Join Ian Whates, big-boss at Newcon Press, and some of the authors who have contributed to their capital anthology; LONDON CENTRIC: TALES OF FUTURE LONDON.


3.00 PM, SAT 12 DEC 2020

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This collection features work by Neal Asher, Aliette de Bodard, Stewart Hotston, Dave Hutchinson, Aliya Whiteley, Andrew Wallace, Fiona Moore, M.R. Carey, Joseph Elliott-Coleman, Ida Keogh, Jeremy Szal, Geoff Ryman, and Eugen Bacon.

Militant A.I.s, virtual realities, augmented realities and alternative realities; a city where murderers stalk the streets, where drug lords rule from the shadows, and where large sections of the population are locked in time stasis, but where tea is still sipped in cafés on the corner and the past still resonates with the future…

Thirteen stories that look to the future of this diverse, multi-faceted city, that invite the reader to consider different perspectives. Stories that draw you in to possible tomorrows and suggest what may lie just beyond the city’s ever-changing skyline.

Neal Asher opens the anthology with a story set in his Polity Universe, Dave Hutchinson gives us a novelette from his Fractured Europe milieu, Jeremy Szal takes us to the world of his debut novel Stormblood, M.R. Carey, Aliette de Bodard, Geoff Ryman, Aliya Whiteley and a cast of equally talented writers transport us to Londons near and far…

In some stories, the city itself is an AI character that plays a key role in the goings-on. Technology, more broadly, is a common thread, but the various writers muse on themes as disparate as trauma, surveillance and government interference in private life. You never know what’s coming next, which makes each new story a compelling reason to continue.” – Aurealis

Available here as an A5 paperback and a special hardback edition signed by all the contributing authors and the editor, limited to just 100 numbered copies. 


M.R. Carey wrote extensively in comics (Lucifer, X-Men, The Unwritten, Highest House) before turning to prose fiction with the Felix Castor novels. He is best known for The Girl With All the Gifts, filmed in 2016 by Poison Chef. Carey received a British Screenwriters’ Award for his screenplay, which was based on his own novel. He has also co-written two novels with his wife Linda and their daughter Louise. His most recent work includes The Dollhouse Family for DC’s Hill House imprint and the post-apocalyptic Rampart trilogy, whose first volume The Book of Koli was released in April 2020.

Joseph Elliott-Coleman is a writer of fiction, with Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy being his wheelhouse. He is the writer of the novella Judges: The Patriots and the short story “Queen” for the brilliant own voices anthology Not So Stories. Both are available now from Rebellion Books. He lives in Croydon, London.

Stewart Hotston lives in Reading, UK. After completing his PhD in theoretical physics, Stewart spends his days working in high finance. He has had numerous short stories published as well as three novels. His last novel, the political thriller Tangle’s Game, was published by Rebellion. When Stewart is not writing or working he’s a senior instructor at The School of the Sword.

Ida Keogh’s science fiction has been shortlisted for the Writing the Future Short Story Prize and published in the British Medical Journal and by the Wellcome Trust. She is writing a young adult fantasy novel, Echoes of a Silent Song. She makes sci-fi and fantasy themed jewellery and can be found on Twitter as @silkyida and on Etsy as SilkyfishDesigns.

Andrew Wallace writes and performs original, fast-moving science fiction and fantasy. His current novel is Celebrity Werewolf, for which he also narrated the audiobook. His far-future Diamond Roads science fiction thriller series includes Sons of the Crystal Mind, The Outer Spheres and Beautiful Gun. His new fantasy book, Dread & the Broken Witch is out in 2021, and his next NewCon Press project is an eight-story collection of Black Mirror-style near-future nightmares called Deviant Database, which accompanies an exciting and innovative solo stage show. For more details, check out, Andrew Wallace Books on Facebook, or Twitter @AndrewWallaceDR

Ian Whates is the author of ten published novels (including two co-written), one novella and some seventy short stories that have appeared in a variety of venues. He has also edited more than thirty anthologies. His work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award and on three occasions for BSFA Awards, and in 2019 he received the Karl Edward Wagner Award from the British Fantasy Society. His novel Pelquin’s Comet was an Amazon UK #1 best seller, and his stories have been translated into Spanish, German, Hungarian, Czech and Greek. In 2006 Ian founded award-winning independent publisher NewCon Press by accident, and continues to be surprised by its success.

Aliya Whiteley writes genre fiction. Her horror novella The Beauty was shortlisted for the James Tiptree and Shirley Jackson awards. The following historical-SF novella, The Arrival of Missives, was a finalist for the Campbell Memorial Award, and her noir novel The Loosening Skin was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. She has written over one hundred published short stories, and also writes a regular non-fiction column for Interzone. Her latest SF novel is Greensmith, and a collection of her short fiction will be published in 2020.