The Burning Dark

Tor Books (US; hardcover) | Titan Books (UK; paperback)
25 March 2014

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“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



“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


Adam Christopher’s dazzling first novel, Empire State, was named the Best Book of 2012 by SciFi Now magazine. Now he explores new dimensions of time and space in a gripping far-future thriller.

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned subspace radio, only to tune into a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?

  • RealBooks4Ever

    Adam! I read THE BURNING DARK and I LOVED IT!! Got an ARC and dove in… wow. Now looking to get ahold of the novelette! Cheers!

  • Very glad you enjoyed it!