“one of the most pleasant surprises of the year” – review of An Android Awakes on Upcoming4me

Artwork: Karl Brown Cover Design: Craig Nash
Artwork: Karl Brown
Cover Design: Craig Nash

On the Upcoming4.me website, An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown has just been reviewed. As in many other reviews, it starts with the observation that An Android Awakes may remind you of 2000AD. After describing it as a “beautifully designed paperback” the reviewer points out that it “is no ordinary book” but rather “an innovative hybrid that blurs the lines between a novel, or even a short story collection, and a graphic novel” adding that it’s a “quite clever concept which works remarkably well”.

Outlining the storyline and describing the way that Android Writer PD121928 submits stories to be published (only to have them rejected), the reviewer observes that the stories introduce us to “a truly fascinating piece of world building” but also help to provide background to the Android’s life in a way that provides “illuminating reading in itself”. Throughout, the “high quality of both storytelling and illustrations” is maintained. The conclusion of the review is that An Android Awakes is “an excellent science fiction story” that is “well recommended”.

You can read the whole review on Upcoming4.me here.

 

The making of… An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown

Artwork: Karl Brown Cover Design: Craig Nash
Artwork: Karl Brown
Cover Design: Craig Nash

Mike FrenchKarl BrownOn the speculative fiction website Upcoming4.me, in the Story behind the Story section, Mike French has written a guest article about the making of An Android Awakes which is published next month and launched at the Brighton Film and Comic Con on the 7th November. Mike explains how he and artist Karl Brown met and how they worked together throughout this ambitious and innovative project – through highs and lows – with weekly face to face meetings and read-throughs to marry the artwork with the text. Mike describes the result as akin to a concept album such as The Wall by Pink Floyd – but what Mike and Karl fail to identify is, by the way, which one’s Pink.

You can read Mike’s article here.

 

The making of… The Janus Cycle by Tej Turner

Tej TurnerThe Janus Cycle cover imageOn the speculative fiction magazine website Upcoming4.me, in the Story behind the Story feature, Tej Turner has written a guest article about the genesis of his first novel The Janus Cycle. He describes how he wrote it backwards, by accident, while working on an epic fantasy series. His account is both insightful and touching – which is also an appropriate way to describe the book itself. The Janus Cycle will be published this Friday (2nd January 2015) by Elsewhen Press.

You can read his article here.

 

The making of… You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* by Ira Nayman

You Can't Kill the Multiverse* cover image
Artwork: Hannah B Farrell

On the Upcoming4.me website, in their Story behind the Story feature, Ira Nayman has written a guest article about the genesis of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head), the second novel in the Transdimensional Authority series, and more especially about his trajectory from aspiring author to self-published author to other-published author. His article is not only an interesting perspective for both readers and other aspiring authors, but an insight into the motivation behind this very funny writer. And although he’s writing a serious piece, it is still written with his characteristic wit and humour.

You can read his article here.

 

The making of… Ghosts on the Prairies by Tanya Reimer

Ghosts on the Prairies cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck

On the Upcoming4.me website, in the Story behind the Story feature, Tanya Reimer has written a guest article about the original inspiration for her Sacred Lands Story. From a casual remark by a friend, to the mention by her uncle of tunnels under the prairies, Tanya’s imagination ran wild with a story of forbidden romance and even exploding churches. The end result was Ghosts on the Prairies.

You can read Tanya’s article here.

 

The making of… Glass Shore by Stefan Jackson

Glass Shore cover image
Artwork by Alison Buck;
photograph: Zhoozha / shutterstock.com

On the Upcoming4.me website, as part of their Story behind the Story feature, Stefan Jackson has written a guest article about the inspiration behind his debut novel Glass Shore and the process of populating it with characters and settings. He talks about the influence of the jazz music he loves so much, and even says some nice things about us! Thanks Stefan.

You can read his article here.

 

The making of… Future Perfect by Katrina Mountfort

Future Perfect cover imageOver on the Upcoming4.me website, Katrina Mountfort has written an article for their Story Behind the Story feature about her inspiration for her debut novel Future Perfect. From her childhood love of Logan’s Run to the impact of viruses that she had written about in her ‘day job’ as a medical writer, the genesis of the Blueprint trilogy took some ten years.

You can read her article here.

 

The making of… TimeStorm by Steve Harrison

TimeStorm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.com
On the Upcoming4.me website, Steve Harrison has written an article for their Story Behind the Story feature about the inspiration for his debut novel TimeStorm. From a chance remark by his brother, when they saw a replica frigate in Sydney Harbour, Steve gradually pieced together a plot that would allow him to explore the clash of cultures between the convicts and naval officers from an 18th century convict ship and the inhabitants of 21st century Sydney, while at the same time paying homage to the stories of heroes like Hornblower that thrilled him when he was growing up.

You can read his article here.

 

The making of… Convergence by Mike French

Convergence cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Astronaut: 315 Studio / shutterstock.com

On the Upcoming4.me speculative fiction magazine website, Mike French has written an article for their Story behind the Story feature. Revealing the thought processes behind the genesis and gestation of Convergence, the final book in the Dandelion Trilogy, with literary DNA from both The Ascent of Isaac Steward and Blue Friday, Mike’s article makes fascinating reading.

You can read his article here.