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52 blogs of 2015 | #2 | And that secret novel is…

Y’know, the thing about publishing is that it’s complicated and colossal and things take a long time, which means that you often have to sit on news for aeons because you have to wait for a whole heap of stuff to happen. This is business as usual. And I’m sure this drives every author crazy–me included!

Which makes me very pleased and very relieved and very very excited to be able to, finally, after months (seriously, this is the longest I’ve ever sat on book news ever), talk about that secret project I’ve been working on. I’ve talked about it online, calling it the secret novel, not because I love teasing you with vague details, but because I’m really pretty gosh-darned tickled pink to be involved with this and I’ve been utterly beside myself with anticipation.

So. Here it is!


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A summons to a body found riddled with bullets in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them…


I’m writing the official Elementary tie-in novels! The first one, The Ghost Line, is out in early 2015 – February 24th in the US, February 27th in the UK.

In fact, you can pre-order the book with these handy links!

Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.com
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.co.uk
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Indiebound (for your local US bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Waterstones
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Hive (for your local UK bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks (US)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Forbidden Planet

I love Elementary. Love it. And I love Sherlock Holmes. More importantly, I love Elementary‘s take on Holmes – it’s one of my favourite shows, and writing these books is a dream and the most fun ever. And never in a million years did I ever think I’d have a book cover with Lucy Liu on it.

I mean, seriously. Lucy Liu? Getouttatown.

And if you want a little taster of this new Elementary adventure, head over to Criminal Element right now for an exclusive excerpt!

52 Blogs of 2015 | #1 | MADE TO KILL cover reveal

A new year and I’m starting to get obsessed about the number 52. I’m not sure this is entirely healthy, but maybe DC Comics were onto something. Anyway, this year I’m going to read 52 books and 52 graphic novels/comic trade collections, watch 52 movies I haven’t seen before, and try and post 52 blogs a year. Which means each is going to be numbered, most will probably appear on Friday, and they start… today!

And what a doozy this one is. I have several books out this year (which I’ll cover next week!), not to mention my first regular monthly comic book starts up in April. The final (so far, anyway) book release of the year will be the first volume in The LA Trilogy, which drops in November.

Yesterday, not only did Tor.com reveal the title of that book to be Made to Kill, but they showed off the jaw-dropping cover by the remarkable Will Staehle, who has–I’m rather amazed to say–done the covers for all of my novels.

And this one? This one might be my favourite. Click to enlarge and feast your eyes…

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Will also did one of Tor.com’s famous pop quiz interviews, which you can read here. Appropriate, given that The LA Trilogy was born out of the pop quiz I did last year.

Made to Kill is out in November from Tor (North America) and Titan (everywhere else). More info–including pre-order links–will be up as soon as I have them.

In the meantime, if you want to read the origin story of Ray, our leading mechanical man, you can check out the novella Brisk Money at Tor.com or as part of the brilliant (and entirely free) anthology, Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014.

See you next week… hopefully with another announcement I’ve been dying to make…

Titan Books to publish THE LA TRILOGY!

I’m pleased to announce that Titan will be publishing my forthcoming crime SF series, The LA Trilogy, as per yesterday’s roundup in Publisher’s Marketplace:

Adam Christopher’s THE LA TRILOGY, set in an alternative 1960s Los Angeles and starring a robot detective and his boss, pitched as inspired by Raymond Chandler’s parody of science fiction in a letter to his agent, to Natalie Laverick at Titan Books, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Yay! I’m so pleased to have landed this at Titan, who are also publishing the three books of The Spider Wars sequence, which started with The Burning Dark. Both series are published by Tor in the US.

The LA Trilogy has an interesting origin, which you can read about over at Tor.com. Although the first volume isn’t due to drop until September 2015, you won’t have to wait that long to meet its star, Raymond Electromatic. His origin story is told in Brisk Money, my next Tor.com novelette, which is due to be published on July 23rd. I have shown off the nifty cover before, but hey, any excuse to do it again:

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July 23
“BRISK MONEY”
Written by Adam Christopher
Edited by Paul Stevens
Illustration by Gérard Dubois

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.

There’s an official press release doing the rounds, which you can read here.

And back to the editing!

Announcement! New three-book deal with Tor!

Time for some big news!

I’ve signed a new three-book deal with Tor US!

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The deal is for a brand new series, The LA Trilogy, and, as the official terminology goes, was negotiated between my editor at Tor, Paul Stevens, and my agent, Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

The LA Trilogy is a set of three as-yet-unnamed linked novels about Ray, a robot detective working in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, and his computer boss, Googol. The first one is due to drop in hardcover in September 2015.

Now, I’ll be talking a lot more about The LA Trilogy soon, but in the meantime, Tor.com are running some background on the deal and the new novelette, Brisk Money, which started it all, along with some comments from Paul and myself. You can read the piece here.

For queries related to The LA Trilogy, feel free to drop me (if it’s about interviews or comments) or Stacia (if it’s about business) a line.

This new trilogy means I’m under contract for six books to Tor… blimey, better get back to work!

Those rare occasions when a Thursday turns out pretty good, plus some new HANG WIRE reviews

Oops, missed a blog post yesterday! To be honest, I was flat out busy, so it would have been a picture post of something random in my office anyway. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Anyway, today was a good day. Lots of work done. Got two bits of amazing news which I can’t tell you about. Then unexpectedly got tickets to see my favourite band, The Cure, at the Royal Albert Hall next month (general sale is tomorrow, but I heard word of a pre-sale this morning and was online at just the right time), and then, to top it off, Lego announced they are doing a Ghostbusters set as part of their CUUSOO series (fan-created sets that are then voted on for appraisal and possible production by Lego).

So, all in all, it’s been a pretty amazing day.

Meanwhile, some more Hang Wire links in action:

Over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit, I give the lowdown on the book’s main villain, Joel Duvall.

The Book Plank review the book and says:

Hang Wire is a awesome read (and that’s understating it by far). From the first pages I was hooked.

There’s also a new interview with me up on that site.

At My Shelf Confessions, Tabitha says that Hang Wire is:

Fricka fracking blowing my mind good!

…which is my favourite review quote ever!

Megan at All Things Urban Fantasy says:

If Tim Powers wrote The Night Circus, the resulting novel would probably look a lot like Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire.

My Bookish Ways says:

Hang Wire is just pure fun. Yes, there are some dark doings here (something huge is awakening underground and gods are running around wearing human facades, and of course, murder), however, Adam Christopher manages to pull off the right amount of creepy (and some great action scenes) without ever getting toodark. Fans of quirky urban fantasy will devour this one.

And Popcorn Reads says:

Adam Christopher has brought his unique vision to his novel and I loved it. Hang Wire is pure murder mystery married to a dark, sinister urban fantasy, with both bordering on and possibly crossing over into horror in places. I get chills now just thinking about it.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Announcement: THE BURNING DARK and sequels to Titan Books!

So, this happened.

As you know, Tor are publishing The Burning Dark in the US and Canada in March 2014, with The Jovian Conspiracy and The Stars Below following in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

I’m pleased to announce that here in the UK, the books will be published by Titan Books, starting in March 2014. Here’s the official press release:


 “A widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comicbook fans to catch. It’s ballsy, bright and tight, poignant at its core, not to be missed.”

— Praise for The Burning Dark, James Lovegrove

Titan Books to publish chilling space opera series from Adam Christopher

Titan Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of a three-book series from the multi-award-winning author of Empire State, Adam Christopher. The Spider Wars series is a fusion of science fiction thriller and psychological suspense [Titan Books, original paperback, March 2014].

The Burning Dark and its sequels are a chilling exploration of guilt, loss, and the dimensions that lurk beneath our own. The first novel follows Captain Idaho Cleveland on one last mission before early retirement: decommissioning the U-Star Coast City, a distant research outpost orbiting the toxic star Shadow.

Titan Books will publish The Burning Dark in original paperback in the UK and Commonwealth in March 2014, followed by two further books in the series.

Adam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer. In 2010, as an editor, Christopher won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand’s highest science fiction honour. His debut novel, Empire State, was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year for 2012. In 2013, he was nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel award for Best New Talent, with Empire State shortlisted for Best Novel. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in Great Britain since 2006. You can find him online at www.adamchristopher.co.uk and on Twitter @ghostfinder.

Natalie Laverick bought the rights from Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Agency. She writes: “The Burning Dark is a wonderfully dark space opera with an intensely creepy atmosphere and absorbing mystery at its centre. Adam Christopher is a fantastic writer and we’re thrilled to be adding this series to our growing fiction list.”

 Praise for Adam Christopher’s Empire State:

“Adam Christopher’s debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story… a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns that hearken to other plot turns. It’s often fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope… just feel it in all its weird glory.”

— Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“Christopher’s tightly plotted novel is a truly original debut that, while subtly referencing Orwell, Kafka, Marvel comics and Philip K Dick, manages to maintain its own distinctive tone – a genuine pathos and longing for something elusively other. Recommended.”

The Guardian

“Christopher’s Empire State is something of a tour de force. If, somehow, Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick had collaborated on a Superman story, they might well have produced this novel.”

Financial Times

“Stylish, sinister, and wickedly fun, Empire State is not your average sexy retro parallel universe superhero noir.”

— Lauren Beukes, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls


Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be with Titan Books in the UK – they’re a great house, publishers of Cory Doctorow, Kim Newman, Danie Ware, and many others, as well as being the home of one of my favourite things in the world, the Hard Case Crime imprint.

Achievement unlocked. Time to Snoopy dance!

New book cover… and new book deal!

That thing where you’ve been sitting on news for ages and you’re just dying to tell EVERYONE?

Yeah, that.

And that other thing where you’ve got something completely awesome to show off and you have to sit and wait until the stars are right?

That too.

But… today, the stars are right.

Over at Tor.com, you can see the cover for my forthcoming novel, The Burning Dark. It’s a dark space opera, and is out in March 2014. You can even pre-order it from Amazon here! I’m not sure about other retailers yet, but I’ll keep an eye out.

And… I love it! I absolutely, totally adore it. The cover is by Will Staehle, and manages to capture everything about the story – theme, plot, atmosphere, the works. I’m extremely lucky to have another cover by Will – he’s done all of my Angry Robot covers, and to have him do my Tor covers as well is terrific, giving me a unified style across both publishers. From a bookseller’s perspective, this is great, because most readers don’t really pay that much attention to the publisher’s badge on the book. But with Will’s work, I’ve got continuity from one publisher to the other – an unusual position to be in, I guess – and one that works brilliantly for everyone.

If you head over to Tor.com for the full-sized version, you can see what Tor’s Art Director Irene Gallo has to say about the process behind the cover selection, along with some of Will’s other concepts. Here’s the book blurb:

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned subspace radio, only to tune into a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?

And after all that, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed another book deal with Tor, for two more novels set in the same universe as The Burning Dark. Although the titles and dates are subject to change, The Jovian Conspiracy will be out in March 2015, with The Stars Below out in March 2016.

But more on those later!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an inordinate amount of Snoopy dancing to do…

 

Announcement: THE SENTINEL, coming soon from VS Comics!

Phew! I can talk about something new!

Today I’m pleased to announce I am writing my first comic!

The Sentinel is an ongoing Prohibition crime/urban fantasy series debuting this December as part of VS Comics, a new monthly digital anthology created by Mike Garley and James Moran. The Sentinel has art by Joe Ward, colours and inks by Mike Bunt, letters by Mike Stock, and is edited by Ned Hartley.

Click on the banner to see the full-size art, which is pretty amazing. Here’s the official blurb:

New York, 1929. A city torn apart by Prohibition, corruption, crime. Rookie cop Harvey West is determined to make his mark, but his career is cut short when he is tragically killed, leaving his new wife alone in the city.

In the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan, something stirs; a dark power from an ancient, extinct civilization rekindled by a cult of insane magicians determined to plunge the world into a new Dark Age.

As the power awakens, a mysterious newcomer appears in the city: a man seeking vengeance, a man searching for answers about himself and his past. A man searching for the secret of The Sentinel.

The Sentinel will run as monthly six-page episodes, starting December 2012. VS Comics has a page on Facebook – head over, give it a like, and you’ll be able to see more updates and previews of my story and many others.

So… OMG! You might know that I quite like comics, so maybe it’s no surprise that I’d write one eventually. And I must say, writing The Sentinel has been the most fun ever. Thanks to Mike and James for giving me a break!

And that’s not all! VS Comics is being launched at the Thought Bubble comic con in Leeds, on Sunday, 18th November, 2.10pm in the Alea Cinema Room. The programme for VS Comics, including our panel and information on tickets, etc, is available here.

I hope to see you there!

And…OMG COMICS!

Cover reveal: SEVEN WONDERS

Seven Wonders, my superhero novel, is out worldwide from Angry Robot in September. And here’s the cover (click to enlarge):

Seven Wonders cover by Will Staehle

It’s by the amazing Will Staehle, who was responsible for the equally awesome Empire State cover (not to mention covers for the likes of Michael Chabon and Michael Crichton). And… well, wowsa about sums it up. I have to resist licking the screen every time I see it.

All I can say is… get those pre-orders in!

SHADOW’S CALL on Publisher’s Marketplace, a Portuguese blog, and something cool coming tomorrow!

This looks to be a busy week – there is something cool coming tomorrow morning which I’ve been dying to show off, so check in around 9.10am (BST) on Thursday here and on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the official Publisher’s Marketplace announcement of my Tor deal went online:

Sir Julius Vogel award recipient and a nominee for the British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Society, and Parsec awards Adam Christopher’s SHADOW’S CALL, a dark space opera featuring a distant outpost, bathed in toxic radiation from a nearby star, where a washed-up Fleet commander must battle a sentient mechanical spider race and its sinister allies with the help of a long-dead Cosmonaut and a sexy but troubled celebrity asteroid-miner, to Paul Stevens at Tor, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (NA).

Film: Luke Sandler at Gotham Group

Woo-hoo!

Also, strangely enough, the announcement was covered by a Portuguese blog, who somehow think Shadow’s Call is a graphic novel set on a space station full of garbage. But hey-ho. In a slightly more expected place, the news was mentioned by SF Signal in between Stephen Fry and Stephanie Meyer.

Couple of other things too – a great review of Empire State from Sean Cummings over at A Golden Age, in which he says (well, in the comments actually) that

It’s a pretty mind bending book – a must read.

…while over at Under The Bluegums mentioned John Anaelio‘s very cool song, The Empire State.

So, see you back here tomorrow for something wondrous…