The Promise of the Child by Tom TonerAn extraordinarily inventive and hugely original SF novel that charts a compelling vision of a future and spins an hypnotic narrative around it. A novel that could command the same amount of attention and furore that met the publication of The Quantum Thief. The richness and originality of its vision combined with its playful take on hard science make this a novel with real commercial potential that will be talked about for years and should launch a major career in SF.
In the far future man has spread out into the galaxy. And diversified. Some have evolved physically into strange new forms, some have become immortal. Some hark back to the old ways. We have built a glorious new future. One that stretches from the sleepy Old World, to new terraformed planets and Dyson spheres built around artificial suns. For as long as we can remember (and some have lived 12,000 years) we have delighted in a rich new existence. Yes there have been wars but we are content in our splendour. Art is revered, life is easy, death forgotten for many. But now there are rumours of a bid to oust the Emperor and a worrying story that our history is not as we remember it - not only man left Earth...
This recently popped up on kindle recommendations. Not knowing the author or the book, I checked out the blurb. And wow, what a blurb! Sounds just incredible to me. Very Iain M Banks/ Dan Simmonds. Also just £1.99 (Gollancz often promotes debut books for just £1.99 for the kindle),so I clicked pre order for November 19th.
Now what I didn't realise until last night, was that I actually did know the writer, and had drank with him a couple of times. It was Tom from SRFC (Super Relaxed Fantasy Club), who is very self deprecatory and had often told me about a sci fi book he was having published that was in his own words, 'utter shit.' Even last night he was telling me that the blurb didn't resemble his novel, he says there are no 'dyson spheres.' Having told you that, I think he is just very self deprecatory, and was selling himself short, and I recommend you all pre-order it now.