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The table of contents has been made available for the Space Opera anthology, edited by Rich Horton.
- “The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “The Wreck of the Godspeed” by James Patrick Kelly
- “Saving Tiamaat” by Gwyneth Jones
- “Six Lights Off Green Scar” by Gareth L. Powell
- “Glory” by Greg Egan
- “The Mote Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich
- “On Rickety Thistlewaite” by Michael F. Flynn
- “War Without End” by Una McCormack
- “Finisterra” by David Moles
- “Seven Years from Home” by Naomi Novik
- “Plotters and Shooters” by Kage Baker
- “The Muse of Empires Lost” by Paul Berger
- “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
- “Lehr Rex” by Jay Lake
- “Cracklegrackle” by Justina Robson
- “Hideaway” by Alastair Reynolds
- “Isabel of the Fall” by Ian R. MacLeod
- “Precious Mental” by Robert Reed
- “Two Sisters in Exile” by Aliette de Bodard
- “Lode Stars” by Lavie Tidhar
- “Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
- “The Tear” by Ian McDonald
The anthology will be published by Prime Books in April this year.
Here’s a headline from the Guardian‘s website that should set off alarm bells for readers of Ack-Ack Macaque:
Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA
The article goes on to say:
Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms. The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to a new era of genetic medicine.
So, what do you reckon? Sounds like life’s starting to imitate art, doesn’t it?
You can read the whole article here.
Thanks to Lou Morgan for pointing it out.
In his Science fiction roundup column in The Guardian, Eric Brown reviews Hive Monkey, writing:
“Ack-Ack Macaque is back to save the world in Gareth L Powell’s fourth novel, Hive Monkey (Solaris, £7.99). Ack-Ack is a surly, cynical, hard-drinking, bellicose monkey uplifted to sentience with the aid of a gelware brain implant. He is now the pilot of a vast airship and, with the aid of streetwise Glaswegian computer hacker K8, washed-up SF writer William Cole and airship owner Victoria Valois, is attempting to save the planet from a hive-mind horde bent on invading from another dimension. Ack-Ack is an inspired creation, a monkey with attitude, issues and a hole where his heart should be, and his latest deftly plotted adventure is riotous fun.”
Read the whole column here.
This morning, I received an email to tell me that my recent post on escaping science fiction’s pulp roots was SF Signal’s number one most popular post for December, and their number one guest post for the whole of 2013.
The Eloquent Page has an insightful review of Hive Monkey.
“At the heart of all this unbridled chaos sits our brazen hero, Ack-Ack Macaque, the monkey flying-ace. Still rude, still crude and still dangerous to know. A sentient macaque monkey with a sardonic attitude and a penchant for booze and brawling, he manages to be the perfect antidote to all the square-jawed action heroes that you’re used to. There is something marvellously enticing about any character that just does whatever the hell they want and damn the consequences. Mr Macaque’s devil-may-care boldness is so dashed refreshing. [...] Distill and blend together the flying ability of James “Biggles” Bigglesworth, the rougish charm of Sir Harry Paget Flashman and the legendary drinking ability of Oliver Reed. Apply the resulting essence liberally to a macaque monkey and raise the result to full awareness. Ta-da! Your very own Ack-Ack Macaque.”
You can read the whole thing here.
In addition, I had a pleasant surprise while browsing in Waterstones yesterday. I picked up a copy of the Mammoth Book of Best New SF 26 (edited by Gardner Dozois and published in the US as The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection) and discovered that two of my short stories had received ‘honourable mentions’.
- ‘Railroad Angel’ appeared in Interzone 241, July 2012
- ‘Another Apocalypse’ appeared in Solaris Rising 1.5 from Solaris Books.
‘Living Algorithms’ is the title of a scholarly article written by Christina Scholz of the Department of English Studies at the University of Graz in Austria. It examines the depiction of artificial intelligence in my novel, The Recollection, Adam Roberts’ Stone, and M. John Harrison’s Empty Space Trilogy.
“The three contemporary science fiction novels discussed here mirror the development of our stance towards artificial intelligence. In Gareth L. Powell’s The Recollection, which employs a polarised world-view reminiscent of Cold War politics, the AI is demonized to such an extent that speaking about it and speaking about the devil become indistinguishable. In Stone Adam Roberts depicts uprising nanobots as terrorists from a human perspective but as freedom fighters from that of the awakened AI. Finally, M. John Harrison’s take on the topic in his Empty Space trilogy is the most complex one, reminding us that we too are living, self-replicating, self-conscious code. Based on that, self-aware technology is simply another culture to interact with.”
You can read the whole thing here.
At 12:00 pm today, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Ujima Radio, Bristol’s premiere urban radio station. I appeared on their Woman’s Outlook show, where I was interviewed by Cheryl Morgan. We talked about the new novel, about what drew me to science fiction, and the reasons I set much of Hive Monkey in Bristol and its surrounding area.
For the next month, you can listen to a recording of the live show on the station’s website.
When book blog, The Qwillery asked for an interview, it turns out they wanted to talk to Ack-Ack Macaque!
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
TQ: Humans. What do you think of them in general? Do you have any favorite homo sapiens?
AAM: I like some humans. Bartenders, mostly. The rest of you are too bald and hairless, and you smell kind of funny.
You can read the full interview here.