I'm very pleased to announce that my agent, Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates, has negotiated a new deal with Ace, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), for three books to be published in North America in 2012—2014. (This follows next year's forthcoming title, "Rule 34", which is due out in July.)
2012's novel will be "The Apocalypse Codex", Laundry Files #4.
2013's novel will be (working title): "Neptune's Brood", a space opera.
2014's novel will be (working title): "The Lambda Functionary", a near future thriller.
("Working title" means that, while that's what it says on the contract, the books may be retitled prior to publication.)
I hope to be able to announce the UK publication schedule soon. (My former editor at Orbit UK, Darren Nash, left for pastures new this autumn; his replacement, editorial director Anne Clarke, starts work there next January. Obviously this hand-over delays things, but I expect the books to be published simulaneously in the UK and Commonwealth territories.)
Some more details, before you bombard me with questions:
In "The Apocalypse Codex", Bob has been promoted to junior management and sent to ride herd on a couple of contractors. "I feel like an eight year old who's been handed a laser pointer and a jar of catnip and told to amuse the kitties in the Siberian Tiger enclosure at the zoo," he complains. But then he discovers a big game hunter is stalking his kitties ...
"Neptune's Brood" is set in the universe of "Saturn's Children", about 5000 years later on. It's going to be a — I make no apologies — mundane SF space opera. And Freya does not appear in it. I haven't perpetrated space opera in something close to five years; this is my excuse to scratch the itch and indulge in a guilty pleasure again. As we seem to be living through the golden age of exoplanetography, I expect any detailed plans I draw up between now and 2012 to change before I start writing ...
"The Lambda Functionary" is the third book in the thematic trilogy of near-future novels that start with "Halting State" and "Rule 34". And that's all I'm going to tell you about it just now, in case something makes it obsolete before I start writing (as transpired with "Rule 34" — Bernie Madoff stole my original caper plot). NB: "Halting State" examined games, reality, and augmented reality. "Rule 34" is about crime and business models. The plan for "The Lambda Functionary" is to take a look at the future of politics and diplomacy. And if you wonder why I've been thinking about utopias recently, this is the answer.