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KeithB
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:53 am:   

In the post this week: contracts from Prometheus Books in the US for my first adult sf novel in far too many years, Genetopia.

Due to be published late in 2005, this one's been bubbling away for about 17 years. It goes back all the way to 'Passion Play', my second pro sale, which appeared in Chris Evans and Rob Holdstock's Other Edens 3. As soon as I wrote that story I new there was a novel there, and I started accumulating notes, but it took my 15 years before I started writing. I changed the characters from the original story, of course. And the setting. And all of the action. But what I did keep was the idea of writing about people living in a dynamic, sensuous, rapidly-evolving environment where you can never judge anything on surface values.

It's good to be back!
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Chris Butler
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 06:49 am:   

Excellent news, Keith. Many congrats!
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Iain Rowan
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 08:59 am:   

Keith, good news on the contracts. I dunno how you find time to get it all done!
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gary gibson
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 10:09 am:   

Keith - congratulations on the adult sf pro sale. That's really good news.
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des
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 10:10 am:   

Many congratulations, Keith, from Clacton.
des
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AnnaT
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 01:10 pm:   

Great publisher, too. Congratulations, Keith.
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neilw
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 12:53 am:   

Keith, this rocks, totally. Will there be advance copies in time for Worldcon d'you reckon?
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KeithB
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 08:01 am:   

Thanks, everyone.

Not sure when any advance copies would be available. We've been talking about Sep/Oct publication, which would be tantalisingly close to Worldcon.
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Tamar
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 01:55 pm:   

Congrats, Keith!
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KeithB
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 04:25 am:   

...and here's the publisher's page about the book: http://www.pyrsf.com/genetopia.html

Lovely cover!

First impression from a friend: "That photo makes you look like a granny mugger..." Oh well.
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Anna Tambour
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 05:30 pm:   

Hooray! And for you to look like a proper granny mugger, Keith, you'd have to suit yourself up properly (maybe we could take up a collection to pay for half a tie, but none of us has the funds to pay for the suit itself, let alone the shoes, watch, or even the facial) and stick a Mont Blanc pen in your pocket, for beginners.
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KeithB
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 09:57 am:   

It's out today!

And it's been getting lots of attention: an interview at Sci Fi Wire, plus reviews in Locus ("Let Keith Brooke tell his tale in its cogent fullness. It is beyond any facile summary, a minor masterpiece that should usher Brooke at last into the recognized front ranks of SF writers."), Emerald City ("A very fine book"), and Pyr's first ever starred review at Publishers Weekly, among others. And praise from Michael Swanwick, Stephen Baxter, Peter Hamilton, Kit Reed and Jeff VanderMeer.

Phew...
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JV
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 02:10 pm:   

Congrats!!

Jeff
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AT
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 10:01 pm:   

Wonderful! What I love about your books is that they each say much that is really important, but instead of being heavy, they are both passionate and thrilling; and the humans and others in each are so real, they are the 'person'-next-to-you ordinary, sorta.

Your background as a naturalist who understands scientific principles and keeps abreast of trends in technology gives your stories both integrity and depth. And from what I read so far, GENETOPIA is yet another of your books that would make a great movie.

As for your 'YA' books: PIGGIES, FLESH AND BLOOD, and INCUBUS I still think there should be two editions of each--one being 'adult'.
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neilw
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 01:38 am:   

That's a terrific endorsement, Anna, and having read (very nearly) all of Keith's books, I support it wholeheartedly.


"should usher Brooke at last into the recognized front ranks of SF writers"

For me, since I first encountered his work in Interzone in the early 1990s, Keith always has been in the front ranks.

I'm so looking forward to my copy arriving.
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des
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 01:45 am:   

Congratulations, Keith.
des in clacton.
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KeithB
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 05:22 am:   

Thanks, Jeff, Anna, Neil and Des!

I think I'll just sit back and wait for the calls from the movie companies now.

Keith "FrontRanker" Brooke
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steve redwood
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 03:25 am:   

Well done on Genetopia! I won't say more in case the movie companies are trying to get through to you...
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KeithB
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 04:30 am:   

Cheers, Steve.

New interview up at Alien Online with others due at SF Site (with an extract) and SFF World.

People are going to be sick of the sight of me, soon (if not already).

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