Author(s): James Smythe
The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel THE EXPLORER TWENTY YEARS following the spacecraft Ishiguro's disappearance, humanity is setting its sights on the heavens once more. Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvonen - this space programme has been tasked with one of the most difficult missions in its history: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space thought to be responsible for the loss of the Ishiguro. But as the anomaly tests Mira and the rest of the hand-picked crew's sanity, Tomas will have to use all his ingenuity if he is to save his brother and their mission.
'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