BINARY lands in America

Binary is now out in North America, which officially makes it available throughout the English-speaking world. Accordingly it and I are popping up all over the place, like some kind of brightly-jacketed internet mushroom. I’m really proud of this book; it’s the first thing I wrote after I’d got a publishing deal, when I knew I was a proper writer and also knew that meant I had something to prove. I poured my heart and soul into Binary, and I believe it shows.

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But! This is not where I tell you what I think of my own work, because I want you all to go read it and have your own thoughts. I will, however, share some other things I’ve written recently to mark the US hardback and the UK paperback releases. They are all in one way or another about the opportunities and the responsibilities of being a storyteller: tackling an unplanned sequel, creating fictional worlds that nevertheless reflect reality, the kinds of stories we choose to keep telling, the challenge of conveying character and of finding your own voice as a writer.

Asking the Next Question

What happens now? Given what has already been done, and cannot be undone; knowing what we now know, and can no longer pretend ignorance of; how do people move forward? What kind of society do they wish to live in?

Who will they choose, now, to be?

Plausible Fictions and Strange Realities

Thanks to medicine, it is a certainty that no one anywhere in the world will get smallpox ever again. That is a real-life, honest-to-god miracle, accomplished during my lifetime; but there is no glamour attached to it. The fairy dust of fictional extrapolation has somehow passed it by.

Violent Impulses, or How We Think About Conflict

As someone who writes fiction which draws on the social sciences as well as on genetics and information technology, I’m keenly aware of those patterns of belief and presumption – and given that fiction almost invariably relies on some kind of conflict to provide a sense of significance and urgency, it strikes me that how we resolve fictional conflicts is relevant to how we think about real ones.

Finding Voices: Defining the Characters in Binary

If creating this plethora of voices and characters and languages and subtext sounds terribly difficult and complicated, well it is – but no more so than the complex human interactions we engage in and expertly negotiate every day.

(And, because I think you might enjoy it, here’s a little story from my own life before I became a writer.)

New reviews keep coming in, all linked under the tab above. (I do mean all; as long as a review is online and I know about it, it’ll be linked from this site. The only exceptions will be ones that are abusive or excessively spoilery – which hasn’t happened yet – or groups of reader reviews at sites like Goodreads or Amazon.)

Coming soon: Transatlantic Pre-Publication Promotional Frenzy. Also: new home!

Success is its own reward, or perhaps its own punishment. Since I last mused about story-writing, I’ve done anything but. I barely put fingers to keyboard for the past week, while I moved out of the friend’s flat I’ve been sharing for the past few months and into one of my own. I can remember when this wouldn’t have required more than a half-day or so of unpacking and sorting, but in the years since then I have accumulated a truly astonishing amount of Stuff. And if you think fitting the contents of a rambling three-storey barn conversion into the compactness that is a London flat sounds like a challenge, well, you’d be right.

But it’s done and I’m in; pictures are up on the walls and books, most importantly, are back on the shelves. And not a moment too soon: I’ve got lots of lovely people asking me to do lots of writerly stuff, all due to the fact that I have two books coming out in the next two months. One of which is already out. Confused? Bear with me.

Binary drops in the UK and Commonwealth on 3rd April*, and Gemsigns gets its North American release in May. And because the Americans need things Americanised, that meant I had the American copy edit, and then typeset, to review in February; not to mention different cover art to comment on and cover copy to check. Welcome to the wonderful world of global publishing.

(Lest that sound like a whinge, let me stress that the Quercus US team are a delight to work with, and the approach they’ve taken for the US cover and copy is fantastic; much as I love the UK cover of Gemsigns, I have to confess that the US version is at least as good. Maybe better. I’ll be doing a reveal as soon as they let me, and then you, People of the Interwebs, can decide.)

As you might suspect, all of this means there’s going to be just a wee bit of a promotional jamboree happening over the next month or three. I’ll be cropping up in various places online, on both sides of the pond (and in May I cross the pond for real, to read at the Calabash Literary Festival). I’ll post links here to stuff happening elsewhere, and there’ll be some bespoke writing for this site as well; but the growing list of interview and guest post requests makes me think that much of what I planned to talk about on my own blog will turn into conversations in other locations. I’ll put up the signposts, and I hope you’ll join in.

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*Note to reviewers: Binary is available on NetGalley for another week.

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