Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Elysium Fire and a new title for The Prefect

I'm pleased to be able to announce that my next novel will have the title Elysium Fire. Actually the title has been out there for a little while courtesy of various online listings, but at least now I can confirm it (sometimes provisional titles do escape out into the wild) and also offer up the cover artwork, concerning which I'm very happy.


This is a direct sequel to 2007's The Prefect, and although it's been a decade since I completed the earlier novel, the action in this book begins only two years after the events of the first. Although it features the same settings, organisation and main characters of the first, it concerns itself with an entirely different story and is intended to function as a standalone book, requiring no prior knowledge of The Prefect.

While my editor and I were discussing title options for this new novel, none of which seemed to follow on organically from the first, I made the not entirely flippant suggestion that, given the chance, I would jump at the opportunity to retitle The Prefect. Although I still liked the book, over the ensuing decade I'd come to feel that it was one of my weaker titles and was particularly problematic from the standpoint of establishing the idea of the Panoply stories forming a sort of universe within a universe. So, once we had begun to settle on a title for the new book, thoughts turned to the possibility of a fresh identity for the older one, and after some deliberation this is the result:


Obviously I am keen that no one should mistake this for a new novel, so the intention at the moment is that the original title will feature prominently as part of the description on the rear cover (this will be a paperback reissue) while the front cover will have a removable sticker clearly identifying the nature of the book. Online descriptions will also strive to make it clear that this is not an original work, and I'll aim to get the word out at all opportunities between now and the re-issue. 




28 comments:

  1. I am eagerly waiting for this book.Love the cover art also. Online sources indicate a January 2018 release is this so ?

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  2. Aurora Rising fits quite well with Elysium Fire. I've always loved your two word titles for your novels.
    Although it works as a stand alone, I'll more likely give The Perfect another read.
    Cheers and good luck.

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  3. Can't wait for this! Just to be clear, by "one of my weaker titles", I hope that means the title of the book and not the work itself - The Prefect/Aurora Rising is one of my absolute favourites!

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    1. Same here. I think it's the book where Al really started to hit his stride.

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  4. This is so exciting! I just saw a post from Gollancz on Twitter. I happen to be reading The Prefect for the third time at the moment. Great stuff! (I can't decide whether to choose The Prefect, or Revenger for my next bookclub book)

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    1. LOL! Volyova! I am starting to think where is Yuuji-san Sajaki! HAHA.

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  5. I honestly think "The Perfect" is fine, but I sure do love the new book covers! WOW!

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  6. After an awful couple of days this is the good news I needed! Thanks so much Alastair, can't wait for Elysium Fire and the new title for The Prefect is great (and love the 'A Prefect Dreyfuss Emergency' byline for the novels). I'll re-read The Prefect, sorry, Aurora Rising once I've finished the Foundation series. Happy Daz!

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  7. The Prefect stands out among your published works. Looking forward to the next installment. The new name is solid.

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  8. Awesome! Not one, but two 'new' books for the Reynolds shelf!

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  9. The Prefect is one of my favorite scifi books, so I naturally have already preordered a hardcover of Elysium Fire. January seems such a long way off suddenly.

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  10. Thank you all, it's good to know there is still some interest in the world of the prefects. Personally I really enjoyed revisiting the setting and characters.

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  11. Very glad to soon re-enter the world of Dreyfus and the Panoply. The Prefect is my favourite novel set in the Revelation Space universe. I'd love this to be the beginning of a series of cases investigated by him and his team. :-)

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  12. The Prefect is one of my favorites. Glad to see the ideas moving ahead in a new story.

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  13. Fantastic news! I originally read the Revelation Space/Redemption Ark/Absolution Gap trilogy then went back and read the whole "universe" in chronological order. The Prefect (along with Chasm City) really stood out.

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  14. Great news, Al! I've been collecting all your works! Based on the cover, I feel like getting Aurora Rising even though I already have The Prefect. It's just... I want things to be in 'sets' or 'groups'. I was sad when I bought Poseidon's Wake because the cover doesn't match with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze.

    =(.

    Glad to hear more coming!

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  15. That book title sounds familiar...

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  16. Will you do an audible release as well? They don't have a listing for it yet.

    PS. Hope this becomes a trend and you revisit your masterpiece soon (house of suns).

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  17. The very talented writer GS Jennsen have already made a great contribution to the sci-fi genre in the name of "Aurora Rising". She has written a 9 book series with a different take on how the universe is created and introduced us to som very interesting characters in these books. I urge you to check them out! https://www.gsjennsen.com/

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  18. Hi Al R. Cannot wait (!!) for the new novel - the Prefect was fantastic. A while back in a blog you mentioned you were working on a sequel to one of your novels - to be honest, I was (really) hoping for a sequel to Pushing Ice, but can't wait for Elysium Fire (I'd probably read your shopping list if you published it). Cheers and thanks for the reads! Dave

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  19. When did Dreyfus add an extra letter to his name?

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  20. Dreyfus must have needed to alter his name a little in the period between the two books.

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  21. Excellent news. Loved The Prefect first time around and was hoping there'd be more. Great excuse for a re-read too!

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  22. The Prefect, Chasm City and Terminal World are probably my favorites of your books. The Revelation Space universe is a fantastic one and it was a long wait to get back to it! Keep on writing!

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  23. ...considering that i missed out on the prefect's original hardcover edition, i'd love to pick up a hardcover reissue (whatever its title) dressed to match elysium fire: i hope your publisher reconsiders a paperback-only release...

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  24. I finally read The Prefect last week. I think it's my favorite book in the RS universe. I look forward to Elysium Fire!
    Was the owl who referred to himself on a number of occasions as an "excellent bird" a Peter Gabriel reference?

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