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Direct link for UK Kindle edition of THE BURNING DARK

I’ve had lots of people asking where the UK ebook of The Burning Dark is, as it’s not showing against my name on Amazon.co.uk.

It turns out it is there, it’s just not linked to me or the paperback edition yet. This will apparently correct itself over the next 48 hours, but in the meantime this is the direct link.

The book will also be available in Apple’s iBookstore and on the Kobo, as soon as those approvals are cleared. From past experience, those stores always take a while to put stuff online.

If you can spread the word, that would be great!

 

EMPIRE STATE free with this month’s SFX magazine

The new issue of SFX magazine (#247) is out today, and if you turn to page 41, you’ll find out how you can download my debut novel, Empire State, and Lauren Beukes’s wonderful Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Zoo City, absolutely free.

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This free ebook offer is valid until 30th April, and is open to readers worldwide. The ebooks are available in epub and mobi formats.

Enjoy!

THE BURNING DARK published in the UK today!

The Burning Dark was published in the US and Canada on Tuesday, and today it’s the turn of the gorgeous Titan Books paperback here in the UK!

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Amazon | Forbidden Planet (signed!) | Waterstones | Foyle’s | Blackwell’s

Excerpt 1 | Excerpt 2

Read the free tie-in novelette, Cold War.

Here’s what people have been saying about it:

“This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Adam Christopher builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on.”
— Library Journal, starred review

“An exciting novel from an exciting new voice in SF.”
— Booklist

“Christopher is a very good writer, with a strong sense of craft and imagery… the suspense and tension are there from the get-go and don’t let up until the very end. Once the book got going, I raced through it, reluctant to put it down.”
— Tor.com

“A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.”
— SFX Magazine

“With The Burning Dark, Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comic book fans to catch. Not to be missed.”
— James LovegroveNew York Times bestselling author of the Pantheon series

“A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.”
— Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion – Razor’s Edge

“A creepy mystery embedded in a classic SF setting that’ll make you shiver…”
— Tobias S. BuckellNew York Times bestselling author

“Christopher puts sci-fi in a metaphysical choke-hold — The Burning Dark makes reality tap out.”
— Scott SiglerNew York Times bestselling author

“Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Adam Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre.”
— V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious

“Christopher mines the terror of a setting that feels both tremendously vast and nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. The Burning Dark will have readers hesitating before glancing at the night sky or turning on their radios.”
— Robert Jackson Bennett, author of Mr. Shivers and American Elsewhere

“With this creepy and compelling mystery, Adam Christopher demonstrates why he’s one of the most original and exciting writers working in the genre right now.”
— Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection

“Christopher is writing science-fiction unlike anyone else – tense, unsettling, and grounded in a universe full of danger and mystery. The Burning Dark slips a cold, gloved hand around your heart and doesn’t let go.”
— Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise

And that’s me for the year! Two books in two months… phew. Remember, if you read The Burning Dark, and you enjoy it, feel free to leave a review somewhere. They’re really useful for writers!

THE BURNING DARK post-US, pre-UK launch link round-up!

The Burning Dark came out in the US and Canada on Tuesday, and it’s out in the UK on Friday. Yay!

Which means this is the couple of days in-between where I kinda twiddle my thumbs and contemplate my quite frankly terrifying work schedule… but more on that later.

Some links!

  • Over at John Scalzi’s The Big Idea, I talk about a simple question which inspired The Burning Dark.
  • Over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit, I take a look at the backstory of the characters in the book.
  • Over at Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds.com, I talk about five things I learned while writing the book.
  • Over at Emma Newman’s Tea and Jeopardy podcast, I sit down to talk about music, The Burning Dark, and help defeat the Anti-Cake League!

Some reviews!

The Burning Dark brings all sorts of fantastic elements to the table, Japanese folklore, ghosts, vengeance, deep space travel, horror and a touch of government coverups! These things when combined made for a most excellent and unsettling story… It was a ghost story, one that makes me cautious of the sound of white noise and leaving the radio on.

An excellent book that reads like a haunted house novel in space. Very cinematic, reading like a thriller - The Burning Dark looks different from Christopher’s previous novels and really works – this is one book that you won’t want to miss. Recommended.

It would shock me greatly if The Burning Dark isn’t optioned into a film at some point… for fans of hard science fiction, The Burning Dark should scratch that persistent technolust itch… when all is said and done, readers are in for a sci-fi horror tale in the vein of Solaris or Event Horizon.

And finally, a contest! Tor Books are giving away one copy of the US hardcover edition of The Burning Dark, plus a poster of the cover art, to one lucky winner in the US and Canada. The contest closes 1st April – head over to this blog post to enter!

 

THE BURNING DARK published in the US and Canada today!

The Burning Dark, a “haunted” space opera – the first in the Spider Wars series – and my first hardcover release from Tor Books, is out in the US and Canada today!

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Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell’s

Excerpt 1 | Excerpt 2

Read the free tie-in novelette, Cold War.

Here’s what people have been saying about it:

“This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Adam Christopher builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on.”
— Library Journal, starred review

“An exciting novel from an exciting new voice in SF.”
— Booklist

“Christopher is a very good writer, with a strong sense of craft and imagery… the suspense and tension are there from the get-go and don’t let up until the very end. Once the book got going, I raced through it, reluctant to put it down.”
— Tor.com

“A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.”
— SFX Magazine

“With The Burning Dark, Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comic book fans to catch. Not to be missed.”
— James LovegroveNew York Times bestselling author of the Pantheon series

“A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.”
— Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion – Razor’s Edge

“A creepy mystery embedded in a classic SF setting that’ll make you shiver…”
— Tobias S. BuckellNew York Times bestselling author

“Christopher puts sci-fi in a metaphysical choke-hold — The Burning Dark makes reality tap out.”
— Scott SiglerNew York Times bestselling author

“Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Adam Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre.”
— V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious

“Christopher mines the terror of a setting that feels both tremendously vast and nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. The Burning Dark will have readers hesitating before glancing at the night sky or turning on their radios.”
— Robert Jackson Bennett, author of Mr. Shivers and American Elsewhere

“With this creepy and compelling mystery, Adam Christopher demonstrates why he’s one of the most original and exciting writers working in the genre right now.”
— Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection

“Christopher is writing science-fiction unlike anyone else – tense, unsettling, and grounded in a universe full of danger and mystery. The Burning Dark slips a cold, gloved hand around your heart and doesn’t let go.”
— Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise

And remember, if you read it, and enjoy it, throw a review online somewhere – they’re a big help, trust me!

German sale of THE BURNING DARK

The Burning Dark is out tomorrow. Amagad! That came around pretty quick…

Today I’m pleased to announce that the book will also be heading to Germany, as posted in Publisher’s Marketplace over the weekend!

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Cross Cult are a pretty cool imprint, publishing a whole bunch of cool books and graphic novels, including Star Trek, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Saga, among many others. I’m pretty happy that The Burning Dark has found a home there!

Introducing… THE MACHINE AWAKES

The Burning Dark is out next week. Yay! Also: Eeep! This might be my fifth published novel, and the fourth one might only have come out at the end of January, but that doesn’t make book releases any less scary.

But, The Burning Dark sure does look pretty. The US edition from Tor is a handsome glossy hardcover…

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…while the UK paperback from Titan has an amazing soft-touch matte black finish, with spot-varnish green. Yes, that’s a little book geeky of me, but damn, both my publishers have done themselves proud with the design and finish on these.

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But while the release dates rush ever closer, work goes on. I’m just about wrapping up the second book in the series, which will be out in April 2015. This book was originally called The Jovian Conspiracy, which fits, but is… well, a little bland. Fine for a placeholder, but nothing that is particularly exciting.

So we renamed it.

Book 2 of the Spider Wars sequence is now called The Machine Awakes. Which is, I hope you’ll agree, much better!

I’ll post some more info about that book later in the year! In the meantime, I think copies of The Burning Dark are already starting to ship… so I’d better get back to work finishing book 2!

 

 

“Dark and chilling… this is SF you will want to read with the lights on” – Library Journal *starred* review for THE BURNING DARK!

So this happened:

This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Christopher (Seven Wonders; Hang Wire) builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is sf you will want to read with the light on.

- Library Journal, starred review of The Burning Dark

I’m bowled over. This is amazing… and it’s also my second novel in a row to receive a starred review, after Booklist awarded one to Hang Wire.

And if that didn’t whet your appetite, another nice review came out yesterday over at For Winter Nights, who said:

Wonderfully mysterious and frightening SF… The Burning Dark is such a page-turner. I could not put it down.

Also this week, I talked about the creepy legend of the lost cosmonauts over at the Tor/Forge blog – one of whom, Ludmila, plays a central role in the book.

The Burning Dark is out next week! What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

Booklist, Tor.com weigh in on THE BURNING DARK; Lost Cosmonauts; Sword and Laser!

Oh boy. Where to start?

So! Been busy, which is great, except it means things tend to back up. Like a big collection of links, interviews, podcasts and other neat things that I need to get out there.

Welcome to Blog Catch-up Week!

Kicking it off today, Booklist have reviewed The Burning Dark, and they say it is:

An exciting novel from an exciting new voice in SF.

Wow, I like it! Booklist were the ones who gave Hang Wire a starred review, so I like them a lot at the moment. The Booklist review is paywalled for a moment – when it becomes free to view, I’ll post a link. In the meantime, you can actually read the whole thing on the Amazon.com listing for The Burning Dark.

Tor.com also reviewed The Burning Dark, with reviewer Alex Brown saying:

Christopher is a very good writer, with a strong sense of craft and imagery. The characters are, for the most part, fresh and complex, with their own only mildly trope-y personalities. The suspense and tension are there from the get-go and don’t let up until the very end. Once the book got going, I raced through it, reluctant to put it down. He has created a compelling universe populated by sentient machines, short-sighted humans, and malevolent monsters, and I can’t wait to see more of it. Two more books are scheduled in the Spider Wars series, and I’m curious to see where he’s headed.

I really like this review, because Alex points out that the book isn’t the kind of space opera science fiction you might expect. Which I think is exactly right!

On the subject of what exactly The Burning Dark might be about, today on the Tor Books blog I talk about the lost cosmonauts, a rather curious urban myth about secret Soviet space shenanigans – which plays a rather large role in the book.

Finally for this catch-up, I returned to my favourite podcast show recently, Sword and Laser, for another talk about books! I really love being on the show, and it was a pleasure to be a guest yet again. Apparently I’m nearing the record for author appearances on the show!

 

 

 

SFX magazine takeover, Kelly Braffet blurbs HANG WIRE, and the epic Forbidden Planet double book launch!

So this is a busy week.

Out today is issue 246 of SFX Magazine – inside of which you will find no fewer than three things either by, or related to… me!

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On page 108, Eddie Robson reviews The Burning Dark, awarding four stars and saying it is…

A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.

All I can say it… wow! I love this review to bits!

If that whets your appetite, turn to page 116 for a two-page extract from the book, courtesy of Titan. The extract is an entire chapter, focussing on two of the marines stuck on the space station Coast City.

Following that, on page 118 is my second Book Club feature, this time on the Dragonlance classic, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Phew! Seriously, that must be some kind of record for SFX appearances.

I’m also delighted today to show off a new blurb for Hang Wire!

One of my favourite books of last year was Save Yourself, by literary wunderkind Kelly Braffet. Save Yourself is dark and beautiful, with a depth of character and elegance of prose that regular schmucks like myself can only dream of achieving.

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I was pleased as punch to make Kelly’s acquaintance via Twitter (man, three cheers for social media), and then just a little awestruck when she asked if she could read Hang Wire.

And she did, and this is what she said:

Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire reads like Erin Morgenstern via Tim Powers, but the dark, creepy heart that beats at its center is entirely its own. It’s good unclean fun, and so addictive.

And… wow. I’m speechless, and also very, very grateful to have received such wonderful praise from a writer such as Kelly. That blurbs joins Hang Wire‘s NPR review and starred Booklist review as some of the highlights of my writing career so far.

So if all of that tickles your fancy, come along to the Forbidden Planet Megastore at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Thursday night (6th March) at 6pm for what promises to be an epic double launch of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark. I’ll be reading from both books, and the first 50 people in the door will get a Hang Wire fortune cookie (as seen in the book)! Hidden inside are four spot prizes, including a voucher for the Forbidden Planet store. There will also be jello shots! We were going to serve a wild strawberry liqueur – as seen in The Burning Dark – but it’s a little sweet and very sticky, so to make it safer for the store (sticky fingers on books is a bad idea), we’re making it into something a little easier to handle.

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As well as the regular paperback of Hang Wire, the limited edition, numbered hardcover – with gorgeous variant red cover by Kitschies Inky Tentacle winner Will Staehle – will be available for the first time. And not only that, this event will be your chance to grab The Burning Dark nearly three whole weeks before it goes on general sale anywhere in the world.

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Phew! I guess I’d better choose what to read then… see you tomorrow!