The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Blog
At the dawn of the seventeenth century, the Sun revolved around the Earth according to God’s plan and as set down in the Bible. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite – a heresy punishable by being burned alive.
The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is the first in a trilogy of novels that dramatically bring to life key moments in our understanding of the cosmos – when our view of the Universe changed forever.
I'll be collecting all posts here that are relevant to The Sky's Dark Labyrinth. Published during the course of 2011-2012, volume I, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, presents the stories of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei.
German Lutheran Johannes Kepler is convinced that he has been given a vision by God when he becomes the first man to distill into mathematical laws how stars and planets move through the heavens. Galileo Galilei, an Italian Catholic, will try to claim Kepler’s success for his own Church, but he finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself. Both men become trapped by human ignorance and irrational terror to the peril of their lives and those of their families in one of the darkest, yet also one of the most enlightening, periods of European history.
Volume II, The Sensorium of God, features Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley. Volume III, The Day Without Yesterday, recounts the story of Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble and George Lemaitre.
Confirmed publication dates so far are April in UK, June in Australia, September in Canada. Forthcoming publications dates will be announced for South Korea, Japan and Greece soon. I'll be talking about these books at various literary festivals and other venues across the UK this year. Stay tuned for further announcements. The book is published in the UK and Australia by Polygon Books and in Canada by McArthur Books.
To download a four page brochure about the trilogy, click here.
To contact the book's UK publicist, Jan Rutherford, click here.
To contact the book's Canadian publicist, Devon Pool, click here.
What a great week it has been for The Sky's Dark Labyrinth. All week book bloggers have been talking about the book and posting their reviews. A huge thank you to my Canadian publisher McArthur & Co for organising this, and to the bloggers who have taken part. It has been great to read your insights and connect with you on this project.
Here's a summary of all the postings from The Sky's Dark Labyrinth blog tour. Seven stops over five days:
Monday December 12
Book Gaga Review by Vicki Ziegler
Tuesday December 13
Book Discovery Review by Jeanne Duperreault
Wednesday December 14
A Winding Road Review by Leonicka
Keeping the Passion for Writing Alive: Q&A by Krissy Brady
Thursday December 15
blog404.org Review by Elissa Smith
Book Discovery guest post on Why Write TSDL as fiction?
Friday December 16
Space Couture Review by Mark Timmins
Misfits & Mascara Review by Krissy Brady
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It's Tycho Brahe's birthday today! He was born in 1542 in Svalöv, a municipality in what was Denmark then, but is now Sweden. To celebrate I've got a guest post over on Amazon's Kindle Post Blog about Astronomers I'd Like to Drink With.
"...Although I was determined to use facts and known events wherever possible, my golden rule was not to end up with a 300-page astronomy lesson. By writing a novel, I wanted to explore these characters and their motivations. To me, they were men of passion and drive, who just happened to be astronomers. So, I asked myself a simple question, "What would it be like to have a drink with each man?..."
To read the full post click here or, to just go for it and order The Sky's Dark Labyrinth ebook without another thought - click here!
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The Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail has reviewed The Sky's Dark Labyrinth in their Quick Reads column. The review concludes "Clark spins a fascinating, pell-mell tale of intrigue, ignorance and irrationality in a new Europe struggling to be born." Needless to say, I am utterly thrilled.
To read the full review click here and scroll to second review.
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My Canadian publishers, McArthur and Co., are organising a blog tour for me to start in the week of 12th Dec.
If you are a blogger and would like to join the fun in some way, here over to their blog to read all the details. I look forward to seeing you all ‘on tour’!
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Let’s celebrate! Today sees the UK publication of The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth in paperback. Brought forward from 2012 because demand for the hardback was threatening to outstrip supply, I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have supported this project. Who’d have thought that a novel about the history of astronomy would become so popular? You can download the promo sheet here.
To keep you up to date, The Sensorium of God, Book II of The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy will now be published in the first quarter of 2012. We had originally intended to publish Sensorium about now, but I became so busy promoting the first book that I found it difficult to finish in time – and there’s no way the publisher or I are going to release something in a rush. So, I’m sorry for the delay but to tide you over, there is a sample chapter of the new book in the back of the paperback (and amazon have it for a nice 32% discount at the moment).
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