The Secret Throne (The Queen of Dreams) Cover Art

The Queen of Dreams was released last year, though due to various issues the following two books weren’t released and the trilogy moved publishers to Pan Macmillan Children’s Books. The first book has now been re-titled to The Secret Throne, with the trilogy now called The Queen of Dreams. Here’s the cover (rather small at the moment, I’ll post an enlarged version once one becomes available) and the synopsis:

the-secret-throneAn original and compelling children’s fantasy debut by Peter F. Hamilton, the UK’s bestselling adult-science-fiction author. Perfect for nine- to eleven-year-olds with bright imaginations

Taggie and her younger sister, Jemima, are just like any other girls their age. They live with their mum, go to school, play sports and spend their holidays with their dad in the countryside. But one day, everything changes . . . when a white squirrel wearing purple glasses turns up in their lives.

The next thing the sisters know, their dad has been kidnapped, and it’s up to the girls to get him back. But it seems their father has been keeping some very large secrets from his young daughters, for their dad is no ordinary man. He is an otherworldly prince in exile, and the land he should be ruling, the First Realm, has been overthrown by the King of Night.

Can Taggie and Jemima find their way between the worlds to save their father, and what other secrets has he been hiding? Before long, the sisters realize that it is not just their dad’s life at stake. It’s the future of a whole world.

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?
Hoegaarden.

My review for The Abyss Beyond Dreams

the-abyss-beyond-dreams-ukOver at SFFWorld.com 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
6pm
Waterstones Canterbury (Rose Lane, apparently there are two in the town)
8 Rose Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2SJ
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, Amazon.com

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).