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.
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?