Thursday, December 31, 2015

And What Have I Done?

Another year over, a new one about to begin...

In 2015 I wrote, mostly. First up, a new novel, Something Coming Through, which brought together some ideas I've been working up in short stories for the past ten years or so. About the way that technology has become a cargo cult that is changing us in ways we can neither predict nor, as yet, fully understand. About what might happen if we were given free and easy travel to other planets right now. About mysteriously helpful aliens, the Jackaroo, and what happens when the Other understands you better than you understand yourself.

I finished writing a second Jackaroo novel, Into Everywhere, in the first half of this year. It's related to Something Coming Through but works as a standalone, and is scheduled to be published in April 2016, a couple of months after the mass market paperback of Something Coming Through and a couple of months before Fairyland is reissued as a Gollancz SF Masterwork.

Also published in 2015, a big fat paperback of the Confluence trilogy, reissued with two associated stories. Some people think that it's my best work. I'm pleased to see it back in print after a long hiatus. And I turned two out-of-print novels, Players and Mind's Eye, into ebooks - Kindle only, at the moment, I'm afraid. Players is a police procedural revolving around a massively multiplayer online game. Mind's Eye is a weird thriller that moves from London to Iraq in a chase after the origin of mind-altering entoptic glyphs and the strange family history of its protagonist.

There was a smattering of non-fiction, and two short stories, 'Planet of Fear' (in Old Venus, edited by G.R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) and 'Wild Honey' (in Asimov's SF). Both have been selected for upcoming Best of the Year anthologies. I also wrote, and sold, four short stories that should see print in 2016, and I'm in the middle of writing a novel I don't want to talk about for the usual superstitious reasons, except to say that it's one I've been trying to find way of writing for some time.

Based on previous years, I could predict that I'll spend much of 2016 writing, too, but one thing I've learned from writing science fiction is that making predictions is a chancy business. Meanwhile, a Happy New Year to all who've stopped by here. Let's hope it's a good one.


Blogger Brian said...

Paul, any Quiet War stories for 2016?

December 31, 2015 5:44 pm  
Blogger Rob said...

Congratulations on your productive year.

Much of my year in reading has consisted of dipping into your fiction. A highlight of the Christmas period for me has been getting round to finishing Eternal Light, and finding there some ideas you explored in much more detail with the Preservers in the Confluence trilogy.

Another highlight has been finding this blog: rather than just plugging releases or posting photos of what you had for lunch, you must put quite a bit of effort into the writing here.

Best wishes for 2016, and please carry on with the E-book releases.

December 31, 2015 6:00 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Brian - no more Quiet War stories at the moment, but it's always there if I need a setting for deep future stuff.

And thanks for yr best wishes, Rob. There should be another e-book this year, in between the other projects...

January 05, 2016 12:31 pm  
Blogger Francis S said...

2015 was the year I read the Confluence books. Wonderful; and for me, better at conveying a layered abyss of deep time than Gene Wolfe's New Sun, though I suppose I should give it another go. Looking forward very much to the sequel to Something Coming Through.

January 08, 2016 11:51 am  
Blogger Adam Roberts said...

I am one of those who considers Confluence your best, I do confess it. I've read it several times and each time it reveals new layers and depth. Very glad to see it as an omnibus.

January 13, 2016 10:40 am  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Francis and Adam, belated thanks for yr kind words.

February 02, 2016 6:27 pm  

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