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THE MACHINE AWAKES is out in the UK (and just about everywhere else) today!

Following the North American release on Tuesday, The Machine Awakes, the second in the Spider Wars trilogy, is now out in the rest of the English-speaking world from Titan books. And, to tingle the senses of those of us with the collector gene, it has this rather striking cover:

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

The Machine Awakes at Amazon.co.uk
The Machine Awakes at Waterstones
The Machine Awakes at Hive
The Machine Awakes at WH Smiths
The Machine Awakes at Foyles
The Machine Awakes at Blackwell’s
The Machine Awakes at iBooks UK

Titan are also publishers of the first book, The Burning Dark, which you can find out about here.

Yesterday, SciFiBulletin posted this rather nice review of The Machine Awakes, awarding the book 8/10 and saying:

Adam Christopher’s second book in his Spider Wars saga blends tropes of the detective story, space opera and political thriller into a highly engaging novel.

Hey, I’ll take that!

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!

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.

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.

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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!

HANG WIRE ARCs, pre-order contest pre-announcement, Forbidden Planet International’s Best of 2013

So this year is going pretty fast, right? But that’s okay… they say it’s the good years that fly by. I’m not sure who “they” are, but I’ll take that.

I’ve been immersed in my current work-in-progress, The Jovian Conspiracy. It’s book 2 of what is vaguely called The Spider Wars (although that’s more a catch-all rather than an official series title), the first instalment of which – The Burning Dark – is out in about four months. I’m hoping to have the first draft of The Jovian Conspiracy done by the end of the year, but we’ll see.

Meanwhile, physical ARCs of Hang Wire went out into the world, as seen here. Hang Wire is out from Angry Robot in February 2014, and you can find out more about it here. eARCs also went up on NetGalley – not sure how long they stay online, but I have a feeling the physical ARCs are in limited supply, so get in while you can.

Having two books out almost at once is a bit of a juggling act – both are available for pre-order from most places. But to keep things interesting, I’ve got a contest bubbling away. It’ll launch in the New Year, but hang on to your pre-order receipts, because you’ll need them to enter. Every pre-order of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark gets you an entry; pre-order both, you get four entries. And the prize pack is quite something, let me tell you. Seriously. Full details coming in January!

Finally, seeing as it’s that time of year, over at Forbidden Planet International I give a little rundown of how my 2013 went, and pick out some highlights of the year from comics, books and TV. So if you’re looking for some Christmas present recommendations, you’d do worse than checking out my best of for the year.