Although Philip Reeve's new sci-fi novel, Railhead, isn't due to arrive at the station until October, the publicity engine is gathering steam.
On his new blog, Mr Reeve writes about the recent first public reading of segments of the new book to an invited audience, set against a Kraftwerk-esque audio-visual backdrop:
Filled with thieves, androids, exiles, emperors, insects, and intelligent trains on a dozen different planets, Railhead is Mr Reeve's return to "young adult" fiction in the style of his Mortal Engines series.
In recent years, as well as penning a short Fourth Doctor story for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary collection, he has been busy with his humourous fantasy trilogy about the goblins of Clovenstone (which I'm still hoping The Boxtrolls people at LAIKA will be bringing to the silver screen) and his hugely successful collaborations with illustrator Sarah McIntyre.
- You can learn a bit more about Mr Reeve's literary tastes and inspirations in a new interview at Tygertale.
Come with me, Zen Starling, she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name? The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City. So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor's train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people - and to steal their stuff. But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him...