Over on his Facebook page, Peter has just announced the latest competition to tie in with the publication of the Abyss Beyond Dreams paperback, and it’s a damned fine one too. Head on over to have a read and enter, though it’ll likely interest UK folk more than anyone else.
Apologies to anyone that has been trying to access the forum recently and getting a blank screen or error, this should now be resolved and all should be working fine.
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?
If you’ve picked up The Abyss Beyond Dreams you may have noticed the soundtrack details at the front of the novel. Steve Buick has created music to read The Abyss Beyond Dreams to which can be purchased through Amazon and iTunes. Go ahead and check it out, and listen to the samples!
Over 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).
As you can see, here are the new covers for the Commonwealth books, and done in the same style as The Abyss Beyond Dreams. Larry Rostant is the man behind these and, frankly, I love them. So much better than the previous re-coverings, and different enough from Jim Burns’ originals to take nothing away from them.
Here’s hoping that Peter’s publisher continues this style with his other novels. Personally I just want a new cover for Fallen Dragon, the novel of his that always seems forgotten…
Over on Peter’s Facebook Page he’s posted these pictures of the final product, and rather shiny it is too.
You can also download the artwork as a wallpaper there too!
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
Peter’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.