EMPIRE STATE

Empire State

Empire State


Angry Robot Books
January 2012

Read the excerpts at Tor.com and Criminal Element
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“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

“Suffused with a love for noir fiction and the golden age of American comic books, 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.”
 The 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

A daring, dreamlike, almost hallucinatory thriller, one that plays with the conventions of pulp fiction and superheroes like a cat with a ball of yarn.”
— Kurt Busiek, Eisner Award-winning writer of Astro City and Marvels


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Empire State is the other New York. A parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple, a place where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes that once kept the streets safe have fallen into dysfunctional rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York… until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants.

Playing on the classic Gotham conventions of the Batman comics and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, debut author Adam Christopher has spun this smart and fast-paced superhero-noir adventure, the sort of souped-up thrill ride that will excite genre fans and general readers alike.


PRAISE FOR EMPIRE STATE

“Adam Christopher maintains a punchy, bestseller prose style that keeps the action rocketing along, and protagonists that seem right both in their own setting, and appropriate to what we already recognise as super heroes. Empire State is an excellent, involving read, and it fully deserves to be the start of a new universe.”
Paul Cornell, writer of Action Comics, Stormwatch and Demon Knights, and Doctor Who scriptwriter

“Down these steam driven streets a man must go… straight into a pocket universe of trouble. Brutal, knowing and deft, Adam Christopher delivers.”
— Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of The Fallen Blade

“From the first explosive rat-a-tat-tat of bullets to the very last twist and turn, Empire State surely cannot be a début novel. Adam Christopher must be playing with us, as this bears all the skill and patience of an experienced master craftsman at work. The fantastical dreams of Verne and Wells mixed with the noir reality of Spillane or Chandler, this is a book that doesn’t play by the rules – and is all the better for it.”
— Tony LeeDoctor Who comic writer and New York Times Bestselling Author.

“Adam Christopher’s Empire State is a fascinating debut novel that meshes noir sensibilities and science fiction together and keeps the reader guessing throughout. Empire State challenges the nature of reality and what it means to be a human being. Adam Christopher handles the intricacies of parallel worlds, time travel and suspense with a skill lacking in many more-seasoned authors.”
— Michael Stackpole, New York Times bestselling author of I, Jedi

“Destined to be a science fiction classic, Empire State is a breathtakingly original noir tale of intrigue, mystery, and quantum physics, deftly played out in storytelling so brilliant I’m finding it hard not to hate the author.”
— Diana Rowland, author of My Life as a White Trash Zombie

“From first to last page, Adam Christopher’s Empire State careens along at a furious pace. Along the way, he beautifully meshes the best noir tropes with science fiction and wraps it up in a world (or two) that rivals some of the classics of speculative fiction. Rad Bradley is an unforgettable character and you’ll breathlessly follow his journey, unraveling the mysteries and revelations contained in this brilliant debut. Empire State marks Adam Christopher as an author to watch! Would somebody give this guy a comic book to write, already?”
— John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods

Empire State doesn’t screw around. Murders, mysteries and multiple realities are just the icing atop this pulp noir cake: the action starts on the opening page but it isn’t long before you fall in love with the characters and the unique world Adam Christopher has built for them. Trust me when I say: you want to visit Empire State.”
— Chuck Wendig, author of Double Dead

“A double shot of jet-noir steampunk nitroglycerine – a startling, throat-grabbing novel that echoes Chandler, Auster and Mieville while blazing its own mind-bending trail and searing itself onto your memory.”
— Will Hill, author of Department 19

“With his debut novel, Adam Christopher creates a dark and gritty world, complete with with Prohibition-era gangsters, Tommy guns, and superheroes. Empire State is a story deeply rooted in noir tradition that hits you in the throat like a sucker punch.”
Matthew McBride, author of Frank Sinatra in a Blender

“With Empire State, Adam Christopher takes the noir genre and gives it a sexy gritty makeover that will make your head spin.”
Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist and Spectyr

“With Empire State, Adam Christopher has crafted a story both old-fashioned and modern in its sensibilities, where hard-boiled detectives meet pulp superheroes in a science fiction mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Christopher has channelled Mickey Spillane, Jules Verne, and Gardner Fox to tell a story that would be perfect for Joe Johnston to direct on the big screen. All in all, a fantastic and thrilling read that takes off running and never stops – long live the Empire State!”
— Professor Mark D. White, co-editor, Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

“Fast-paced and intricately woven, Adam Christopher’s debut mixes Sam Spade noir with the comic book superheroes we all grew up loving. Packed with action and a secret that could unravel the world, Empire State will keep you turning the pages and cheering on the most unlikely of heroes. With a debut this exciting, I can’t wait to see what Adam comes up with next.”
— Joelle Charbonneau, author of Skating Over The Line and Skating Around The Law

Empire State is an exuberant homage to the superhero genre powered by a fabulous noir plot and wrapped up with a retro science fiction sensibility. It’s effortlessly inventive and thoroughly entertaining. I’m already looking forward to the next work from this assured new writer.”
Maura McHugh

“Complex and creative, Empire State introduces the reader to a world of noir superheroes and multi-dimensional conspiracies. An engaging, entertaining read.”
— Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True/Tempest series.