Courtesy of Angry Robot Books, we’ve got the exclusive on the covers for two forthcoming hard sci-fi novels from Patrick S. Tomlinson, The Ark and Trident’s Forge. The covers are by Larry Rostant and they’re pretty fantastic. Read on for more info on the books, as well as quotes from the author and the artist.
About the books:
In Patrick S. Tomlinson’s debut far-future space epic, humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship — the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.
But when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard.
As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.
Humanity’s last, desperate roll of the dice hit on a hard six. The Ark has reached Tau Ceti G and begun the long, arduous task of building their new colony. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.
Paired up with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson finds himself thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea whom to trust, or any way to tell who wants to worship him from who wants to kill him.
Together, Benson and Kexx will have to put aside their differences to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to lose.
Patrick: “I’m overjoyed to be working with Angry Robot Books to launch my debut. It’s been many years coming, and the excitement I’ve felt as THE ARK has worked its way through the steps to publication is palpable. Larry Rostant’s covers hit it out of the park with his choice of model for Bryan Benson and the feel he’s captured for the settings. I love the work he’s done for some of my friends’ releases and I’m honored to have his talents helping present my work to the world. Everyone involved, from my agent Russell Galen, to Marc Gascoigne, Phil Jourdan, and Michael Underwood at AR, have made what could have been a perilous and confusing experience very easy. I really feel like they’re all great advocates for my work, and are dedicated to developing new talent in the field. I’m very excited to set THE ARK and TRIDENT’S FORGE out into the wild alongside so many talented authors whose work inspired me to chase this life.”
Larry: “I tend to take inspiration from things in popular culture; games, films and the like and then incorporate those into my work. The cover of The Ark, for example, has a touch of the film Inception about it, with the world bending around the central character. The framing works really well in this sense as the novel is set on a giant spaceship.
I do love illustrating for Angry Robot, Marc Gascoigne is fantastic to work with and I am excited for future projects with the team.”