The new, new thing?

So, as promised last week, tis time to ponder the next book to be worked on by yours truly.

Here are a few birds that could be popped in the pot and brought to the boil over the next 12-months or so …

  • A new Sliding Void scifi novel (book #7)… this has the same crew as Hell Fleet, so think a military SF theme.
  • A new Jackelian fantasy/steampunk novel (book #8).
  • The last novel in the Far-called sequence (book #4).
  • A totally new murder-mystery detective novel (a contemporary setting with little in the way of SF elements).
  • The sequel to Empty Beyond the Stars (book #2 in the Songs of Old Sol series).
  • As well as the above five options, there is also finishing Chance Zapman & the Planet of Deadly Doom (my first science fiction comedy book).

I’ve already had a few readers asking for another Jackelian book – I suspect given the weight of numbers in my readership, and where many know me from, this is where my popular vote inhabits … but I’d be interested to hear from you about what you might fancy reading next from me?

You can leave your comments below, thanks.



I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

8 thoughts on “The new, new thing?

  • May 16, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Obviously I’d like a new Jackelian novel, I bought the second book first (didn’t realise it was the second lol) back when it was released and loved it, always thought it was a shame the movie/tv show version of the first book hit the skids (well brick wall really but I’m trying to be diplomatic). The far-called series deserves a conclusion so my second vote goes there. Thanks

  • May 16, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Myself, I’d love a new Jackelian book. (And would also be very happy to see the first couple of Jackelian books get rereleased on Kindle in the U.S.)

  • May 17, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Hi Joe

    Thanks for your feedback. Sad to say, rights for 1-6 in the Jackelian series still reside with HarperCollins, who sold the paper rights to Tor in the USA, but both sides forgot about the e-book side of things in the contract, so the ebooks are kind of in limbo and spotty outside the UK.

    I’ve asked HC if I could get the rights back for 1-6, but it’s crickets from them – Big Trad Pub likes to hold onto the IP for life of author + 70 years, even if they don’t leverage the goodies fully themselves.

    Maybe my grandkids will get the rights back, but it’ll probably be Direct-to-Brain downloads over Amazon Neuralink(TM) by then!


  • May 17, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    A new jackelian novel would be amazing!

  • May 17, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    I’m sensing a pattern here, Nate!

  • May 17, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    The Jackelian series is one of my favorite series and I love the whole world of the books. I need another one for sure. *thumping the floor with my debating stick.)

  • May 17, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    This is becoming a one horse race, Lance.

  • July 23, 2022 at 11:24 am

    It will ALWAYS be “a new Jackelian novel please”, due to no one else writing anything remotely similar, so the only “fix” is going to be a Stephen Hunt one.

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