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The Inexplicables

March 15, 2012 - 8:22 pm No Comments

Inexplicables Ladies, gents, and the otherwise affiliated … I give you … the cover of The Inexplicables!

Click to view larger, natch.

This time around the art comes courtesy of Cliff Nielsen, not Jon Foster (as with all the previous covers).

I admit, I was a little worried about the shift – for the sake of consistency, if nothing else. But honestly I think it looks great.

Well played, Irene Gallo (of the Tor art department) and Mr. Nielsen!

Fine work all around, and I can’t wait to see this one hit the shelves this fall.

Ganymede Cover and Flap Copy

March 29, 2011 - 4:07 pm Comments Off

hile I was at Nova Albion, something rather awesome got leaked, or released, or otherwise handed out to the internet. I saw it just in time to link it via Twitter/Facebook before hopping on a plane home; but I really do feel like the whole shebang deserves its own post.

In short, the official flap copy to this fall’s Ganymede (follow-up to Dreadnought) found its way to the internet…alongside the book’s official cover.* Therefore, should you opt to keep scrolling, you will see the full! color! Ganymede cover! posted alongside its handy-dandy jacket copy.

You ready?
You set?
Here you go!

    The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run alcohol and guns wherever the money’s good, he’s not sure the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side effects. But reforming is easier said than done: the captain’s first legal gig will be paid for by sap money, because the Seattle Underground is in dire need of supplies.

    New Orleans is not Cly’s first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he likewise loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early, but that was a decade ago. He’s still on Jo’s mind, he learns when she sends him a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It’s a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he’s in for—or what she wants him to fly.

    But he won’t be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it….if only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River….if only it hadn’t killed most of the men who’d ever set foot inside it.

    Now the only question is whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean.


* It is entirely possible that this is only a preliminary cover, or that it was an accidental leak, or that there might be changes in the future (as you may recall, all of these things happened with Dreadnought). But to the best of my knowledge, this is it.


June 10, 2010 - 2:23 am No Comments

I have news with regards to two Clockwork Century projects, so here goes: First of all, Boneshaker has gone into an eighth printing! Not only is this a personal record (by a long-shot, really), but this is also a print run wherein a batch of books will go toward a Scholastic edition – meaning it will be making the rounds with Scholastic’s teen book club. So three cheers for that, eh?

Second, with regards to the upcoming Clementine – there has been a slight delay due to a production change, but it ought to be out by the end of June. If I hear otherwise, I’ll absolutely let you know.

And in not altogether unrelated news, Clementine has a new cover. As the publisher makes clear at the link above, the shift was not due in any way to any problem with the artist – but in the end, Subterranean opted to run with Jon Foster, who did the cover art for the Clockwork Century books released through Tor. The result is nothing short of fabulous, as you can see:


I’m so excited! It’s simply amazing.

Speaking of covers, to the best of my knowledge there is no final cover for Dreadnought yet, but it ought to arrive any day. If you’ve seen the Advance Reader Copies going around, you know that there is artwork thereupon – but I am lead to understand that this may not reflect the book’s actual appearance when it debuts. Last I heard, they were still going back and forth on this matter.

Rest assured, when such a definitive cover arrives, I will absolutely come share it here.

Mapworks and Mayhem

September 2, 2009 - 9:29 pm No Comments

Would you like to see what my version of 1879 Seattle looks like? Please, allow me to oblige. Note the wall. It’s there to keep the zombies inside.

(Click to view it much, much larger.)


[This very fine piece of work courtesy of mapmaker Jennifer Hanover and designer Heather Saunders.]

Sample Sketches by Jon Foster

August 26, 2009 - 3:33 am No Comments

So you know what Boneshaker‘s final cover looks like … but would you like to see what it might’ve looked like? Courtesy of the incomparable Irene Gallo (Tor’s art director), I can show you some of artist Jon Foster‘s preliminary ideas for how the artwork might be handled.

(Click to view larger.)


As you can gather, Tor ended up going with his third proposal — the close-up of Briar’s face. But the other two looked great too. Frankly, when I found out that Jon was the artist they’d be using, I quit worrying about it. He’s awesome, and I was confident that he’d come up with something memorable. To understate egregiously, am I delighted with the final result.

(Full disclosure: Jon also did the cover of another book of mine, the paperback version of Dreadful Skin.)