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COLD WAR gets a release date!

I’ve got at least two books out this year – Hang Wire and The Burning Dark – but also a couple of other things. The first of which is Cold War, a standalone novelette set in the universe of The Burning Dark.


From the official announcement:

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

Cold War, edited by Paul Stevens and illustrated by Victor Mosquerra, will be out on Tuesday, 25th February!

Coming soon to… COLD WAR!

Seeing as posted this on Facebook this afternoon, it seems safe enough to announce.

Cold War is a novelette set in the universe of The Burning Dark. It’s a standalone story, and will be published on in March 2014.

Art by Victor Mosquera.


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

My thanks to my editor, Paul Stevens, and Tor’s Art Director, Irene Gallo. “Novelette”, in case you were wondering, is a strange little category of fiction, encompassing fiction between 7,500 and 17,500 words in length. Cold War is squarely in the middle at 11,000 words.

New book cover… and new book deal!

That thing where you’ve been sitting on news for ages and you’re just dying to tell EVERYONE?

Yeah, that.

And that other thing where you’ve got something completely awesome to show off and you have to sit and wait until the stars are right?

That too.

But… today, the stars are right.

Over at, you can see the cover for my forthcoming novel, The Burning Dark. It’s a dark space opera, and is out in March 2014. You can even pre-order it from Amazon here! I’m not sure about other retailers yet, but I’ll keep an eye out.

And… I love it! I absolutely, totally adore it. The cover is by Will Staehle, and manages to capture everything about the story – theme, plot, atmosphere, the works. I’m extremely lucky to have another cover by Will – he’s done all of my Angry Robot covers, and to have him do my Tor covers as well is terrific, giving me a unified style across both publishers. From a bookseller’s perspective, this is great, because most readers don’t really pay that much attention to the publisher’s badge on the book. But with Will’s work, I’ve got continuity from one publisher to the other – an unusual position to be in, I guess – and one that works brilliantly for everyone.

If you head over to for the full-sized version, you can see what Tor’s Art Director Irene Gallo has to say about the process behind the cover selection, along with some of Will’s other concepts. Here’s the book blurb:

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned subspace radio, only to tune into a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?

And after all that, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed another book deal with Tor, for two more novels set in the same universe as The Burning Dark. Although the titles and dates are subject to change, The Jovian Conspiracy will be out in March 2015, with The Stars Below out in March 2016.

But more on those later!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an inordinate amount of Snoopy dancing to do…


August PSA, SEVEN WONDERS extract and giveaway, and the Blog North Awards

I need to start with a little PSA first: I have a book coming out this month/early September (Seven Wonders), and I also have a book I need to finish (The Age Atomic), which means my online time for the next few weeks is basically going to be limited to news and updates related to the former. That, I’m afraid, is just the way it is during a publication month! So, without further ado…

  • Over at you can read an exclusive extract from Seven Wonders!
  • Over at All Things Urban Fantasy, take a trip to San Ventura, California, with one of the stars of the book, Jeannie, in Deadly Destinations. And while you’re there, I’m answering questions about Seven Wonders, and writing in general, in the comments – feel free to join in!
  • And All Things Urban Fantasy are giving away two copies of Seven Wonders as well – see the Deadly Destinations post for more information and your chance to enter. The competition is running for a month.
  • And finally, over at Angry Robot, I give a rundown of my five favourite superheroes… there may be a surprise or two in there!

There’s a couple of important event announcements to make as well. The other day I mentioned I am going to be a guest at the Morley Literature Festival in October (details here) –  I’m also pleased to announce that I’m guest of honour the same month at the Blog North Awards, which are being held at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on Wednesday, October 17th, at 7.30pm. I’ll be doing a reading alongside the other guests, and will take part in an on-stage interview and Q&A. You need to get tickets for this (£6/£4 concessions) – you can find all the information about the event, and buy your tickets, from here.

I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

Halloween is my favourite seasonal event, and yesterday over at, I gave ten reasons why Ghostbusters is the best film ever. Please to enjoy!