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HANG WIRE cover reveal, THE BURNING DARK quotes, Tor catalogue, Waterstones event!

It’s a busy week in the run-up to Nine Worlds, which kicks off this Friday. You can see my full schedule here.

Yesterday the cover for my fourth novel from Angry Robot, Hang Wire, was revealed over at Sword and Laser. Hang Wire is out in February 2014, and will be available as both a regular paperback and as another limited edition Forbidden Planet-exclusive hardcover. The paperback is black…


…while the hardcover is red…


I’m totally in love with these covers, too! And with Hang Wire, that means Will has done a total of eight covers for me across two different publishers (Empire State, Empire State limited edition, Seven Wonders, The Age Atomic, Hang Wire, Hang Wire limited edition, The Burning Dark, and Two Tales of San Ventura).

Um, wow.

Hang Wire pre-order links imminent!

In other news:

Tor’s Winter 2014 catalogue is out now, and features The Burning Dark on page 42! It also includes a couple of blurbs I’ve been dying to show off:

New York Times bestselling-author James Lovegrove says:

With The Burning Dark Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly injokes for hardcore comic book fans to catch. Not to be missed.

Martha Wells, author of the forthcoming Star Wars novel Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge, says:

A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

Being in the Tor catalogue is something of a Big Moment for me, so there may have been a little Snoopy dancing last night. And my thanks to James and Martha for two stunning blurbs.

Finally, a date for your diaries – fellow author and superlatively nice chap James Smythe and I will be at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester on Thursday 5th September to talk about our work. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £5/£5 from the store – I’ll post a link to the event when the page goes live.


My slightly epic Nine Worlds 2013 schedule

This time next week is Nine Worlds, the brand spanking new UK convention covering science fiction, fantasy, and all things genre across books, TV, films, games, comics – you name it. The convention is being run across multiple concurrent streams, and the programme is PACKED, so I advise you pop over to their website and download the full schedule PDF

I’m excited to be taking part in what’s looking like a heck of a cool weekend. And they’re keeping me busy too:


5:00-6.15pm, Rad Royal A & B
Non-Genre Genre Shows
with Nickey Barnard, Lesley McIntee, David A. McIntee and John Medany

Some shows that aren’t strictly SFF in genre seem to have transcended their boundaries and become big hits with fans of more traditionally styled SFF shows. Veronica Mars has recently been kickstarted into a movie and Person of Interest‘s second season finale was described by some critics as one of the best pieces of true Science Fiction on television. Discuss these shows and more here.

6:45-8:00pm, Rad Royal A & B
Comic Book Heroes On The Small Screen
with Paul Cornell, Roz Kaveney and John Medany

From Adam West’s Batman to the 21st Century Arrow, how do our heroes fare on the small screen? It’s a different medium to both comic and film and in a lot of ways less forgiving. Where has it been done right, and where does it go wrong? Come and discuss the Original Batman, the 70s’ Spiderman and Hulk, the 80s’ The Flash, and more recently, Smallville, Heroes and Arrow

10:15 – 11.305pm, Lobby Room
New Voices Slam Session
with Liz de Jager, Stephanie Saulter, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Emma Newman, Barry Nugent, Danie Ware, Jennifer Williams, Lou Morgan, Hannah Chutzpah (emcee)

Come listen to short readings from nine of science fiction and fantasy’s most promising new authors. Bring your drinks, bring your friends: you might find your next literary addiction. Get to know these guys before they sell out!


12:00 – 1:00pm – Forbidden Planet table, dealer’s room (Vendors/Wessex)
Book signing!
with Adrian Tchaikovsky and Emma Newman


10:00-11:15am, George I
Can’t Take The Sky From Me: Science Fiction & Space Travel
with Jaine Fenn, Stephanie Saulter, Gavin Smith, Charles Stross and Ian Whates

It’s over fifty years since we sent the first humans into space. Are we still as excited about going to the stars? How have real-world concerns about the reality and practicality of space travel affected the genre?

11:45-1:00pm, George II & III
Doctor Who: The Ones You Love To Hate
with Ben Aaronovitch, Jonathan L Howard and David A. McIntee

Nothing’s more fun than a really hissable villain, and Doctor Who’s had more than its fair share of dastardly dudes and dames over the years. What makes a perfect villain? Is it the megalomaniac schemes? A catchphrase? Or just a natty line in sinister clothes? We talk all about the nastiest people in history.

1:30-2:45pm, George II & III
Is Doctor Who “Thunderingly Racist”?
with Abigail Brady, Una McCormack  and Iona Sharma

A recent academic study of DW makes a bold claim that the show is “thunderingly racist”. Is this true? No non-white actors have ever played the Doctor, and the absence of non-white people from the line-up of companions throughout the whole of the Classic Series is notable.

Phew! If I don’t see you on a panel, without a doubt I’ll be in the bar somewhere. See you there!

Edge Lit 2 schedule

A little site admin: added a new book page for The Burning Dark, and re-organised the main book index with some little teasers…

Tomorrow is Edge Lit 2 at the Quad, Derby. With guests of honour Mike Carey, Tricia Sullivan and Stan Nicholls, it promises to be a fun day of bookish chitchat! Here’s my own schedule of panels:

11am – Cinema Two
New Worlds: Building SF and Fantasy Settings
with Emma Newman, Gaie Sebold, Gavin Smith and Adrian Tchaikovsky
(I’m moderating this one)

2pm – Cinema One
Digital Age: How Has the Internet Changed Writing?
with Andrew Hook, Emma Newman, and Jennifer Williams

9pm – Cinema Two
Looking Back: First Genre Reads
with Gary McMahon, Lou Morgan, and Gavin Smith

See you Saturday!

(Edit: The First Genre Reads panel has been shifted from 8pm to 9pm – for any other updates, check the schedule when you arrive tomorrow!)

Linky links, a competition, appearances and a website update

So! Stuff I have been meaning to post for a while:

If you’ve enjoyed Seven Wonders, you’ll get a wry smile from these; if you’ve not yet tried the book, you get a flavour of Christopher’s approach.

Readers who want “that little bit more” from their storytelling should check this out. Recommended.

And the other stuff:

  • I’ve shifted some stuff around on my website – Books now has a new landing page, and each title’s individual page has had a makeover. If I’ve left anything out, or you see anything odd, please holler!
  • I’ve updated my appearances for 2013 – next up is Edge Lit 2, being held at the QUAD in Derby next month. The schedule for the one-day event is online – I’ll post more details about that next week.

THE AGE ATOMIC in The Financial Times, Reddit AMA, and Creative Industries Trafford panel discussion

Lots of links this week!

  • Last Thursday I took part in an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) over at Reddit. It was a lot of fun answering questions, and if you jump over to the thread you can find out some more about my writing, future projects, the comicbook character I most want to write for, and who my fantasy casting for Jennifer Jones and Evelyn McHale from The Age Atomic are… among other things!
  • The Age Atomic was reviewed in Saturday’s Financial Times – you can read the full review online here, or click here for a photo of how it appeared in the print newspaper on page 10 of the Life & Arts section – who said, with reference to the first book, Empire State:

The first novel revelled in 1930s noir movies and pulp fiction. This one – a worthy successor – touches on the Red Menace paranoia of the dawn of the nuclear era but has the same jazzy plotting and anything-goes attitude that made Empire State such an unalloyed pleasure.

  • Paper Mages gave The Age Atomic a rather enthusiastic review, saying that I have:

… joined a list in the back of my mind of authors who reliably deliver book on book with the same quality and power of the very first, I trust him with my future reading and I think you’ll find yourself doing the same.

  • Finally today, Ellie Ann has made a video review of the book, which pretty much blew me away. You can watch the review here, and you’ll also find some brief answers to a couple of questions she sent me.

Tomorrow evening I’m appearing as part of a panel discussion entitled The Future is Unwritten: E-books vs. Print (spot the obvious problem) hosted by Creative Industries Trafford. The event kicks off at 6.00pm at the Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaze, Sale, M33 7ZF. It’s free to attend, but you have to book a place – click here for more information and tickets.

Sci-Fi Weekender schedule

This coming weekend is the Sci-Fi Weekender, two days of science fiction, fantasy, games and media, this year being held at the Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in North Wales – which is, I am reliably informed, a much nicer venue than the Pontins, home to the former SFX Weekender the past three years.

The organisers never got around to updating their website, it seems, but I’m a guest at the event, and will be on the following panel:

Saturday, 5.00 – 6.00 pm, Spaceport.

The Future is Bright: But what would Asimov make of it? A discussion on the changing face of science fiction writing.

with Guy Haley (mod), Adam Christopher, James Smythe, Simon Morden, Stacia Kane, Francis Knight

The Weekender should be fun, in that kind of crazy organised chaos that it has been in previous years. There are loads of cool people going – a full line-up can be found here. The full programme is also up here.

In addition, I’ll be signing at the Angry Robot table on Saturday from 11.30 am to 12.00 pm, and other than that, I’ll be around the place. Hope to see you there!

Launching THE AGE ATOMIC at Forbidden Planet! Limited edition hardcovers… including EMPIRE STATE!

My forthcoming sequel to Empire State, The Age Atomic, is out on April 4th, and to mark the occassion we’re launching it at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, where I’ll be doing a reading, having a little chat, and signing books. The event is on Thursday 4th April, 2013, 6.00 – 7.00pm. A Facebook event page will be up shortly.

I’m also pleased to announce that The Age Atomic will be available in a lovely limited edition hardback! These will be signed and numbered and there will only be 100, exclusive to Forbidden Planet.

And not only that… I’m beyond pleased and heading towards utterly chuffed when I can say that Empire State, my debut from January 2012, is getting a re-release at the event, also as a limited edition hardcover! Wrapped in a brand new cover by Will Staehle, and featuring some new bonus content, there are only going to be 100 of these too.

I’ll be posting more about this as we get closer to the launch – and revealing the new Empire State cover – but in the meantime, head over to Angry Robot for the low-down on this event and some other fabulous launches happening, and over to Forbidden Planet, where you’ll find the pre-order links for The Age Atomic (Empire State coming soon).

Roll on April 🙂

Events and appearances 2013

This is my 2013 so far:

I’m editing two books for two different publishers (Hang Wire for Angry Robot, and The Book Formerly Known As Shadow’s Call for Tor), both of which have more or less the same deadline. I’ve got a novel proposal to finish, and a new comic pitch due in early Feb, as well as the last two episodes of The Sentinel for VS Comics to script.

So yeah, busy. Busy but happy!

First, some more catch-up links:

Finally, my 2013 event schedule is firming up. I’ll update the side panel shortly, but in the meantime I’ll be at:

So far that’s it for the year, but probably more than enough travel…

Quick update: Appearance at the Blog North Awards tonight!

Busy editing and planning and making huuuuuge lists of stuff. And writing comics. So it goes.

Just a quick reminder today: I am guest of honour/headliner at the Blog North Awards tonight, which kick off at 7.30pm at the Deaf Institute in Manchester. I’ll be reading from Seven Wonders, followed by an on-stage interview and audience Q&A. Tickets are £6 and there are door sales if you haven’t booked. Full details are here.

I’m looking forward to it, and if you can come along, do make sure you say hello!

Writerly update, Morley Lit Festival, and more SEVEN WONDERS reviews

And I’m back from FantasyCon, which was three super-duper days hanging out with my favourite people talking about books. I apologise for the brevity of my convention report, but when you’re on a deadline like I am, such things tend to fall by the wayside. But it was good times, trust me.

I’m still on deadline for The Age Atomic, which means I’m back in the word bunker for this month. And then after that is handed in I need to work on Shadow’s Call for Tor… which means, I suspect, another lockdown. But it’s all worth it, in the end. It’s just a rather busy last quarter of the year.

A reminder for this coming Saturday, where I’ll be appearing on the Science Fiction and Superheroes panel as part of the Morley Literature Festival, alongside Samit Basu, David Hine, and Justina Robson. Steve Morris (perhaps better known as the drummer from Joy Division and New Order) is looking forward to seeing us, which I think deserves a What In The Actual Heck (Joy Division being a favourite band of mine), and event curator Mark Johnson gives us the big ups in the Give Me Comics Or Give Me Death podcast, which you can listen to here.

The panel is this Saturday at 2pm at the Morley town hall. Tickets are £4, and full details can be found here, and after the panel there will be a book signing. I hope to see you there!

Seven Wonders reviews continue to come in-

At The Founding Fields, Shadowhawk gives the book 9.5 out of 10 and says:

Adam Christopher has struck gold, again. If any SF novel this year deserves a sequel, it’s Seven Wonders!

The Fiction Stroker gives Seven Wonders four strokes out of five and says:

A love letter to comics… Seven Wonders is another thrilling roller-coaster ride from an author who is quickly becoming a master of multi-genre adventure.

Philip Norris says:

Seven Wonders ticks all the right boxes, it is a thrilling rollercoaster ride where the reader feels the wind in their hair, and their cape flapping behind them.

At I Will Read Books, Erik Lundqvist says:

…[T]he atmosphere, and the world building, is spot on… Adam Christopher has once again brought something new to a old genre.

And a little bonus, The Fiction Stroker also reviewed my debut novel, Empire State, giving it four strokes out of five and saying it is:

…An immersing, entertaining and atmospheric journey into another world.

Back to the editing, and see you on Saturday in Leeds!