Paul McAuley’s brilliant new SF novel, Evening’s Empires, is published tomorrow. As part of the Quiet War sequence – although you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this one – we thought this was a good moment to remind people how great Paul’s future history is. To that end we’ve reduced the price of The Quiet War eBook – the first book in the sequence – to £1.99 for a limited time only. (Sorry, this isn’t available in the US – Paul has his own publisher over there). And, as Paul himself will tell you, there’s another way to sample his writing:
So because I have a new novel, Evening’s Empires, in the Quiet War sequence/universe/future history coming out real-soon-now, I’ve compiled a new collection of Quiet War stories. From the introduction:
Two of the stories in this collection, ‘Sea Change, With Monsters’ and ‘Dead Men Walking’ are set in the period of Gardens of the Sun; ‘Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Running, Fiddler’s Green, the Potter’s Garden’ is set a couple of decades afterwards, at the beginning of a long, slow, peaceful colonisation of the solar system. Most of the fourteen fragments or micro-fictions collected here are set in that golden age: snapshots of ordinary life in a hopeful future. Just one, ‘The Paladin’ hints at the end of that golden age, and a new cycle of turbulence and violence. The last two novels in the Quiet War sequence, In the Mouth of the Whale and Evening’s Empires, are set in the aftermath of the rise and fall of the True Empire, some 1500 years after the Quiet War. These stories are the deep background of their history.