“Solaris is proud to announce it has commissioned the next book from one of the most exciting new voices in science fiction, Gareth L. Powell. Ack-Ack Macaque will be published in January 2013. Based on a short story published in 2007, the author describes the story as â€˜a fusion of alternate history and gonzo cyberpunkâ€™.
In a world where France and Great Britain merged in the late 1950s, Powell has crafted an environment where nuclear-powered Zeppelins encircle the globe, electronic ghosts stalk the living, and a king lies dying; a world in which a half-brained woman struggles to solve a deadly riddle in order to regain her stolen soul, and a monkey sets about killing as many online gamers as possible, in order to avert Armageddon.
With the scale of Iain M. Banks and the intrigue of Alistair Reynolds, Powellâ€™s The Recollection was published by Solaris earlier this year and brought a stunning breath of fresh air into epic science-fiction â€“ an astounding novel about both personal human relationships and their place in the vastness of time and space.”