January 26th, 2009
A tale of 22nd century espionage, David J. Williamsâ€™ MIRRORED HEAVENS has been described by Stephen Baxter as â€œTom Clancy interfacing Bruce Sterling,â€ and is in bookstores now (the mass market paperback has just been released this week). The fact that David is inspired by Judge Dredd makes me more than a little interested.
My agent sold it as â€œJohn LeCarre on SF crackâ€; Iâ€™ve never managed to get my hands on any such drug, but I suspect if one took it one would see visions of spaceplane hijacks and maglev train chases while various spies, handlers, and agents ran desperate missions and double-crossed/triple-crossed each other.
The mysterious terrorist group Autumn Rain. They blow up the worldâ€™s space elevator about ten minutes into the book, and vow that further strikes are imminent. It becomes evident pretty quickly that their real goal is to infiltrate the U.S. government, replace the president, and give orders in his name: i.e., theyâ€™re takeover artists. Someone’s gotta stop them, and that leads us toâ€¦
Thatâ€™s easy. Judge Dredd. I grew up on him: not the lame-ass Sylvester Stallone version, but the original, cool-as-hell British comic icon. Dredd took on everybody from aliens to the mafia, dispensing deadpan witticisms while he was doing it. Little did I know, but he was also teaching me how to write SF the whole timeâ€¦
Well, Iâ€™ve been finetuning my website at www.autumnrain2110.com, which features all sorts of cool geopolitical and military data about the world of the early 22nd century. And Iâ€™ve turned in the sequel THE BURNING SKIES to Bantam, so now itâ€™s on to the last book of the trilogy. Which is a very weird feelingâ€¦