A free eBook from SF great, Eric Brown, has broken into iTunes’ top 100 free downloads chart for America.
The Blue Portal is the short story upon which the award-winning author’s groundbreaking novel, The Kings of Eternity, is based.
More than 2,500 copies of The Blue Portal have been downloaded in the last four days alone – putting it at #73 in the US chart, above perennial “classics” such as Pride and Prejudice and The Jungle Book!
Brown is a major new voice in the world of science fiction, and The Kings of Eternity is his most ambitious novel to date. A major awards contender, it was released in April to widespread acclaim.
Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Solaris, said: “Eric Brown is one of the finest writers of SF in the business and The Blue Portal is a fantastic sampler of this author’s work. It’s encouraging to see it getting such a wide readership and leading new fans to the work of this remarkable author.”
Description: 1999, on the threshold of a new millennium, the novelist Daniel Langham lives a reclusive life on an idyllic Greek island, hiding away from humanity and the events of the past. All that changes, however, when he meets artist Caroline Platt and finds himself falling in love. But what is his secret, and what are the horrors that haunt him?
1935. Writers Jonathon Langham and Edward Vaughan are summoned from London by their editor friend Jasper Carnegie to help investigate strange goings on in Hopton Wood. What they discover there – no less than a strange creature from another world – will change their lives forever. What they become, and their link to the novelist of the future, is the subject of Eric Brown’s most ambitious novel to date. Almost ten years in the writing, The Kings of Eternity is a novel of vast scope and depth, full of the staple tropes of the genre and yet imbued with humanity and characters you’ll come to love.