Eric Brown is the award-winning author behind a huge cannon of popular SF novels, including Helix, Engineman, Necropath and The Kings of Eternity, as well as many children’s books, radio plays and articles. He is a frequent contributor to The Guardian’s sci-fi book reviews page and his previous novels have received national coverage.
For more information visit the official Eric Brown website.
THE DEVIL'S NEBULA
Released 29 May 2012
Ed Carew and his small ragtag crew are smugglers and ne’er-do-wells, thumbing their noses at the Expansion, the vast human hegemony extending across thousands of worlds... until the day they are caught, and offered a choice between working for the Expansion and an ignominious death. They must trespass across the domain of humanity’s neighbours, the Vetch – the inscrutable alien race with whom humanity has warred, at terrible cost of life, and only recently arrived at an uneasy peace – and into uncharted space beyond, among the strange worlds of the Devil’s Nebula, looking for long-lost settlers.
A new evil threatens not only the Expansion itself, but the Vetch as well. In the long run, the survival of both races may depend on their ability to lay aside their differences and co-operate.
Released 1 August 2013
Telepath Den Harper did the dirty work for the authoritarian Expansion, reading the minds of criminals, spies and undesirables, for years. Unable to take the strain, he stole a starship and headed into the void, a sector of lawless space known as Satan’s Reach. For five years he worked as a trader among the stars – then discovered that the Expansion had set a bounty hunter on his trail.
But what does the Expansion want with a lowly telepath like Harper? Is there something in the rumours that human space is being invaded by aliens from another realm? Harper finds out the answer to both these questions when he rescues a young woman from certain death – and comes face to face with the terrible aliens known as the Weird.
Released 26 November 2009
Necropath Jeff Vaughan comes out of retirement when he is hired by a
ruthless businessman to find out what happened to a lost crew.
When he arrives on Canopus VII, the investigation takes a strange turn as they are
captured by a group of humans inhabiting the planet. They take him to an
underground city, where the true reason for the investigation becomes clear...
Released 14 October 2010
Once they pushed bigships through the cobalt glory of the Nada-Continuum. But faster than light isn’t fast enough anymore. The interfaces of the Keilor-Vincicoff Organisation bring planets light years distant a simple step away.
Then a man with half a face offers ex-engineman Ralph Mirren the chance to escape his ruined life and push a ship to an undisclosed destination. The Nada-Continuum holds the key to Ralph’s future.
What he cannot anticipate is its universal importance – nor the mystery awaiting him on the distant colony world.
Engineman is a thrilling action adventure by the author of Helix and Kethani. Also in this volume are nine stories set in the Engineman universe, including the Interzone award winning ‘The Time-Lapsed Man.’
UK & US: 9781907519420 | 14th October 2010
Guardians of the Phoenix
Released 30 November 2010
For ten years, Paul has scrabbled for survival among the sand-shrouded ruins of the once-great city of Paris. The seas have dried up, deserts cover much of the Earth’s surface, and humanity has been all but annihilated, as much by the drought as by the nuclear and biological conflicts following the great Breakdown.
Desperate bands of humans still survive. Some scrape a living in the remains of shattered cities; others resort to murder and cannibalism to survive. When Paul is rescued from one group of killers, he joins his rescuers in their journey south in search of water and salvation.
Guardians of the Phoenix tells the story of the last survivors on planet Earth, their desperate fight for survival and their last hope to save the world.
UK: 9781907519147 | 30th November 2010
US: 9781907519154 | 8th December 2010
Released 22 May 2007
From the critically acclaimed author of The Virex Trilogy, The Fall of Tartarus and numerous short stories, an exciting new novel:
Helix is a grandiose space opera, a story of exploration, alien contact and desperation. It follows the plight of a group of humans who crash land on a desolate alien planet. Daylight brings the discovery that the planet is merely one of thousands arranged in a vast spiral wound around a central sun.
The group set off to discover a more habitable Earth-like world, encountering bizarre alien races on the way. But they must also find a means to stay alive.
"Eric Brown is the name to watch in SF."
-Peter F Hamilton
"Eric Brown's Helix is a classic concept - a built world to dwarf Rama and Ringworld - a setting for a hugely imaginative adventure. Helix is the very DNA of true sf. This is the rediscovery of wonder."
- Stephen Baxter
UK: 9781844164721 | 4th June 2007
US: 9781844164721 | 22nd May 2007
Released 25 September 2012
The Helix is a vast spiral of ten thousand worlds turning around its sun. Aeons ago, the enigmatic Builders constructed the Helix as a refuge for alien races on the verge of extinction. Two hundred years ago, humankind came to the Helix aboard a great colony ship, and the Builders conferred on them the mantle of peacekeepers. For that long, peace has reigned on the Helix.
But when shuttle pilot Jeff Ellis crash-lands on the world of Phandra, he interrupts a barbarous invasion from the neighbouring Sporelli – who scheme to track down and exterminate Ellis before he can return to New earth and inform the peacekeepers.
Eric Brown is widely acknowledged as one of the defining voices in British SF – enter the mind-bogglingly vast universe of The Helix and discover a world beyond even the scale of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama or Larry Niven’s Ringworld.
“Brown is at the height of his powers. Very nearly perfect.”
-Stephen Baxter on Helix
“SF infused with a cosmopolitan and literary sensibility... Accomplished and affecting.”
-Paul McAuley on Helix
UK: 9781781080474 | 11th October 2012
US:9781781080498 | 25th September 2012
Jani and the Great Pursuit
Released 24 February 2016
Jani and her stalwart companions Lieutenant Alfie Littlebody and Anand Doshi find themselves chased from India, via Greece, to London by the British authorities, Russian spies and a Hindu priest - who all want what Jani carries, the ventha-di: the key that will open the door to other worlds.
In London she attempts to rescue the imprisoned alien Mahran - the only person who might help her save the Earth from the invasion of the merciless Zhell, the self-styled Masters of the Cosmos.
But will she escape London and reach Tibet before the forces of evil capture her - and before she is betrayed by someone she considers loyal to her cause?
UK ISBN: 9781781083789
US ISBN: 9781781083789
Jani and the Greater Game
Released 29 July 2014
Being an account of certain dramatic events that recently unfolded on the Subcontinent, and of several amazing revelations about the discovery of Annapurnite and the nature of reality, as experienced by a Lady, Miss Janisha Chatterjee...
India 1910, the British rule with an iron fist over an empire built on a powerful and mysterious power source known as Annapurnite.
Eighteen-year-old Janisha Chatterjee, the Cambridge-educated daughter of a prominent Indian government minister, is somewhere above the Hindu Kush when her airship is attacked and brought down by Russian gunfire.
Trapped in the wreckage with the Russian soldiers poised to end her life, she is saved by a monstrous, but kind, stranger, whose parting gift to her – a strange, coin-like device – holds the key to the secret of Annapurnite, and plunges Jani head-first into the centre of the “Greater Game”: the ongoing stand-off between the British, Chinese and Russian super-powers on the Indian sub-continent.
Her resulting journey to the source of Annapurnite in the foothills of the Himalayas is a beautifully realised adventure from SF master Eric Brown, which opens up the world of steampunk far beyond Victorian London and introduces readers to their new favourite heroine.
Jani and the Greater Game takes the heart of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and fires it full of steam.
UK: 9781781082041 | 31st July 2014
US: 9781781082058 | 29th July 2014
Released 6 April 2009
This is the irony faced by a group of friends whose lives are changed forever when the mysterious alien race known as the Kéthani come to Earth bearing a dubious but amazing gift: immortality.
This superbly crafted novel deals with real human emotions in the face of the vast consequences of the alien arrival, and show how people across the world react to this benign invasion - how ultimately we must evolve as we gain the stars.
A breakthrough novel from an award-winning author.
"Classic science fiction components and a general reverence for science make this a tale of intergalactic travel a worthy, occasionally awe-inspiring read."
- Kirkus Reviews on Helix
"A perfect blend of ingredients. Equal parts adventure, drama and wonder."
- Stephen Baxter on Helix
"Helix is the very DNA of true SF. This is the rediscovery of wonder."
- Stephen Baxter on Helix
UK: 9781844167135 | 6th April 2009
US: 9781844164738 | 6th April 2009
The Kings of Eternity
Released 29 March 2011
999. On the threshold of a new millennium, the novelist Daniel Langham lives a reclusive life on an idyllic Greek island, hiding away from humanity and the events of the past. All that changes, however, when he meets artist Caroline Platt and finds himself falling in love. But what is his secret, and what are the horrors that haunt him?
1935. Writers Jonathon Langham and Edward Vaughan are summoned from London by their editor friend Jasper Carnegie to help investigate strange goings-on in Hopton Wood. What they discover there – no less than a strange creature from another world – will change their lives forever.
What they become, and their link to the novelist of the future, is the subject of Eric Brown’s most ambitious novel to date. Almost ten years in the writing, The Kings of Eternity is a novel of vast scope and depth, yet imbued with humanity and characters you’ll come to love.
UK: 9781907519710 | 1st April 2011
US: 9781907519703 | 29th March 2011
Released 30 September 2008
Bengal Station: an exotic spaceport that dominates the ocean between India and Burma.
Jaded telepath, Jeff Vaughan, is employed by the spaceport authorities to monitor incoming craft from the stars. There, he discovers a sinister cult that worships a mysterious alien god. The Church of the Adoration of the Chosen One uses drugs to commune with the Ultimate, and will murder to silence those who oppose their beliefs.
The story follows Vaughan as his mistrust of his fellow humans is overturned by his love for the Thai street-girl Sukura, while he attempts to solve the murders and save himself from the psychopath out to kill him. Necropath is Eric Brown's triumphant return to hard SF.
"Helix is a delightful read and is an excellent reminder of why we read science fiction: it's fun!"
"Classic science fiction components and a general reverence for science make this tale of intergalactic travel a worthy, occasionally awe-inspiring read."
"Smart, fun, page-turning stuff, with an engaging cast and plenty of twists. A hugely entertaining read."
UK: 9781844166497 | 6th October 2008
US: 9781844166022 | 30th September 2008
The Serene Invasion
Released 30 April 2013
It is 2025 and the world is riven by war, terrorism, poverty and scarcity of natural resources. The West and China confront each other over an inseparable ideological divide, each desperate to sustain their future.
And then the Serene arrive, enigmatic aliens from Delta Pavonis V, and nothing will ever be the same again. The Serene bring peace to an ailing world, an end to poverty and violence – but not everyone supports the seemingly benign invasion. There are forces out there who wish to return to the bad old days, and will stop at nothing to oppose the Serene.
The award-winning author of Helix, Guardians of the Phoenix, Necropath, and The Kings of Eternity, brings his revolutionary vision of first contact to Solaris with a thrilling story that gets to the heart of human nature through the lens of cutting-edge science-fiction from one of the most respected SF writers in the field.
“This is the rediscovery of wonder.”
-Stephen Baxter on Helix
UK: 9781781080917 | 30th April 2013
US: 9781781080924 | 9th May 2013
Weird Space: The Baba Yaga
Released 30 June 2015
The growing threat of the dimension-invading Weird has driven the Expansion government to outright paranoia. Mandatory telepathic testing is introduced, and the colony Braun’s World – following reports of a new Weird portal opening – is destroyed from orbit, at an unimaginable cost in lives.
Delia Walker, a senior analyst in the Expansion’s intelligence bureau and a holdout of the pragmatic old guard, protest the oppressive new policies and is drummed out. Sure there’s a better way, she charters the decrepit freighter the Baba Yaga and heads into the lawless “Satan’s Reach,” following rumours of a world where humans and the Weird live peacefully side by side.
Hunted by the Bureau, Walker, her piolet Yershov, and Fait – a Vetch child stowaway, fleeing slavery – will uncover secrets about both the Weird and the Expansion; secrets that could prevent catastrophic war…
Weird Space series creator Eric Brown takes to the skies for the last time in The Baba Yaga as he hands the helm over to New York Times Bestselling author Una McCormack in the next instalment of the fan-favourite series. McCormack brings her trademark style of balancing fast-paced action with an eerie elegance of prose to Brown’s epic space opera saga in the latest suspense-laden, inter-galactic chase.
Featuring a progressive and enthralling cast of characters living on the fringe of society in a world where authoritarian powers collide with anarchistic charters, McCormack and Brown have created a modern science fiction classic that will delight both fans of the series and those joining the world for the first time.
“Brown spins a good yarn… If they handed out prizes for fun, it’s win hands down.”
-Starburst Magazine on Eric Brown’s Weird Space: The Devil’s Nebula
-SFF Chronicles on Una McCormack’s War Without End
UK: 9781781083635 | 16 July 2015
US: 9781781083642 | 30 June 2015
Weird Space: The Star Of The Sea
Released 25 October 2016
The incredible series about a corrupt, galactic human empire and the alien threat to our existence continues...
Its name is Stella Maris, the star of the sea, a small world beyond the edge of the human Expansion, where a few men and women Vetch and human alike have made their homes. Fleeing persecution or oppression on their own worlds, here they have found peace and plenty, in communion with the otherworldly Weird.
A few weeks ago, that harmony was threatened, when Delia Walker came seeking hope for the future, hunted by her enemies in the Expansion, and went into the portal. Now, impossibly, her daughter has walked out, a grown woman, and demanded passage to the Expansion s capital.
As more ships land on Stella Maris, bringing an end to the quiet obscurity the settlers have long cherished, a desperate race to carry Cassandra Walker to her destiny, and a resistance against those who would exploit Stella Maris for their own ends.
UK ISBN: 9781781084830
US ISBN: 9781781084830
Released 26 May 2009
Vaughan is a happy man, married to Sukara and with a child on the way. Working for a telepathic detective agency on Bengal Station, an exotic spaceport that dominates the ocean between India and Burma, when he is called out to the colony world of Mallory to investigate recent discoveries of alien corpses.
But Vaughan is shaken to his core when he begins to uncover the heart of darkness at the centre of the Scheering-Lassiter colonial organisation...
Book two of the Bengal Station Trilogy, Xenopath, is set two years after the first volume, Necropath.
UK: 9781844167425 | 1st June 2009
US: 9781844167432 | 26th May 2009