2002 UK Releases by John
are linked to their respective Amazon.co.uk
Here's a list of what's coming out in
the UK this month in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If we missed something
or you have a title coming out in the future, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
has clearly been an eventful time in British SF whilst I've been off
pursuing my "real life" job - if working as an actor can be
describe in any way as being "real"! I guess it's a real as
any other job, but it's just that the reality visits less often! My
sincere thanks to Iain Emsley for his sterling work in keeping this
column alive during my protracted absence.
have been some interested happenings over here in recent months.
Macmillan have announced the launch of Tor UK, their dedicated SF
imprint. This long rumored move is superb news given that it will allow
Macmillan to further consolidate and expand their already hugely
impressive list. Their stable already includes such home-grown
luminaries as Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville, Neal Asher and Justina
Robson as well as some impressive imported authors. Upcoming names to
watch out for in the coming year include Steve Cash, Andy Secombe and
Cherith Baldry. The imprint will launch in March 2003 with New Zealander
Juliet Marillier's Wolfskin as their lead title.
Changes at Earthlight have seen the departure of John Jarrold as their
senior editor. John, long one of the most influential figures in British
SF publishing, will doubtless continue to feature in the scheme of
things. In the meantime, Earthlight's marketing manager, Darren Nash
will now head the list and a more deserved promotion I could not
imagine. A truly dedicated lover of the genre, Darren will no doubt
prove a safe pair of hands for the list that John had built up over the
last five years. I wish him great good luck!
America's favourite British son, Neil Gaiman scooped this years Hugo for
American Gods - a very popular winner (and one of three Brits
nominated!). See SFRevu editor Ernest Lilley's review
and our staff's Hugo
coverage. Richard Morgan sold the film rights to his brilliant debut
novel Altered Carbon (review / author interview) for a handsome figure. Way to go Richard!
A sequel entitled Pass in the Night is due from Gollancz in March
head up this month's releases with three impressive hard covers. The new
novel by British literary SF writer (and previous winner of the Arthur
C. Clarke award) Jeff Noon entitled Falling Out of Cars is
published by Doubleday in hard cover priced at a very reasonable £12.99.
Be sure to read my review in this issue.[Insert
the link to my review - which is to follow!!!]. I've come late to
Noon's work, but from this latest I can see that his increasing
reputation as a cutting edge cult writer is more than justified. I
look forward to catching up on his back list. Be sure to check out his
web site at www.jeffnoon.com.
I just found out we were both born in Manchester!
Transworld also publish two other very notable hard covers this month -
Pratchett fans will delight in the release of the 27th Discworld novel. Night
Watch is a substantial tome priced at £17.99 andreleased under the
Doubleday imprint - and Context, John Meaney's long awaited
follow-up to Paradox finally sees publication after what seems
like months of delay. This is a Bantam book priced at £18.99.
of my picks from Gollancz this month is The Drawing of the Dark
by Tim Powers. Those that know me will realise that this is an entirely
partisan recommendation and it certainly is! Aside from the fact that I
am a big Powers fan (take a trip to www.timpowers.info and you'll get
the picture!) this is, objectively, just a superb novel. Gollancz
release it as number #33 in their Fantasy Masterworks
series, priced at £6.99.
The top non-partisan pick from Gollancz is the new Stephen Baxter novel,
Evolution. A new Baxter work is always big news and this is his
first with this publisher following his move from HarperCollins. Evolution
is released in both hard cover (£18.99) and trade paperback (£12.99).
Fat fantasy also this month from Gollancz who release Kate Jacoby's Trials
of Fire as a large format trade paperback priced at £10.99.
Jacoby's previous novel, The Rebel's Cage, gets its mass market
outing at £6.99, as does Sheri S. Tepper's Raising the Stones (£5.99).
New reprint editions of the Douglas Adams classics, The Hitch-Hiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
and Life, the Universe and Everything are also issued - all
priced at £5.99. Lastly, cult SF writer Steve Aylett (see my review
his novel Atom) has Dummyland published in trade paperback, priced at £9.99.
one new release from HarperCollins/Voyager this month, but this one well
worth a look. Sarah Zettel's The Usurper's Crown is the follow up
to her excellent fantasy novel, A Sorcerer's Treason. I enjoyed
this first book tremendously and the sequel looks very promising indeed.
Released in trade paperback at £11.99. A hard cover release was also
announced. Voyager also issue one mass market reprint this month. The
Crippled Angel by Sara Douglas is the final book in her Crucible
trilogy and is priced at £6.99.
Orbit has a release to challenge for the top spot this month with the
publication of Ken Macleod's new novel, Engine City. This author,
nominated for this year's Hugo, is now firmly established as one of the
treasures of British SF. This, his final novel in the Engines of
Light trilogy is released in hard cover priced at £16.99. Orbit
also publish Speed of Dark by the prolific Elizabeth Moon. This
is a paperback original priced at £6.99 and precedes the US hard cover
not due out until next month. The final orbit book this month is the
mass market paperback edition of A Fortress of Grey Ice by
J.V.Jones (£7.99). This is the second in her Sword of Shadows
series and continues the freezing cold tale of clan war and magic begun
in A Cavern of Black Ice. Julie Jones is, like Gaiman, another
ex-pat Brit who has settled in the States. Also like Gaiman, she is a
fine writer and if you like your fantasy full of snow and comfortingly
heavy on your knees, I can heartily recommend her work. Her web site is
It is clearly a heck of a month for hard SF over here, as Macmillan also
have a big name release in the running for the top release with the
publication of the new book by Peter F. Hamilton. Misspent Youth
is something of a departure from the normal far future stuff we delight
in from this author. This one is set only some forty years hence and
concerns genetic research into halting the aging process. Released in
hard cover, Misspent Youth is priced at £17.99.
More next month!
- UK Associate Editor -