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STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY is out now!

The Ray Electromatic Mysteries return today with Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella from Tor.com Publishing. This standalone story is set between the events of the first novel in the series — Made to Kill — and the second — Killing Is My Business — which is out on July 25th.


“Combines classic Chandlerian noir with vintage sci-fi with brilliant results: Ray the Robot, a contract killer with glimmers of half-remembered conscience, will break your heart. Truly original, and deeply satisfying.”

— Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.

Honey.

As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.

But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal―or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?

Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.

Available wherever books are sold, including:
Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks US
iBooks UKBooks-A-MillionPowell’s | IndieBound


Standard Hollywood Depravity is out in print and digital – and as a bonus, the ebook version comes bundled with the very first novelette, Ray’s origin story, Brisk Money.

And if you want a taster, Tor.com has an exclusive extract from Standard Hollywood Depravity, right here.

Ray will be back in July with Killing Is My Business!

Book releases 2017

Looks like 2017 is going to be a big one for me – I seem to have four books out this year. I have no idea how this happened, but hey, let’s roll with it.

First up is Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella in the Ray Electromatic Mystery series, out March 7th from Tor.com in ebook and trade paperback. Set between the first novel in the series, Made to Kill, and the forthcoming follow-up Killing Is My Business, Standard Hollywood Depravity is a standalone story, albeit one with a couple of touches that link it to the main story arc.


“Combines classic Chandlerian noir with vintage sci-fi with brilliant results: Ray the Robot, a contract killer with glimmers of half-remembered conscience, will break your heart. Truly original, and deeply satisfying.”

— Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself

The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.

Honey.

As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.

But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal―or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?

Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.

Pre-order at:
Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks US
iBooks UKBooks-A-MillionPowell’s | IndieBound 


While Standard Hollywood Depravity is a new story, readers of the ebook version will get a little bonus, as the digital edition comes bundled with the very first novelette, Brisk Money, which introduces Ray and Ada and their dirty little operation.

Out July 25th is the second Ray Electromatic Mystery novel, Killing Is My Business.


“Delivers like a punch from a two-ton robot in a zoot suit.”
― Lila Bowen, award-winning author of Wake of Vultures

“Humor, action, and heart: everything I’ve come to expect from an Adam Christopher book,
and then some. A marvelous read!”
― Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of Zero World

“Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at ‘Hello.'”
— John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author

Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hitman–and last robot left in working order–Raymond Electromatic.

But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in the latest in Christopher’s robot noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.

Pre-order at:
Amazon USBarnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
Powell’s | IndieBound | iBooks US


Note that UK order links for Killing Is My Business are not yet live. I’ll update the blog when they go up.

Also out in July is the second Dishonored novel, following from last year’s The Corroded Man. It’s a standalone story, and while the title is currently a very closely guarded secret, I have a feeling fans of the Dishonored universe are going to be pretty excited about this one. I’ll reveal the title, cover, and full jacket copy once I have them.

The fourth book out in 2017 is the third Dishonored novel. More information, including the publication date, when I have it.

Phew! That’s a lot of books… better get back to work…

The Doctor Who comics of Alan Moore, and DISHONORED book announcement

Couple o’ things.

Over at Tor.com, I take a look at the Doctor Who comics of Alan Moore. Moore, better known as the writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and other groundbreaking titles, actually started writing back-up strips for Doctor Who Weekly magazine back in the early 1980s. Reviewing the stories was pretty fun, and you can check it out over here.

In other news, Bethesda announced a comic and novel tie-in series for the console/PC game Dishonored. As it happens, I’ve written the first book, which comes with this rather fetching cover. Click to embiggen it in all its glory!

The cover says not final, but I doubt it will change much.

Dishonored: The Corroded Man is out in September from your usual favourite bookstores. The full press release for the comics and novel can be read here.

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…

Now available: SOME OF THE BEST FROM TOR.COM

Today sees the release of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of 26 original stories – with original artwork! – from Tor.com’s class of 2014 fiction. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty delighted to have my novelette Brisk Money included, in what really is an astounding collection. I mean, just look at the contents:

You can read more about it at Tor.com. The collection is available now at Amazon, with other online retailers loading it up shortly. It is also entirely, 100% free.

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.

 

THE LA TRILOGY starts today with the prequel novelette, BRISK MONEY!

Today is the day! My new novelette, Brisk Money, is up at Tor.com!


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“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.


Brisk Money is a prequel to The LA Trilogy, a set of three novels starring Raymond Electromatic, a robot PI, which you can learn more about here. The first volume is due out in late 2015.

And you know what? I really like Brisk Money a lot. It’s a lot of fun, and I hope people really enjoy it! It’s also available from iBooks and Amazon (UK | US) – please feel free to leave a review there!

Tor.com interview with me and Chuck Wendig about THE SHIELD

This week Chuck and I gave our first proper interview about The Shield, the superhero comic we are writing for Dark Circle Comics. You can check that out over at Tor.com!

Meanwhile, Dark Circle editor Alex Segura has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the relaunch of the whole line, while the new design of the Shield herself is given a once-over at Project: Rooftop.

Excite!

BRISK MONEY cover reveal!

On July 23rd, Tor.com publish my next novelette, Brisk Money. The official blurb is up, as is the cover art!


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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.


The illustration, by Gérard Dubois, is astonishing – it’s a painting. If you look at the detail in full-size, it’s just incredible.

I’m thrilled to have another story on Tor.com, who are the purveyors of some of the finest online fiction there is. My thanks to editor Paul Stevens, and also to Art Director Irene Gallo, who has pulled it out of the bag yet again with Gérard’s cover.

Brisk Money is a prequel to The LA Trilogy, a set of three novels starring Raymond Electromatic, a robot PI. The first one is due to drop from Tor in September 2015. You can find out more about how The LA Trilogy came about over at Tor.com.

COLD WAR now available at Tor.com!

Slowly getting back into the blog after a couple of crazy weeks.

Yesterday, I made my Tor.com fiction debut with a novelette! Cold War, as I’ve mentioned before, is a standalone episode set in the same universe as my forthcoming dark space opera, The Burning Dark, and features an amazing illustration by Victor Mosquerra (seriously, you should see it in high res, it’s incredible).

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“Dropped on a frozen planet under suspicious circumstances, a group of marines struggles to discover the true objective of their mission.”

Cold War reminds me that The Burning Dark is – as of yesterday – just one month away from publication. Eep! The pre-order contest is still running too – all you need to do is send me your order receipt for The Burning Dark, or Hang Wire, or both, and you’ll go into the draw to win a pack of 13 signed books. More details can be found at this link.

And if you can make it to the Forbidden Planet megastore in London next Thursday (March 6th) at 6pm, you’ll be able to grab a copy of the UK Titan edition of The Burning Dark nearly three weeks before the official release! There will also be fancy drinks (wild strawberry liqueur, anyone?) and prizes hidden inside fortune cookies! Also on that night we’ll be launching the limited edition hardcover of Hang Wire, with variant colour cover! If you can’t make it, you’ll find order links for signed copies of The Burning Dark, Hang Wire, and the Hang Wire hardcover here.