Wednesday 16 January 2013

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Steampunk is the genre to watch, says a computer. Pfft, we knew that yonks ago...

They've taken down the greatest chess minds in the world and solved some of the mightiest conundrums the universe has to offer. And now, IBM's supercomputer has come to predicting the future. Turns out the Next Big Thing is going to be.....



Behold: "Retailers attending the National Retail Federation Convention in New York yesterday (Jan. 14) got an ear-load, and eye-load, from researchers about the next big trend steaming toward the retail industry. Based on an analysis of more than half a billion public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites and news sources, IBM predicted that ''steampunk" will be the next major trend to bubble up and take hold of the retail industry."

We don't need a supercomputer to tell us this - we've been publishing Steampunk since Abaddon Books was born in 2005! Jonathan Green and Al Ewing have between them created the world's biggest* Steampunk series: PAX BRITANNIA!

Whether it's the adventures of silver-tongued adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver or the time-spanning epics of Pax Omega, Pax Britannia has consistently delivered the Steampunk goods with a pulpy edge.

The next big thing? Abaddon has you covered ........ in steam. Er.....

* To quote the Simpsons: "Great meaning large or immense, we use it in the pejorative sense!"

Thursday 10 January 2013

Chuck Wendig's GODS AND MONSTERS: UNCLEAN SPIRITS is 'essential' buy, says iO9

Those harbingers of good taste over at iO9 have picked Gods and Monsters: Unlean Spirits by Chuck Wendig as one of the 'essential science fiction and fantasy books that are coming in 2013'.

The writer of Double Dead and Bad Blood is knocking it out of the park with this inspired insanity about the deities of a polytheistic pantheon who survive on Earth - immortal, bored, falling into old patterns of collecting sycophants and worshippers in order to war against one another in the battle for the hearts of men. But they bring with them demi-gods, and they bring with them their monstrous races—crass abnormalities created to serve the gods, who would do anything to reclaim the seat of true power.

Here's what iO9 has to say:

The author of the Blackbirds/Mockingbird novels turns his hand to full-on hotpants epic fantasy, with a tale of gods and goddesses battling on Earth — until a single monotheistic god decides to try and wipe them all out, with an army of angels. Sounds pleasingly demented.

Excited? We know we are - Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits is out in May and you can pre-order this bad boy right here!