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Dave Hutchinson

Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He’s the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella The Push was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story 'The Incredible Exploding Man' featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in Year’s Best Science Fiction collection. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.

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Europe At Midnight

Released 5 November 2015

By Dave Hutchinson

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In a fractured Europe new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight.

For an intelligence officer like Jim, it’s a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns a new and unknown national entity, which may or may not be friendly to England’s interests. It’s hard to keep on top of it all. But things are about to get worse for Jim.

A stabbing on a London bus pitches him into a world where his intelligence service is preparing for war with another universe, and a man has come who may hold the key to unlocking Europe’s most jealously-guarded secret…

Europe at Midnight is the latest standalone title in the Fractured Europe Sequence from Dave Hutchinson, following quickly behind 2014’s break-out debut Europe in Autumn. Featuring Hutchinson’s Kafka-meets-le Carré style, Europe at Midnight is an SF thriller that explores a near-future Europe that’s closer than we would like to think…

Praise for Europe At Midnight

"Funny, fantastical, readable and remarkable."
Tor.com

"Europe at Midnight is high-powered fiction of the cleverest sort... pitch-perfect, bursting with the same charisma and intricate world-building as its predecessor."
LA Review Of Books

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Europe in Autumn

Released 29 January 2014

By Dave Hutchinson

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A fractured Europe, a cook-turned-spy, a mighty web of espionage – but what happens when conspiracy threatens to overwhelm even reality itself?

Europe in Autumn is a dystopian SF espionage thriller that evokes the Cold War novels of John Le Carré and the nightmarish world of Franz Kafka, taking place in a war and disease-torn Europe of hundreds of tiny nations.

Rudi is a cook in a Kraków restaurant, but when boss asks him to help a cousin escape from the country he’s trapped in, a new career – part spy, part people-smuggler – begins.

Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois, Rudi is schooled in espionage. When he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him.

With kidnapping, double-crosses and a map that constantly re-draws itself, Europe in Autumn is a modern science fiction thriller like no other.

“Europe in Autumn is the work of a consummate storyteller and combines great characters, a cracking central idea, and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Excellent.”
-The Guardian

UK 9781781081952 | 13th February 2014
US 9781781081945 | 29th January 2014 

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Europe In Winter

Released 3 November 2016

By Dave Hutchinson

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A fractured Europe. A parallel world. A global threat.

Union has come. The Community is now the largest nation in Europe; trains run there from as far afield as London and Prague. It is an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

So what is the reason for a huge terrorist outrage? Why do the Community and Europe meet in secret, exchanging hostages? And who are Les Coureurs des Bois?

Along with a motley crew of strays and mafiosi and sleeper agents, Rudi sets out to answer these questions – only to discover that the truth lies both closer to home and farther away than anyone could possibly imagine.

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Solaris Rising

Released 25 October 2011

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates

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Looking for science fiction of the highest order? Solaris Rising is the first in an exciting new series of anthologies set to reaffirm Solaris’s proud reputation for producing high quality science fiction.

In a book full of boundless variety, energy and imagination, award-winning editor Ian Whates gathers the most accomplished writers in the genre including Ian McDonald, Paul di Filippo, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Pat Cadigan, Eric Brown, Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton.

From the imprint that brought you The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction series, Solaris Rising promises bizarre futures, gritty other worlds and strange realms, exemplifying the diversity and innovation that continue to make science fiction the most thrilling genre there is.

 “A cliché it may be, but there really is something for everyone here... an ideal bait to tempt those who only read novels to climb over the short fiction fence.”
Interzone on The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Vol. 2

UK: 9781907992087 | 1st November 2011
US: 9781907992094 | 25th October 2011

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Solaris Rising 1.5

Released 17 July 2012

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates

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Following the enormous success of the critically-acclaimed Solaris Rising, Solaris are proud to announce they've commissioned a follow-up, Solaris Rising 2, due out in Spring 2013.

But you can't wait that long, and we honestly can't blame you! To that end, we present Solaris Rising 1.5, a short anthology of nine short stories from some of the most exciting names in science fiction today.

From both sides of the pond - and further afield - these nine great writers offer you everything from a mystery about the nature of the universe to an inexplicable transmission to everyone on Earth, and from engineered giant spiders to Venetian palaces in space.

So settle in, and enjoy yet more proof of the extraordinary breadth and depth of contemporary SF.

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Solaris Rising 2

Released 26 March 2013

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates

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Featuring new short stories from top names in the genre, Solaris Rising 2 is the latest galaxy-spanning collection of science-fiction from the leader in SF anthologies.

Showcasing the finest new science fiction from both celebrated authors and the most exciting of emerging writers, it follows in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed first volume, editor Ian Whates has once again gathered together a plethora of thrilling and daring talent.

From unexplored frontiers to common themes of the genre – alien worlds, time travel, artificial intelligence – this is science-fiction made entirely new in the telling. Paul Cornell, Nancy Kress, James Lovegrove, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Nick Harkaway, Allen Steele, Kay Kenyon, Norman Spinrad and many more prove once again why SF continues to be the most innovative, satisfying, and downright exciting genre of all.

The SF short story is a groundbreaking tradition that has brought us some of the greatest science-fiction writers in the world. Solaris continues this tradition with Solaris Rising, its series of SF collections featuring both new and established voices in the modern genre.

 Bizarre futures, gritty other worlds and strange realms, Solaris Rising exemplifies the diversity and innovation that continue to make science fiction the most thrilling genre there is.

“One of the best SF anthologies published this year… there’s almost nothing here that isn’t good or outstanding”
-Locus on Solaris Rising

UK: 9781781080870 | 11th April 2013
US: 9781781080887 | 26th March 2013 

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Solaris Rising 3

Released 26 August 2014

By Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates

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Solaris Rising 3 pushes the boundaries of current SF publishing and hammers home, story after story,  Whates’ mission statement to prove that SF is the most exciting and inspiring of all the fiction genres; offering the poignant reflection of humanity – often funny, often dark and always surprising – that sits at the heart of all great fiction writing, and stretching it across time and space.

With contributions from Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Gareth L. Powell, Aliette de Bodard, Tony Ballantyne and many, many more, Solaris Rising 3 is a diverse collection of ground-breaking stories that will be essential reading for SF fans everywhere.

Described by Pornokitsch.com as “the UK’s finest editor of Science Fiction,” Whates has gathered together some of the best known names and most thrilling emerging talents in SF to contribute to this latest bumper anthology release in Solaris Book’s stellar year of anthology publishing.

Featuring stories from:
Adam Roberts // Alex Dally MacFarlane // Aliette de Bodard // Benjamin Rosenbaum // Benjanun Sriduangkaew // Cat Sparks // Chris Beckett // Gareth L. Powell // George Zebrowski // Ian R. MacLeod & Martin Sketchley // Ian Watson // Julie E. Czerneda // Ken Liu // Laura Lam // Nina Allan// Rachel Swirsky // Sean Williams // Tony Ballantyne

'The literary equivalent of a well-presented buffet of tasty snacks, this latest science fiction anthology from Solaris serves up an intriguing mix of 19 short tales from some of the best SF writers at work today.’
-SFX

'This anthology of new short stories is essential reading.'
-BBC Focus magazine

UK: 9781781082089 | 11th September 2014 
US: 9781781082096 | 26th August 2014