Giveaway: Elite – Wanted (13/10/2014)

When a routine bit of piracy goes wrong, the crew of the Song of Stone realise that there’s a bounty hunter on their tail. One who might, finally, be able to outclass them. The Dragon Queen is feared across space, and for good reason. But even the bounty hunter doesn’t realise what she’s been hired to do. Or what is in the container she’s been sent to retrieve.

And she’s not the only hunter in the game…

“Set in the world of bestselling computer game ELITE, and launched to tie in with the latest version, ELITE: DANGEROUS – a game almost 20 years in the making – Elite: Wanted is one of three distinct – but subtly linked – novels written by major authors who are fans of the game, this novel will be a must-buy not only for the 25,000+ people who funded the new game on kickstarter, but also for all of those fans of the original game.”

I’ve spent the last few weeks now wrapped up in edits to The Silver Kings, last of the dragon series, and a couple of Nathan Hawke shorts which have now both been through editing. This week sees the hardback publication of Elite: Wanted, a story of spaceships and pirates and bounty hunters co-written with illustrious SF author Gavin Smith (hence the rather unsubtle nom-de-plume), and so this week I’m giving away a copy dedicated however the lucky winner desires.

wanted cover - lo res

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this post before the end of  October 19th and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim (the usual deal if you’ve been here before). One of the fun things about writng SF like this is naming spaceships, so if you have a favourite spaceship name I’d love to hear about it, but a simple “hi” will do.

This is open worldwide. Although though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. I am currently up to date with posting things.

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22 Responses to “Giveaway: Elite – Wanted (13/10/2014)”

  1. Paul says:

    I’m still intrigued to see how you do with scifi. Nicely done with fantasy and historical so shouldnt be a problem for you.

  2. Lee says:

    I like the ship name Theseus from Watt’s Blindsight. I enjoy the juxtaposition of such an old name on a new spaceship.

  3. fprefect says:

    My favorite is the Invincible by Stanislaw Lem.

    Greetings from Warsaw.

  4. Al says:

    Fave ship name, the Culture GCU called Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall.

  5. Odo says:

    My favourite spaceship name is Just The Washing Instruction Chip In Life’s Rich Tapestry (from Iain M. Banks’s The Hydrogen Sonata).

  6. sdancer says:

    After a short Vinge Binge, I like “Out Of Band”; however, Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary fame also has a bunch of good ones, with especially Petey (P.D. with various expansions) leading to a bunch of good and descriptive names.

  7. Pete says:

    I love Nostromo – just seemed imposing and full of menace. And unusual too, a tow ship, pulling this huge gothic factory.

  8. Shane Kiely says:

    Probably the Rocinante from the Expanse series.

  9. Paul Livesey says:

    The Bistromath. Nice ship, great catereing.

  10. Steph says:

    Jenny Haniver from Mortal Engines. Though not actually a spaceship.

  11. Christopher Ruz says:

    I’m so psyched for both Elite: Dangerous and this book. I pumped about three hundred hours into Frontier back in the day, and I’ll always love the Eagle Mk 1 with the passion only a child geek could muster.

  12. Ken says:

    I really cannot come up with a name, nor do I really have a favorite. Just posting to say I love the site and reading the posts. Thank you for your time, and please continue!

  13. Anthony Butler says:

    A book tie-in with a new Elite game? Which do I give my time to? Hang on, two hands and two eyes, problem solved if only I can do that lizard trick of getting the eyes to look in totally different directions…
    Favourite ship name, The Dauntless from EE Doc Smiths Classic Lensman series

  14. Simon Bradley says:

    Banks was definitely the king of ship names, but I can’t think of a favourite right now, so let’s go with Nostalgia for Infinity from Al Reynolds’ Revelation Space.

  15. Mango Heroics says:

    What? No nod yet to Ann Leckie’s Justice of Toren? Well some one had to do it!
    I want to name something “Infectious Vector” Ebola notwithstanding. A space ship? Why not?

  16. Sue Gale says:

    I had the luck to proof read Dragon Queen which I rated highly so would love the chance to keep up with your work and add another review for you

  17. Seth says:

    I hope these spaceships have plenty of legroom.

  18. Martin G says:

    Thought there would be more Culture names here… My favorite is GSV So Much For Subtlety from Player of Games. A whole ethos in a single sentence!

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  20. Toscaner says:

    a simple hi! :D

  21. Dave B says:

    Hi :)

    I like a spaceship name with a bit of hubris about it, so “Indomitable Will”, “Mighty Crusader” or “Indestructible” are always favourites :)

  22. Stephen says:

    Paul L and Ford Prefect appear to be this week’s winners.

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