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PRE-ORDER TO RECEIVE ON PUBLICATION DAY – 18 APRIL 2017

Dreams Before the Start of Time “Anne Charnock’s third novel . . . showcases all that is most imaginative and forward-thinking in British science fiction right now.”
— NINA ALLAN, author of The Race 

In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend—a hungover Toni Munroe—steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating.

In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family?

Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.

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To be published by 47North (18 April 2017). Cover art by David Drummond.

LATEST RELEASE

Set in the world of Anne Charnock’s novel A Calculated Life – shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards – The Enclave reveals life at the bottom of the heap in late twenty-first century Britain.

Advances in genetic engineering have created a population free of addictive behaviour. Violent crime is rare. But out in the enclaves it’s survival of the fittest for Lexie – embroiled in a recycling clan and judged unfit for cognitive implants – and Caleb, a young climate migrant working as an illegal, who is eager to prosper and one day find his father.

The Enclave is a standalone novella. A must-read for any fan of the acclaimed novel A Calculated Life.
“Charnock’s dystopia is actually believable.” – Strange Horizons.
“What Charnock has in common with Philip K. Dick is the ability to write unease.” – Adam Roberts.

Published as part of a NewCon Press novella series including works by Alastair Reynolds, Simon Morden and Neil Williamson.
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Published by NewCon Press (February 2017). Cover art by Chris Moore.

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History is story telling

But some stories remain untold

In fifteenth-century Italy, Paolo Uccello recognizes the artistic talent of his young daughter, Antonia, and teaches her how to create a masterpiece. The girl composes a painting of her mother and inadvertently sparks an enduring mystery.

In the present day, a copyist painter receives a commission from a wealthy Chinese businessman to duplicate a Paolo Uccello painting. Together, the painter and his teenage daughter visit China, and in doing so they begin their escape from a tragic family past.

In the twenty-second century, a painting is discovered that’s rumoured to be the work of Paolo Uccello’s daughter. This reawakens an art historian’s dream of elevating Antonia Uccello, an artist ignored by history because of her gender.

Stories untold. Secrets uncovered

But maybe some mysteries should remain shrouded

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Published by 47North (1 December 2015). Cover art by M S Corley.

“Anne Charnock’s Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind (47North) is an expert braiding together of past, present and future that puts a 15th-century Italian female artist centre stage to say penetrating things about womanhood, creativity and history.”

— The Guardian, Best SFF Books of 2015Read full review

Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is certainly one of 2015’s tip-top releases in science fiction… Delicately outspoken, Charnock does not bang a feminist gavel, but instead lets the events and settings of her characters’ lives do the talking, and in the process gives the reader unpretentious material to ponder over. A mellifluously challenging book—like its exquisite title, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind is one to look for.”

Speculiction — Full review here

“…this quiet, lovely and exquisitely crafted novel is itself a masterclass in composition… As in her debut novel A Calculated Life, the clarity and refined elegance of Charnock’s prose is a significant achievement.”

Nina Allan, author of The Race — Read full review on The Spider’s House

“The feminist elements of Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind are elusively contradictory, so much like life!, making this one of those thinking books—the kind with embers smoldering until a second visit. I look forward to more from Anne Charnock.”

 —  From Couch to Moon — Read full review

“Anne Charnock combines history, art, and sci-fi in this spinning novel that encompasses 15th century Italy, the present-day, and the 22nd century.”

Bustle, Best December Books 2015Full review here

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PERFORMED BY HEATHER WILDS

PHILIP K DICK AWARD FINALIST

KITSCHIES GOLDEN TENTACLE AWARD FINALIST

CalculatedLife_MOOA Calculated Life is a dystopian vision of corporate life later in the 21st century when big business and state institutions are thriving thanks to a compliant, stratified and segregated workforce. Hyper-intelligent professionals live in affluence within the metropolis while menials live out in the subsidized, but spartan, enclaves.

There are upsides for everyone. Advances in genetic engineering have freed the population from addictive tendencies. Violent crime is a rarity.

Mayhew McCline, a corporation that detects global trends, recruits a young woman, Jayna, who instantly becomes the firm’s star performer. No one seems to be jealous. After all, she guarantees they all make their bonuses.

Despite her flawless track record, Jayna is feeling twitchy. She knows she’s making stupid mistakes. But no one has noticed, yet. Working on a hunch that she’s too sheltered from real-world unpredictability, she embarks on an experiment to disrupt her proscribed daily routine.

Unwittingly, she sets a path that leads to clandestine forays beyond the metropolis, forbidden relationships and disloyalty.

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Published by 47North (24 September 2013). Cover art by theBookDesigners

“Charnock’s dystopia is actually believable. It’s very like our own world, but slightly stretched at the edges—corporate interests reign unchecked, the class structure is rigid, and technology has taken us well beyond the limitations of our synapses and gray matter. Charnock is a subtle worldbuilder, but a convincing one..”

Strange Horizons— Full review here

“Charnock has fascinating, complex things to say about work, sex, family and hope (and that pretty much covers it, don’t you think?)”

Adam Roberts, author of The Thing Itself — Full review here

“Charnock an astute observer…what results is an inquiry into feminism and society that will make the reader truly pause to compare their own experiences and perceptions.”

Speculiction Full review here

Charnock’s novel is entirely and definitively her own. It is lovingly crafted, beautifully made in the economical, expert way a piece of Arts and Crafts furniture is made – pure lines, and perfectly suited to its intended purpose… I found Charnock’s writing about mathematics, and pattern recognition especially to be – well, the only words that come close for me, paradoxically, are moving and beautiful. Charnock is clearly a gifted and sensitive author of acute intelligence, writing science fiction of a kind – quiet, intense, thoughtful – we could do with more of.

Nina Allan, author of The RaceFull review on The Spider’s Web

“…Gets the grey matter firing… Such easily accessible yet intelligent fiction can be quite a rarity, and one to be savored.”

The Taichung Bookworm — Full review here

SHORT STORY

THE ADOPTION

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 14.14.41I find myself in splendid company in an anthology of short fiction and verse—Phantasma Stories—edited by J.D. Horn and Roberta Trahan. 
These stories engender a delicious sense of unease!

My contribution is a near-future science fiction story titled “The Adoption.”

The full list of contributors:

Anne Charnock (author of A Calculated Life)

J. D. Horn (author of the Witching Savannah series)

Jason Kirk (author of Reverb:Poems)

Kate Maruyama (author of Harrowgate)

Jodi McIsaac (author of the Thin Veil series)

Roberta Trahan (author of The Dream Stewards series)