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Book releases 2017

Looks like 2017 is going to be a big one for me – I seem to have four books out this year. I have no idea how this happened, but hey, let’s roll with it.

First up is Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella in the Ray Electromatic Mystery series, out March 7th from Tor.com in ebook and trade paperback. Set between the first novel in the series, Made to Kill, and the forthcoming follow-up Killing Is My Business, Standard Hollywood Depravity is a standalone story, albeit one with a couple of touches that link it to the main story arc.


“Combines classic Chandlerian noir with vintage sci-fi with brilliant results: Ray the Robot, a contract killer with glimmers of half-remembered conscience, will break your heart. Truly original, and deeply satisfying.”

— Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.

Honey.

As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.

But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal―or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?

Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.

Pre-order at:
Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks US
iBooks UKBooks-A-MillionPowell’s | IndieBound 


While Standard Hollywood Depravity is a new story, readers of the ebook version will get a little bonus, as the digital edition comes bundled with the very first novelette, Brisk Money, which introduces Ray and Ada and their dirty little operation.

Out July 25th is the second Ray Electromatic Mystery novel, Killing Is My Business.


“Delivers like a punch from a two-ton robot in a zoot suit.”
― Lila Bowen, award-winning author of Wake of Vultures

“Humor, action, and heart: everything I’ve come to expect from an Adam Christopher book,
and then some. A marvelous read!”
― Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of Zero World

“Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at ‘Hello.'”
— John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author

Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hitman–and last robot left in working order–Raymond Electromatic.

But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in the latest in Christopher’s robot noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.

Pre-order at:
Amazon USBarnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
Powell’s | IndieBound | iBooks US


Note that UK order links for Killing Is My Business are not yet live. I’ll update the blog when they go up.

Also out in July is the second Dishonored novel, following from last year’s The Corroded Man. It’s a standalone story, and while the title is currently a very closely guarded secret, I have a feeling fans of the Dishonored universe are going to be pretty excited about this one. I’ll reveal the title, cover, and full jacket copy once I have them.

The fourth book out in 2017 is the third Dishonored novel. More information, including the publication date, when I have it.

Phew! That’s a lot of books… better get back to work…

MADE TO KILL trade paperback release and Reddit AMA for DISHONORED

And so I emerge from my edit cave with two nice little snippets!

Today the trade paperback of Made to Kill, the first volume in the LA Trilogy, is out in North America from Tor Books. With the novella Standard Hollywood Depravity and book 2, Killing is My Business, out next year, now’s your chance to grab the first book in a decidedly softer print format. You can pick it up from your favourite retailer – here’s the links for Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound, if you are so inclined.

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Also today (Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in case you are reading this, well, on some other day) I’m doing an Ask Me Anything session over Reddit in support of the first Dishonored novel, The Corroded Man, which came out a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be answering any and all questions between 2pm and 5pm Eastern Standard Time (11am – 2pm Pacific Time, 7pm-10pm GMT), and will be back over the next couple of days to pick up any stragglers.

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You can find the Dishonored subreddit here!

MADE TO KILL nominated for the Dame Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

I’m completely thrilled and delighted to discover that Made to Kill, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, is a finalist for the 2016 Dame Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The Ngaio’s were founded in 2010 and are New Zealand’s national book prize for crime and mystery fiction. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to make the award ceremony itself, which is held in Christchurch on August 27th, but I feel very honoured to be included among such a strong shortlist.

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The Dame Ngaio Marsh Award is a judged prize, and here’s what the judges had to say about my little book about a robot detective (*cough* assassin):

“An outstanding and well written, distinctive sci-fi period noir thriller set in an alternate version of Los Angeles. Atmospheric with an exceptional sense of place and characterisation. Very Chandleresque and a thoroughly good mix of two different genres. Hopefully this will become a classic.”

“I loved it and the author had a great main protagonist even though he’s a robot. It’s got Reds infiltrating Hollywood, secret societies and the whole ‘taking over the world’ scenario. It is all a bit daft, but it really gripped me and was a hugely enjoyable read.”

“Inventive, creative and audacious, full of clever details, a wonderful narrative voice and compelling cast of self-absorbed Hollywood types – one of the most endearing robots you could hope to find in literature.”

Last weekend, Award convener Craig Sisterson was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning programme, discussing the awards and Made to Kill. You can listen to the interview here (Made to Kill discussion starts at around 9’40”).

Woo-hoo! I won’t pretend that Made to Kill has any chance of winning – it’s an odd mix of SF and mystery, so perhaps not quite what the judges are looking for – but hey, New Zealand crime and mystery writing is alive and well and, in fact, stronger than ever, and to even be considered is a great honour.

The award is split into two categories – Best Crime Novel and Best First Novel – and the full shortlist is:

Now I just need to get over my jet lag and sort through my photos from San Diego Comic Con…

2015 end of year round-up

Turns out 2015 was pretty busy for me, and included a number of firsts! So here’s a quick run down of what happened…

I had three books out this year:

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Elementary: The Ghost Line came out in February, and was my first tie-in novel, for one of my favourite TV shows. One to tick off the bucket list! Two more Elementary novels are on the way, with the second one – Blood and Ink – out in April 2016.

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The Machine Awakes was out in April, the second in my three-book space opera series. The final volume, The Dead Stars, is out in Summer 2017.

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And this was the big one – Made to Kill, the first book in The LA Trilogy, came out in November. A lot of stuff happened with that book – it was an Indie Next Pick for December and I did two book tours on that back of it. You can read more about the adventures of Made to Kill here.

This year also saw my first pro comics work, with the first issue of The Shield dropping in October from Dark Circle Comics, the superhero imprint of Archie Comics.

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The Shield is co-written with Chuck Wendig, with art by Drew Johnson, colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and letters by Rachel Deering. Issue two is due early 2016, and hopefully we’ll be on a more regular schedule after that.

Writing-wise, I was so busy this year I kinda lost track. I know I wrote Elementary: Blood and Ink, The Dead Stars, and the first novel in another tie-in trilogy I can’t talk about yet, as well as issues of The Shield with Chuck, and about a dozen or so pitches and proposals for other comics. It was all a little crazy and nearly broke my brain, but hopefully that work will all pay off.

As I mentioned, a lot of stuff happened with Made to Kill, which resulted in a number of other first-time experiences and some amazing opportunities. In July, I went on my first book tour to support the book – which was still five months away – starting with the Locus Awards in Seattle, travelling down the West Coast, and ending up at my first San Diego Comic Con.

Me and Daryl Gregory and our Hawaiian shirts at the Locus awards.

That trip was amazing – I met booksellers and toured their stores, I signed roughly five billion ARCs at the American Library Association expo in San Francisco…

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…having negotiated my way through the amazing pride parade (the Supreme Court having just ruled the ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional, so you can imagine atmosphere and the crowds!), and I had the most incredible SDCC experience.

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Actually, SDCC was probably the highlight of my year. I was braced for sheer insanity and a mind-numbing volume of bodies… and I loved every minute. I had a Made to Kill ARC signing with a queue that had its own queue. I was on an SF panel in a ballroom packed to standing. I was on the Dark Circle Comics panel. I met hung out with Mixmaster Mike…

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…I was pushed out of the way by Guillermo del Toro’s bodyguards, and I met loads of friends I had only ever known online, and me and Chuck got to admire The Shield in person. Kinda.

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Oh, and I saw Rey’s speeder!

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But it was also a very businessy con – more than I had expected. I did at least four interviews, two of which were on video, one of which was for the SyFy channel. I had meetings on meetings, including one scheduled for midnight as that’s how busy everyone was.

I think I’m hooked for life.

In November, I did a second book tour, this time hitting the East Coast. Made to Kill was published on November 3rd, and we kicked it off with a joint Shield/M2K launch party at KGB in NYC. Then I headed up to World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs, before a multi-city tour that included my second television interview (this time on the breakfast news on CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia) and bookstore events with Max Gladstone, Chuck, and Mur Lafferty.

And to go with the tours and all the Made to Kill goings-on, my publisher created my first book-specific website, and even made a trailer!

And I’m forever grateful to them – my editor Miriam and my publicist Patty, and everyone else who supported Made to Kill, for the opportunities that came along. Book tours are increasingly rare, and the efforts that went on behind the scenes to give this novel the best launch possible were gargantuan. I’m very lucky, and I know it.

Finally, I rounded off the year with another little book deal, this time for a novella for Tor.com – Standard Hollywood Depravity, a Ray Electromatic Mystery, will be out around September/October 2016, and will set the scene for the second novel, Killing is My Business, which is out in January 2017.

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So that was 2015. What about 2016?

The first bit of next year is going to be busy – if not busier – than 2015 was, but one of my goals is to slow down a little. This year was too busy, and there are a couple of upcoming projects I need to stretch my legs on. If I can hit the middle of the year and have stayed on target, then it’ll be golden.

I have three books out in 2016:

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  • Elementary: Blood and Ink is out in April.
  • Also out in April (I think) is the first of another tie-in trilogy that I can’t talk about yet, so you ain’t seen me, right?
  • October/November is the Tor.com novella, Standard Hollywood Depravity.

I also have some more comics coming:

  • The Shield continues, with issue 2 coming in the early part of the year, and then, as mentioned, hopefully we’ll hit a more regular schedule.
  • I have another one-shot on the way. Can’t talk about it.
  • I have two other projects on the go, both creator-owned. I’m not entirely sure either will appear in 2016, but I’m hopeful. And no, I can’t talk about those either.

Writing-wise, there’s a lot to do – a novella, at least five novels, however many comic scripts, a rewrite, and a half-done novel to resurrect and finish. Err, yeah, should keep me busy. With that in mind, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more organised – I am quite well organised already, but there is more I can do in that regard.

I’ll also be travelling a fair bit – I’ll be at Phoenix Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, and if I can swing it, New York Comic Con. I’m not sure about UK events yet, although EasterCon is practically on my doorstep next year so I might go along.

Phew! I hope everyone has a good New Year’s Eve, and I’ll see you in 2016!

Book news! Introducing… STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY

Welp, yesterday was fun. Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens (you’ll get no spoilers from me!), and, oh, signed a little deal for some more Ray Electromatic Mysteries.

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I’m chuffed to be joining the Tor.com novella imprint with a new story for Ray and Ada! You can read the full announcement over at Tor.com, but I’m pleased to say that Standard Hollywood Depravity will be out around September/October 2016.

Standard Hollywood Depravity — which takes its title, like Brisk Money, from something Raymond Chandler said in one of his letters – takes place between Made to Kill, the first book of the LA Trilogy (which is out now) and book 2, Killing is My Business. That volume isn’t out until January 2017, so Standard Hollywood Depravity will fill the gap next year. As with Brisk Money, which is sort-of a pseudo-prequel to the series, the novella will be a standalone story that might contain a few hints about what’s coming Ray and Ada’s way in book 2.

Maybe.

So, not a bad way to round off the year! Head over to Tor.com for more info!

Ye grande olde MADE TO KILL newsapalooza

Seriously, there should be a word, preferably in Japanese or German, for when you are too busy to update your blog and then the more you dawdle the more you have to post and then when you finally do get around to it you’re sure you’ve missed out all the important stuff and…

Well, anyway. This year has been kinda crazy – the second half, especially, which featured two US book tours and the release last month of a little book that I kinda love.

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That book is called Made to Kill.

When it came out last month, I was a little preoccupied in New York City, sharing the stage at KGB with Chuck Wendig as we toasted not just that book, but the comic we write together, The Shield.

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That photo actually comes from the event Chuck and I did in Doylestown, PA, a week later. I seem to have lost most of my pix from NYC, thanks to my computer’s hard drive failing as soon as I got back to the UK. Probably just as well. I’ll see if I can unearth anything for a post about that book tour.

But while I was racing around the East Coast, visiting eight cities and chalking up a lot of airmails, Made to Kill was working hard…

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Made to Kill is an Indie Next Pick for December! The full list is up at IndieBound, and let’s just say that any list I’m on that also features the likes of Umberto flippin’ Eco is a bit of a Big. Deal.

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Out today is The AV Club’s Best Books of 2015 list, which features Made to Kill. I’m pretty delighted to be sharing list space with such names as Carrie Brownstein and Miranda July; of Made to Kill, list co-curator Jason Heller says:

It’s 50 percent hardboiled, 50 percent science fiction, and 100 percent retro-pulp spectacle. And in Ray, Christopher has created a mysterious, sympathetic antihero cast in titanium and steel.

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Booklist gave Made to Kill a starred review, saying:

This first in the L.A. trilogy is a fun, fast read for anyone willing to take the speculative leap—a must-add for most fiction collections.

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The venerable Publisher’s Weekly said:

Genre mash-ups don’t always succeed, but this one will please fans of both gumshoes and laser beams.

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SFX Magazine, along with posting a mini-interview with me, and a two-page extract from the book, gave Made to Kill a 5-star review and a rare “SFX Loves” badge, saying:

Made to Kill is book one of a trilogy. We’d happily go for more than three.

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In a faultless review, NPR said Made to Kill was a “pulp pastiche that hits the mark”, adding:

Made to Kill is the first installment of a planned trilogy, but it has all the potential of an open-ended series; knowing there are only two more Raymond Electromatic mysteries to come is the book’s only disappointment.

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Cory Doctorow reviewed the book for Boing Boing, saying that he was glad Made to Kill was just the first in a trilogy:

That’s great news, because Christopher has hit on something that I’d hardly suspected before, and now can’t get enough of.

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While I was in the US, I did my first ever television interview, for CBS6’s Virginia This Morning, broadcast out of Richmond, VA.

Needless to say, this was a slightly surreal experience (particularly as it involved a 5am flight out of Cincinnati, Ohio, that morning, just to get to the studio on time), but in my caffeine and candy bar fuelled state I managed to talk coherently (I hope!) about Made to Kill and my work on the Elementary tie-in novels.

The full interview is embedded at their website, and can be seen here.

Phew! 2015 has been fun fun.

The MADE TO KILL trailer, Indie Next Pick, and US book tour!

Publishing is a weird business. When you start a project, the publication date can be just a distant point on the horizon. You can work on a book for months, even years, before handing it in to your editor, and then there is still a year or more of work ahead of you–editorial comments, copy edits, page proofs, cover discussions. The list goes on. You can live with a book for so long that it feels as familiar as an old friend.

And then, out of nowhere, the publication date is suddenly, amazingly, right there.

All of which is to say that Made to Kill, my new novel, is out in one week today – Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

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To mark the release, my US publisher, Tor, has created a book trailer!

I have to say, I can’t stop smiling at that. It’s absolutely pitch perfect. And, as you’ll see by the badge at the end, Made to Kill is an Indie Next Pick for December 2015!

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This is a rare honour for a science fiction novel, and I’m utterly delighted. I’ll have more info on that when the full Indie Next list is published.

But wait, there’s more! With Made to Kill just a week away, I’m off on a US book tour! Here’s the schedule:

Ÿ— November 3rd, 2015: New York, NY

Launch party! WORD Presents: An Evening with Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics featuring Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

Celebrating the launch of Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill and The Shield with Chuck Wendig

7:00pm, KGB Bar-Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY

— November 4th, 2015: Saratoga Springs, NY

Tor 25th Anniversary Celebration

7:00pm, North shire Books, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

— November 5th-8th, 2015: Saratoga Springs, NY

World Fantasy Convention (www.wfc2015.org)

— November 9th, 2015: Milford, NH

Happy Hour with Adam Christopher! Food and drinks for a great way to start the week!

5:30pm, The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua Street, Lorden Plaza, Milford, NH 03055

— November 10th, 2015: Cambridge, MA

With Max Gladstone!

6:00pm, Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA

— November 11th, 2015: Lexington, KY

7:00pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503

— November 12th, 2015: Richmond, VA

6:30pm, Fountain Books, 1312 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

— November 13th, 2015: Doylestown, PA

Geekadelphia Presents: An Evening with Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics featuring Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

6:30pm, Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

— November 14th, 2015: Chapel Hill, NC

With Mur Lafferty!

6:00pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phew! That’s quite a tour – two weeks on the road, which I’m going to try and blog each day, wi-fi permitting! I have no programming at WFC, but you will no doubt be able to find me in the bar. Meanwhile, there’s a cool poster for the NYC event:

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So if you’re somewhere along the tour route, it would be great to see you!

In the meantime, you can learn more about Made to Kill over at TheLATrilogy.com, where you can find an excerpt, more info on the story and characters, and also the free prequel novelette, Brisk Money. You can also subscribe to my new newsletter, which is coming soon, and which I think has one or two goodies lined up.

And finally, some pre-order links! Pre-orders are important for both the publisher and the author, so here are a few options:

Made to Kill is out in North America as a hardcover and ebook from Tor Books:

Buy Made to Kill at Amazon US
Buy Made to Kill at Barnes & Noble
Buy Made to Kill at Indiebound
Buy Made to Kill at the iBookstore US

…and in the UK as a paperback and ebook from Titan Books:

Buy Made to Kill at Amazon UK
Buy Made to Kill at Waterstones
Buy Made to Kill at WH Smith
Buy Made to Kill at Hive

There is also an audiobook coming from Macmillan audio–I’ll have links for that ASAP.

Right, back to work–and I’ll see some of you next week, I hope!

What I did in San Diego…

SDCC 2015 was a million years ago now, so I’m not going to blog about it. Much. Chuck Wendig did a better job here. Zen Cho’s excellent rundown is here.

It was my first SDCC, and actually… I had a blast. It was infernally busy, hellishly large, and diabolical fun. I got (very) lucky and managed to snag my Hasbro exclusives (but I did miss out on the LEGO). My panels had packed rooms. My signing line at the Tor booth was so long it needed to have it’s own line.

SDCC was good.

It was also very businessy — in fact, it was probably the most businessy con I’ve been too, which is great. I had a lot of meetings, and have a lost of post-con work to get through.

So instead of a blow-by-blow account, here’s ten pictures!

SDCC is... big. Very big.

SDCC is… big. Very big.

Made to Kill was at the Tor Books booth...

Made to Kill was at the Tor Books booth…

...while The Shield was on show at the Archie Comics booth.

…while The Shield was on show at the Archie Comics booth.

Me and Shield co-writer Chuck Wendig got to a rare chance to hang out.

Me and Shield co-writer Chuck Wendig got to a rare chance to hang out.

Some of the Dark Circle Comics crew - from the left, editor Alex Segura, Hangman writer Frank Tieri, Shield artist Drew Johnson, Archie editorial staffer Joe Morciglio, and me.

Some of the Dark Circle Comics crew – from the left, editor Alex Segura, Hangman writer Frank Tieri, Shield artist Drew Johnson, Archie editorial staffer Joe Morciglio, and me.

I also got to hang out with (from the left) Chuck, Gary Whitta, Robert Brockaway, and Veronica Belmont...

I also got to hang out with (from the left) Chuck, Gary Whitta, Robert Brockaway, and Veronica Belmont…

...and Batgirl Sarah Chrisp (who, incidentally, works at my local comic shop here in Macclesfield)...

…and Batgirl Sarah Chrisp (who, incidentally, works at my local comic shop here in Macclesfield)…

...the Fourth Doctor...

…the Fourth Doctor…

...and Mixmaster Mike. Yes, seriously.

…and Mixmaster Mike. Yes, seriously.

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San Diego is a lovely city – Chuck, me, and Paul Cornell enjoying the view from the roof of the public library.

SDCC was actually the final part of a three-week bookseller tour that took me from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, in support of my forthcoming novel, Made to Kill. You can check out the gallery of photos from the tour — including more shots from SDCC–over at TheLaTrilogy.com.

 

My San Diego Comic Con schedule

I’ve been in the US for a couple of weeks on my bookseller happy hour tour, but tomorrow I head down to San Diego for the biggest geek fest on the planet.

And here is where you can find me:

Thursday, July 9

The Resurgence of Science Fiction (panel)
1:00-2:00pm, Room 32AB
with Margaret Stohl, Mel Odom, Peter Clines, Chris Weitz, Jason Hough

The Resurgence of Science Fiction (signing)
3:00-4:00pm, Sails Pavillion
with authors from the above panel; limited quantities of Made to Kill ARCs will be available

Friday, July 10

Dark Circle Comics signing
12:00-1:00pm, Archie Comics booth #1829

SherlockeDCC mini-con/party
7:00pm to late, San Diego Public Library
Note: this is a ticketed event with no door sales

Saturday, July 11

Dark Circle Comics (panel)
1:00-2:00pm, Room 29AB
Get in on the ground floor of 2015’s most ambitious comics imprint as Alex Segura (editor of Dark Circle Comics), Mike Pellerito (president of Archie Comics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer), and key talent Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig (co-writers, The Shield), and Frank Tieri (writer,The Hangman) expand the cinematic and literary universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics, including The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Hangman.

Dark Circle Comics signing
2:00-3:00pm, Archie Comics booth #1829

Tor Books signing
5:00-6:00pm, Tor Books booth #2707
Limited quantities of Made to Kill ARCs will be available

Aside from those appearances, if you see me wandering around, please do say hello!

THE LA TRILOGY website launch!

This week is Book Expo America, the gigantic publishing industry fair held annually in NYC. Tor Books are there as always, and yesterday they kicked off their BEA events with a giveaway of 200 special ARCs of my November novel, Made to Kill!

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That’s Tor Director of Publicity Patty Garcia with a pile of lovely ARCs and my Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books Author ribbon, which I must steal off her forthwith…

Tying in with BEA, Tor have launched www.thelatrilogy.com, a dedicated website for the series! There you can read about Made to Kill, meet some of the characters, and order the book. There’s also a link to the prequel novellete, Brisk Money.

Check. It. Out. (!!!!)

You’ll also see that I’ve got not one but two US tours coming up–more on those later!

In the meantime, welcome to Hollywood, California! The year is 1965, and the last robot in the world, Raymond Electromatic, has a mystery to solve…