News! And My Next Book …

… is being written right now.  (Well, not right now, obviously, since I’m writing this at the moment).

The working title is THE FREE, which I quite like and suspect it’ll stick all the way through to publication, though you can never be 100% certain of these things.  Said publication is still quite some way off, but when the time comes it’ll be by Orbit again.

What’s it about?  It’s a return to what you might call heroic fantasy, I guess.  Swords, magic and desperate doings in a world of mercenaries, rebellions and … actually, here’s a paraphrased and edited extract from the proposal I submitted to Orbit, which says it pretty well:

Once there were many free companies, selling their martial and magical talents to the highest bidder.  Only one now remains, the greatest of them all, known simply as The Free in acknowledgement of its unique survival.  In the last, chaotic days of a savage rebellion against a tyrannical king, a potent mix of venegeance, love and loyalty is about to bring a storm down upon The Free; a storm so violent it might mean the end for the last of the free companies.

It’s a stand-alone novel, and if it’s about anything – beyond the main objective of providing entertainment and excitement, of course – it’s about freedom, though not necessarily in the ways you might imagine.

And just for fun, since Friday is traditionally the day when I post moving pictures up here, here’s some mood-setting visuals.  These are not exactly direct influences, but they were definitely in the original mix when I was first dreaming The Free up, and they might just give you an idea of where I’m coming from …

Man, trailers were just dreadful back in those days, huh?  Also, the women in The Free have considerably more … agency than in either of those films.  Just feel a need to point that out.

SPOILER WARNING!!! before this last one, as it utterly and completely spoils the ending of one of the best films ever made, The Seven Samurai.  I absolutely mean it when I say: don’t hit that play button if you think you might ever want to watch it in its entirety (and you should, honestly).

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  1. Mihai A.’s avatar

    Great news, dear sir! I can’t wait to read it! That doesn’t mean that I am in a hurry, any date for its publishing works for me :)

  2. Todd’s avatar

    As I’ve been a huge fan of yours for years, I really look forward to seeing your take on this genre. I mean I know that you have “The Godless World” but your description of The Free comes across to me as quite different and I’m really looking forward to it. Knowing your style and where you take things story-wise this is going to be something I’m sure to love.
    Thanks for letting us know about this; is there any chance you’re going to put out some short stories in the meantime? I’m really interested in something from you in that form. If not, no problem I can wait, I think :-) What can I say, I enjoy your work.
    Best of luck!

  3. Brian’s avatar

    Thanks, Todd. Short stories, hmmm? Two things: I do hope, once The Free is written, to take a run at one or two short stories that I’ve had on my list of things to do for a while. Best laid plans and all that, but with any luck I’ll get to them in early 2013. The other, more immediately promising, thing is that you can have one of my short stories this October, if you like. It’ll be showing up in a certain fairly well known online venue (well known amongst those who read lots of short speculative fiction online, anyway). I don’t know whether I’m supposed to pre-announce things like that, so I won’t say where just yet, but I can promise that I’ll have a blog post up here pointing you towards it as soon as it goes live. Two months to wait, therefore, but I expect you’ll manage to contain your excitement until then …

  4. Alejandro’s avatar

    Hi Brian,

    it is a shame that part 2 & 3 of your “Godless World” trilogy have never been translated into German.

    I loved “Winterbirth”.
    I believe this has been one of the best first novels in the Fantasy genre – on par with “The blade itself” by Joe Abercrombie.

    Would love to get some more fantasy stuff settled in dark and snowy places.

    Respect & greetings from Austria