The Lowest Heaven

May 9th 2013

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Pandemonium’s latest is almost on us, and, (selects random accent from data bank – settles on cod Northern) “By ‘eck, lad, it’s reet grand.”

You all know from his work on Thy Kingdom Come what a fantastically awesome artist Joey HiFi is. The cover for The Lowest Heaven is utterly wonderful. If you look very closely at Mars, you’ll even see a tiny representation of the Pacific in orbit around it, from my story WWBD. Joey talks more about the process on the National Maritime Museum’s blog, and how the anthology ties into the Visions of the Universe exhibition by the Royal Observatory.

The Lowest Heaven cover

The table of contents is, er, impressive. I think that’s the right word. Behold:

  • Introduction by Dr. Marek Kukula (Royal Observatory Greenwich)
  • “Golden Apple” by Sophia McDougall (The Sun)
  • “A Map of Mercury” by Alastair Reynolds (Mercury)
  • “Ashen Light” by Archie Black (Venus)
  • “The Krakatoan” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Earth)
  • “An account of a voyage from World to World again, by way of the Moon, 1726″ by Adam Roberts (The Moon)
  • “WWBD” by Simon Morden (Mars)
  • “Saga’s Children” by E.J. Swift (Ceres)
  • “The Jupiter Files” by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Jupiter)
  • “Magnus Lucretius” by Mark Charan Newton (Europa)
  • “Air, Water and the Grove” by Kaaron Warren (Saturn)
  • “Only Human” by Lavie Tidhar (Titan)
  • “Uranus” by Esther Saxey (Uranus)
  • “From This Day Forward” by David Bryher (Neptune)
  • “We’ll Always Be Here” by S.L. Grey (Pluto & Charon)
  • “Enyo-Enyo” by Kameron Hurley (Eris)
  • “The Comet’s Tale” by Matt Jones (Halley’s Comet)
  • “The Grand Tour” by James Smythe (Voyager I)

Arts by Joey, edited by Jared Shurin and Anne C Perry. That’s not the end of the Joey HiFi love, either. The limited edition hardback version has a fold-out map of the solar system. It is a thing of wonder and beauty, and I can’t wait to see it for real.

The Lowest Heaven fold-out map

There is a launch, on the 13th June, at Greenwich, at which I will (with luck and a following wind) be signing, along with as many of the others who can make it. The limited edition hardcover is only available from the Royal Maritime Museum. Accept no substitutes! After the 13th, the paperback and ebook will be released through the usual outlets. But you want that hardback, don’t you?


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