The Fictional Man

Released 7 May 2013

By Al Ewing

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Al Ewing is a writer of extraordinary talent and with his first novel for Solaris, The Fictional Man, his incredible imagination has created a work of disturbing, fascinating insight and power.

In Hollywood, where last year’s stars are this year’s busboys, Fictionals are everywhere. Niles Golan’s therapist is a Fictional. So is his best friend. Fictionals – characters ‘translated’ into living beings for movies and TV using cloning technology – are a part of daily life in LA now. Sometimes the problem is knowing who’s real and who’s not.

Divorced, alcoholic and hanging on by a thread, Niles – author of The Saladin Imperative: A Kurt Power Novel and many others – has been hired to write a big-budget reboot of a classic movie. If he does this right, the studio might bring one of Niles’ own characters to life. But somewhere beneath the movie – beneath the TV show it was inspired by, the children’s book behind that and the story behind that – is the kernel of something important. If he can just hold it together long enough to figure it out...

Ewing lays claim to the legacy of Philip K. Dick while also stamping his own unique vision on the genre. This is a major new author whose career should be watched and whose writing must be read.

“A disturbing, self-reflective type of brilliance … cross Joe Lansdale with Grant Morrison, and you start to get close to Ewing”
-Pornokitsch on Death Got No Mercy

UK: 9781781080931 | May 9th 2013 
US: 9781781080948 | May 7th 2013


Al Ewing

Al Ewing is a major new writer whose work in US and UK comics has seen him hailed as the most exciting new voice in the field. His work for Abaddon has been equally lauded and his unique visions of pulp fantasy have found their home in five different novels for Abaddon Books. The Fictional Man is his first novel for Solaris and is one of the list’s most keenly awaited books.

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