Story sale: ‘Red Lights, And Rain’ to Solaris Rising 3

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve sold a short story, which will appear in the Solaris Rising 3 anthology, edited by Ian Whates.

solaris_rising_3_250x384I’m delighted to announce that I’ve sold a short story, which will appear in the Solaris Rising 3 anthology, edited by Ian Whates.

The short story is called, ‘Red Lights, And Rain’, and is set in Amsterdam.

The book’s full table of contents has yet to be revealed, but, judging by the previous volumes in this series, I’m sure my story will be in great company.

Solaris Rising 3 will be published by Solaris Books some time later this year.

Hive Monkey

This morning, Hive Monkey has been officially announced on the Solaris editors’ blog.

HIVE MONKEY COVER

The macaque is back on 31st December (US & Canada) and 2nd January (UK)

£7.99 (UK) ISBN 9781781081655

$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 9781781081662

Available as both mass market paperback and ebook

“…an explosive narrative with brilliant cliffhangers” – The Guardian on Ack-Ack Macaque

“More fun than a barrel of steampunk monkeys… an over-the-top, adventure story with smart ideas” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Ack-Ack Macaque

Gareth L. Powell’s primate pilot is back for more monkey business in Hive Monkey – the sequel to the hit gung-ho Steampunk smash hit Ack-Ack Macaque.

With a barrel-full of trouble and a chamber-full of attitude, charismatic but dangerous former Spitfire pilot Ack-Ack has gone into hiding working as a pilot on a world-circling nuclear-powered Zeppelin.

But when the cabin of one of his passengers is invaded by the passenger’s own dying doppelganger, our hirsute hero finds himself thrust into another race to save the world this time from an aggressive hive mind, time-hopping saboteurs, and an army of homicidal Neanderthal assassins!

After an appearance in legendary British comic book 2000 AD last year, Ack-Ack Macaque was the surprise new direction for the renowned SF author, combining Powell’s incredible inventiveness with a fresh take on the Steampunk genre and an invigorating splash of Boy’s Own comic book-style adventure. Already with a firm online fandom and more than 6,000 Twitter followers, Ack-Ack Macaque’s latest ‘tail’ is bound to excite and thrill!

 

New Book Deal: Macaque Attack to Solaris Books

Here’s the press release from my agent:

Third Ack-Ack Macaque Novel By Gareth L Powell To Solaris Books

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired a third ACK-ACK MACAQUE novel by Gareth L Powell.  The novel will be delivered in summer 2014, for an early 2015 publication. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights. The title is MACAQUE ATTACK.

The novel is a sequel to ACK-ACK MACAQUE which Solaris published in 2013 and HIVE MONKEY, which will appear in January 2014.

Having saved the world twice, Ack-Ack Macaque finds himself at the head of a dimension-hopping monkey army, facing an invading horde of implacable killer androids and a final reckoning with his creator, the infamous Dr Nguyun. Meanwhile, former journalist Victoria Valois fights to save the electronic ghost of her dead husband and reclaim her stolen soul from the sands of Mars.

Gareth Powell said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Solaris Books on a third monkey adventure, and this one promises to be his biggest and wildest outing yet!”

Cover reveal: Hive Monkey

The sequel to Ack-Ack Macaque.

Coming January 2014 from Solaris Books.

Read the first chapter of Ack-Ack Macaque for free

Here’s a Friday treat for those of you who haven’t yet bought the book: the Solaris Editors’ Blog is offering the first chapter of ACK-ACK MACAQUE to read online, for free. If you haven’t already done so, go and take a look….

Click here to read Chapter One

Book Deal: Hive Monkey to Solaris

Following yesterday’s launch of Ack-Ack Macaque, I am delighted to announce that a sequel has been commissioned. Here’s the press release:

PRESS RELEASE –GARETH L POWELL SF NOVEL TO SOLARIS

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired SF novel HIVE MONKEY by Gareth L Powell.  The novel will be delivered in summer 2013, for an early 2014 publication. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.

The novel is a sequel to ACK-ACK MACAQUE, which Solaris publish later this month.

“Ack-Ack Macaque is now hiding from his unwanted fame by working as a pilot on a world-circling Zeppelin. But when the cabin of one of his passengers is invaded by the man’s own dying doppelgänger, our hirsute hero finds himself once again racing to save the world – this time from an aggressive hive mind, time-hopping saboteurs, and an army of homicidal Neanderthal assassins.”

Contact John Jarrold or Jonathan Oliver for further details.

 

Ack-Ack Macaque in 2000AD

Monkey fans will have another reason to celebrate on December 12th.

Not only does the day see the launch of Ack-Ack Macaque the novel in paperback, it also marks the character’s debut in comic form.

Yes, the smoking monkey has his very own five page strip in the 2000 AD Christmas Special, which also happens to be published on the 12th December.

(Honestly, you’d think all this had been planned, or something.)

So, if you’re coming to the launch of the book (6pm at Forbidden Planet in London), or the subsequent book signing in Bristol on the 15thyou’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the comic at the same time as the novel!

I’ll even sign it for you.

The 2000 AD strip is a WWII romp, and serves as a ‘prequel’ to events in the novel. It sees our hirsute hero going up against three German tripods and a plethora of ninjas, accompanied by his teenage sidekick, Mindy Morris.

On the right of this post, you’ve probably already noticed that I’m giving you a sneaky peek at the fantastic artwork, which has been lovingly rendered by Judge Dredd artist Nick Dyer, and which I think looks amazing.

My parents gave me my first 2000 AD annual for Christmas in 1979. Now, almost exactly 33 years later, it really means a lot to me to have something I’ve written grace the pages of the magazine. It’s a childhood ambition fulfilled.

But if all that wasn’t enough, the paperback novel also contains an added extra: the original ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ short story, first published in Interzone in 2007, and now reprinted in the back of the book with a new introduction from me, explaining how I first came up with the character.

All of which means that, if you’re coming to the launch or signing, you’ll be able to get your paws on all of Ack-Ack Macaque’s adventures to date – book, comic and short story – in one fell swoop (and just in time for Christmas, too!).

Tally ho!

Press Release

Solaris Books have released the official press release for Ack-Ack Macaque:

Ack-Ack Macaque

By Gareth L. Powell

Monkey business begins on
18th December (US & Can) and
3rd January (UK)

$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-060-3

£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-059-7
Also available as an ebook

Monkeys. Ninjas. Zeppelins. A science-fiction novel with a Steampunk sheen and a primate twist, Ack-Ack Macaque is a blisteringly fun SF masterpiece from master storyteller Gareth L. Powell.

In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain’s best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed ‘Ack-Ack Macaque.’ The trouble is he’s actually a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey, and he’s starting to doubt everything – including his own existence!

A century later, when nuclear-powered Zeppelins circle the globe, ex-journalist Victoria Valois is drawn into a deadly game with the man who killed her husband and stole her electronic soul, while the heir to the British throne goes on the run. Meanwhile, the doomsday clock ticks towards Armageddon…

Inventive, unusual, full-on: Ack-Ack Macaque is the next title from the author of The Recollection, which brought a stunning breath of fresh air into epic science-fiction.

Ack-Ack Macaque Playing Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those fine folks at Solaris Books have produced a playing card to promote the upcoming publication of Ack-Ack Macaque, and I think it looks rather spiffing. If you would like to get hold of one, they will be available at Fantasycon at the end of the month, and BristolCon in October.

The wording on the back of the card says:

In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain’s best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’.

A cigar-chomping monkey, nuclear-powered Zeppelins, electronic souls and a battle to avert armageddon!

The novel by Gareth L. Powell hits the beaches in January 2013 from Solaris.

Delivery date

Today is the official delivery date for Ack-Ack Macaque – the day upon which I am contractually obliged to submit the completed manuscript to my publisher, Solaris Books.

As it happens, I submitted the book at the beginning of July, just over a month early; but for some reason, today still feels like a milestone. This is a date which has been circled on my calendar since the contracts for the book were first signed, back at the beginning of November last year; and its passing means that we are now officially into the editing and production stage – one giant step closer to publication in January 2013.