Author(s): James Smythe
The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel The Explorer. TWENTY YEARS following the disappearance of the infamous Ishiguro - the first manned spacecraft to travel deeper into space than ever before - humanity are setting their sights on the heavens once more. Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - that of identical twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvonen - this space craft has a bold mission: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space into which the Ishiguro disappeared. Between them Tomas (on the ground, guiding the mission from the command centre) and Mira (on the ship, with the rest of the hand-picked crew) are leaving nothing to chance. But soon these two scientists are to learn that there are some things in space beyond our understanding. As the anomaly begins to test the limits of Mira's comprehension - and his sanity - will Tomas be able to save his brother from being lost in space too?
The Echo by James Smythe is the sequel to The Explorer (and 2nd part of the Anomaly Quartet). 20 years after the events of The Explorer, a new ship sets out to discover the extent of the newly discovered anomaly that is threatening Earth. Thomas and Mira are twin brothers, in charge of the expedition from the start; Thomas from the control centre on Earth, Mira from on board the ship. As with The Explorer, things go wrong from the start and Mira's descent into paranoia and madness is hastened by contact with the anomaly. If you enjoyed the Wool series, this is similar: claustrophobic and scary. - Lucy
'It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee' Guardian 'The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel' Financial Times 'Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic' Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls 'As you marvel at this twist-laden deep-space exploration thriller, it's hard not to draw comparisons with Duncan Jones' film Moon' Shortlist 'A fascinating character study that could only exist in a science-fictional world' io9.com 'The SF novel everyone should read' Foyles
James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a PhD in Cardiff University, he has taught creative writing, and is currently writer/narrative designer for a major forthcoming video game. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex. He has also written a novel called The Testimony, which was published by Blue Door/HarperCollins in 2011. He can be found on twitter @jpsmythe