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Empire State


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Adam Christopher was born in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2006, Adam moved to the sunny north-west of England, where he now lives in domestic bliss with his wife and cat in a house next to a canal, although he has yet to take up any fishing-related activities. Adam's short fiction has appeared in Pantechnicon, Hub, and Dark Fiction Magazine, and has been nominated for the British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Society, and Parsec awards.,


Adam Christopher's debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story, a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns that hearken to other plot turns. It's often fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope, just feel it in all its weird glory.: Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother. - This is simply one of the greatest science fiction books I have ever read... So if you are looking for a super stylish, utterly engrossing, fast paced, smart and quirky read, I couldn't recommend this highly enough. 9/10" - Starburst Magazine - Adam Christopher maintains a punchy, bestseller prose style that keeps the action rocketing along, and protagonists that seem right both in their own setting, and appropriate to what we already recognise as super heroes. Empire State is an excellent, involving read, and it fully deserves to be the start of a new universe. Paul Cornell, Doctor Who scriptwriter, and author of Stormwatch and Demon Knights - A daring, dreamlike, almost hallucinatory thriller, one that plays with the conventions of pulp fiction and superheroes like a cat with a ball of yarn. Kurt Busiek, Eisner Award-winning writer of Astro City and Marvels - Stylish, sinister, and wickedly fun, Empire State is not your average sexy retro parallel universe superhero noir. - Lauren Beukes, Arthur C Clarke Award winning author of Zoo City - Destined to be a science fiction classic, Empire State is a breathtakingly original noir tale of intrigue, mystery, and quantum physics, deftly played out in storytelling so brilliant I'm finding it hard not to hate the author. - Diana Rowland, author of My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Fantastic stuff... The author is truly at the top of his game here. Goddamitt, I want more. - The Founding Fields

Angry Robot launches its WorldBuilder project, which invites sanctioned fan fiction for certain works, with Christopher's bleak steampunk noir. The Empire State is an alternate 1950s New York surrounded by endless mysterious fog and embroiled in endless mysterious war. In a pocket universe split off by a fight between estranged superheroes, a version of Empire State is inhabited by doppelgangers and powered by the rift between worlds; some want to close that rift, others to destroy it. The plot is both driven and occluded by anomalies and questions-how can protagonist Rad Braybury be 44 in a 19-year-old universe? where does food come from? Motivations are often unexplained and relationships tenuous. Readers may not care about the murky characters enough to make it through the novel, let alone create fan fiction, though the enigmas, missing backstories, and open-ended conclusion offer a wealth of jumping-off points. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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