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EMPIRE STATE free with this month’s SFX magazine

The new issue of SFX magazine (#247) is out today, and if you turn to page 41, you’ll find out how you can download my debut novel, Empire State, and Lauren Beukes’s wonderful Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Zoo City, absolutely free.

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This free ebook offer is valid until 30th April, and is open to readers worldwide. The ebooks are available in epub and mobi formats.

Enjoy!

On the importance of having your book face-out on a store shelf…

Working hard today. Need to hit my word count.

Last night, a new series of the sitcom Birds of a Feather started on ITV. It’s generally to be avoided, but then this happened:

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Yep. The Age Atomic made an unwitting guest appearance in the opening scenes, which were filmed at indie bookstore Pitshanger Books in London. Next to it is Empire State, and you can also see books by Trudi Canavan, Justin Cronin, and Hugh Howey.

Thanks to The Fiction Stroker for the heads-up and screen grab!

What I did in 2013. What I’m going to do in 2014.

I was mulling over a wrap-up post for 2013, but this year has been a little weird, writing-wise, and I wasn’t sure there would be much to post. However, inspired by Chuck Wendig’s wrap-up – in which he mentions an interesting project or two that I have a hand in – I figured I should really sit down and work out what the hell I’ve been doing this year. And what I need to be doing next.

So! 2013?

Despite feeling like I haven’t done much, 2013 was a really good year for me. Having sold The Burning Dark to Tor around Easter 2012 as a standalone novel, this year I sold them two more books – The Jovian Conspiracy and The Stars Below – in the same universe. A few months later, UK and Commonwealth rights to all three books were sold to Titan. Tor revealed the amazing cover, by Will Staehle – who was also responsible for each of my Angry Robot covers – back in July.

I also wrote – and sold – Cold War, a standalone novelette set in the universe of The Burning Dark, to Tor.com.

ColdWar

I had one book published – The Age Atomic, a sequel to Empire State, came out from Angry Robot in April. Alongside the US and UK paperbacks came a limited, numbered collector’s edition hardcover of this title and of Empire State, complete with a new cover by Will Staehle. This made me the only Angry Robot author, so far, to have each of their novels released as a hardback.

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In June, I released Two Tales of San Ventura, a pair of short stories set in the world of Seven Wonders. Will Staehle was once again on cover duties.

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On top of this, as Chuck mentions over at his blog, I worked with him on a comic pitch that, with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to talk about next year. Speaking of comics, the first three parts of my Prohibition urban fantasy, The Sentinel, came out as part of the VS Comics digital anthology.

Events I attended were the Sci-Fi Weekender in North Wales (I had the flu the whole weekend, and have never been so cold in all my life), EdgeLit in Derby, Andromeda One in Birmingham, Nine Worlds in London, LoneStarCon/WorldCon in San Antonio, and World Fantasy in Brighton. If I to pick a favourite, it must be Nine Worlds – from tremendous organisation to imaginative and fresh programming, this was THE event of 2013.

So, behind-the-scenes, things were pretty busy, and work-wise this was a really good year. In fact, my biggest year yet.

Writing-wise, it was an odd one. From October 2012 through to August 2013 I was editing two books at once – The Burning Dark, and Hang Wire – which was a bit of a challenge. Once those were done, I spent a couple of months outlining The Jovian Conspiracy and got that book underway.

Which means it doesn’t feel like I’ve written much this year, even though “editing” really means “rewriting and rewriting and rewriting”. It’s also hard to track, as a straight eight-hour day of work on novel edits can actually result in a negative word count. There’s probably an easy way to track it, but I haven’t tried it yet!

As for 2014…

I’m under contract to write three novels, only one of which (The Jovian Conspiracy) is due next year. I’m working on it now, and that’s the number one priority.

Once that is in, I’ve got an urban-ish fantasy novel to finish, and a crime novel to write, before I get started on The Stars Below. So that’s one novel to finish, two to start and finish, and one to at least start. Minimum. I also have another long-short story to do, although hopefully I can knock that off before the end of 2013.

That comic project with Chuck should start to kick off… and there may be a couple of other projects in this field to talk about. The final part of The Sentinel should drop from VS Comics early in the year, although that was actually written a while ago.

The only event I’m locked in for so far is WorldCon, which in 2014 is being held in London, but there’s no doubt I’ll be at other events too.

But the big thing for 2014 is that I’ve got two books out! Hang Wire is released by Angry Robot on January 28th (US/eBook) and February 6th (UK), and The Burning Dark is out March 25th from Titan (UK/Commonwealth) and Tor (US). There’s not much of a gap between them and launch-wise, we’re cooking up something big, so stay tuned. There’s also a kick-ass pre-order contest starting in January. Cold War will be out around the same time as The Burning Dark.

So that was my 2013. An odd year, but a good one. 2014 is shaping up to be much bigger and busier, which is just how it should be. Onward!

World Fantasy, Forbidden Planet takeover, CARRIE in SFX, and the Italian EMPIRE STATE

Just a quick one as I’m off to Brighton for World Fantasy. I’m not appearing on any panels, nor do I have a reading, but I might pop in to the mass author signing, which takes place on Friday 1st November, 8.30-10.00pm in the Oxford/Cambridge Suite. If you can’t find me there, I’ll be around the place the whole weekend! In particular, Titan are hosting a carnival party on Saturday 2nd November, 4-6pm in the Regency Suite. The Burning Dark isn’t out until March next year, but I’ll be joining the other Titan authors there!

Full programme details are available here.

As a convention prequel, tonight is the Angry Robot Halloween Takeover at the Forbidden Planet megastore in London! From 6-7pm, you can come and meet me, Wesley Chu, Joseph D’Lacey, Anne Lyle, James A Moore, Emma Newman, David Tallerman, Mike Shevdon and Kaaron Warren. This is a rare opportunity to meet some Angry Roboteers who are not based in the UK!

Recently I re-read Stephen King’s Carrie for SFX magazine’s Book Club feature. It will appear in the next issue, but in the meantime readers are invited to send in their thoughts on King’s debut novel. A selection of reader comments will appear alongside my article in SFX #243.

Finally, it appears you can buy the Italian edition of Empire State now! I can’t wait to see it myself, actually.

See you in Brighton!

EMPIRE STATE Italian edition

The Italian edition of Empire State, my debut novel, is apparently out in October – at least according to this book trailer that appeared, to my surprise, in my Facebook feed this morning.

The trailer was posted with the accompanying text:

Finalmente esce il libro di Adam Christopher. Grazie ancora a Giovanni per avercelo fatto scoprire, e ad Alessandro per averci ricordato quanto son belli i super eroi :)

… which, according to Google, says something like:

Finally, the book comes out of Adam Christopher. Thanks again to John for letting us discover, and to Alexander for reminding us how beautiful are the super heroes :)

… and I suspect I may need to get “How Beautiful Are The Super Heroes” printed on a t-shirt at some point.

I haven’t seen the Italian edition, although I have helped out the translator out a little over the past year. But I do have the cover, which looks like this:

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It’s being published by La Ponga Edizioni, and while I can’t find a page for the book, I do have a little Italian biography here.

Fantastico!

 

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!

Interviews! Sword and Laser! 89 Chapters! And a big old competition!

I’m up to my eyeballs in synopses this week, having handed in The Burning Dark on Monday, and then I dashed down to London for Lauren Beukes’s book launch for The Shining Girls (more on that later) and was then back in time to hang out with Veronica and Tom at Sword and Laser – this interview (streamed live on YouTube, no less!) was a lot of fun, and can be watched here. Or, if you want to hang on for the proper podcast, you’ll be able to hear it next week. I’ll post up a link when that’s ready.

Sword and Laser are also running a competition! You can win a limited edition hardcover of Empire State, and a limited edition hardcover of The Age Atomic over at Goodreads. It’s open worldwide, and you can enter right here.

Finally, last week I was a guest on 89 Chapters, Pakistan’s premier English language radio book show, where I chatted for a couple of hours about books, writing and music. You can now listen to the whole show here. For those interested, this is the complete tracklist I chose for the show:

  1. The Duke Spirit – Surrender
  2. Ladytron – Mirage
  3. The Cure – A Japanese Dream
  4. The Pixies – Hang Wire
  5. Sleater-Kinney – Youth Decay
  6. …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Caterwaul
  7. Prince – Electric Chair
  8. PJ Harvey – You Said Something
  9. Veruca Salt – Seether
  10. The Bird and the Bee – Polite Dance Song
  11. The Warlocks – It’s Just Like Surgery
  12. Giant Drag – Messif My Face
  13. The Corin Tucker Band – Newskowin
  14. Joy Zipper – If I’m Right
  15. The Dandy Warhols – Talk Radio

I’ll do up an iTunes/Spotify playlist for that later this week.

New release: THE SENTINEL episode 1

VS Comics #4 is out now, and so begins my first comic, The Sentinel!

The Sentinel is a crime/urban fantasy set in Prohibition New York (you can probably sense a theme here), and is about a rookie cop who is killed and resurrected as an Egyptian god of vengeance. With art by Nathan Ashworth, letters by Mike Stock, and edited by Ned Hartley, The Sentinel is pulp adventure in 6-page bites, and alongside episode 1 there’s an interview with me where I talk more about my writing and the comic. All that, and three other stories, for £2. Grab it!

Couple of links have popped up recently:

This Saturday I’m on 89 Chapters, the book show on CityFM89 based in Karachi, Pakistan. Hosted by the wonderful Mavesh, we talked for an hour about books, writing and music, and I had a blast. The show airs 2pm local time, which is 10am Saturday in the UK – you can listen to it live on air, and afterwards the show will be available to stream from the 89 Chapters website. I’ll put the link up for that once I have it.

Sir Julius Vogel Award shortlist 2013: EMPIRE STATE for Best Novel and Best New Talent nomination

I’m chuffed to bits to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year in two categories: Empire State is in the shortlist for Best New Novel, and I’m in the shortlist for Best New Talent.

The full list of nominations can be found here. My congratulations to everyone on the ballot!

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given out by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand; eligible voters are members of SFFANZ or Au Contraire, the NZ national science fiction convention, which is being held on 12-14th July in Wellington.

My thanks to everyone who nominated me! Not a bad way to start the day, really…

THE AGE ATOMIC: New reviews, interview, and a book giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who came to the UK launch of The Age Atomic last Thursday night at Forbidden Planet – I really appreciated it, particularly considering the snow, and the fact that the Central Line decided to pack up about an hour beforehand. I’ll post some photos later this week, but it was fun! The limited edition hardcovers of The Age Atomic and Empire State are gorgeous – if you snagged one, make sure you take off the dust jacket and check out the foiled spine!

Some new reviews of The Age Atomic have popped up:

 Christopher provides a fast-paced novel which juggles high stakes and personal quests with great aplomb
A wonderful novel, The Age Atomic proves that Adam Christopher can write sequels just as well as anyone. The most fun read of 2013 so far, and one of the best.

The Age Atomic is a glorious and joyous ode to the pulp science fiction of old. Awesome fun, from start to finish, just straight up, pure entertainment.

There’s also a new interview with me up at My Bookish Ways, where I talk about The Age Atomic, my writing process, and my favourite books. They are also hosting a giveaway for both The Age Atomic and Empire State – you have two days left to enter, and it is open to residents of the US, Canada and Europe. Full details after the interview!