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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.


THE AGE ATOMIC cover, VS Comics launch, and interview round-up

As it happens I’m the last person on the internet to post it, but here’s the gloriously green cover for my next novel, The Age Atomic, due out from Angry Robot in April 2013. Behold, and be-click for a bigger version!

Pre-order links, etc, will go up shortly. I’ve taken so long to post the cover because I’m still editing the book, which is due in next week. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, which also means I’ve missed this lot of interviews and podcasts (thanks to Angry Robot for collating):

This weekend sees the wonderful Thought Bubble comic con take place in Leeds – unfortunately I’m going to miss all of it except the launch of VS Comics on Sunday 18th November, 2.10 – 3.00 pm, Alea Cinema Room. According to the blurb:

James Moran & Mike Garley introduce their new monthly, creator-owned, all-genre initiative VS comics! They’ll be previewing some of the stories, along with contributors Ned Hartley, Patrick Walsh, Martin Simmonds, Nich Angell, & Adam Christopher.

The panel also features previews from stories by other VS creators, Q&As & details on how new & established creators can join the VS team, for us to feed off like sexy vampires*.

*Caution: Panel may** include sexy vampires!

** But probably won’t.

There are some bits and bobs of my comic debut, The Sentinel, which we’ll be showing, and I might be tempted to throw out a spoiler or two about the story. Ticket information is available here. Do come and say hello!

And finally, speaking of VS Comics, the website is now live. You can also find them on Facebook.



New podcast interviews with SF Signal and The Roundtable Podcast

So, that was a fun week. Went to London Friday before last to see William Shatner at Star Trek London, which was fun (and I got my photo with him!), then came down with what I thought was food poisoning on the Saturday night. After an extra day at the hotel, we managed to drive back home, and after starting to feel better I started to feel worse. Much worse. In fact, bad enough to go to hospital, where I experienced all the wonders of IV morphine and saline drips.

So yeah, fun.

I’m back home now and recovering, and I’ve got the edits back on The Age Atomic from my agent. I’m not entirely sure my brainpower is quite up to tackling them just yet, but the 150,000 word monster manuscript is now down to 90,000 (although this will creep back up with new material), and while there is a tonne of work required, it’s a much stronger, more streamlined novel.

This is why we have editors (and agents who edit). I can’t emphasise the importance of this enough. Everything needs to be edited, and edited, and edited, and edited!

Anyway. I shall poke around the manuscript for a couple of days until I can actually start doing some work on it.

While I was enjoying the (actually quite impressive) care of the NHS, a couple of podcast interviews with me popped up. Back in August I was interviewed at WorldCon by the Hugo award-winning podcast SF Signal (one of my favourites), and you can listen to that here. I haven’t heard it back yet myself, but as I recall we  talk about pancakes quite a lot. Pancakes (and breakfast in general) was a major theme of my trip to Chicago!

Also online is a 20-minute interview with The Roundtable Podcast. These guys are fantastic and I had shut a great time recording with them – along with this interview, a longer podcast will go online in a couple of week, in which I discuss a story being written by another author, and the four of us bat ideas around to try and help get things moving. It was the most fun ever, and I’m looking forward to that going up.

And now tea and a lie down…

SEVEN WONDERS is “the coolest kid on the superhero block”, and Author-to-Author interview with Paul Tobin

One more sleep until Chicago. Eeep! I’m off to WorldCon tomorrow – it starts on Thursday, but I’ve got a free day in Chicago beforehand – the same day, coincidentally, that Seven Wonders comes out in the US and in ebook. Eeep, again! So now is the time to put the last pre-orders in – you can find most relavant links here. I’m also told that the limited edition hardcover from Forbidden Planet is selling fast – there are only 100 copies of this, so to make sure you don’t miss out, I’d advise heading over to this link now.

Over at SFBook, Seven Wonders gets four stars, and they say:

The plot itself is inventive and twisting, written in a literary arresting style that is about as close you could ever get to a graphic novel without the graphics. Seven Wonders is the coolest kid on the superhero block, it’s got bags of style, an incredibly rich atmosphere and a cracking story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat for most of the journey.

Recently I was interviewed by novelist and comics scribe Paul Tobin, in which we talked about my books, writing in general, and comics. You can find the interview here, and I’ll be returning the favour on this blog in a couple of weeks. Paul’s new novel, Prepare to Die!, is out now from Night Shade Books, and I thoroughly recommend it (and my blurb is on the back, alongside Chris Roberson and Kurt Busiek!).

And now: packing for Chicago. Oh boy… while I’m doing that, you can check out my WorldCon schedule here.

Interview with I Should Be Writing, and Starburst magazine reviews SEVEN WONDERS

It’s just one week to go until WorldCon officially starts in Chicago! I’m looking forward to it a lot, and I’ve got a couple of extra days to have a look around the city beforehand too – I can relax a little too, as I’ve just finished the first draft of The Age Atomic, the Empire State sequel. The draft came in at nearly 154,000 words and needs a hell of a rewrite, but I’m going to chill until I get back from Chicago.

On the Angry Robot side of things, there will be nineteen authors and three “staffers” going, which I think is the biggest gathering we’ve ever had – if you head over to the Angry Robot blog, you can see a full schedule of where you’ll find us. My own schedule (with some more detail) can be found here.

Veteran SF magazine Starburst posted their review of Seven Wonders the other day, giving it 8/10 and saying:

It’s compulsive reading at its best… the author’s glee-filled love of comic-books radiating from every page. [Adam Christopher] evokes classic comic book writers such as Busiek, Moore, Morrison and Gaiman, and yet retains a unique style and sense of a world.

Seven Wonders is out in the US next week (August 28th), and in the UK a week later (September 6th).

Finally, I was recently a guest on Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast, where I talked about Empire State, Seven Wonders, future projects (including The Age Atomic, Hang Wire and Shadow’s Call) and various bits and pieces about writing. You can listen to the episode here (or subscribe in iTunes). Being on I Should Be Writing is a pretty big deal for me, because it was this podcast that got me back into writing seriously, in 2006 – its importance to me as a writer cannot be understated. In fact, Mur and I talk about that in the interview – so check it out!



Video interview (!) with The Sword and Laser (!!)

Another day, another interview – and this is a big one. The Sword and Laser is a fortnightly YouTube show about books, hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt and part of the Geek and Sundry network. And for episode 10, they invited me on to talk about Seven Wonders, Empire State, comics and writing.

…although now I totally need to write a short story about a hard-of-hearing supervillian trying to join the Cow’s gang (thanks, Kim!).

If you haven’t been watching it, I suggest you go back and check them out – The Sword and Laser is basically a TV show about genre fiction. And there’s also a podcast!

New interview with Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, and my WorldCon schedule

Just a couple of weeks until Seven Wonders hits the shelves in the US (UK readers have to wait another week), but in the meantime over at Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing I talk to Shaun Farrell about the book, superheroes, and writing in general. I’ve got a couple more podcasts coming up too, as well as the one over at Functional Nerds which I mentioned yesterday.

WorldCon is now exactly two weeks away, and the draft programme is now online. It’s a real monster (I’m almost expecting there to be an opening panel on the Thursday morning called “Reading the Chicon Program Grid”) with a whole tonne of stuff that looks excellent.

My own schedule is as follows:

Thursday Aug 30 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Researching history that never happened
Room: San Francisco
With Kenneth Hite, Martin Berman-Gorvine, Mary Robinette Kowal and Nick DiChario

Thursday Aug 30 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Reading (a little Seven Wonders, and maybe a sneak peak at The Age Atomic, the sequel to Empire State due out in May 2013)
Room: Dusable

Friday Aug 31 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The new pulp fiction
Room: McCormick
With Chuck Wendig and Stephen Blackmoore

Saturday Sep 1 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Social media for writers
Room: Gold Coast
With Amanda Leudeke, Emma Newman, Lillian Cauldwell and Peadar O’Guillin

Monday Sep 3 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Autograph session 18
Room: Autograph tables

Also on the Friday is the Angry Robot Author Showcase, being held at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 – full details here. Come and join myself, Chuck Wendig, Kim Curran and Gwenda Bond as we launch our new novels!

There will be other stuff going on as well – there’s the famous Tor party, which I get to go to as a Tor author (OMG!!), and of course the Hugo Awards on the Sunday night, and the associated pre-parties and after-parties.

It should be an absolute blast – if you’re going, come and say hello!


New interview with Functional Nerds

Ten scenes left to write in The Age Atomic and eleven days in which to do it. Getting there…

In the meantime, I recently spoke to John Anealio and Patrick Hester of the Functional Nerds podcast about Seven Wonders, superheroes, and all that jazz. You can listen right here.

Today I also received a print proof of the dust jacket for the limited edition hardcover of Seven Wonders. It’s lovely and shiny and looks brilliant – it’s really orange – and the inside flap calls the book a science fiction superhero pulp comicbook adventure fantasy thriller, which is very clearly the new new pulp.

Remember, you can order the hardcover here – there are only 100 numbered copies! And the Forbidden Planet launch is just three weeks tomorrow

Fantasy Bytes interview! EMPIRE STATE in Not The Booker Prize! SEVEN WONDERS at io9!

Some website maintenance today – a switch of fonts (how I love you, Helvetica neue!), an adjustment to the header, and some extra stuff in the side widgets. If anyone strikes a problem, so let me know, because by “maintenance” I mean “randomly hacking the CSS and praying nothing breaks”.

Yesterday I was interviewed over at Fantasy Bytes, where I had some things to say about Seven Wonders, writing, and gingernut biscuits. I am reliably informed that “dunking” biscuits has my US friends in hysterics. So, not a country of dunkers then! As I mentioned the other day, Fantasy Bytes also gave Seven Wonders a rather nice review, which you can see here (and some pre-review comments are here!).

Seven Wonders has also cropped up over at io9, where they list it alongside some fabulous others books as one of the science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss in August. Add that to the mention over at Kirkus (in their 11 not-to-miss science fiction and fantasy books for August) and Ranting Dragon (top 20 science fiction and fantasy releases of August), and it seems that things are hotting up!

The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize has reached the longlist stage, where readers can now vote for their chosen title. The longlist – which includes Empire State, and some other fabulous books – and voting instructions can be found here, so go knock yourself out.

And finally, I’m pleased to say I’ll be a guest at the Morley Literature Festival in October, taking part in a panel on superheroes and science fiction with David Hine, Samit Basu, and Justina Robson. The panel is part of the week-long festival, which is held near Leeds here in the UK, and will cost you £4 to attend – you can find links to buy  tickets on the event page.

And… one more thing: the obligatory reminder that you can still pre-order the limited hardcover collector’s edition of Seven Wonders from Forbidden Planet ahead of the official launch on Thursday 6th September. There are only 100 numbered copies of this, so get in while you can! And actually speaking of pre-orders, it seems the audiobook of Seven Wonders will be out at the same time as the print book, and is narrated by Nick Podehl, who I’m rather pleased with, and who also has read a lot of Patrick Rothfuss’s work. Details are here; I’ll update the order links when I get a moment.

Interview with The New Zealand Herald

EMPIRE STATE is officially out in New Zealand, and an interview with me appeared in the weekend edition of The New Zealand Herald (dated 31st March, 2012). The Herald is the country’s leading newspaper, and to my surprise my interview takes an entire page of the glossy Canvas lifestyle supplement. Which is very, very cool.

Click the image below for a jumbo version – my thanks to Paul Scoones for the scan.

Also, it looks like I’m sharing shelf space with The Hunger Games series, in some branches of Whitcoulls anyway.

Not a bad place to be!