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.
All images of space courtesy of NASA.
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