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THE MACHINE AWAKES is out in North America today!

Book 2 of 2015 is out in North America today – The Machine Awakes, the second in the Spider Wars trilogy, is published by Tor in the US and Canada, and has a rather snazzy cover by Will Staehle that looks like this:

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The Machine Awakes is available at your favourite bookstore – here are some handy links:

The Machine Awakes at Amazon.com
The Machine Awakes at Barnes & Noble
The Machine Awakes at Indiebound
The Machine Awakes at Powell’s
The Machine Awakes at iBooks US

If you missed the first book, The Burning Dark, it’s now out in trade paperback in North America too.

The Machine Awakes hits the rest of the English-speaking world on Thursday – stay tuned!

52 blogs of 2015 | #4 | Award eligibility

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Various awards are open for nomination, including the Hugos and the Nebulas, the BFS and BSFAs, etc, and I’ve already been surprised and quite delighted to find The Burning Dark is on the preliminary ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards (go, little book, go!).

So here’s my list of stuff of mine from 2014 that is eligible for nomination, should anyone wish to do so.

Novel

Novelette/short story (depends on the award)

Art

I can also remind folk that Brisk Money–the prequel of sorts to my forthcoming novel Made to Kill–can also be found in Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014 anthology. And I must say, I do like that story quite a lot, and I do believe the artwork that accompanies it by Gerard Dubois is a genuine bona fide oil painting…

 

Exciting December round-up of pretty great stuff!

The year is almost over. I still have tonnes to do! And… I haven’t blogged much, because BUSY.

But there’s some cool stuff happening, and I’ll have plenty to talk about soon — when I’m allowed to talk about it! — so in the meantime here’s a collection of link to some neat things me and my friends are doing:

  • The Burning Dark gets a nice mention in the Tor.com reviewer’s round-up of 2014! Huzzah!
  • Brisk Money, the novelette prequel to the forthcoming LA Trilogy, has been included in this year’s Best of Tor.com short fiction! This anthology of selected stories from the site will be out in January, and it’s absolutely 100% free! I’m delighted to be included in it this year — I kinda love Brisk Money, and this is one thing to tick off the writerly bucket list.
  • Free Comic Book Day 2015 is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, and Dark Circle Comics will be a part of it with a special preview sampler, featuring The Fox, Black Hood, and The Shield. And… that’s another bucket list item checked! I’ll also be doing a FCBD event, details of which I’ll post closer to the time.
  • Speaking of The Shield, co-writer Chuck Wendig and I recently spoke to Women Write About Comics about the book.
  • And just yesterday, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater did a Reddit AMA and answered questions about all corners of the Archie universe… including Dark Circle. He revealed that The Shield #1 is due for April 2015, and I popped in to say I’d be at the San Diego Comic Con International in July!
  • My friend Paul Cornell has started his annual 12 Blogs of Christmas, something I look forward to reading every year. His post about Fortean photographs stirs a part of my brain that was terrified as a child by Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers, and he’s also broken the news that his first collection of short fiction is coming next year from NewCon Press. I’m looking forward to that!
  • And if you’re not listening to Emma Newman‘s Tea and Jeopardy Advent Calendar 2014, then you need to rectify the situation. This daily mini-podcast has become a highlight for me, and if they don’t win the Hugo Award for Best Fancast in 2015 then I shall be very cross.
  • Finally today, one of my favourite bands, The Bird and the Bee, have released their Christmas tunes online for free — their version of The 12 Days of Christmas (with a new chord progression at each verse repetition) is well worth a listen.

And that’s it for now. See you soon for some news…

The state of the writer, autumn 2014 edition

Phew. Not dead, just working. And maybe pining for the fjords just a little.

So, WorldCon (and Nine Worlds and Fantasy in the Court) happened about a million years ago and was Fun Times and included highlights such as seeing my book cover on a cake…

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…then meeting David Tennant…

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…before escorting Gail Carriger to the Hugo Award ceremony…

©2014 John O'Halloran johno@tyedye.org(photograph ©2014 John O’Halloran, used with permission)

And with convention season a distant memory, it’s time to take stock of what I’m actually working on at the moment:

  • Writing the first book in The LA Trilogy, about a robot “detective” in 1960s Hollywood. I say “detective” because… well, you need to go read the prequel novelette, Brisk Money, which is up on Tor.com. The events of book 1 – which has a title, albeit one I shall keep to myself a little longer – follow from this, indirectly, and will be out in September 2015.
  • Copyediting The Machine Awakes, the second book in the Spider Wars sequence, following on from The Burning Dark. It’s not a direct sequel, but what happened in the first book certainly had repercussions. The Machine Awakes will be out in April 2015.
  • Writing The Shield with my co-conspirator Chuck Wendig. While everything is swathed in secrecy at the moment, I think we should be able to give you some more info and even show a little artwork very soon. And in the meantime, you can find us at our shared comics tumblr, Adam And Chuck Make Comics.
  • Editing the big secret novel. I’ve been dropping hints about this for about three months and it still hasn’t been announced, but hot dang, I’m looking forward to being able to talk about this book. It even has a secret cover. More on that when I’m allowed to spill the beans.
  • I’ve also got a comic short on the boil – this is something of a long-term project with a good artist friend of mine. Alas, nothing I can talk about yet. Again.

All of which is keeping me pretty busy, but in a rather exciting kind of way. I’m off to London tomorrow for two days of meetings, but I’ll be back later in the week to post more info on some of the above projects.

 

Cover and synopsis for THE MACHINE AWAKES

As an author, one thing that never gets old is seeing a cover for a new book. And with Tor, I’m super lucky to have Art Director Irene Gallo and designer extraordinaire Will Staehle looking after me.

Over at SF Signal, they revealed the cover for The Machine Awakes, the second book in the Spider Wars sequence that begins with The Burning Dark. Click to enlarge!


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As humanity fights a destructive mechanical race, a government agent finds a conspiracy far closer to home in this far future space opera set in the Spider War universe of The Burning Dark.

In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders—a machine race capable of tearing planets apart—the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral’s secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track.

When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral’s replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet’s own, a psi-marine and decorated hero—a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front.

As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims linked to terrorist atrocities across the whole of Fleetspace, is determined to uncover.

But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry.

The Spiders are near.


The Machine Awakes is out April 2015.

Direct link for UK Kindle edition of THE BURNING DARK

I’ve had lots of people asking where the UK ebook of The Burning Dark is, as it’s not showing against my name on Amazon.co.uk.

It turns out it is there, it’s just not linked to me or the paperback edition yet. This will apparently correct itself over the next 48 hours, but in the meantime this is the direct link.

The book will also be available in Apple’s iBookstore and on the Kobo, as soon as those approvals are cleared. From past experience, those stores always take a while to put stuff online.

If you can spread the word, that would be great!

 

THE BURNING DARK published in the UK today!

The Burning Dark was published in the US and Canada on Tuesday, and today it’s the turn of the gorgeous Titan Books paperback here in the UK!

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Amazon | Forbidden Planet (signed!) | Waterstones | Foyle’s | Blackwell’s

Excerpt 1 | Excerpt 2

Read the free tie-in novelette, Cold War.

Here’s what people have been saying about it:

“This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Adam Christopher builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on.”
— Library Journal, starred review

“An exciting novel from an exciting new voice in SF.”
— Booklist

“Christopher is a very good writer, with a strong sense of craft and imagery… the suspense and tension are there from the get-go and don’t let up until the very end. Once the book got going, I raced through it, reluctant to put it down.”
— Tor.com

“A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.”
— SFX Magazine

“With The Burning Dark, Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comic book fans to catch. Not to be missed.”
— James LovegroveNew York Times bestselling author of the Pantheon series

“A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.”
— Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion – Razor’s Edge

“A creepy mystery embedded in a classic SF setting that’ll make you shiver…”
— Tobias S. BuckellNew York Times bestselling author

“Christopher puts sci-fi in a metaphysical choke-hold — The Burning Dark makes reality tap out.”
— Scott SiglerNew York Times bestselling author

“Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Adam Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre.”
— V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious

“Christopher mines the terror of a setting that feels both tremendously vast and nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. The Burning Dark will have readers hesitating before glancing at the night sky or turning on their radios.”
— Robert Jackson Bennett, author of Mr. Shivers and American Elsewhere

“With this creepy and compelling mystery, Adam Christopher demonstrates why he’s one of the most original and exciting writers working in the genre right now.”
— Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection

“Christopher is writing science-fiction unlike anyone else – tense, unsettling, and grounded in a universe full of danger and mystery. The Burning Dark slips a cold, gloved hand around your heart and doesn’t let go.”
— Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise

And that’s me for the year! Two books in two months… phew. Remember, if you read The Burning Dark, and you enjoy it, feel free to leave a review somewhere. They’re really useful for writers!

THE BURNING DARK post-US, pre-UK launch link round-up!

The Burning Dark came out in the US and Canada on Tuesday, and it’s out in the UK on Friday. Yay!

Which means this is the couple of days in-between where I kinda twiddle my thumbs and contemplate my quite frankly terrifying work schedule… but more on that later.

Some links!

  • Over at John Scalzi’s The Big Idea, I talk about a simple question which inspired The Burning Dark.
  • Over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit, I take a look at the backstory of the characters in the book.
  • Over at Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds.com, I talk about five things I learned while writing the book.
  • Over at Emma Newman’s Tea and Jeopardy podcast, I sit down to talk about music, The Burning Dark, and help defeat the Anti-Cake League!

Some reviews!

The Burning Dark brings all sorts of fantastic elements to the table, Japanese folklore, ghosts, vengeance, deep space travel, horror and a touch of government coverups! These things when combined made for a most excellent and unsettling story… It was a ghost story, one that makes me cautious of the sound of white noise and leaving the radio on.

An excellent book that reads like a haunted house novel in space. Very cinematic, reading like a thriller – The Burning Dark looks different from Christopher’s previous novels and really works – this is one book that you won’t want to miss. Recommended.

It would shock me greatly if The Burning Dark isn’t optioned into a film at some point… for fans of hard science fiction, The Burning Dark should scratch that persistent technolust itch… when all is said and done, readers are in for a sci-fi horror tale in the vein of Solaris or Event Horizon.

And finally, a contest! Tor Books are giving away one copy of the US hardcover edition of The Burning Dark, plus a poster of the cover art, to one lucky winner in the US and Canada. The contest closes 1st April – head over to this blog post to enter!

 

THE BURNING DARK published in the US and Canada today!

The Burning Dark, a “haunted” space opera – the first in the Spider Wars series – and my first hardcover release from Tor Books, is out in the US and Canada today!

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Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell’s

Excerpt 1 | Excerpt 2

Read the free tie-in novelette, Cold War.

Here’s what people have been saying about it:

“This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Adam Christopher builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on.”
— Library Journal, starred review

“An exciting novel from an exciting new voice in SF.”
— Booklist

“Christopher is a very good writer, with a strong sense of craft and imagery… the suspense and tension are there from the get-go and don’t let up until the very end. Once the book got going, I raced through it, reluctant to put it down.”
— Tor.com

“A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.”
— SFX Magazine

“With The Burning Dark, Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow’ moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comic book fans to catch. Not to be missed.”
— James LovegroveNew York Times bestselling author of the Pantheon series

“A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.”
— Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion – Razor’s Edge

“A creepy mystery embedded in a classic SF setting that’ll make you shiver…”
— Tobias S. BuckellNew York Times bestselling author

“Christopher puts sci-fi in a metaphysical choke-hold — The Burning Dark makes reality tap out.”
— Scott SiglerNew York Times bestselling author

“Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Adam Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre.”
— V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious

“Christopher mines the terror of a setting that feels both tremendously vast and nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. The Burning Dark will have readers hesitating before glancing at the night sky or turning on their radios.”
— Robert Jackson Bennett, author of Mr. Shivers and American Elsewhere

“With this creepy and compelling mystery, Adam Christopher demonstrates why he’s one of the most original and exciting writers working in the genre right now.”
— Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection

“Christopher is writing science-fiction unlike anyone else – tense, unsettling, and grounded in a universe full of danger and mystery. The Burning Dark slips a cold, gloved hand around your heart and doesn’t let go.”
— Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise

And remember, if you read it, and enjoy it, throw a review online somewhere – they’re a big help, trust me!

German sale of THE BURNING DARK

The Burning Dark is out tomorrow. Amagad! That came around pretty quick…

Today I’m pleased to announce that the book will also be heading to Germany, as posted in Publisher’s Marketplace over the weekend!

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Cross Cult are a pretty cool imprint, publishing a whole bunch of cool books and graphic novels, including Star Trek, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Saga, among many others. I’m pretty happy that The Burning Dark has found a home there!