Reddit – Ask Me Anything

Peter did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) over on Reddit yesterday. There are some interesting revelations over there, some of my favourites below. Head on over to check out the full thread!

I was heavily inspired by the Saga of the Exiles by Julian May.

Yes, the Commonwealth post-Void will be in Night Without Stars.

How does one have their name chosen to grace a character in one of your books?
I put several friends in – often to die badly.

The book I’m writing Night Without Stars, is the last one planned for the Commonwealth universe. If I go back there it won’t be for several years.

If the opportunity arose, would you be open to other authors writing stories in universes you have created, similar to how Baen Books has used multiple authors in the Honorverse, Bolo series, Ring of Fire series or how lots of authors are brought in to write novels in various licensed franchises?
Not sure about this one. I tend to be fairly protective of my universes. If it happened I expect I would be a very intrusive editor.

And, of course, the most important question of them all:

Whats your favorite beer?

My review for The Abyss Beyond Dreams

the-abyss-beyond-dreams-ukOver at I review Peter’s latest novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams. Here’s a little taster, but head over there for the full review.

It’s safe to say that The Abyss Beyond Dreams is an ambitious novel, not only in scope, but also as a pre-sequel. To tackle an issue that the reader already knows has been resolved is initially confusing. After all, the Void Trilogy essentially renders Nigel’s quest redundant – it’s set many centuries after the events here, and the Void is still standing. Given this it’s hard to put into words just how shocked I was come its finale, and how desperate I am to read the conclusion to the Chronicle of the Fallers (The Night Without Stars, expected late 2015).

Peter on the radio, and final signing

Quick news flash!

Peter is on Radio 4’s Today programme at 8.40 tomorrow morning, defending big books after Ian McEwen’s comments this week.

Also, the final signing has now been announced:

Tuesday 7th October
Waterstones Canterbury (Rose Lane, apparently there are two in the town)
8 Rose Lane
For more info
Phone: 01227 452354

The Abyss Beyond Dreams UK Competition

abyss-feauturedPeter’s UK publisher, Tor UK, are running a competition via his Facebook page where you could win the chance to visit the printers to see Abyss being printed, and to take a copy home with you nearly a month before its release.

The competition is open until 1st September at 5pm – so head on over HERE to get your entry in. Whoever wins is surely in for a great day.

Family Matters, a Greg Mandel story – ebook available now

family-mattersPeter’s short story, Family Matters, is now available in ebook form. You can buy it via amazon at these links: Amazon UK,

Family Matters is an updated version of The Suspect Genome, of which Peter says:

I did once, it was a novella called The Suspect Genome which was published by Interzone magazine back in 2000 (won the BSFA award that year, too!). And there’s a reason it has never been reprinted or released on line. One of the central ideas of DNA profiling I came up with for Suspect Genome was overtaken by real DNA fingerprinting and analysis, as anyone who, like me, watches CSI could tell you. A standard SF author paranoia about reality passing you by and thumbing its nose while laughing in a sneering way.
But as this is the 20th year since Greg first appeared, in Mindstar Rising, I’ve taken a look at The Suspect Genome again. With some careful editing and a few new paragraphs it’s been possible to remove the failed ‘future past’ technology and preserve the main whodunnit story.
There were also some anachronisms that needed removing, like telephone boxes. After all, this was written about a future that’s only twenty years away and there aren’t many of them left now, certainly not in Rutland where Greg lives (will live?). Thankfully most of the other details of life in Greg’s universe aren’t too passé. The title name had to go as well, and it’s now called Family Matters (a bad pun I know, but I couldn’t resist).

A new tour date, and it’s down to you!

Peter will be adding another tour date to his schedule for The Abyss Beyond Dreams – but where it is is up to you! Head on over to Peter’s Facebook Page to say where you’d like Peter to visit.

And here’s the full list of the tour dates at present:

Wednesday 8th October
12.30pm Waterstones Guildford
71-73 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DY
Contact the store for more info 01483 536366

Wednesday 8th October
7pm Foyles Charing Cross Road
113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB
For more info visit

Thursday 9th October
1pm Waterstones Swindon
25/26 Brunel Plaza, Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon SN1 1ND
Contact the store for more info 01793 436465

Thursday 9th October
5.45pm Forbidden Planet Bristol
Clifton Heights Triangle West, Bristol BS8 1EJ
Contact the store for more info 0117 929 7767

Thursday 9th October
8pm Toppings Bath
The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS
Contact the store for more info 01225 428111

Friday 10th October
12pm Waterstones Milton Keynes
Unit 72, Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes MK9 3GA
Contact the store for more info 01908 395384

Friday 10th October
7pm Oxford Blackwells
50 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ
Contact the store for more info 01865 792792

Saturday 11th October
12pm Waterstones Birmingham
24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
Contact the store for more info 0121 633 4353

Saturday 11th October
4pm Waterstones Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR
Contact the store for more info 0115 9470069

Monday 13th October
2pm Waterstones Manchester Trafford Centre
42 Regent Crescent, Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Road, Manchester
M17 8AP
Contact the store for more info 0161 749 8623

Monday 13th October
6.30pm Waterstones Liverpool One
12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL
Contact the store for more info 0151 709 9820

Tuesday 14th October
12.30pm Waterstones Sheffield Orchard Square
24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB
Contact the store for more info 0114 272 8971

Tuesday 14th October
7pm Waterstones Leeds
93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS
Contact the store for more info 0113 244 4588

Wednesday 15th October
1pm Waterstones Newcastle
Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, Newcastle NE1 7JF
Contact the store for more info 0191 261 7757

Wednesday 15th October
7pm Waterstones York
15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
Contact the store for more info 01904 620784

Thursday 16th October
7.30pm Toppings Ely
9 High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4LJ
Contact the store for more info 01353 645005

Friday 17 October
1pm Waterstones Colchester
12-13 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DA
Contact the store for more info 01206 561307

Friday 17 October
7.30pm Waterstones Norwich
11-17 Castle Street, Norwich NR2 1PB
Contact the store for more info 01603 767292

Thursday 6th November
6pm Waterstones Edinburgh West End
128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD
Contact the store for more info 0131 226 2666

Friday 7th November
12.30pm Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street
153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EW
Contact the store for more info 0141 332 9105