The Spaceship Next Door is the first full-length novel I’ve put out since Immortal at the Edge of the World, back in October, 2014. You may find that hard to believe–I did–but it turns out all the books in The Immortal Chronicles, along with Eve, were novellas.
It’s been a busy year.
What is The Spaceship Next Door, anyway?
Why, that is a very good question I have asked myself.
Here’s the long-form description:
The world changed on a Tuesday.
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while.
Or, almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years, the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.
Sixteen-year old Annie Collins is one of the ship’s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult ,or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true eventually—if not several of them—the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.
One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed’s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie—and pretty much everyone else he meets—almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: the ship is doing something, and he needs Annie’s help to figure out what that is.
Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town and when Ed’s theory is proven correct—something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls—she’s a pretty good person to have around.
As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn’t know it.
But what is it?
By now, I’m sure you appreciate how rarely I color within the lines, so you will find elements of a lot of things in The Spaceship Next Door. It’s fast-paced, funny, weird, clever, occasionally horrific, and I can’t wait for you to read it.
It’s probably also my most accessible book. That was sort of by accident. If you know a Young Adult reader, and you’ve been wanting to introduce them to my books but couldn’t–because of Jerry the iffrit (in Immortal), or a certain horrifying interlude in a mental hospital (Fixer), or just because of the usual harsh language and sexual situations–you should be able to hand this novel to them safely.
Probably. I mean, read it first.
I’m going to be releasing The Spaceship Next Door in all formats at once. This is a departure from my earlier approach of releasing books exclusively to Amazon for the first 90 days. I love Amazon, but I need to show some love to the other markets as well.
A print edition will also be available, either before the 22nd of December or at around the same time. I appreciate this is probably insufficient time to purchase hard copies for use as gifts, but it can’t be helped–I need the time to have the book in the best shape possible.
If there is sufficient demand, I may try and eke out the paperback copy a little earlier. Drop me a note if you need for me to try.
Finally: here are the links. Please note the book will also be available on the Nook, but Barnes & Noble (inexplicably) is not set up to allow for pre-orders.