Tuesday, 22 November 2022

I've finished a book

 Last week I delivered MACHINE VENDETTA, the third in the Prefect Dreyfus series. All being well, it should appear in 2023. I don't want to say too much more about it until at least the final round of editing (which won't be finished until well until next year) but here at least is the provisional cover copy, subject to change:

Panoply is a small, efficient police force, dedicated to maintaining the rule of democracy among the ten thousand disparate city states orbiting the planet Yellowstone.

Ingvar Tench was one of Panoply's most experienced operatives. So why did she walk alone and virtually unarmed into a habitat with a vicious grudge against her organisation?

As his colleagues pick up the pieces, Dreyfus must face his conscience. Four years ago, when an investigation linked to one of his most dangerous adversaries got a little too personal, Dreyfus arranged for Tench to continue the enquiry by proxy.

In using her - even though he had his reasons - did Dreyfus also put her in the line of fire?

And what does Tench's misadventure tell him about an enemy he had hoped was dormant?

The book marks the end of my ten-novel contract, and since I've stated my intention to do standalones for at least the next few years, it's also the last word on both Dreyfus and the Revelation Space universe for the foreseeable.

17 comments:

  1. Previously, I would be alarmed about the last paragraph, but given how much I enjoyed Eversion, I'm excited to read new adventures outside Revelation Space.

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    1. There could always be a short story or even a novella, so perhaps I should have qualified that a bit better and say no more RS novels for now.

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  2. I'm so looking forward to this one. The Prefect Dreyfus series books are some of my favourites.

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  3. Very excited to read the book. I'll miss new RS novels, but your standalones are often your best work, and it's always better to be left wanting more. Appreciate everything you've done & look forward to what you've got coming next.

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  4. Love the Dreyfus series but I also really enjoy reading your standalone novels, novellas and short stories. Looking forward to your new projects.

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  5. Yipeee about a new novel, especially about Dreyfus. sad about R/S universe, but then again looking forward to all the weird and wonderful new places that you come up with.

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  6. Maybe in a few years, you could do a book or novella about the Glitterband turning into the Rust Belt. Unless you have already and I've missed it?
    Looking forward to anything you write.

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  7. I don't know if to be saddened about the last paragraph, because RS is my personal favourite saga or to be happy about it because this means more fantastic books like House of Suns, Eversion, Pushing ice or Harvest of time. For the time being I will be happy about the last Dreyfus installment.

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  8. Sub Press is starting pre-orders on Redemption Ark in HB soon (already done for those that ordered Rev Space)

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    1. My wallet, oh my wallet! Do I need another HB edition of a RS novel? Yeeesssshhhh

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  9. Glad to hear Dreyfus is back. Are your post-contract books still with Gollancz?

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    1. Yes, the plan is that I'll be remaining with Gollancz.

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  10. Good grief. Ten years gone just like that ....

    (It has been 1 novel a year, hasn't it?)

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    2. It's been a fair bit more than 10 years I'm afraid. For various reasons we didn't quite hit 1 book per year.

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  11. Congrats on the new book. But edit fast, I'm an old man and the clock is ticking.

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  12. No standalones! We need sequels to House of Suns and Pushing Ice ;) keep up the great work and good luck on the next project!

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