Synopses & Reviews
Adam Christophers dazzling first novel, Empire State, was named the Best Book of 2012 by SciFi Now magazine. Now he explores new dimensions of time and space in The Burning Dark.
Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. After saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace, overseeing the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station.
The stations reclusive commandant is nowhere to be seen. Persistent malfunctions plague the stations systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.
Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned space radio, only to tune in to a strange, enigmatic signal: a womans voice that echoes across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?
"In a spacefaring future, Capt. Abraham Idaho 'Ida' Cleveland's cunning victory over the Spiders at Tau Retore is rewarded with a posting to a backwater naval demolition facility in the Shadow star system. He soon discovers that his victory has been erased from the official records and that he is a pariah. Isolated and bored, he turns to amateur subspace astronomy and hears a message from Earth's long-forgotten past, a harbinger of grim events to come. After inadvertently opening the door to Hellspace, Ida winds up at the center of a carefully orchestrated storm of occult and alien forces. The novel is an awkward partnership between the implausibility of space opera and the lurid violence of horror; an idiosyncratic use of ship names borrowed from various 20th-century comics and several references to the phantom cosmonaut crackpot conspiracy theories fail to distract from the cardboard worldbuilding and weak, derivative plot. Agent: Stacia Decker, Donald Maass Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“With The Burning Dark Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form, littered with ‘wow moments and a few sly in-jokes for hardcore comic book fans to catch. Not to be missed.”—James Lovegrove, New York Times bestselling author of the Pantheon series
“Riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House.” —Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Razor's Edge
“As captivating as a kaleidoscope.” —Cory Doctorow on Empire State
“Absolutely wonderful.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author, on Seven Wonders
“A blast for sci-fi fans.” —CNN.com on The Age Atomic
"Builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on."—Library Journal, starred review, on The Burning Dark
"An exciting new novel from an exciting new voice in SF."—Booklist on The Burning Dark
"Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form. Not to be missed."—James Lovegrove, New York Times bestselling author
"Christopher puts SF in a metaphysical choke-hold—The Burning Dark makes reality tap out."—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author
"Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre."—V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious
“Builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on.” —Library Journal,
“An exciting new novel from an exciting new voice in SF.” —Booklist
“Christopher has produced a widescreen Hollywood spectacular in novel form. Not to be missed.” —James Lovegrove, New York Times bestselling author
“Smart, intricate, and viscerally gripping… Christopher carves a place for himself among the stars of his genre.” —V. E. Schwab, author of Vicious
"Christopher mines the terror of a setting that feels both tremendously vast and nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. The Burning Dark will have readers hesitating before glancing at the night sky or turning on their radios."—Robert Jackson Bennett, author of Mr. Shivers and American Elsewhere
"With this creepy and compelling mystery, Adam Christopher demonstrates why hes one of the most original and exciting writers working in the genre right now."—Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection
"Christopher is writing science-fiction unlike anyone else - tense, unsettling, and grounded in a universe full of danger and mystery. The Burning Dark slips a cold, gloved hand around your heart and doesnt let go."—Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise"A riveting SF mystery reminiscent of Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House."—Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razors Edge
From Adam Christopher, winner of the Sir Julius Vogel award, comes a thrilling far-future science fiction tale set aboard a decommissioned space station
About the Author
ADAM CHRISTOPHER is a novelist and comic writer. In 2010, as an editor, Christopher won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealands highest science fiction honor. His debut novel, Empire State, was SciFiNows Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year for 2012. In 2013, he was nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel award for Best New Talent, with Empire State shortlisted for Best Novel. His other novels include Seven Wonders and The Age Atomic. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in the United Kingdom since 2006.