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HANG WIRE ARCs, pre-order contest pre-announcement, Forbidden Planet International’s Best of 2013

So this year is going pretty fast, right? But that’s okay… they say it’s the good years that fly by. I’m not sure who “they” are, but I’ll take that.

I’ve been immersed in my current work-in-progress, The Jovian Conspiracy. It’s book 2 of what is vaguely called The Spider Wars (although that’s more a catch-all rather than an official series title), the first instalment of which – The Burning Dark – is out in about four months. I’m hoping to have the first draft of The Jovian Conspiracy done by the end of the year, but we’ll see.

Meanwhile, physical ARCs of Hang Wire went out into the world, as seen here. Hang Wire is out from Angry Robot in February 2014, and you can find out more about it here. eARCs also went up on NetGalley – not sure how long they stay online, but I have a feeling the physical ARCs are in limited supply, so get in while you can.

Having two books out almost at once is a bit of a juggling act – both are available for pre-order from most places. But to keep things interesting, I’ve got a contest bubbling away. It’ll launch in the New Year, but hang on to your pre-order receipts, because you’ll need them to enter. Every pre-order of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark gets you an entry; pre-order both, you get four entries. And the prize pack is quite something, let me tell you. Seriously. Full details coming in January!

Finally, seeing as it’s that time of year, over at Forbidden Planet International I give a little rundown of how my 2013 went, and pick out some highlights of the year from comics, books and TV. So if you’re looking for some Christmas present recommendations, you’d do worse than checking out my best of for the year.

 

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…

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…while the hardcover is red…

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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.

 

THE AGE ATOMIC is “Alan Moore interpreted by Michel Gondry, with President Eisenhower doing the voiceovers”, says Barnes and Noble!

I’m having some difficulty with the fact that it’s already May 24th. May 24th? That’s nearly June! I mean, I’m having some difficulty just with that fact that it appears to be 1.35pm on a Friday afternoon as I’m writing this. I’m pretty sure Monday was, like, just then.

This month has been, I think, my busiest yet, which has meant an awful lot of work, of juggling the work around other work, and just trying to find the headspace to process what are several potentially huge projects which have sort of just materialised on my desk.

But hey, it’s a nice problem to have, right? And I wouldn’t want to me doing anything else, right?

Damn right.

And saying “sort of materialised” isn’t really accurate, and in fact it’s doing me and every other writer on the planet a disservice. Opportunities arise through hard work. Lots and lots and lots of hard work.

But it’s worth it. You just have to keep going, and going, and going.

So in no particular order, I’ve been:

  • Doing the last final tweaks on The Burning Dark to get that locked in and off to Tor’s production department.
  • Editing Hang Wire, which is due later this year
  • Finishing up a couple of synopses for new projects
  • Starting up a couple of synopses for OTHER new projects
  • Writing the next episodes of The Sentinel for VS Comics
  • Getting involved in wonderful and bizarre email discussions and phone calls about some seriously cool stuff – in fact, about four completely separate seriously cool things. Which, if I stop for a moment to think about it, is amazing. And with a bit of luck, some of these projects might just come off.

And that’s been my month. And there’s still a week to go. Phew!

In other news:

Today Barnes and Noble posted a feature on three titles from Angry RobotBlack Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, and my own book, The Age Atomic, of which they said:

Adam Christopher’s debut from 2012, Empire Stateproved to be smart, sharp, witty dieselpunk, with an existential twist. Full of over-the-top noir stylings and outrageous heroics and villainy, the book postulated a shadowy doppelgänger to New York City that existed in an alternate dimension dubbed the Pocket. Detective Rad Bradley — think Slam Bradley of Siegel & Shuster Golden Age comics fame — managed to save his universe, but it got untethered from the “real” New York anyhow. Now in the sequel, The Age AtomicBradley, along with mysterious new partner Jennifer Jones, must face an army of atomic-powered robots helmed by an evil mastermind who seeks to destroy all creation. It plays like Alan Moore interpreted by Michel Gondry, with President Eisenhower doing the voiceovers.

…which pretty much makes my day/week/month/year. Amazing. When I can find some time later today, there will be some serious Snoopy dancing. Possibly in the kitchen, where the tiled floor is good for sliding around in socks.

The Sentinel, my four-episode pulp comic, got a nice mention over at FanboyComics.net, which makes it my first bona fide comic review! They said:

This is a prohibition-era noir mixed with elements of a love story. Like all good mysteries, there are a lot of interesting things going on behind the scenes that promise this will be an intriguing story filled with twists and turns.

Thanks! Episode 1 came out with issue 4 of VS Comics, which you can buy here. There’s also a free (well, 1p) sampler available here, which includes the first episode. Episode 2 is due to drop with VS Comics issue 5, which I believe is out in June.

Also this week, I took part in a Mind Meld over at SF Signal on the appeal of gods, goddesses and mythology in genre fiction, alongside fellow Angry Roboteers Chuck Wendig, Gwenda Bond, and North American sales guru (and author) Michael R. Underwood. You can read that here.

Finally, a couple of things I should have posted aeons ago:

Have a good weekend!

2012 leftovers, Angry Robot ebook sale, and the year ahead

Hello 2013! We’re back to an odd-numbered year, during which I will turn an odd-numbered age. I like odd numbers.

Anyway.

There are a few leftover bits and bobs from the end of 2012:

  • At WarpCoreSF, Empire State was named the Best Superhero Noir of 2012.
  • At The Founding Fields, Seven Wonders came in at number 9 of their best books of 2012.
  • Empire State came in at number 3 on Angel of Retribution’s list of best debuts of 2012, while Seven Wonders made it to number 3 on their Best of the Best list.
  • The Eloquent Page named The Age Atomic among their top ten books to look forward to in 2013
  • The Ranting Dragon have compiled a might list of 50 titles to look forward to in 2013, with The Age Atomic at number 19. Also featuring a shout-out to Hang Wire, although I’d argue whether one book is more important than the other!

Today is the last day of Angry Robot’s ebook sale, which features 25% off all their ebooks (including, of course, Empire State and Seven Wonders). You can find details of the sale here. All Angry Robot ebooks are DRM-free too!

Couple of award things – the BSFA Award nomination period is only open until January 11th (details here), and the Hugo Awards are now open for nominations until March 10th.

New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards are also open from now until March 31st.- notably, anyone can nominate for these, regardless of membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.

If anyone is so inclined, my list of eligible work is here.

And finally a quick update to my year ahead – actually, this is all likely to take me well into 2014. So my projects are: Shadow’s Call (to be renamed – now scheduled for publication in March 2014), Hang Wire (out in November 2013) Lucifer, Blackout 77, and an untitled urban fantasy project.

Um, yeah. That should keep me going! I should also have an update on my comic debut, The Sentinel, shortly. I’m looking forward to showing off some new art from that!

SEVEN WONDERS reviews and best cover polls and an update on THE SENTINEL

But first… my two 2013 novels, The Age Atomic and Hang Wire, have appeared in a list of most anticipated fantasy novels for 2013 over at Reddit, alongside some very fine books indeed. Woot! The Age Atomic is out in April 2013 – you can find pre-order links here.

Seven Wonders has been getting a bit of love recently with two new reviews. At SFFWRTCHT, M.A. Chiappetta says:

Seven Wonders is a fun read. The setting is entirely believable for a story with superheroes in it, and the book contains the unique tone and flavor fitting for a comic-influenced story line. For readers who like their novels to move fast with unexpected plot turns, Seven Wonders should be worth the investment.

There’s also another Italian review over at The Plutonia Experiment – Google’s English translator tells me they said:

Adam Christopher wrote what could be considered the perfect novel of superheroes.

Huzzah!

Will Staehle’s amazing cover for Seven Wonders has made it through to the second round of The Ranting Dragon’s Cover Battle 2012, although it’s up against some stiff competition. You can vote for your favourite here. The cover is also included in the “Most Unique Cover” category of the All Things Urban Fantasy 2012 Paranormal Cover Art Awards. Voting for that is also still open.

Finally, a quick update on my comic debut, The Sentinel. Originally scheduled for the first issue of VS Comics, due out around Christmas, it’s been pushed back until at least February 2013. I’ll keep you updated on progress. You can find VS Comics here, where previews of the first issue are already up.

New interview with I Want To Be A Book and SFFWRTCHT transcript

Still editing – The Age Atomic is in the final batch of edits prior to be sent to the copyedit, and I need to hand that in next week. Once that’s done, it’s onto the next book… in fact, I’m going to be editing until June 2013, so from now on just consider my default state to be “editing” and I can cut straight to the chase.

So this week, two interviews, of sorts. A couple of weeks ago I was on the VS Comics panel at Thought Bubble, where VS Comics was launched and I talked a little about my ongoing Prohibition crime urban fantasy, The Sentinel, which is about a dead policeman, an Egyptian god of vengeance, and a secret cult of magicians who worship the New York subway system. You can see some photos from the panel here. Afterwards, I did an interview for I Want To Be A Book, which contains one or two snippets of info about The Sentinel and the two books coming out after The Age AtomicHang Wire (Angry Robot, November 2013) and Shadow’s Call (Tor, winter 2014). It’s also a good moment to mention that Shadow’s Call is going to be retitled, just as soon as I/my agent/my editor can figure out what to call it!

Also last week, I took part in #sffwrtcht, a 1-hour Twitter interview/discussion, hosted by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. A properly written-up interview will appear online soon, but in the meantime a transcript of the interview is up here. I had a blast doing it, and I look forward to making a return appearance.

Finally, The Age Atomic is starting to appear in various places for pre-order – there is a list of links here, and you can find the book on Goodreads here, if you are so inclined.

[Edit] Bonus blog content!

Someone just pointed me to a nice review of Seven Wonders that I’d missed – you can check it out over at The Oracular Beard.

 

Interview with Geek Syndicate, new review, Pulp’s Golden Age and new RPG module

Just a quick one. The competition to win a signed copy of Empire State has closed, and I’ll be drawing the winner tomorrow (along with the 3,000th Twitter follower).

Tomorrow I’ll be popping along to Waterstones at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, where fellow Angry Roboteers Anne Lyle and Andy Remic are doing a joint signing. I’ll take some pics, but if you’re in the area you should drop in between 1.30 and 3pm.

Meanwhile, over at Geek Syndicate, I talk to Christophe Montoya about Empire State, The Age Atomic, and Hang Wire; its always a pleasure to speak to them!

Also, two honourable mentions of Empire State – a nice mini-review popped up at Upcoming4.me, while at the mighty Criminal Element, Stephen Blackmoore posts his thoughts about pulp fiction, including Empire State and the forthcoming Dinopocalypse Now by Angry Robot stablemate and Team Decker member Chuck Wendig. Stephen is the author of the urban fantasy/zombie/crime novel City of the Lost, which I can highly recommend.

Finally, there’s a new module for the Empire State RPG, The Mystery of the HMS Majesty, which quite frankly sounds awesome. Check it out over the the WorldBuilder site!

One week to EasterCon! Eeep!

A little more on THE AGE ATOMIC and HANG WIRE

Sometimes the timelines in the publishing industry boggle the mind, although they are perfectly logical given the amount of work needed to get a book out (not least of which is actually writing the thing in the first place… note to self, must get on with that…).

So while The Age Atomic is more than a year away, and Hang Wire more than two (two years!!), the official blurbs are now up over at Angry Robot. You can click here for The Age Atomic, and here for Hang Wire.

These blurbs are subject to change – I’m still writing The Age Atomic, and no doubt it’ll start to deviate from the outline at some point, and while an early draft of Hang Wire is actually done, it needs a whole buncha work – and they are also a little shorter than my originals, because of course I wrote way too much for the standard template that Random House need to use.

Writing blurbs is fun but also quite hard – as the author, there is a desperate urge to put as much information into the copy as possible, as every single detail is, naturally, of gigantic import. If we had our way, the back cover of a novel would be a fold-out A3 piece of card with synopsis and character sheet.

So here are the originals to compare and contrast:

THE AGE ATOMIC

The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze. The new Commissioner, Captain Carson, was last seen walking out across the ice into the perpetual fog as discontent spreads, the populace demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle. Private detective Rad Bradley maintains a vigil, hoping to receive word from his friends in New York, when he gets a call from the enigmatic King of 125th Street. It seems Rad has something the King wants, while the King claims there is someone waiting at his Harlem fortress who wants to meet the detective.

New York, 1954. The political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale. After they dredge the wreck of an airship out of the Hudson, Nimrod discovers Atoms For Peace are reverse-engineering the technology to build a secret and terrible army, but he disappears before he can warn anyone. Meanwhile, a new supervillain known only as The Enemy is causing havoc nationwide, the latest outrage a lightning raid on Alcatraz, breaking the island’s only female prisoner, The Science Pirate, out of solitary confinement.

As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest – or destruction – of the Empire State.

HANG WIRE

When Ted Hall’s birthday dinner in San Francisco’s famous Chinatown ends with an explosion, the fire department blames a gas leak. But when Ted finds strange, personalised messages from the restaurant’s fortune cookies scattered around his apartment and begins to lose time, his suspicions are aroused, particularly as his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer – a vicious murderer who strings his victims up with steel cable.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but company morale is low, the troupe dysfunctional; the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously and the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines. And while the new acrobat is wowing the crowds, his frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals, immortals searching for an ancient power which has been unleashed, awakening something awful buried deep beneath the San Andreas fault… a primal evil which, if not stopped, will destroy the entire world.

Time to get to work!

New interview and book deal notes

At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the last few weeks have been busy. Like, busy busy. But April is around the corner, and following EasterCon things should be more or less back to normal, which means I can finally get to grips with the gigantic amount of work I have to do this year. Apart from finishing The Age Atomic, and doing the copyedits on Seven Wonders (not to mention all the admin and behind-the-scenes stuff associated with it as the publication date draws closer), I’ve got another big project which is going to take a chunk of time. Hopefully I can talk about that soon, but for the moment I’ll just refer to it as Project S.

Meanwhile, there’s a new interview over at Fantasy Book Review, I talked to Ryan Lawler about Empire State and the new books, as well as how I started writing.

Finally, news of my new book deal was covered by The Bookseller, The British Fantasy Society, and the, erm, Skiffy and Fanty Show. Also, as is standard, it was listed in Publisher’s Marketplace, which requires a subscription, but under the UK section the notice reads:

Adam Christopher’s THE AGE ATOMIC, the sequel to the EMPIRE STATE, and HANG WIRE, a stand-alone featuring a serial killer and ancient gods in San Francisco, to Lee Harris at Angry Robot, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

It’ll probably wear off eventually, but I still get a kick out of seeing those kind of news items.

And don’t forget, there are still a couple of days to enter to win a signed copy of the Empire State UK trade paperback. When I draw that on Friday I’ll also draw the 3,000th Twitter follower prize.

 

Announcement: Two new books for Angry Robot!

It’s always so hard keeping things like this secret, but today’s the day – I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed a new deal with Angry Robot for another two books! You can read the official announcement here, but in the meantime here’s the full press release:

Press release | 20th March 2012 | For Immediate Release

Adam Christopher Joins Angry Robot’s Four-Book Club

Following the hugely successful launch of his debut novel Empire State earlier this year, Angry Robot has signed Adam Christopher for another two titles.

Christopher revisits the world of the Empire State in a sequel, The Age Atomic, to be published in May 2013, with Hang Wirea tale of ancient gods and serial killers – to follow within a year.

The deal included world English rights in physical and electronic formats and was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris and Christopher’s agent Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Agency.

New Zealand-born Christopher, who now lives in the UK, said: “I’m delighted to be back for another visit to the Empire State! Rad Bradley is a character close to my heart, and as soon as he reappeared on the page and started throwing punches, I felt like an old friend had returned… albeit one I’m obliged to put through the wringer again! Angry Robot continue to impress with a kick-ass roster of authors and titles, and I’m thrilled that The Age Atomic and Hang Wire will be part of it.”

Editor Lee Harris said: “I couldn’t be happier to have more of Adam’s books on our list. Adam joins a very exclusive club – he is now one of only three authors to have placed four books with Angry Robot. We’re thinking of getting them membership cards.”

Empire State was launched in January to widespread acclaim. Adam’s second novel – Seven Wonders – will be published worldwide in September 2012.

Visit Adam online at http://www.adamchristopher.co.uk, or check out his Twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/ghostfinder.

You can also read a new interview with Adam at Erik Lundqvist’s book review blog: http://www.iwillreadbooks.com.

Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released as paperbacks and in all major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot is part of the Osprey Group.

For more information, review copies, interview and feature requests contact our Marketing Manager, Darren Turpin at darren.turpin@angryrobotbooks.com or by phone on +44 (0) 7584 355911 [UK Office Hours]

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So there you go! As it says above, The Age Atomic is a sequel to my debut, Empire State; we move from we move from detective noir to 50s sci-fi as Rad finds himself New York’s Public Enemy number 1, fighting a quantum ghost and her army of atomic robots determined to protect the United States against the Red Menace of the Empire State.

Hang Wire is an urban fantasy, set in modern-day San Francisco. There’s ancient magic hidden in the city’s Chinatown, while below ground a primal evil begins to stir. Meanwhile, a serial killer stalks the streets at night and a sentient circus plots world domination.

The press release sums it up, but I’m pretty thrilled to be making a return to the world of Empire State with The Age Atomic. That secret novel I’ve mentioned a few times is that book. And Hang Wire is weird and wonderful, and a lot of fun to write. And before you ask, yes, it shares its name with the song by the Pixies.

And make sure to head over to I Will Read Books to learn more!

My thanks to Stacia Decker, Lee Harris, and everyone else at Angry Robot!