The Steel Remains (Gollancz S.F.)
by Richard Morgan
Gollancz Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575077928
Date: 21 August 2008 List Price £9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Richard Morgan, whose first novel - was reviewed here when it came out (along with this exclusive author interview) - Altered Carbon is now widely (and correctly) regarded as a modern classic, has gone on to establish not only a reputation but actually a brand of SF all of his very own. He now sits atop an area of SF that is recognizably his and his alone. His fiction is renowned for it's extreme violence and it's graphic depiction of sex and at the core of each successive novel has been a damn fine piece of story telling. As Morgan's position in the the hierarchy of genre writers has become more assured, so has his voice. He is a writer unafraid to tackle issues - indeed, unafraid to tackle them and then beat the living shit out of them, shoot them in the head and leave the smouldering corpses by the roadside! The unflinching Morgan seems to revel in the fall-out of such agendas - and his new novel The Steel Remains is the fantasy equivalent of shoving a large stick into an overstuffed hornet's nest and poking around very vigorously indeed.
Due in August from Gollancz, I can guarantee that The Steel Remains is a book that will have everyone talking - and that it certainly won't be to everyone's taste. It is a work that will fuel debate, perhaps start riots in the street and have members of the church burning copies on huge pyres... actually, those last things probably won't happen - but The Steel Remains is on it's way and so you'd better make room in your reading schedule.