Debatable Space: The Moodboard

Debatable Space

As the New Year begins, I’m looking forward to an intense and exhilarating writing schedule, with a new 2-book deal from Orbit which means, um, I have to write another couple of books. 

What’s more, my already-completed third book Version 43 will be coming out this autumn, or in the ‘Fall’ as our American cousins quaintly like to say.  After that,  the next book  out will be a massively violent space opera called Hellship. After that will be – well I’m working on an idea, but it’s still at early stages. Watch this space. 

Since I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve I’m naturally thinking back a little bit, about my previous  two novels Debatable Space and Red Claw and how I came to write them.  (Where do you get your ideas, Palmer?)

I think in all honesty I’m often inspired by images.  The idea for Debatable Space came when I was in the Science Museum in London, standing underneath a rocket that flew to the Moon. The idea for Red Claw came in a butterfly zoo, when I was surrounded  by hundreds of those beautiful amazing creatures and thought, wouldn’t it be great if these creatures were huge nasty monsters and could FIGHT each other?  (No, actually I thought about the wonder of nature – but Red Claw is, I must concede, a bloodbath of a book.)

Anyway, enough words. Here, for the next few days, are a collection of images that inspired each of these books.

And I’m starting off with Debatable Space, my first SF novel, which will always be the book closest to my heart.

Here are two galaxies merging...the wonder of space!

Here are two galaxies merging...the wonder of space!

And here's an asteroid striking the Earth (artist's impression). Such shit happens a lot in Debatable Space.

And here's an asteroid striking the Earth (artist's impression). Such shit happens a lot in Debatable Space.

This is an actual image of the flare from a neutron stare lighting up the Earth's atmosphere. Hey, I must have missed it...

This is an actual image of the flare from a neutron stare lighting up the Earth's atmosphere. Hey, I must have missed it...

This is Galileo above the Earth.

This is Galileo above the Earth.

And this is Captain Jack Sparrow.  The simple idea of Debatable Space was - Pirates, in Space!

And this is Captain Jack Sparrow. The simple idea of Debatable Space was - Pirates, in Space!

And this is a kick-ass SF movie that lit my fire.

And this is a kick-ass SF movie that lit my fire.

My spaceship is old and battered, and has sails (to catch the solar wind...)

My spaceship is old and battered, and has sails (to catch the solar wind...)

And here's another beautiful image from space (of the Cartwheel Galaxy).

And here's another beautiful image from space (of the Cartwheel Galaxy).

This is a Pierson's Puppeteer, which appears in Larry Niven's Ringworld, a big influence.

This is a Pierson's Puppeteer, which appears in Larry Niven's Ringworld, a big influence.

This is science fiction being silly, which I love.

This is science fiction being silly, which I love.

Joss Whedon, cool people, great dialogue - what's not to be influenced by?

Joss Whedon, cool people, great dialogue - what's not to be influenced by?

And did I mention Willow?

And did I mention Willow?

This is Buffy with a big book. It amuses me.

This is Buffy with a big book. It amuses me.

This is the book wot I wrote.

This is the book wot I wrote.

This is pulp SF at its pulpiest.

This is pulp SF at its pulpiest.

And this is an Isaac Asimov cover by Peter Elson.

And this is an Isaac Asimov cover by Peter Elson.

All  images of space courtesy of NASA.

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