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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Going speculative...

On the forthcoming new novel, When the Children Come, I decided the overall premise wasn't 'speculative' enough, as in thought-provoking. Essentially the book starts off with a kind of Birdbox feel, then transitions into scifi when an alien ship is detected in deep orbit. 
There are many potential reasons why aliens might come to Earth, and most of these have been done to death before, with such tropes as 'they want to eat us, they want our water, our planet, they want to destroy us because aliens are just plain nasty,' etc. I've already used a variant of one of these for the Eden Paradox series, and wanted to do something different, something new. 
Something that no one has tried before.
Given the body of scifi work, that's a big ask. So, I did research on all the various scifi tropes in films, TV series and of course books, and then I started looking at astrobiological chat-sites...
And then I drank a lot of coffee, and came up with something. In part it's inspired by something that happens in the final Eden Paradox book (Eden's Endgame), and is also a bit related to what I want to cover in the fifth Eden book I want to start writing in 2020, Eden's Legacy.
I'm now working it into the novel. Happily, it doesn't affect the first two thirds, only the last part. 
No spoilers. 
Happy 2020 to all my readers!

Friday, 4 October 2019

Eden calling....

The audiobook version of The Eden Paradox was released about a week ago and is already doing well, nudging up next to its digital clone in one of the top ten categories in the UK, and sitting next to John Scalzi in the US. Very nice to see!

I was at a conference the past couple of days and people said 'You should bring it out in Audiobook', and for the first time I could simply say, 'it's done!'

Meanwhile, I've been listening to the book, and it's fascinating to hear all the different accents the narrator (Edward Mitchell) uses, and the way he 'acts' rather than simply reads the words. He really brings it to life like a good story-teller.

I've already decided not to stop with listening to my own books, I'm going to try out for some others as well, probably Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky is first on my list.
 
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