06 November 2012

By Bella Pagan


Gary Gibson's writing has been going from strengh to strengh in recent years, with fabulous future adventures including the recent FINAL DAYS and THE THOUSAND EMPERORS. He's been compared to Peter F. Hamilton, Neal Asher and Alistair Reynolds (via the Guardian) and generally attracted a huge pile of stellar praise. So, we're revamping his Shoal series to give him some stellar shiny new covers to match! Steve Stone has done his usual (but how can we take such talent for granted?!) amazing job and the new covers are below. You can also scroll down to see what the previous covers looked like. The new books will be published next year in May, and we can't wait!   


Gary is also delighted with the new artwork, and gave us some lovely feedback (we didn't even have to offer him cake): 'I'm totally blown away by Steve Stone's covers, and one of the great things about writing with Tor is that they include you in the design process when it comes to the cover, asking for ideas and talking over early versions, where many other publishers would run to the hills rather than grant their writers that degree of inclusivity.'                     


Stealing LightThe secrets of the past will fan the flames of war . . .
For a hundred and fifty thousand years, the alien Shoal have been hiding a terrible secret behind a façade of power. In the twenty-fifth century, they dominate the galaxy and control all trade and exploration, possessing the secret of faster-than-light travel. Mankind has established just a handful of interstellar colonies; their freedom and knowledge of the galaxy limited by the Shoal’s punitive colonial charter.


Dakota Merrick is a machine-head pilot on the run from one of the Consortium’s most powerful criminals. Desperate for escape, she contracts to ferry an expert team to a remote star system. Her passengers hope to scavenge a functioning FTL-drive from a derelict starship – rumoured to pre-date the Shoal. But they’ll expose an ancient genocide the Shoal will do anything to hide. And Dakota will be forced to face demons from her own military past.

‘Relentlessly gripping adventure’
The Times
‘Packed with massive concepts and dark psychological twists . . . seriously entertaining’

‘Fast, confident, daring, skilful … A big book in scope and imagination’

'The depth and scale of a writer coming into his own’

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nova-war_1One woman and a terrifying secret stand between us
and destruction . . .
Found adrift far from Consortium space, pilot Dakota Merrick and Lucas Corso are taken prisoner by the alien Bandati. There, Dakota discovers that humanity’s knowledge of the galaxy is frighteningly inaccurate. The Shoal has apparently been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, for thousands of years. As yet, the latter seem unaware of their FTL technology’s full destructive capabilities. But the Bandati now have this information, and they will use it for profit.


Dakota realises, to her shock, that the Shoal may therefore hold the Galaxy’s best chance for peace. Forging an alliance with Trader, a Shoal-member, she’s determined to prevent the Bandati’s deadly knowledge from reaching the Emissaries. Yet despite her efforts, a nova war now seems inevitable – a war that will destroy millions of inhabited worlds.


‘To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher … a gripping read’
'A sharp, sophisticated and hugely entertaining SF novel’


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empire-of-light_1One man has the skills to rally their cause – if he can stay alive . . .
The nova war spreads across the galaxy, as the Emissaries wage a fierce and reckless campaign. They’ve already reached human-occupied space and forced the alien Shoal into a desperate retreat. And when Dakota leaves to pursue a lead, Corso’s luck turns bad. Now commanding a fleet of human-piloted Magi ships, his authority crumbles before assassination attempts and politically motivated sabotage. Their best hope lies with Ty Whitecloud, currently light-years beyond Consortium borders. Only Ty can decipher messages left behind by ancient star travellers – which could be crucial to their cause.

But Whitecloud is imprisoned onboard a dying coreship, awaiting execution for war crimes against Corso’s own people. For humanity’s very survival, Corso must get to Whitecloud and keep him alive … if Dakota doesn’t kill him first. 

‘Gripping, imaginative and morally complex … a compulsive read’
‘A sharp, distinctive piece of Sci-Fi, and Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch out for’
‘Amazing energy … establishes Gary Gibson as a leading light of modern SF’

FantasyBookCritic blog

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And, for those who are interested in such things (us! us!) here are the previous covers for these books:


    Other posts featuring Gary Gibson are here.