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HANG WIRE is out in a week, or… what the heck happened to January?

Hmm. 2014 seems to be speeding by. This is alarming.

Hang Wire is out in the US and in ebook in one week! Yikes! I mean… yay! Coolness.

To whet your appetite, here’s a couple of new snippets that have come in.

Reviewer Bane of Kings takes on Hang Wire at The Founding Fields, and he says that it is:

An excellent read, Adam Christopher once again reminds us why he is your go-to writer for awesome urban fantasy as he crafts an unputdownable tale that makes Angry Robot’s 100th Novel an excellent read!

“Unputdownable” is about a big an accolade as a book can get, so I’m pretty happy!

Over at BRSBKBLOG, reviewer Pete Sutton says:

Being an Angry Robot book you expect it to be pacy and intelligent with good plotting and Christopher really delivers. Recommended.

There’s also an interview with me there, in which I talk about editing two books at once, working with Angry Robot and Tor Books, and also about a couple of future projects for this year.

With Hang Wire just a week out, don’t forget to enter the pre-order contest, in which you could win a rather alarmingly large parcel of 13 signed books. You’ll find details of the contest here, and a selection of pre-order links here.

And I’m also starting a newsletter – the first instalment will drop on January 28th and there’s going to be an exclusive excerpt of something new, along with a giveaway open only to newsletter subscribers.

That’s me telling you to subscribe, btw.


More links and mentions and an extract and a podcast


  • The Burning Dark isn’t out until March 25th, but over at you can read the first extract! Note: a teeny bit of adult language. Also: strawberry liqueur…
  • …which can you have a drink of at Forbidden Planet on March 6th, where Angry Robot and Titan are joining forces to throw Hang Wire and The Burning Dark a party. The Burning Dark might not be out until March 25th, but if you can make it to FP, you’ll be able to get it three weeks early!
  • Over at SFSignal, both Hang Wire and The Burning Dark get a mention in the latest Mind Meld on Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2014. Huzzah!
  • Also going live today is the latest episode of the Reader/Writer podcast. In this episode, myself, Andrew Mayne, Christopher Morse and Starla Hutchton discuss the perils of writing superhero fiction. Warning: contains spandex and capes.

And finally two reminders:

  • I have a newsletter! It’s closing in on 100 subscribers – it’s going to be monthly, and brief, but it will have exclusive content and giveaways that you won’t find elsewhere. So, you know, you should totally subscribe. I said the first issue would be out February 1st, but then I remembered I had a book out on January 28th, so it’ll be around then instead.
  • Speaking of books and them coming out, don’t forget to enter the Hang Wire/The Burning Dark pre-order contest, in which you could win 13 signed books by some very cool folk. Details at the link!


Lots of stuff has popped up online recently, so here’s a quick little rundown. But before we get into the links, the joint Angry Robot Books/Titan Books launch of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark now has a Facebook event page. You don’t need tickets, and you don’t even need to register on the Facebook page, but it does give us a indication of potential numbers. Remember, there will be giveaways, and something fancy to drink! This is also your chance to get The Burning Dark three weeks before it goes on general sale.

Reviews of Hang Wire are starting to come in:

Booklist – as previously mentioned – gave the book a starred review, saying…

There’s a lot going in this genre-bender…  Christopher fulfils our expectations and more.  Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.

The March 2014 issue of SFX Magazine features a review, and they say…

The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.

Geek Syndicate say that Hang Wire is…

A very good piece of storytelling. A damn fine read.

Every Read Thing says…

It’s a fun novel with a hell of an interesting cast.

Kafka’s Cage says…

To put it simply, this is one of the best sci-fi novels in years. It’s a worthwhile experience and one that beats any number of Hollywood Blockbusters for pure originality and panache. A fantastic read.

Just a Guy That Likes To Read says…

There’s only so much praise you can heap on a book, and I’m going to lay it on thick here. Hang Wire is a damn cool book. It’s the perfect example of deep and well thought-out characterisation, diversification, multi dimensional plotting, and clever (and at times poetic) writing. Each chapter could easily read as a self contained short story yet it’s the intrinsically well linked and overlapping plot that binds these gems into a greater beast that dares the reader to tame it – be warned, you can’t… and you’ll love Adam Christopher for it.

Bibliophile says…

It’s an absorbing read. Definitely an enjoyable one, and worth picking up when it comes out.

Both Hang Wire and The Burning Dark have appeared on a number of “Most Anticipated Novel” lists for 2014, including:

Additionally, The Age Atomic has appeared on two “Best Of 2013” novel lists:

And finally, don’t forget that if you pre-order Hang Wire and/or The Burning Dark, you can go into the draw to win thirteen signed books. The contest is open worldwide, and details can be found here.

The HANG WIRE/THE BURNING DARK pre-order contest – update and correction!

Yesterday I launched a pre-order contest for my two forthcoming novels, Hang Wire and The Burning Dark. Pre-order either of them, or both of them, and go into a draw to win a big pile of twelve signed books from a bunch of amazing creators. It’s a big prize. I’m already dreading the shipping cost to the winner.

I tweeted about it, and my tweet was retweeted, and I was very happy. Until I spotted an error.

My tweet said there were thirteen books to be won. There were only twelve. Somewhere, I miscounted.

Dang it. My apologies to anyone who got confused.

But, I said thirteen books on Twitter, and thirteen books ye shall have. So I’m very pleased to make an addition to the prize pack.

Say hello to the first collected volume of Lazarus, from Image Comics, written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark, and signed by the both of them.


Yep. Greg Rucka. Michael Lark. Signed.

Holy smoke, I want this for myself so very badly. But… one lucky winner shall have it. The signed copy of Lazarus joins The Shining Girls, London Falling, The Shambling Guide to New York City, Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All Is Fair, Fiddlehead, Vicious, Shovel Ready, Bandette, The Kick-Ass Writer, and The Copper Promise in what is one heck of a prize pack.

Next time I’ll be sure to keep count… although, y’know, I’m kinda glad I didn’t!

HANG WIRE starred review, advance praise for THE BURNING DARK, and the awesomely kick-ass pre-order contest! (updated!)

Fasten your seat belts. This is a big one.


Hang Wire, my fourth novel from Angry Robot, has received a starred review from Booklist! They say:

Christopher fulfils our expectations and more: just when we think the story couldn’t get any weirder, he adds a whole new layer of weird, bouncing from one unexpected moment of goofiness to another, keeping us stuck to our chairs until we think it’ll take an industrial-strength solvent to pry us loose. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.

This is my first ever starred review, and I’m… floored, totally! There’s more in the full review, available for the moment to Booklist subscribers.

The advance blurbs for The Burning Dark, my first novel from Tor (US) and Titan (UK), are also in.


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

 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

A riveting sci-fi mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion – Razor’s Edge

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

My heartfelt thanks to that amazing collection of authors.

Appetite whetted? Fancy a look at Hang Wire and The Burning Dark? Then get your pre-orders in, because you’ll be in for the chance to win one gosh-darned heck of a prize pack. Read on!

Hang Wire is out in the US on January 28th and in the UK on February 6th. The Burning Dark is out in the US and UK on March 25th. Order one, or both, and you could win all of this:


The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (South African hardcover, *signed*)

London Falling UK

London Falling by Paul Cornell (UK trade paperback, *signed*)


The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
(US trade paperback, *signed*)




The Split Worlds Trilogy:
Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All is Fair by Emma Newman
(UK paperbacks, *signed*)


Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (US trade paperback, *signed*)


Lazarus: Book One: Family by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
(US trade paperback, *signed*)


Vicious by VE Schwab (US hardcover, *signed*)


Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (US hardcover, *signed*)


Bandette: Volume One: Presto! by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
(US hardcover, *signed*)


The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig (US trade paperback, *signed*)


The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (UK trade paperback, *signed*)

That’s TWELVE THIRTEEN books. Thirteen SIGNED books. Did I mention they’re all signed? Well they are. *SIGNED*. Thirteen books from thirteen of my favourite writers and creators. Three hardcovers. Ten paperbacks. All of them signed.

To go into the draw to win this pack (Thirteen. Signed. Books), all you need to do is order Hang Wire, or The Burning Dark, or both, and send your order receipt to with the subject heading PRE-ORDER CONTEST. I’ll be using the subject heading to filter emails, so make sure you use it. If you don’t, I’ll still get the email, but I can’t guarantee I’ll find it.

The rules, they easy:

  • The contest is open worldwide.
  • You can order the books from anywhere you like –,, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, WH Smith, Indiebound, The Book Depository. Your local chain store. Your local indie store. Wherever you like to buy books from. You can find some links for Hang Wire here, and for The Burning Dark here.
  • To go in the draw I need your order receipt – it could be an email from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It could be a scan or a photo of a register receipt. It could be a scan or photo of a handwritten receipt from your favourite indie store who rocks it old school.
  • The contest will run from today (January 6th) until Tuesday April 8th – yes, that’s a heck of a long time, but I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to enter. Some people don’t like to pre-order, they like to buy the book off the shelf once it is out. Some people may have a favourite indie store that can’t process pre-orders. Some people might want to save up for the books. Whatever, no problem. Tuesday April 8th is one week after The Burning Dark comes out, so that gives everyone a chance to grab it after release if they so wish. I have to say I do prefer pre-orders – pre-orders count towards first week sales, and first week sales are super important. So if you can pre-order, please do so.
  • Now for the maths:
    • One copy of Hang Wire ordered gets you one entry.
    • One copy of The Burning Dark ordered gets you one entry.
    • If you order both books, you double your chances with FOUR entries.
    • If you buy the limited, numbered hardcover edition of Hang Wire from Forbidden Planet, that gets you TWO entries.
    • The entries all add up –  so if you say bought two copies of Hang Wire, and two copies of The Burning Dark (please note, I heartily encourage this excellent behaviour), you’d get eight entries. Throw in the limited hardcover of Hang Wire, you’re up to ten entries.
  • eBooks count the same as print copies. Audiobooks don’t count.
  • If you’re coming along to the book launch a Forbidden Planet London on Thursday March 6th and picking up your books there, there will be a notepad for you to write down your email address to enter.
  • The contest is now open. Winner will be drawn by random number and announced after the contest closes.

Okay? Okay. Any questions, please ask below. I want to make this as easy as possible, because I want to give away that set of signed books to one very lucky reader!

[Edit: Updated 8 Jan 2014 to add Lazarus to the prize pack.]

COLD WAR gets a release date!

I’ve got at least two books out this year – Hang Wire and The Burning Dark – but also a couple of other things. The first of which is Cold War, a standalone novelette set in the universe of The Burning Dark.


From the official announcement:

Dropped on a frozen planet under suspicious circumstances, a group of marines struggles to discover the true objective of their mission

Cold War, edited by Paul Stevens and illustrated by Victor Mosquerra, will be out on Tuesday, 25th February!

Angry Robot and Titan Books present: the HANG WIRE and THE BURNING DARK joint book launch!

As you know, I’ve got two books out in 2014 – Hang Wire, an urban fantasy from Angry Robot, and The Burning Dark, a dark space opera from Titan (in the UK; Tor in the US). Their release dates are pretty close together in the UK – February 6th for Hang Wire, and March 25th for The Burning Dark. Which is tricky.

So, we’re throwing a party!

For one night, Angry Robot and Titan are joining forces to host a double book launch at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London on Thursday 6th March, 2014, 6pm.

But… have you spotted it yet?

Yep. This is your chance to get hold of The Burning Dark nearly THREE WEEKS prior to publication. The Titan paperback will be on sale at Forbidden Planet. Stock will be limited. When they are gone, they are gone. But if you can make it in, you’ll be among the first in the world to buy the book. It’s not out anywhere – UK or North America – until March 25th.

Here’s the cover for the Titan edition:


So – this is your chance to grab it, nice and early!

Oh, and there is more, too.

Also released that night is the limited edition hardcover of Hang Wire. This features a cover in alternate colours, and is limited to just 100 copies, all signed and numbered. This hardcover is exclusive to Forbidden Planet.


The regular paperback of Hang Wire will be available as well, of course.


And… there’s still more.

There will be… drinks! Nibbles! Surprises! Giveaways! Surprise giveaways!

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

A Facebook event page will be set up shortly, although you don’t need to RSVP to attend. If you can’t make it, you can still order your copies of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark direct from Forbidden Planet.

And… one more thing.

Everybody who comes to Forbidden Planet will go into the draw for my giant pre-order contest (even though it’s after the official release of Hang Wire). I’m keeping the details of the contest prize a secret until January 6th, but trust me, you will want to be in the draw. The same rules will apply – buy one book, get one contest entry. Buy both books, get four contest entries. Buy the limited edition Hang Wire hardcover… well, I’ll have to think of something special! Full details of the contest will be posted in the New Year.

See you at Forbidden Planet!

What I did in 2013. What I’m going to do in 2014.

I was mulling over a wrap-up post for 2013, but this year has been a little weird, writing-wise, and I wasn’t sure there would be much to post. However, inspired by Chuck Wendig’s wrap-up – in which he mentions an interesting project or two that I have a hand in – I figured I should really sit down and work out what the hell I’ve been doing this year. And what I need to be doing next.

So! 2013?

Despite feeling like I haven’t done much, 2013 was a really good year for me. Having sold The Burning Dark to Tor around Easter 2012 as a standalone novel, this year I sold them two more books – The Jovian Conspiracy and The Stars Below – in the same universe. A few months later, UK and Commonwealth rights to all three books were sold to Titan. Tor revealed the amazing cover, by Will Staehle – who was also responsible for each of my Angry Robot covers – back in July.

I also wrote – and sold – Cold War, a standalone novelette set in the universe of The Burning Dark, to


I had one book published – The Age Atomic, a sequel to Empire State, came out from Angry Robot in April. Alongside the US and UK paperbacks came a limited, numbered collector’s edition hardcover of this title and of Empire State, complete with a new cover by Will Staehle. This made me the only Angry Robot author, so far, to have each of their novels released as a hardback.



In June, I released Two Tales of San Ventura, a pair of short stories set in the world of Seven Wonders. Will Staehle was once again on cover duties.


On top of this, as Chuck mentions over at his blog, I worked with him on a comic pitch that, with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to talk about next year. Speaking of comics, the first three parts of my Prohibition urban fantasy, The Sentinel, came out as part of the VS Comics digital anthology.

Events I attended were the Sci-Fi Weekender in North Wales (I had the flu the whole weekend, and have never been so cold in all my life), EdgeLit in Derby, Andromeda One in Birmingham, Nine Worlds in London, LoneStarCon/WorldCon in San Antonio, and World Fantasy in Brighton. If I to pick a favourite, it must be Nine Worlds – from tremendous organisation to imaginative and fresh programming, this was THE event of 2013.

So, behind-the-scenes, things were pretty busy, and work-wise this was a really good year. In fact, my biggest year yet.

Writing-wise, it was an odd one. From October 2012 through to August 2013 I was editing two books at once – The Burning Dark, and Hang Wire – which was a bit of a challenge. Once those were done, I spent a couple of months outlining The Jovian Conspiracy and got that book underway.

Which means it doesn’t feel like I’ve written much this year, even though “editing” really means “rewriting and rewriting and rewriting”. It’s also hard to track, as a straight eight-hour day of work on novel edits can actually result in a negative word count. There’s probably an easy way to track it, but I haven’t tried it yet!

As for 2014…

I’m under contract to write three novels, only one of which (The Jovian Conspiracy) is due next year. I’m working on it now, and that’s the number one priority.

Once that is in, I’ve got an urban-ish fantasy novel to finish, and a crime novel to write, before I get started on The Stars Below. So that’s one novel to finish, two to start and finish, and one to at least start. Minimum. I also have another long-short story to do, although hopefully I can knock that off before the end of 2013.

That comic project with Chuck should start to kick off… and there may be a couple of other projects in this field to talk about. The final part of The Sentinel should drop from VS Comics early in the year, although that was actually written a while ago.

The only event I’m locked in for so far is WorldCon, which in 2014 is being held in London, but there’s no doubt I’ll be at other events too.

But the big thing for 2014 is that I’ve got two books out! Hang Wire is released by Angry Robot on January 28th (US/eBook) and February 6th (UK), and The Burning Dark is out March 25th from Titan (UK/Commonwealth) and Tor (US). There’s not much of a gap between them and launch-wise, we’re cooking up something big, so stay tuned. There’s also a kick-ass pre-order contest starting in January. Cold War will be out around the same time as The Burning Dark.

So that was my 2013. An odd year, but a good one. 2014 is shaping up to be much bigger and busier, which is just how it should be. Onward!

SFX Book Club #96: CARRIE, by Stephen King

SFX magazine #243 is out in stores today, and on page 114 you’ll find the Book Club feature. This month, I’m talking about Stephen King’s debut novel, Carrie.


Carrie – as you will discover from the essay – is a book I really like, and this was a fun piece to write. But early next year I’m back in the Book Club for another title which is a little more “challenging”, shall we say…

Also in this issue of SFX, author Adam Sternbergh gets a little interview on page 16, where he talks about his forthcoming novel Shovel Ready. – I’ll be talking about his staggeringly excellent book later this week, as it’s one of my top picks for 2014.

Over on pages 116-117 you’ll find an extract from Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. This brilliantly left-field take on super heroics is also out in the UK in January (US was September 2013), and I’ll be mentioning it again as one of my favourite books of this year.

And finally, a certain book called Hang Wire gets a micro mention on page 55 as a book to watch out for in 2014.

SFX #243 is available from the usual stores, and can be found digitally in Zinio or Apple’s Newsstand.

“A damn cool book” – the first review of HANG WIRE is in!

Hang Wire, my god punk weird/dark urban fantasy, isn’t out until the end of January next year, but the first review popped up today.


Over at Just A Guy That Likes To Read, Josh says:

There’s only so much praise you can heap on a book, and I’m going to lay it on thick here. Hang Wire is a damn cool book. It’s the perfect example of deep and well thought-out characterisation, diversification, multi-dimensional plotting, and clever (and at times poetic) writing. Each chapter could easily read as a self-contained short story yet it’s the intrinsically well linked and overlapping plot that binds these gems into a greater beast that dares the reader to tame it – be warned, you can’t… and you’ll love Adam Christopher for it.

You can read the full review here. My thanks to Josh for getting the ball rolling!

Hang Wire is available to pre-order at the usual places. Remember to keep your pre-order receipt, as you’re going to need it for the Epic Pre-Order Contest, details of which are coming next month.