human origin or otherwise, shape our lives and cultures? Intelligent and probably not artificially constructed authors Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Kirsten Miller (Otherworld), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony) , and Adam Christopher (The Ray Electromatic Series) tackle ethical and practical matters with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Signing: It’s Technical: Our Future with Robots and More
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: Autographing Table 23
With:
Annalee Newitz, Sylvain Neuvel, Kirsten Miller, Nathan Hale

Books will be available for purchase at the signing courtesy of The Strand. Of course I’m happy to sign anything you bring, and that includes Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (more on that below), as there is no official signing for this at the Del Rey Star Wars booth #2104.


Saturday, October 7th

Panel: From a Certain Point of View: A Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Hudson Mercantile – 500 W 36th St
With: Pablo Hidalgo, Benjamin Acker, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah Dawson, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Claudia Gray, EK Johnston, Mur Lafferty, John Jackson Miller, Daniel Jose Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Marc Thompson, Elizabeth Wein, Chuck Wendig

In 1977 a princess, a farm boy, a scoundrel, a Wookiee, two droids, an old wizard, and a man in black set us off on a galaxy full of adventure. Forty years later, join an all-star panel of authors to celebrate the legacy of Star Wars with a new anthology that retells the story of Star Wars through the eyes of the background characters and creatures that bring the galaxy to life.

Moderated by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, this unique panel promises fun new insights into the characters and scenes of the film that you think you know, and features a rotating cast of more than a dozen Star Wars authors and contributors, including but not limited to: Ben Acker, Pierce Brown, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Cordova, Delilah Dawson, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Claudia Gray, EK Johnston, Mur Lafferty, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Marc Thompson, Elizabeth Wein, and Chuck Wendig.

This is the biggie! So big, it’s a separate, ticketed event – full details are here. Tickets are $45, and they include a copy of the New York Comic Con exclusive cover edition of Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View signed by (I think) 13 contributors (more on that below!). A ticket to New York Comic Con is not required in order to attend, so if you’re in town on Saturday but not at the con itself you can still come along.


Sunday, October 8th

Signing: Tor Books
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Place: :
Tor Books, booth #2136

My other official signing slot – again, books will be on sale, and I’m also happy to sign whatever you bring along, including Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.


That’s it for my schedule!

If you are at the con and you want to get the convention exclusive cover edition of Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, all the info you need is here. The book is $40 from the Del Rey Star Wars booth (#2104), there are only 600 copies, and you need a wristband to get a copy. Unless, that is, you come to the Saturday panel, as your $45 ticket includes the book.

The booth will also be selling the regular edition of the anthology.

The con exclusive cover is a rather fine piece of work by non other than Will Staehle, who – by complete coincidence – happens to have designed all of my covers, bar the tie-in books (click the image below to embiggen!). Seems I just can’t shake him off…


See you in New York!

STAR WARS: FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW and #OperationBlueMilk

So this is pretty exciting – I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m making my Star Wars fiction debut in the forthcoming 40th anniversary anthology, Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View.

The book was teased this week on social media with the hashtag #OperationBlueMilk, which was lots of fun to take part in. Full details are up over at StarWars.com, but to give you the general gist – this is an anthology of 40 stories, all of which take place during A New Hope, retelling scenes from the point of view of other characters. More information about the author line-up and the stories themselves is coming, but for the moment, the book is out on October 3, 2017. I’ll put up pre-order links once they go live, but for the moment all the US pre-order links are available here. Go, order, I’ll wait here!

It’s no secret that I’m a Star Wars superfan, so to contribute to a project like this – with my first ever piece of Star Wars fiction – is a tremendous honour. I’m also so pleased that as well as celebrating the anniversary of one of the most important pop culture phenomenons in the world, this book is also being produced for a very good cause indeed. From StarWars.com:

All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need.

There was obviously a sandcrawler-load of stuff online about the book, but here’s the Tor.com and the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog coverage.

More info soon!

STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY is out now!

The Ray Electromatic Mysteries return today with Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella from Tor.com Publishing. This standalone story is set between the events of the first novel in the series — Made to Kill — and the second — Killing Is My Business — which is out on July 25th.


“Combines classic Chandlerian noir with vintage sci-fi with brilliant results: Ray the Robot, a contract killer with glimmers of half-remembered conscience, will break your heart. Truly original, and deeply satisfying.”

— Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.

Honey.

As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.

But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal―or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?

Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.

Available wherever books are sold, including:
Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks US
iBooks UKBooks-A-MillionPowell’s | IndieBound


Standard Hollywood Depravity is out in print and digital – and as a bonus, the ebook version comes bundled with the very first novelette, Ray’s origin story, Brisk Money.

And if you want a taster, Tor.com has an exclusive extract from Standard Hollywood Depravity, right here.

Ray will be back in July with Killing Is My Business!

Book releases 2017

Looks like 2017 is going to be a big one for me – I seem to have four books out this year. I have no idea how this happened, but hey, let’s roll with it.

First up is Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella in the Ray Electromatic Mystery series, out March 7th from Tor.com in ebook and trade paperback. Set between the first novel in the series, Made to Kill, and the forthcoming follow-up Killing Is My Business, Standard Hollywood Depravity is a standalone story, albeit one with a couple of touches that link it to the main story arc.


“Combines classic Chandlerian noir with vintage sci-fi with brilliant results: Ray the Robot, a contract killer with glimmers of half-remembered conscience, will break your heart. Truly original, and deeply satisfying.”

— Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.

Honey.

As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.

But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal―or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?

Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.

Pre-order at:
Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks US
iBooks UKBooks-A-MillionPowell’s | IndieBound 


While Standard Hollywood Depravity is a new story, readers of the ebook version will get a little bonus, as the digital edition comes bundled with the very first novelette, Brisk Money, which introduces Ray and Ada and their dirty little operation.

Out July 25th is the second Ray Electromatic Mystery novel, Killing Is My Business.


“Delivers like a punch from a two-ton robot in a zoot suit.”
― Lila Bowen, award-winning author of Wake of Vultures

“Humor, action, and heart: everything I’ve come to expect from an Adam Christopher book,
and then some. A marvelous read!”
― Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of Zero World

“Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at ‘Hello.'”
— John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author

Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hitman–and last robot left in working order–Raymond Electromatic.

But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in the latest in Christopher’s robot noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.

Pre-order at:
Amazon USBarnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
Powell’s | IndieBound | iBooks US


Note that UK order links for Killing Is My Business are not yet live. I’ll update the blog when they go up.

Also out in July is the second Dishonored novel, following from last year’s The Corroded Man. It’s a standalone story, and while the title is currently a very closely guarded secret, I have a feeling fans of the Dishonored universe are going to be pretty excited about this one. I’ll reveal the title, cover, and full jacket copy once I have them.

The fourth book out in 2017 is the third Dishonored novel. More information, including the publication date, when I have it.

Phew! That’s a lot of books… better get back to work…

2016, 2017, man oh man.

Suffice to say that 2016 was a somewhat strange year. Let’s leave it at that. But hey, personally I had some good times. Phoenix Comic Con was amazing. San Diego Comic Con was amazing. I made new friends at both. I saw my favourite band, The Cure, twice. Art is important and we need to celebrate it, now more than ever, and I refer m’learned readers to this blog post here which says a lot of things about the year gone and the year ahead that I agree with.

I had two books out this year, both tie-ins: Elementary: Blood and Ink, and Dishonored: The Corroded Man, as well as a couple of issues of The Shield, co-written with Chuck Wendig, for Archie/Dark Circle Comics. That makes 2016 a little quiet for me, and it feels like I spent most of the year editing or writing outlines, but I did write two things that will be out in 2017 – Standard Hollywood Depravity, a Ray Electromatic novella out from Tor.com in March, and the next Ray novel, Killing Is My Business, out in July.

But 2016 was a record year for me for reading. As of today, I’ve read 53 books this year, and there’s a fair chance I’ll make it to 54 before January 1st. And here’s what I read, in reverse order of completion:

I hate to pick favourites, as every book in that list I enjoyed a great deal. But if I limit it to books that actually came out in 2016, then I have to say my joint favourites were You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney, and Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – that last book actually giving me my biggest geek-out moment of the year, when me and my robot assassin sorta maybe not quite make a cameo, kinda.

I think that makes me at least as canonical as the Star Wars Holiday Special, so hey, I’ll take it.

As if to even things out, 2017 looks rather busy for me. Apart from the Ray Electromatic novella and novel, the next Dishonored novel, the title of which remains a closely guarded secret, will be out at the end of July. I have to write the third Ray novel, as well as revisiting and rewriting a strange novel from a while back and writing a couple of brand new things too. There may also be comics to do.

I think I need to make a list.

Until 2017 then!

 

 

MADE TO KILL trade paperback release and Reddit AMA for DISHONORED

And so I emerge from my edit cave with two nice little snippets!

Today the trade paperback of Made to Kill, the first volume in the LA Trilogy, is out in North America from Tor Books. With the novella Standard Hollywood Depravity and book 2, Killing is My Business, out next year, now’s your chance to grab the first book in a decidedly softer print format. You can pick it up from your favourite retailer – here’s the links for Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound, if you are so inclined.

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Also today (Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in case you are reading this, well, on some other day) I’m doing an Ask Me Anything session over Reddit in support of the first Dishonored novel, The Corroded Man, which came out a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be answering any and all questions between 2pm and 5pm Eastern Standard Time (11am – 2pm Pacific Time, 7pm-10pm GMT), and will be back over the next couple of days to pick up any stragglers.

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You can find the Dishonored subreddit here!

New release out today – DISHONORED: THE CORRODED MAN

Today is the day! Dishonored: The Corroded Man, the first of three novels set in the world of the game Dishonored, is out!

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Empress Emily Kaldwin leads a dual life, fulfilling her duties as Empress while training with her father, Corvo Attano, mastering the arts of stealth, combat, and assassination.

THE CORRODED MAN

A strange, shrouded figure appears in Dunwall, seeming to possess powers once wielded by the assassin known as Daud. Faced with the possibility that their deadliest foe has returned, Emily and Corvo plunge headlong into a life-and-death race against time. If they fail to learn the truth about this mysterious enemy, the result could be destruction on an unimaginable scale.

THE FIRST ORIGINAL NOVEL BASED ON THE HUGELY POPULAR VIDEO GAME DISHONORED


Order links:

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Amazon.com

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Barnes & Noble

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Indiebound

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Amazon.co.uk

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Waterstones

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Forbidden Planet

 

DISHONORED: THE CORRODED MAN out next week!

Next week (Tuesday, September 27th, to be precise) Dishonored: The Corroded Man, the first of three novels set in the world of the seriously kick-ass game Dishonored, is out!

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I’m excited about this book, as I’m a huge fan of Dishonored, and I think (hope!) other fans will get a buzz out of the story. It was certainly a blast to write – the fact that I’m contributing to the canon and lore of the Dishonored universe is, y’know, pretty cool.

From the back cover:


Empress Emily Kaldwin leads a dual life, fulfilling her duties as Empress while training with her father, Corvo Attano, mastering the arts of stealth, combat, and assassination.

THE CORRODED MAN

A strange, shrouded figure appears in Dunwall, seeming to possess powers once wielded by the assassin known as Daud. Faced with the possibility that their deadliest foe has returned, Emily and Corvo plunge headlong into a life-and-death race against time. If they fail to learn the truth about this mysterious enemy, the result could be destruction on an unimaginable scale.

THE FIRST ORIGINAL NOVEL BASED ON THE HUGELY POPULAR VIDEO GAME DISHONORED


Anyway, Dishonored: The Corroded Man will be available at your favourite bookseller, but here are some easy pre-order links for you:

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Amazon.com

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Barnes & Noble

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Indiebound

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Amazon.co.uk

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Waterstones

Buy Dishonored: The Corroded Man at Forbidden Planet

There are also a number of foreign language editions (I’ve seen the cover for the French one) – if you’re looking for an edition in your own language, just have a look at your usual bookseller.

See you next week, when there shall be whiskey and cigars!

MADE TO KILL nominated for the Dame Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

I’m completely thrilled and delighted to discover that Made to Kill, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, is a finalist for the 2016 Dame Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The Ngaio’s were founded in 2010 and are New Zealand’s national book prize for crime and mystery fiction. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to make the award ceremony itself, which is held in Christchurch on August 27th, but I feel very honoured to be included among such a strong shortlist.

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The Dame Ngaio Marsh Award is a judged prize, and here’s what the judges had to say about my little book about a robot detective (*cough* assassin):

“An outstanding and well written, distinctive sci-fi period noir thriller set in an alternate version of Los Angeles. Atmospheric with an exceptional sense of place and characterisation. Very Chandleresque and a thoroughly good mix of two different genres. Hopefully this will become a classic.”

“I loved it and the author had a great main protagonist even though he’s a robot. It’s got Reds infiltrating Hollywood, secret societies and the whole ‘taking over the world’ scenario. It is all a bit daft, but it really gripped me and was a hugely enjoyable read.”

“Inventive, creative and audacious, full of clever details, a wonderful narrative voice and compelling cast of self-absorbed Hollywood types – one of the most endearing robots you could hope to find in literature.”

Last weekend, Award convener Craig Sisterson was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning programme, discussing the awards and Made to Kill. You can listen to the interview here (Made to Kill discussion starts at around 9’40”).

Woo-hoo! I won’t pretend that Made to Kill has any chance of winning – it’s an odd mix of SF and mystery, so perhaps not quite what the judges are looking for – but hey, New Zealand crime and mystery writing is alive and well and, in fact, stronger than ever, and to even be considered is a great honour.

The award is split into two categories – Best Crime Novel and Best First Novel – and the full shortlist is:

Now I just need to get over my jet lag and sort through my photos from San Diego Comic Con…