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BLOGPOST: EARLY REVIEWS and JOHN CLUTE'S WORDS OF WISDOM ON THE 'MOSAIC' NOVEL

“Charnock’s interest is always in the human aspect first: her characters are real, living, breathing individuals; lost in some ways, directive in others… With Dreams Before the Start of Time already on my Best SF of 2017 list, Anne Charnock is now solidified as one of my favorite SF authors.” — Megan AM, From Couch to Moon

I heard this gem at the weekend at Eastercon (the British Science Fiction Association’s annual convention) from critic John Clute. He was speaking on the subject of mosaic novels, also known as braided, nested and fragmented novels (among other labels):

“We need to be more disorderly. We must find new ways of ending our stories. We must challenge this rage for order.”

I couldn’t agree more!
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BOOK RELEASE: My third novel, DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME (47North), has received a Publishers Weekly starred review, which is a wonderful start!

According to award-winning author Nina Allan, "Anne Charnock’s third novel showcases all that is most imaginative and forward-thinking in British science fiction right now.”

In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend—a hungover Toni Munroe—steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating.

In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family?

Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.

Paperback, Kindle eBook and Audiobook

Published by 47North. Cover art by David Drummond
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BOOK RELEASE DAY! My second novel is available as a paperback, Kindle eBook and audiobook. According to Speculiction: "Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is certainly one of 2015’s tip-top releases in science fiction."
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The appeal of short stories. 5 authors share their thoughts on my blog today.
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Cover Release!
My second novel SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND will be published on 1st December 2015. Here's the cover art and the back cover blurb:

History is story telling
But some stories remain untold

In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.

In the present day, a copyist painter receives a commission from a wealthy Chinese businessman to duplicate a Paolo Uccello painting. Together, the painter and his teenage daughter visit China, and in doing so they begin their escape from a tragic family past.

In the twenty-second century, a painting is discovered that’s rumoured to be the work of Paolo Uccello’s daughter. This reawakens an art historian’s dream of elevating Antonia Uccello, an artist ignored by history because of her gender.

Stories untold. Secrets uncovered
But maybe some mysteries should remain shrouded

Publisher: 47North. Cover art by M S Corley
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BLOGPOST: NASA meets Art meets Tribal Folklore. Memorable exhibition in Prague, continues to 8th June. Well worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood!
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Have a look at this super-cool video trailer for A CALCULATED  LIFE, created by the lovely people at theBookDesigners. Thanks to Ian Koviak.
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I emerge from my cave with some news - my first novel A CALCULATED LIFE is one of seven works nominated for the Philip K Dick Award. And all the nominees are listed in this blogpost, with the date of the award announcement, list of judges etc. My thanks to the readers who have followed my trek from the sphere of self-publishing. Congratulations to all the nominees!!
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