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Will Staehle wins the Kitschies Inky Tentacle for THE AGE ATOMIC cover!

Wednesday night I trotted down to London to attend the Kitschies, which are rapidly becoming the coolest and most distinguished genre awards outside the Arthur C. Clarkes. As I posted when the shortlist went up, Will Staehle’s marvellous cover for The Age Atomic was in for the Inky Tentacle award for best cover art.


And… it won!

Myself and Angry Robot senior editor Lee Harris accepted the award on Will’s behalf, and then we drank lots of prosecco afterwards. Alas, the prize – a handmade tentacle trophy, a bottle of The Kraken rum – were not mine to keep, so I spent most of the evening living vicariously through the talent of Will and looking after them for him before they were taken away to be shipped to the actual winner.

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But, I’m chuffed. The cover for The Age Atomic is one of my favourites that Will has done – and coincidentally it’s probably the favourite of the books I’ve written so far – so to have it honoured in this way is pretty gosh-darned cool. My thanks to Marc Gascoigne at Angry Robot for pairing me up with Will in the first place, and to Will himself for being a genius designer and a jolly nice fellow to work with.

And congratulations to the other winners! It was a fun night – details of the winners and some write ups of the event can be found here, here, here, here and here.

You can also hear a slightly drunken interview with me recorded during the after party over at Geek Syndicate’s AudioBoo page.


Will Staehle’s cover for THE AGE ATOMIC shortlisted for the Kitchies Inky Tentacle cover art award

Some super-duper news this morning.

The luminously green and wonderful cover for The Age Atomic, designed by the also luminous and wonderful Will Staehle, is on the shortlist for this year’s Inky Tentacle, the cover art award of the Kitchies.


I’m over the moon that the cover has been recognised in this way. As I have blogged many, many times, I’m a huge fan of Will Staehle, and I consider myself to be supremely lucky that his work has graced the covers of, so far, all of my published novels, both at Angry Robot and at Tor. The Age Atomic is a particular favourite of mine, and the cover out of a selection of about five that I really, really wanted to have on the book. Stylistically, it matches the cover of Empire State, and the atomic green glow not only suits the story within, but really stands out on the shelf.


The other amazing covers shortlisted can be found here.

The full list of Kitchies nominees can be found here. I’ll be accompanying Angry Robot editor Lee Harris to the award ceremony, which takes place in London on Wednesday, February 12th.

Best of luck to Will!



Lots of stuff has popped up online recently, so here’s a quick little rundown. But before we get into the links, the joint Angry Robot Books/Titan Books launch of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark now has a Facebook event page. You don’t need tickets, and you don’t even need to register on the Facebook page, but it does give us a indication of potential numbers. Remember, there will be giveaways, and something fancy to drink! This is also your chance to get The Burning Dark three weeks before it goes on general sale.

Reviews of Hang Wire are starting to come in:

Booklist – as previously mentioned – gave the book a starred review, saying…

There’s a lot going in this genre-bender…  Christopher fulfils our expectations and more.  Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.

The March 2014 issue of SFX Magazine features a review, and they say…

The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.

Geek Syndicate say that Hang Wire is…

A very good piece of storytelling. A damn fine read.

Every Read Thing says…

It’s a fun novel with a hell of an interesting cast.

Kafka’s Cage says…

To put it simply, this is one of the best sci-fi novels in years. It’s a worthwhile experience and one that beats any number of Hollywood Blockbusters for pure originality and panache. A fantastic read.

Just a Guy That Likes To Read says…

There’s only so much praise you can heap on a book, and I’m going to lay it on thick here. Hang Wire is a damn cool book. It’s the perfect example of deep and well thought-out characterisation, diversification, multi dimensional plotting, and clever (and at times poetic) writing. Each chapter could easily read as a self contained short story yet it’s the intrinsically well linked and overlapping plot that binds these gems into a greater beast that dares the reader to tame it – be warned, you can’t… and you’ll love Adam Christopher for it.

Bibliophile says…

It’s an absorbing read. Definitely an enjoyable one, and worth picking up when it comes out.

Both Hang Wire and The Burning Dark have appeared on a number of “Most Anticipated Novel” lists for 2014, including:

Additionally, The Age Atomic has appeared on two “Best Of 2013” novel lists:

And finally, don’t forget that if you pre-order Hang Wire and/or The Burning Dark, you can go into the draw to win thirteen signed books. The contest is open worldwide, and details can be found here.

2014 award eligibility

It’s the time of year again. Nomination windows for various awards – the Hugos, Nebulas, BSFA, BFS, Sir Julius Vogel Awards, etc – are now open.

This post is going to be short, as I didn’t have much out in 2013!

My novel The Age Atomic, published by Angry Robot Books in April 2013, is eligible for Best Novel.


Will Staehle, the cover artist, is eligible for Best Artist or Best Cover (as applicable).

My editor, Lee Harris, is eligible for Best Editor (Long Form).

I’m also in my second year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. I managed 12th place on the long list last year, so… you never know! I’ll be posting more about the Campbell Award later, as there are a lot of writers eligible for it, and lots of cool samples and content to try. You can see a sample of names over at Fran Wilde’s blog.

Likewise, I’m also in my second year of eligibility for Best New Talent in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

And… that’s it! I’ll have more in 2014, but 2013 was on the quiet side for me.

I’m going to keep this post updated with other eligibility announcements from friends and writers. So far, we’ve got (alphabetical by first letter):

And more to come!

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:


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


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.



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.


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!

Linky links, a competition, appearances and a website update

So! Stuff I have been meaning to post for a while:

If you’ve enjoyed Seven Wonders, you’ll get a wry smile from these; if you’ve not yet tried the book, you get a flavour of Christopher’s approach.

Readers who want “that little bit more” from their storytelling should check this out. Recommended.

And the other stuff:

  • I’ve shifted some stuff around on my website – Books now has a new landing page, and each title’s individual page has had a makeover. If I’ve left anything out, or you see anything odd, please holler!
  • I’ve updated my appearances for 2013 – next up is Edge Lit 2, being held at the QUAD in Derby next month. The schedule for the one-day event is online – I’ll post more details about that next week.

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, 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.