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Publisher Comments:

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiraling toward his own inevitable death... unless he can do something to stop it.

Review:

“Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic.” Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City

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“Science fiction is best when it does what we least expect, when it transforms narrative into something you dont see coming….Its a trick not every writer can master, but Smythe makes a marvel of this world, and these characters, and makes this reader want the sequel now.” Romantic Times BOOKclub (Top Pick!)

Review:

The Explorer is smart, scary and seductive. Like its protagonist, it explores the queasy strangeness of space-time, and puts the reader at the heart of a tale of watching and fearing that comes off like a collaboration between Hitchcock and Heinlein. Excellent stuff.” Lloyd Shepherd, author of The English Monster

Review:

“Dark, cold, claustrophobic, and oh so very scary. The Explorer is literary science fiction at its blackest best.” Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Seven Wonders

Review:

The Explorer is essentially exemplary: a short, sharp shock of a story from an author who deserves to do as well for himself as he does by us. It's perfectly plotted, smartly characterized and rife with insight and excitement.” Tor.com

Review:

“This is a remarkable book: a state-of-the-art spacecraft constructed from ideas, and propelled by a powerful story. Gripping, terrifying and audacious — an exploration in every sense of the word.” Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Review:

“A challenging and stimulating read.” Booklist

Review:

“There have been teachers in space, senators, and the wealthy who buy tickets. But never has a journalist been launched over the atmosphere. Until Smythe's gripping novel.” New York Post

Review:

“A] mind-bending, heart-wrenching, avalanche of a reading experience…an oasis for readers thirsty to find an engaging book…books like this are the kind that create fans, and I'm proud to be one.” SF Signal

Review:

“The first person perspective and unpretentious prose style are enhanced by accomplished pacing.” SFX (UK)

Review:

The Explorer by James Smythe is quiet, dark book which focuses on the dark and quiet of space….It may not be a flashy…but it is a fascinating character study that could only exist in a science-fictional world.” io9.com

Review:

“A brilliant book — funny, desperate, desolate, sad, all in equal measure.” Chuck Wendig

Review:

The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel…reminiscent of a 1970s space movie, where the darkness of the void mirrors the darkness of the human soul.” Financial Times

Review:

“A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death.” SFX

Review:

“As if Philip K. Dick and David Mitchell collaborated on an episode of The West Wing. Unsettling, gripping and hugely thought-provoking.” FHM

About the Author

James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a Ph.D. at Cardiff University, he has taught creative writing, and is currently writer/narrative designer for a major forthcoming video game. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062229410
Author:
Smythe, James
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.612613 in 7.2 oz

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Product details 272 pages Harper Voyager - English 9780062229410 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic.”
"Review" by , “Science fiction is best when it does what we least expect, when it transforms narrative into something you dont see coming….Its a trick not every writer can master, but Smythe makes a marvel of this world, and these characters, and makes this reader want the sequel now.”
"Review" by , The Explorer is smart, scary and seductive. Like its protagonist, it explores the queasy strangeness of space-time, and puts the reader at the heart of a tale of watching and fearing that comes off like a collaboration between Hitchcock and Heinlein. Excellent stuff.”
"Review" by , “Dark, cold, claustrophobic, and oh so very scary. The Explorer is literary science fiction at its blackest best.”
"Review" by , The Explorer is essentially exemplary: a short, sharp shock of a story from an author who deserves to do as well for himself as he does by us. It's perfectly plotted, smartly characterized and rife with insight and excitement.”
"Review" by , “This is a remarkable book: a state-of-the-art spacecraft constructed from ideas, and propelled by a powerful story. Gripping, terrifying and audacious — an exploration in every sense of the word.”
"Review" by , “A challenging and stimulating read.”
"Review" by , “There have been teachers in space, senators, and the wealthy who buy tickets. But never has a journalist been launched over the atmosphere. Until Smythe's gripping novel.”
"Review" by , “A] mind-bending, heart-wrenching, avalanche of a reading experience…an oasis for readers thirsty to find an engaging book…books like this are the kind that create fans, and I'm proud to be one.”
"Review" by , “The first person perspective and unpretentious prose style are enhanced by accomplished pacing.”
"Review" by , The Explorer by James Smythe is quiet, dark book which focuses on the dark and quiet of space….It may not be a flashy…but it is a fascinating character study that could only exist in a science-fictional world.”
"Review" by , “A brilliant book — funny, desperate, desolate, sad, all in equal measure.”
"Review" by , The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel…reminiscent of a 1970s space movie, where the darkness of the void mirrors the darkness of the human soul.”
"Review" by , “A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death.”
"Review" by , “As if Philip K. Dick and David Mitchell collaborated on an episode of The West Wing. Unsettling, gripping and hugely thought-provoking.”
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