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Give a Warm Welcome to Jonathan L Howard!

We are delighted to announce the signing of another wonderfully exciting author!

Jonathan L. Howard has been signed for two books – the first of which is titled Katya’s World and will be published in

November 2012 – in a deal for World English rights, concluded between Strange Chemistry’s Amanda Rutter and Sam Copeland, of Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd.

ABOUT KATYA’S WORLD (PART 1 OF THE RUSSALKA CHRONICLES): The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent.

Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history. She is making her first submarine voyage as an apprentice navigator; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career. But there is nothing nice and simple about the deep, black waters of Russalka and soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges.

For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin. And when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet…

ABOUT JONATHAN L HOWARD: Jonathan L. Howard has been a game designer for the last twenty years, and a full-time author for the past three. He is the author of the Johannes Cabal series of novels. He lives near Bristol.

Visit Jonathan online at and follow him on Twitter.

Jonathan L. Howard says: “I grew up on a diet of science fiction that would now be called YA, with novels by the likes of John Christopher, Lester del Rey, Hugh Walters, and Robert Heinlein. Hard-ish SF isn’t quite as common as it used to be, and – while it’s cool to see fantasy doing so well – I did wonder what was available for readers who like a few nuts and bolts mixed in with their reading material. This novel is the result of that thought, and is perhaps something of a love letter to the authors who sparked my imagination with their stories back in the seventies.

“When I saw that Strange Chemistry was specifically looking for that sort of SF, it just seemed like kismet. Angry Robot has earned itself an impressive reputation, and I am very happy indeed to be aboard and working with their new YA imprint, Strange Chemistry.”

Amanda Rutter says: “I am a massive fan of Jonathan L Howard’s, having read and loved the three Johannes Cabal novels, and so it is a dream come true to welcome him to the Strange Chemistry family.

“Katya’s War is a brilliant story about growing up and what it means to survive in the harshest of environments, and I love the fact that it harkens back to traditional SF. Roll on November!”

Please give some love to Jonathan L Howard in the comments – are you looking forward to KATYA’S WORLD?


Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe

This sounds fantastic! I can hardly wait to read it – I love books with a water setting.


Wonderful news, there’s so much to love in that synopsis!


Oh I love the nod to classic sci-fi writers and that this sounds like a reworked Kraken story :)

Sam @ Realm of Fiction

Great news! This sounds like it could be really good. :)

Heather @ Buried in Books

Congratulations Jonathan! I can’t wait to read this one! Underneath the water! That is defintely a unique twist. So looking forward to it!!

Heather Rosdol


This sounds so intense! I love the amazing names… I can’t wait to read this one!


Great news! Congratulations :D Can’t wait to read this!

David Greybeard

Sounds great! I’d love to see you reprint The Fear Institute in hardcover. It’s quite impossible to find.


Looking forward to this. Stumbled over the Johannes Cabal books by accident, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Imagine this will be a little different, maybe in terms of setting and feel a little more like China Mieville’s earlier New Crobuzon stuff. Time will tell, but it promises much.

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