Erikson Tackles First Contact With Move to Hard Science Fiction

Steven Erikson is not a name associated with Science Fiction, but with Fantasy.

He’s known the world over for his works of epic fantasy in the form of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, but now he is turning his attention to Hard Sci-Fi.

Actually, since finishing up the Malazan Book of the Fallen series in 2011, Erikson has already been dipping his toes in the SF world with the release of his two works Willful Child and Willful Child: Wrath of Betty. However with the main character in these books, Captain Hadrian Sawback, described as “a kind of James T Kirk crossed with American Dad” these forays were not exactly of the serious nature, unlike this latest announcement.

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Gollancz have announced that they have acquired the rights to his first “serious” Sci-Fi called Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart.

Rejoice will deal with a first contact situation, with the protagonist abducted in a traditional beam of light, except this time it is caught on a smart phone and the footage goes viral. And the little green men in the spacecraft? A single AI named Adam, representing a coalition of three alien races known as the Intervention Delegation.

Erikson’s statement on the news:

I am delighted to be with Gollancz as I venture once more into the SF market (this time on a serious note), beginning with my First Contact novel, Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart.  I look forward to this new chapter in my writing career and working with the terrific team at Gollancz.

This one isn’t being rushed to print, so don’t hold your breath yet. The first, hardback release is pencilled in for October next year, so keep an eye out for updates over the coming months.

This is one to keep an eye out for!

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