Tom Pollock in Neil Gaiman’s Guardian Books Podcast

Tom Pollock, author of London-based fantasies The City’s Son, and The Glass Republic, was interviewed for Neil Gaiman’s Weird London podcast for the Guardian.

The podcast

heads into strange territory, guided by the Books site’s editor-for-a-day, Neil Gaiman.

First, we follow Damien Walter on the trail of Weird London, a parallel city that has been built on the banks of another Thames by writers of fantasy fiction. He explores why the capital has made such fertile ground for writers who look beyond the real, along with Tom Pollock, M John Harrison and the owner of the Atlantis Bookshop, Geraldine Beskin.

You can listen to the podcast here. Damian Walter interviews Tom at 2:43 minutes in.

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David Gullen Reviews for Arc Magazine

David Gullen reviewed Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White for Arc Magazine. The book is the first novel ever published by London’s Science Museum, and David says it’s a “a triumph of controlled anger”.

Part fiction, part historical narrative, part science journalism, Shackleton’s Man Goes South depicts an adventure as magnificent and dreadful as Scott’s or Shackleton’s. Commissioned by the Science Museum as part of a five-year programme of contemporary art on the subject of climate, this is a book about going forwards by going back. Characters in the future echo those from the past; as clues from fossils and ice cores tell us about a warmer past, and hint at the future.

You can read the complete review at Arc magazine here.

“Shopocalypse” Gets a Cover

David Gullen‘s début novel, Shopocalypse, will be coming out from Clarion Publishing later this year. Ben Baldwin designed the cover which features Mr. Car, a favourite character among the T-Party beta readers.

Meet Mr. Car!

Here’s what Clarion have to say about Shopocalypse:

Novik and Josie have a lot of catching up to do. After two years in jail she has waited for his release and never ever wants him to go back in again. In the America of the near-future, being a decent person can cost you dearly.

A stress-filled encounter with some “Old-fashioned Boys” at a chain eatery turns their best of intentions upside-down: they’re now on the run and in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Shopocalyptic road trip, anyone?

David Gullen has written a witty and observant novel that effortlessly waves a tale of geo-political destabilisation, shopping, performance art police, well-meaning automobiles, cool killer robots, eco-terrorists, and the importance of storage-space.

Watch this space for news of the publication date!

Babylon Steel’s Second Outing

Babylon Steel, brothel owner and swordswoman, returns early in 2013 in the second book in Gaie Sebold’s series, Dangerous Gifts. Here’s a look at the gorgeous cover by Jake Murray.  Ms. Sebold talks about it and shares her thoughts on the importance of covers in general here.

Cover for Dangerous Gifts

The publisher, Solaris, says:

Babylon Steel runs the best brothel in Scalentine, city of portals. She’s escaped her past and it’s all going pretty well. Apart, that is, from the racial conflict and economic misery boiling up in Scalentine.

Her lover, Chief Bitternut of the City Militia, is trying to keep the lid on, while hunting a killer whose real target is a lot closer than he knows. Just as things are getting really tense, Babylon is forced to take another job.  Bodyguard to Enthemmerlee Entaire: symbol of hope or object of disgust for most of her country’s population, and a prime target for assassination, along with anyone who happens to be in the way. Such as her bodyguard.

Unintentionally dragging a very annoyed government employee along in her wake, Babylon struggles to turn Enthemmerlee’s squabbling household guard from liability into security, dodge the rigid Moral Statutes of Incandress, and keep both herself and her client alive.  She soon realises that the situation is far worse than she thought, her past hasn’t quite let go of her yet, and she will be driven to a choice that will have far-reaching consequences…

Dangerous Gifts is available for pre-order from amazon and Simon & Schuster.

“Fade to Black” Gets a Cover

Check out the atmospheric cover for Francis Knight‘s debut novel, Fade to Black, to be published by Orbit in February 2013.

Fade to Black Cover

Orbit  said:

“We jumped at the chance to publish Fade to Black – because the world that Francis has created just blew us away. It’s both awe-inspiring and vertigo-inducing, and Rojan’s tale makes the story just un-damn-put-downable. Think of the murky atmosphere of Sin City, filled with the action and pace of Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch.”

You can read more about the book and its noirish world of Mahala here. And if you like what you see, it’s available for pre-order on amazon now.