Novella Release! The Enclave from NewCon Press


The limited edition, signed hardback! I love it!

All three formats of my first novella, The Enclave, have now been released by NewCon Press: eBook, limited edition hardback and paperback!

I’ve always stated that I’d never write a sequel to A Calculated Life (47North). And I haven’t done so! 

The Enclave cuts across the world of A Calculated Life with a cast of new characters. I felt strongly that I had far more to say about the lives of the unenhanced, fully organic population living out in the enclaves. And it was immensely rewarding for me to return to that world.

It’s a standalone novella (a smidge over 20,000 words). If you’ve read A Calculated Life, I hope you’ll enjoy the occasional echo from that novel.

If you’re tempted to read the novella… you have the choice of a splendid limited edition, signed hardback (or paperback) from the NewCon website here. Or a Kindle eBook here.

Many thanks go to Ian Whates at NewCon Press for inviting me contribute to this wonderful series of four novellas, including works by Alastair Reynolds, Simon Morden and Neil Williamson. Art work by Chris Moore.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Set in the world of Anne Charnock’s acclaimed debut novel ‘A Calculated Life’ – shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards – this gripping science fiction novella 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 third in NewCon Press’ new novella series, ‘The Enclave’ is a standalone tale. A must-read for any fan of ‘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.

And in other news:

I’m now “interviewer in residence” as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Ada Lovelace Day. This is a fab opportunity for me to speak with engaging, fascinating women who write science fiction and/or work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award:

Last year we announced an ongoing partnership with the organisers of Ada Lovelace Day, the international celebration day of achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

There’s a lot in common between our two organisations (our mutually celebratory aims and small, voluntary-based organising committees immediately spring to mind) and while a lot of our partnership is about mutual behind the scenes coordination and support, we wanted to do something public to bring our shared interests and concerns together.

And here is the first of my interviews:


Happy reading, everyone!

UPDATE: Full Cover for Dreams Before the Start of Time and more…

A slightly belated Happy New Year, everyone! I hope I’ll be blogging more often this year—posting more conversations with some of my favourite authors and offering updates on writing projects. 

Last year was a full-on writing year, which meant I kept a very low profile. I seemed to spend the entire year flitting on-screen between Scrivener and a variety of news streams as I tried to make sense of the political shifts on both sides of the pond. How to respond? Probably through writing fiction!

During 2017, I’ll be out and about talking about my upcoming novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time (47North), and my novella, The Enclave (NewCon Press). Pre-ordering is now on for both titles in all formats.

Publishers Weekly ‘Most Anticipated’

Dreams Before the Start of Time is one of Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated titles of Spring 2017. I couldn’t hope for a better start! Read more

Cover Release: The Enclave from NewCon Press

My first novella-length piece of fiction—The Enclave—will be published by NewCon Press in February 2017, as part of a series of four science fiction novellas. Chris Moore has created a stunning piece of art that spans the series.


I’ve lost count of the number of readers who have asked for a sequel to A Calculated Life. I’ve resisted the pressure because the novel feels complete to me! However, last year I mooted the idea of a companion piece that would cut across the world of A Calculated Life, set in the enclave outside Manchester, which featured in the novel.

Well, here it is! The Enclavea standalone novella. It will be published in excellent company, as follows: Read more