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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!

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.

 

Writerly update, March 2012

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks, working on a new novel that I hope to be announced sometime soonish. Having spent the previous two months editing, it feels good to be back creating something new, although it’s going to take a a little time yet to get the daily word count back to what it should be (2000 words a day).

Last weekend I was in Macclesfield, where we first moved to from New Zealand, and was delighted to see Empire State on display at the local Waterstones with the following sign:
… which is pretty neat! (my thanks to Anna too – Waterstones booksellers are wonderful people who really know what they are talking about, and that face-to-face interaction is just something you can’t get from the likes of Amazon).

Actually, while I was signing their stock, a customer came into the SF section looking for a particular Robert Rankin book to take on holiday. The store didn’t have it, but the bookseller who was helping me sign copies quickly introduced me, and quite literally hand-sold him a copy of Empire State! He seemed pretty happy to meet an/the author, and I hope – whoever you are! – that it makes for good reading on the plane.

There’s a couple of new things online too. Firstly, Starburst magazine interviewed me – my first telephone interview too, which was cool. There’s also a great new review over at Book Monkey.

Finally, we got around to watching the 1998 film Dark City for the first time, because so many reviews of and comments on Empire State have mentioned the similarities. I hadn’t heard of it until last month, but I’m glad I checked it out. It’s smart and stylish, without being pretentious, and has a number of similar concepts to my book. We watched the director’s cut, but apparently the theatrical version is also worth a look. Oddly enough, when I mentioned on Twitter that we’d watched the film, several people replied to say they’d go and buy Empire State, as Dark City was their favourite film and they hadn’t realised the book had certain similarities!

Of course, should Empire State ever be adapted for the big (or small) screen, I’d really want Jennifer Connelly to be in it. I can dream, right?

Podcast interview with ThrillerCast, EMPIRE STATE iBook links and audiobook news

Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on ThrillerCast, a thriller/crime/speculative fiction podcast hosted by Alan Baxter and David Wood. We talked about Empire State, superheroes and comic books, and had a fine time! You can listen to my episode here, or via iTunes.

Speaking of iTunes, Empire State is now available as an iBook. You can access the iBookstore via the iBook app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or you can find Empire State via iTunes (UK store, US store, Canadian store).

Finally, Empire State is coming as an audiobook in May this year, and both the MP3 CD and regular CD (both unabridged readings, of course!) are up for pre-order at Amazon.com. They haven’t appeared on Amazon.co.uk yet, but I’ll keep an eye on it and post links when they are up.

New interviews, and the Vertigo Comics 2012 sampler

Three new interviews with me have gone online over the last couple of days. These are at:

Enjoy!

I’ve been trying to get on top of my comic to-be-read pile recently, but when I heard that Vertigo Comics (DC’s mature imprint) had put out a sampler of forthcoming titles that includes Saucer Country by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly, The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard, and Fairest by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning and Adam Hughes (with a future story arc by Lauren Beukes), I just had to grab it from my local comic store.

And I’m glad I did. For some reason I’ve never really delved into the world of Vertigo (although I do have every issue of The Unwritten by Mike Carey to make a start on at some point), perhaps because superhero comics are my primary interest and it’s hard enough to keep up with them, without adding anything else to the pile. But this sampler is a knockout – I’m definitely going to pick up the above-mentioned titles when they hit, plus Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child – the only one of the four new titles in the sampler that doesn’t have anyone I know involved (which is itself a cool and strange thing).

And it’s free, so check it out.

New interview, guest blog, books in the wild, and SEVEN WONDERS preorders!

Phew. Let’s dive in:

  • Over at the blog of the inimitable Gail Carriger‘s blog, said writer of finest steampunk adventure grills me about tea and shortbread.
  • Over at Angry Robot it’s the 12 Days of Christmas, and today I talk about summer Christmas in New Zealand.
  • Naughty old Amazon.co.uk are indeed shipping Empire State early. Evidence is here and here! So, if you fancy a copy for Christmas – nearly three weeks ahead of the release date (!!) – you can order here.
  • And as we race towards the release date for that book, my second novel, Seven Wonders (out August/September 2012) is available to preorder already – click for Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. To read more about Seven Wonders, you can visit its page over at Angry Robot.

Back to the editing!

Interview in SFX #216

SFX #216 (the True Blood cover) came out on Wednesday this week – I would have posted this earlier, but one of the problems with a digital subscription is that it takes a few days for new issues to appear. I was going to post a nice clean page (I will, later), but in the meantime, enjoy this photograph of the print edition.

Don’t forget, Empire State is being launched at Forbidden Planet London on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, between 6-7pm. Forbidden Planet’s event page is here, and there is also an event page on Facebook that you can add yourself too.

Links and interview round-up

Been a while since the last round-up, so time to take stock.

  • I’ve pimped out the Empire State page with the complete set of blurbs so far collected and links to the blurbers. Angry Robot have also updated their page for the book.
  • Empire State is now available for pre-order on the Kindle, for readers in the US and Canada only. In the UK and other regions, you cannot pre-order on the Kindle, so you’ll have to wait until the release day!
  • I’ll be at FantasyCon, being held September 30th to October 2nd at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton. In addition to doing a reading from Empire State, I’ll be on a panel on the Friday at 2pm about maintaining an online presence, and on a panel on Saturday at 2pm called “New Voices”, in which I will try to explain why a science fiction and superhero writer like myself is doing on a panel about new horror and fantasy writers. Hey, it’s all SF, right? Anyway, more details when I get them.
  • Interview (and photos) over at DC Sterne’s site. DC Sterne did my official Angry Robot picture, and this interview was done as my photo was one of several included in their exhibition of social media users in the North West. Unfortunately I was overseas when the exhibition was on, but it’s nice to have the interview online now!
  • As part of their Angry Robot week, there’s a new interview with me over at The Secret Lair, where I talk about Empire State and the Worldbuilder project. The Secret Lair also talked to Angry Robot editor Lee Harris and project manager Mur Lafferty about the Worldbuilder.
  • Fun mini-interview with WriteFast – not sure I linked this at the time.
  • Over at I Will Read Books you can read the first part of my guest blog post on my writing process.
  • The Empire State Worldbuilder gets mentions over at The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog, Booksprung, and Occasional Fish.

And because I promised Catherine Hill yesterday, here’s one of my favourite Muppet moments:

New York, New York

Off to New York for a few days for a couple of meetings and some sightseeing. I’ve got a mountain of links and stats to post, but that’ll wait until next week. I’ll be online, but it might be sporadic.

In the meantime, there’s an interview with me about Empire State and the Worldbuilder project over at The Secret Lair. Check it out, and I’ll see you next week.

The Terribleminds interview, part two

Been a busy week for interviews – part two of my epic chat with Chuck Wendig is up at his site, Terribleminds.com. We’ve both had a lot of positive feedback from part two, which is great, and a lot of people have said this has really opened their eyes to Angry Robot books, which is awesome. Thanks, everyone!

You can also read part one of the interview, including my short story Green Eggs and Handguns, here.

Yesterday was day 4 of Night Pictures, and as I mentioned I’m trying to get a couple of 4k writing days a week. Yesterday I succeeded, despite battling a headache for a large part of the afternoon.

Project: Night Pictures (missing persons, ghost towns and TV hackers)
Words yesterday: 4,056
Words total: 11,434/100,000 (11%)
Word to go: 88,566
Days to go: 56