The Age Atomic

Angry Robot Books
April 2013

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See the teaser pages here.











“A blast for sci-fi fans… Christopher has let his imagination run wild, with some fantastic results.”

“Plays like Alan Moore interpreted by Michel Gondry, with President Eisenhower doing the voiceovers.”
Barnes & Noble

“The first novel revelled in 1930s noir movies and pulp fiction. This one – a worthy successor – touches on the Red Menace paranoia of the dawn of the nuclear era but has the same jazzy plotting and anything-goes attitude that made Empire State such an unalloyed pleasure.”
The Financial Times

“If you’re not careful, Adam Christopher will melt your face off with The Age Atomic: The heat of the prose pairs with searing action. This is fireball storytelling and a rare follow-up that’s better than its predecessor.”
 Chuck Wendig, author of BlackbirdsMockingbird and The Blue Blazes


The sequel to Empire State – the superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.

Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale.

As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total destruction of the Empire State.


“Christopher’s tightly plotted novel is a truly original debut that, while subtly referencing Orwell, Kafka, Marvel comics and Philip K Dick, manages to maintain its own distinctive tone – a genuine pathos and longing for something elusively other. Recommended.”
 The Guardian

“Suffused with a love for noir fiction and the golden age of American comic books, Christopher’s Empire State is something of a tour de force. If, somehow, Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick had collaborated on a Superman story, they might well have produced this novel.”
 The Financial Times

“Adam Christopher’s debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story… a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns that hearken to other plot turns. It’s often fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope… just feel it in all its weird glory.”
— Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“Stylish, sinister, and wickedly fun, Empire State is not your average sexy retro parallel universe superhero noir.”
— Lauren Beukes, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Zoo City

A daring, dreamlike, almost hallucinatory thriller, one that plays with the conventions of pulp fiction and superheroes like a cat with a ball of yarn.”
— Kurt Busiek, Eisner Award-winning writer of Astro City and Marvels

“Adam Christopher maintains a punchy, bestseller prose style that keeps the action rocketing along, and protagonists that seem right both in their own setting, and appropriate to what we already recognise as super heroes. Empire State is an excellent, involving read, and it fully deserves to be the start of a new universe.”
Paul Cornell, writer of Action Comics, Stormwatch and Demon Knights, and Doctor Who scriptwriter

“Down these steam driven streets a man must go… straight into a pocket universe of trouble. Brutal, knowing and deft, Adam Christopher delivers.”
— Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of The Fallen Blade

“From the first explosive rat-a-tat-tat of bullets to the very last twist and turn, Empire State surely cannot be a début novel. Adam Christopher must be playing with us, as this bears all the skill and patience of an experienced master craftsman at work. The fantastical dreams of Verne and Wells mixed with the noir reality of Spillane or Chandler, this is a book that doesn’t play by the rules – and is all the better for it.”
— Tony LeeDoctor Who comic writer and New York Times Bestselling Author.

“Adam Christopher’s Empire State is a fascinating debut novel that meshes noir sensibilities and science fiction together and keeps the reader guessing throughout. Empire State challenges the nature of reality and what it means to be a human being. Adam Christopher handles the intricacies of parallel worlds, time travel and suspense with a skill lacking in many more-seasoned authors.”
— Michael Stackpole, New York Times bestselling author of I, Jedi

“Destined to be a science fiction classic, Empire State is a breathtakingly original noir tale of intrigue, mystery, and quantum physics, deftly played out in storytelling so brilliant I’m finding it hard not to hate the author.”
— Diana Rowland, author of My Life as a White Trash Zombie

“From first to last page, Adam Christopher’s Empire State careens along at a furious pace. Along the way, he beautifully meshes the best noir tropes with science fiction and wraps it up in a world (or two) that rivals some of the classics of speculative fiction. Rad Bradley is an unforgettable character and you’ll breathlessly follow his journey, unraveling the mysteries and revelations contained in this brilliant debut. Empire State marks Adam Christopher as an author to watch! Would somebody give this guy a comic book to write, already?”
— John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods

Empire State doesn’t screw around. Murders, mysteries and multiple realities are just the icing atop this pulp noir cake: the action starts on the opening page but it isn’t long before you fall in love with the characters and the unique world Adam Christopher has built for them. Trust me when I say: you want to visit Empire State.”
— Chuck Wendig, author of Double Dead

“A double shot of jet-noir steampunk nitroglycerine – a startling, throat-grabbing novel that echoes Chandler, Auster and Mieville while blazing its own mind-bending trail and searing itself onto your memory.”
— Will Hill, author of Department 19

“With his debut novel, Adam Christopher creates a dark and gritty world, complete with with Prohibition-era gangsters, Tommy guns, and superheroes. Empire State is a story deeply rooted in noir tradition that hits you in the throat like a sucker punch.”
Matthew McBride, author of Frank Sinatra in a Blender

“With Empire State, Adam Christopher takes the noir genre and gives it a sexy gritty makeover that will make your head spin.”
Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist and Spectyr

“With Empire State, Adam Christopher has crafted a story both old-fashioned and modern in its sensibilities, where hard-boiled detectives meet pulp superheroes in a science fiction mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Christopher has channelled Mickey Spillane, Jules Verne, and Gardner Fox to tell a story that would be perfect for Joe Johnston to direct on the big screen. All in all, a fantastic and thrilling read that takes off running and never stops – long live the Empire State!”
— Professor Mark D. White, co-editor, Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

“Fast-paced and intricately woven, Adam Christopher’s debut mixes Sam Spade noir with the comic book superheroes we all grew up loving. Packed with action and a secret that could unravel the world, Empire State will keep you turning the pages and cheering on the most unlikely of heroes. With a debut this exciting, I can’t wait to see what Adam comes up with next.”
— Joelle Charbonneau, author of Skating Over The Line and Skating Around The Law

Empire State is an exuberant homage to the superhero genre powered by a fabulous noir plot and wrapped up with a retro science fiction sensibility. It’s effortlessly inventive and thoroughly entertaining. I’m already looking forward to the next work from this assured new writer.”
Maura McHugh

“Complex and creative, Empire State introduces the reader to a world of noir superheroes and multi-dimensional conspiracies. An engaging, entertaining read.”
— Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True/Tempest series.

  • Hi, just finished the first one and started on this one. Great book, love the mash up of styles. Any more plans on revisiting the Empire State?

  • Glad to hear you are enjoying it. No current plans to revisit the series but… I have ideas 🙂

  • Ever thought about bringing it to a different medium? The books screams “COMIC BOOK” and series like Boardwalk Empire already proved that this era translates well to the small screen…