Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Angels Over America

Hey, the new Pyr catalogue is out, so now I can tell you that Cowboy Angels will be published in the US of A in January 2011. The fabulous cover - my third by him - with a train exiting a Turing gate, is by Sparth. The retro lettering is great, too, and entirely appropriate: the novel is set in the 1980s, in a variety of Americas.


Blogger George Berger said...

I have the 2008 Golancz paper edition. Not one Turing Gate in sight.

May 05, 2010 11:57 am  
Blogger Drake said...

This seems extremely derivative of the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy..

May 05, 2010 12:54 pm  
Blogger Peter Hollo said...

OMG I am jealous of the Americans getting this lovely cover.

May 05, 2010 2:36 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Drake - The original version of Cowboy Angels was written in 2003, before the first book in Peter Hamilton series appeared. It has a stupidly complicated publishing history - original publisher decided to stop doing SF, reluctantly issued a new contract for Cowboy Angels when I agreed to write an entirely new non-SF novel, I eventually bought it back from them and sold it to Gollancz, blah blah blah. Which is why I'm so pleased to see it finally published in the US.

May 05, 2010 5:18 pm  
Blogger Al said...

Not to mention that Hamilton's gates are interstellar, not interdimensional to parallel universes (specifically other Earths).

I didn't realize that this wasn't out in the US yet. I live there but bought the English edition when it came out as I grew tired of waiting for American books from you and other UK authors.

May 05, 2010 6:54 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Al, to be fair, it isn't obvious from the cover where the train is coming from/going to - and it *is* a train. What's weird about the synchronicity is that at the time Peter Hamilton and I shared an agent; but neither of us knew what the other was writing. Anyhow, there are probably plenty of other ways that it borrows (or as authors like to say 'quotes') from other novels about parallel world travel. I give a hat-tip to a few authors of such in the story...

George, I like the Gollancz cover too - a hint that the gates might be anywhere, even inside a shack on the plain where the buffalo roam (as one more or less is).

May 06, 2010 5:22 pm  
Blogger Al said...

Of course, Hyperion had trains, rivers, etc. going through gates long before either of you. :-)

May 06, 2010 5:41 pm  
Blogger PeteY said...

I read a book by Harry Turtledove called The Disunited States of America that reminded me a bit of CA, but it wasn't very good IMO. I got the impression it was part of a series, but I didn't pursue it.

That is a lovely cover.

May 06, 2010 6:08 pm  
Blogger Al said...

Pete, that's something like the third or fourth book in an ongoing series.

May 06, 2010 6:11 pm  
Blogger PeteY said...

While we're on the subject of CA, I should mention that Charles Stross has said nice things about it on his blog, more than once. He said he'd had a similar idea, but abandoned the book when he saw CA.

May 07, 2010 12:26 am  
Blogger Drake said...

Guess I should refrain from judging a book by it's cover ;)

May 15, 2010 1:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also thought of Harry Turtedove's alt-hist series and also of the 24 tv series although I guess your intent there is satirical.

May 19, 2010 11:12 pm  

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