How did we end up here?

February 10th 2015

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It’s 2015, and I haven’t posted anything yet this year. For which I apologise, because it’s not like things haven’t been happening – a lot of stuff which isn’t appropriate to share, because Internets. But in and around all the disasters and set-backs and frenetic busyness that’s going on, writing is still a thing.

So: Down Station, being the First Book of Down, has leapt over the hurdle that is the editorial stage. We’re now onto the copy-edit, and as soon as I know the proposed publication date, I’ll let everyone know. It is, reasonably said, a strange and wonderful story. If I was going to describe it in a sentence, I’d call it ‘a grittily realistic fairytale’, and I trust that’s going to be enough to intrigue you to want to read it.

The White City, being the Second Book of Down, is in the process of being written. I’m about a fifth of the way through, and it’s shaping up very nicely.

Both Down Station and The White City are going to be published by Gollancz, who are ‘my new publisher’.

What does that mean for Sam, Maddy, and the rest of the Freezone crew? I’m not sure yet. I have an extant first draft of Petrovitch 5, The Edge of Space, so yes, there is more to come, I just don’t know when. There will, with luck and a following wind, a sixth following on from that.

I am officially booked to read a new ghost story at the Lit and Phil’s ‘Summer Phantoms at the Phil’ evening, on the 19th of June – as opposed to last year, when I was (literally) the last-minute stand in. You’ll get a new ghost story, too. I have Ideas already.

I’m also going to be at Eastercon again – no news yet of panels etc, but feel free to come and say hello.

That’s about all for the moment. More as it develops.

4 Responses to “How did we end up here?”

  • matt says:

    Great news,looking forward to the new series.

    Will there be a sequel to Arcanum ?

    • Simon Morden says:

      I’m going to have to say ‘perhaps’. I’m contracted for the Down books, and there’s Petrovitch 6 to consider. After that? It might be interesting to revisit Carinthia and see what’s happened in the intervening years…

  • Dell says:

    Hi Simon, I’ve only just discovered your work, purely by chance looking for something to read between releases from Reynold, Morgan and Hamilton. (We miss you Banks…)

    Lost Art arrived first and I loved it, 2 nights and it was gone. Luckily I’d ordered all 4 Petrovich novels and I have in the last hour finished Curve Of The Earth. 4 books in 7 days and nights… wow… they were great fun and unputdownable (is that a real word? lol) Whilst it will be great to catch up on the sleep I have missed because of Sam and his adventures (totally knackered, thank you!) I have the need for more!

    Ok, I know you have your new series starting at some point but please blag your publishers into taking on Petrovich 5 (and 6… 7??? lol). I want to see how his dreams of the future pan out. And also for him to put a bullet into the heads of a few baddies, of course!

    So pleased I found another Brit author who kicks arse! Keep this up, Simon!


  • Owen says:

    Been an avid fan of your writing since the first of first of the Metrozone novels, and while I have your other works, I cannot wait to get my teeth into the 5th and 6th installments, I think I’m into my forth or fifth reading of the quartet so far, starting to develop an interest in learning Russian, if only to use the most creative invective I’ve ever read/heard/spoken.
    Keep up the great work, looking forward to the Down series!