Introducing 'The House of Styx', the brand new novel from bestselling author Derek Künsken
4 months ago
Great news, Derek fans! We’re bringing you a brand new novel
from the bestselling author of sci-fi thrillers The Quantum Magician and The Quantum Garden.
Before we release the wonderful new hardcover into the wild,
though, the champion team at Analog
magazine will be serialising the novel. The
House of Styx will run for three issues, beginning in the March
/ April edition. Analog
is known for housing the writings of some pioneering SF authors, including
Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, and Frank Herbert, so we’re delighted our Derek
will be in good company.
This isn’t the first time Derek’s writing has been featured in Analog. The Quantum Magician was
also serialised in the magazine, and has gone on to be nominated for a whole
host of awards, including the Locus, Aurora, and Chinese Nebula Awards, and
longlisted for the British Science Fiction Association and Sunburst Awards. It
has also been translated into various languages, including Chinese, Japanese,
French, and Russian.
House of Styx,
the first book in the Venus Ascendant series, is a prequel to the events in The Quantum Magician and
The Quantum Garden
and will introduce fans to the rise of the Venusian Congregate. A second book, The House of Saints, is
scheduled for 2022.
Here’s the synopsis:
can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home.
In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of la
colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the
fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind’s
hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply
But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the
depths, there is a wind that shouldn’t exist.
And the House of Styx wants to harness it.
Analog’s editor Trevor Quachri said
of the serialisation: "We’re
thrilled to be able to present the next installment in Derek Künsken’s hard SF
future history. Readers who enjoyed the nuanced characters, hard science, and imaginative
world building in Persephone Descending and The Quantum Magician will no doubt
treasure The House of Styx."
Our very own Michael Rowley continued: "Derek has that rare ability
to weave action, adventure, science and story together in a way that not just
entertains, but makes the reader think about the world around us, as well as
the future landscape he has crafted so magnificently. It’s a wonderful
opportunity for both new readers and existing fans to jump in and enjoy the
We’ll be bringing you the novel in its entirety in August 2020, so keep
your eyes peeled!
For review copies of The House of Styx and author interviews please contact
Hanna Waigh, PR & Marketing Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org