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At the Speed of Light, six months later

June 26th, 2017

When I mentioned a few months ago that At the Speed of Light was still selling, I was expecting the drop-off in sales to happen any day soon, and for the title to sink into a well-deserved obscurity. June 23rd marked the six month mark after publication, and … it’s still going. Not quite as quickly as as it was before, but still decent, still up there, still finding its audience.

Which is both incredibly gratifying, and oddly confusing, because I’d never have predicted that this slim, somewhat technical volume, would become probably my best-selling book of recent years. And because I didn’t predict it, and don’t really understand the reasons behind it, I can’t learn any lessons from its success, and I won’t be able to replicate any kind of ‘formula’ for future stories.

It hasn’t had the best reviews, either: on Goodreads (which gets more volume of review-data, as opposed to written reviews), several people have said WTAF and marked it accordingly, although I’ve escaped the ignominy of a 1* review so far. But those who’ve quietly appreciated the story have given it their stars, and have clearly, if inexplicably, recommended it to their friends.

So a book, that was partly written in a shed in a Scottish forest, that is all about special relativity and the technicalities of manoeuvring at light speed, that features a minimal cast and a lead character called Corbyn… Hell, I don’t know. It’s clearly chimed for some. I literally have no idea why. And perhaps, at some point I should try to get him home, or at least to somewhere he can call home. I’m busy till the end of the year, but perhaps after that? Who knows? I don’t, except that I should really try and get a copy into the hands of the other Corbyn, just to say an elliptical and improbable thank you.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, Reviews by Simon Morden on June 26th, 2017
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Third One Way map

May 30th, 2017

Gah, almost forgot to post the third map – so here’s Mars Base One in all its hand-drawn glory.

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Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, One Way by Simon Morden on May 30th, 2017
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Second One Way map

May 17th, 2017

Traditionally, if you supply a map in a book, the characters have to go to every damn place marked on it. It didn’t happen for Arcanum, and I’ll be damned if it’s going to happen here. This is a close up of Rahe crater on Mars. Marvel at the detail, and quail at my leet drawing skillz0rs. Or something.

(as before, click for huge)

Posted in: From the Author, One Way by Simon Morden on May 17th, 2017
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One Way map fresh off the drawing board

May 10th, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve had to draw technically accurate maps of other planets. But here you go – this is the stage for One Way.

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See that oval-shaped crater just on the northern flank of Ceraunius Tholus? That’s where we’re going.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, One Way by Simon Morden on May 10th, 2017
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Workers of the world unite!

May 1st, 2017

Happy May Day celebrations, comrades, and forward the new republic!

A brief update as to what’s going on, and what will be going on:

At the Speed of Light is still selling stupidly well, three months after its release. I’m not quite sure what I’ve done to deserve it, but I’m certainly very grateful to everyone who’s bought a copy (and especially those who’ve taken the time and trouble to leave a review either on Amazon or Goodreads). We had excellent ‘launch’ for the first set of four Newcon Press novellas at Eastercon, with the last three of the boxed sets going to the first three people in the queue. After no novellas from me for almost a decade, there are two along at once – I’ve an entry in one of the later sets as well, but more news on that when the titles have been firmed up. I should also write more stories of novella length, because I’ve rediscovered that I really enjoy telling a story over that length.

One Way, the Mars thriller that I’m writing for Gollancz, has passed its first draft stage, and I’m into the edits, both self-imposed (I can’t keep continuity together to save my life) and editor-suggested. I found writing the final few chapters extraordinarily difficult: none of the people involved are necessarily ‘good’, but dammit, no one deserves to die like that. I think that bodes well, and the editorial feedback I’ve got so far has been overwhelmingly positive, which is nice. Yes, it’s magnificently pulpy, but as you’d expect from me, under the bonnet, all the science is absolutely on rails, and there are some surprisingly poignant scenes which hopefully counterbalance the growing feeling of dread as the story progresses. One Way will be published (under the cunning pseudonym of SJ Morden!) in February 2018 (available for pre-order now!) and the sequel (it’s a duology!) concluding the story will be out in October 2018.

Back, back in the mists of time, I was asked to do a short story for inclusion in a plant-based anthology (not just because it’s printed on dead tree, but because that’s its theme) called Improbable Botany. It’s finally going to be a thing, and again, more news as it happens. The cover is currently embargoed, but it is very fine indeed. My story is called ‘Shine’, and inevitably I went a bit off-piste with it, but other authors include Adam Roberts and Justina Robson, so it’ll be worth getting any way…

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates by Simon Morden on May 1st, 2017
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