BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH, due in January 2012, will be my tenth published novel. My novel-length books to date are, in order
and date of UK publication:
* REVELATION SPACE (2000) BSFA and Clarke shortlist. Gothic space opera with slower than light travel and speculation
about extra-terrestrial intelligences.
* CHASM CITY (2001) BSFA winner in 2002. A hardboiled pursuit/revenge thriller set in the RS universe.
* REDEMPTION ARK (2002) More fun with killer aliens.
* ABSOLUTION GAP (2003) BSFA shortlist. End times approach; religious lunatics appear. Contains moving cathedrals and
speculation about braneworlds.
* CENTURY RAIN (2004) A murder mystery in 1959 Paris opens a can of worms for struggling PI and jazzman Wendell Floyd.
Space opera, parallel worlds, jazz, etc.
* PUSHING ICE (2005) Clarke shortlist. Near future space exploration and first contact, and a wild ride into the deep,
distant future for the crew of the mining vehicle Rockhopper. Perhaps my most Clarkean book to date.
* THE PREFECT (2007) Crime and punishment in the RS universe. A crisis for Prefect Dreyfus in the near-utopia of the
Glitter Band. Will there be more?
* HOUSE OF SUNS (2008) Clarke shortlist. Six million years in the future, starfaring clones, tensions between human and
robot metacivilisations, King Crimson jokes.
* TERMINAL WORLD (2010) Wales Book of the Year finalist. Steampunky action on a dying world, with a mystery under the
skin of things.
Of my books to date, five are set in the same universe. The reading order isn't that critical, in my view, but it probably
improves things to read REVELATION SPACE, REDEMPTION ARK and ABSOLUTION GAP in that sequence. The other related books, CHASM
CITY and THE PREFECT, as well as the collections DIAMOND DOGS, TURQUOISE DAYS and GALACTIC NORTH, can be read at any point
(or in fact, not read at all).
CENTURY RAIN, PUSHING ICE, HOUSE OF SUNS and TERMINAL WORLD are all unrelated standalone novels. I have vague intentions to
return to the universes of PI and HOS, but nothing firm, and I don't intend to return to the worlds of CR or TW, much as I'm
fond of those books.
My next set of books is a three book sequence beginning with BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH. Not quite a trilogy, perhaps (although
I've spoken of it in such terms) since there are not really any major overlapping characters between the books, and I hope
each functions as a well-formed standalone novel in its own right. The sequence deals with the expansion into the galaxy of
the human species over thousands of years, told from the viewpoint of an African family across many generations.
I am also writing a Doctor Who novel, HARVEST OF TIME, about which I say a bit more here.