Thursday, 8 October 2020

I've delivered a book

 I've submitted the manuscript for my next novel, the title of which is likely to be INHIBITOR PHASE. I've mentioned another title in the context of interviews, but this is the one that seems to be finding most favour with my publishers, and indeed is the one I initially offered as a placeholder name when the last contract was being drawn up. As may be apparent to those familiar with my work, the book takes place in the Revelation Space universe and is largely set in the years after ABSOLUTION GAP, my 2003 novel. 

It's not intended as a sequel to that book, but merely another entry in the mosaic of books and stories which illuminate a larger future history. That said, it does have connective tissue with some of the other novels. although I've scrupled as carefully as I can to make the book function as a standalone title, a single book which tells a complete tale in its own right and can be read as "just" an isolated story.

It's a much shorter novel than some of its predecessors - a mere 170,000 words, against 275,000 for ABSOLUTION GAP - but there is (I hope) a lot in it, including action set in five different solar systems, and an implied narrative taking in about eight hundred years of future history. Along the way we'll visit some locales that we've seen before, but at different timeframes, and we'll also explore some new corners of the RS universe.

What happens in the book? I'm not going to say - just yet. I can state that some of the influences that have fed into the book include a film by Ingmar Bergman, a song by Scott Walker (in fact more than one), and the closing track of a Muse album.

By by way of a teaser, here's a Wordcloud generated from the text, using https://www.wordclouds.com/

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29 comments:

  1. Yay! Looking forward to it already. :)

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  2. I've never been in such desperate need for good news - and finally, there it is!
    The Revelation Space universe is one of my favourite fictional universes. Seeing another puzzle piece added to it makes me more excited than I thought I'd still be capable of. Thank you. :)

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  3. Congratulations! I tend to think that the longer your books are, the more I enjoy them. But I'm very happy nontheless!

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  4. It was the greatest pleasure meeting both of you in Cork and I'm always looking forward to your next release. Thanks for everything.

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  5. Great news, looking forward to this new addition to the RS universe.

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  6. Oh my stars! You hero. Hugely excited for this. Best news of 2020

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  7. Hi Al. Will "Inhibitor Phase" be published by Orbit matching the designs of their recent re-issues of your books? I'm a bit weird about matching book designs. :)

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  8. Truly awesome, Alastair. Best wishes for you and family.

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  9. Super cool. Congrats on 2020 productivity. Hope we're still selling books in the US by the time it drops!

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  10. Like everyone else I can't wait.

    I just finished binge watching The Expanse and now I'm more convinced than ever that we really need a TV/Netflix series based on the The Prefect novels.

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  11. I moved in to our new house this weekend and have been placing my prized "Reynolds collection" up on the new bookshelves. Can't wait to add more, especially in my favourite series. Thank you!

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  12. Looking forward to this. My guess is The Void by Muse.

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  13. Yeah, the waiting period is finally over...this are the few good news for this year.
    Is there a valid release date which can be already communicated ?

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  14. We are very lucky you're such a prolific writer, AR, and I can't convey how excited I am to see your return to the gritty RS, post-Glitter Band RS universe.

    This news is a good excuse to re-read the RS books after Peter Hamilton's Saints of Salvation, which I expect I'll devour in a week when it releases later this month.

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  15. This is amazing and exciting news. I can count on the fingers of one hand the novels/series that I am actively interested in, trying to find information, saving the release date in my notepad as important date, etc.

    I hope you keep your politics out of it. One of the nicest things about Revelation Space is the lack of SJW pandering. Unlike the disaster that was Blue Remembered Earth and its politically correct propaganda. Don't know why you started doing it, but I hope you either keep politics away or at least try for some neutrality. I don;t want any politics in my books, no matter the message or leaning. Not to be confused with social commentary that presents both sides and lets the reader decide, that's fine, biased POVs are not.

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  16. Other writers are available.

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  17. Really looking forward to this :)

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  18. Inhibitor Phase is a wonderfully ominous title - I look forward to reading it! I really appreciate your ability to craft novels that exist as part of a larger tapestry but that still stand up independently.

    I’ve finally introduced my entire family to your work. My parents were the last holdouts, but they’ve now both completed and enjoyed the Revenger trilogy, and I think I may use Inhibitor Phase as their gateway into the RS universe.

    Regarding the comment about politics in your novels: I don’t know how anyone can expect an artist to separate their art from their view of the world (of which politics are an important extension). Accusing someone of pandering seems like a pointless exercise in attempted mind reading. I hope you continue to address the things you feel passionately about in your books.

    Anyway, here’s a perfect pop song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M_nprZQXBQ&ab_channel=TheAlanParsonsProject-Topic

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  19. Queen
    Clavain
    Snowdrop

    *excited*

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  20. Ararat... Ararat...... Oh my..... Juggler... saw Charybdis, must be a new world? Oh my... *shivers in excitement*

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  21. This is wondrous news.

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  22. I’m so happy! Can’t wait to read another book in this universe!

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  23. Das sind tolle Neuigkeiten. Ich hoffe, dass auch eine deutsche Übersetzung kommen wird!

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