Welcome to SimonMorden.com

This is the website of Simon Morden, author of the Metrozone series, published by Orbit Books in the UK and USA.

Here you can read Simon’s latest News and Blog Posts, find information on his books, read published essays and get in touch with the author.

If you’re here for the Heart project, this is the main page.

Loncon3 schedule

August 12th, 2014

Well, it’s more of a schedulette, as I have precisely 2 items – I have no idea if that’s just the luck of the draw: it is a WorldCon and therefore lots of people…

On Saturday, 11am-12, I’m on the panel Beyond the Force: Religion in the Future, in the Capital Suite 14 (Level 3)

On Sunday, 2pm-3pm, you may join me for a literary beer. I have no idea what this means (assuredly it doesn’t mean I’m buying a beer for everyone who turns up…), but if you want to bring books to be signed, and you haven’t ambushed me previously to this, then this will be your last chance, as I’m heading off home shortly afterwards.

It does mean that I get the chance to do a lot of participating – panels and arts and lectures and films and stuff – so don’t be worried about dragging me off to the bar/cafe for a drink and a chat.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates by Simon Morden on August 12th, 2014
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Interview on Vaguely Circular

July 13th, 2014

Me, being interviewed, here…


Posted in: From the Author by Simon Morden on July 13th, 2014
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June 2nd, 2014

Just because someone asked, and I eventually managed to catch them sitting quietly together, as opposed to smacking each other around the head…

There are, of course, problems with taking a photo of two mainly black cats against a bright window, but I’ve done my best with the levels.


Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, Non-fiction by Simon Morden on June 2nd, 2014
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Why I don’t want you to buy my books from Amazon

May 23rd, 2014

What, wait? Settle down with your beverage of choice and I’ll explain.

Amazon are currently involved in negotiations with Hachette (the parent company of both Orbit and Gollancz) regarding the wholesale cost of books. Amazon want them cheaper, Hachette think they’re cheap enough already. So far, so clear.

Now, cheaper books would be good, right? Yes, and no. Yes, because books that are cheaper sell more copies to more people. No, because it’s unlikely that readers would see the savings, nor authors increased sales. As I understand it, Amazon are asking Hachette for a deeper discount so they can make a bigger profit – not so they can pass that discount on. Consequently it has all the hallmarks of big retailer putting the squeeze on a producer for a bigger margin.

Okay. Now, negotiations like this are normally carried on behind closed doors, in boardrooms and conference calls. Except they’re not. Currently, if you go to my author page on Amazon.com, you’ll see that the four Petrovitch books have delivery dates in weeks, rather than days. Click through on Arcanum, and it’s full price for the paperback, and you may see a bar at the top with “similar items at a lower price”.

I’m not alone. As far as I know, all Hachette authors are affected thus, and it’s now escalated (because Hachette won’t back down) to the point where new books are being marked as unavailable, or have no page. This is what Amazon’s negotiation looks like.

To make it perfectly clear, all my books are still available in all English-speaking territories. There are no distribution problems, they’re not out of print, Hachette are still sending boxes to Amazon warehouses. It’s just that Amazon are refusing to sell them. This is not the case (yet) on Amazon.co.uk.

While biting the hand that feeds me is a risky strategy, I’m going to ask you, the reader or potential reader, not to use Amazon US to buy books. There are other online retailers out there, and there are still bricks-and-mortar bookstores who’d love your business. If they don’t have the book you want in stock, they’ll order it for you, it’ll arrive in a couple of days, and you can collect it from an actual smiling person who wants you to come back. I’m also going to ask that if you’re an author, whether or not you’re with a Hachette imprint, to get your readers to do the same, because they will come for you one day. You can link to this post or just copy and paste it into your own blog if you like.

If you’re struggling to find another retailer, go to Hachette’s website and click on the cover of the book you want – please note you can buy the ebook directly from them – and click through the “Buy this book” square: I recommend both Mysterious Galaxy (as bricks and mortar, and etailer – they sell kobo, too)  and IndieBound (for your nearest independent bookstore). I appreciate that it’s slightly more effort that buying one-click, but I’d like you to consider making it.

Thank you.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates by Simon Morden on May 23rd, 2014
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Talk and signing at Blackwells Charing Cross 10th April

March 20th, 2014

Ronseal, as they say. I will be ‘appearing’ at Blackwells Charing Cross (that’s the one in London, in case there’s any doubt) on the 10th April, from 6.30-7.30pm.

It’s not just me, so relax – it’s to be an evening of proletarian fervour and revolutionary excess, as Mark Alder (author of Son of the Morning, which is really rather good and which I heartily recommend) and I will attempt to seize control of the means of production and remember as much of the Red Flag as humanly possible. It won’t be all poe-faced Marxist rhetoric: I’ll be slipping in a few well-timed knob jokes, and Mark’s close-up magic skills are a sight to behold.

So, if you fancy an evening of “Revolutionary Historical Fantasy with Simon Morden and Mark Alder”, and most likely afterwards a few jars of honest worker’s ale from a running-dog capitalist drinking establishment, then please sign up at Eventbrite – link here. It’d be brilliant to see you.

Posted in: Arcanum, From the Author, News and Updates by Simon Morden on March 20th, 2014
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