I’m delighted to hand over today to the award-winning Gareth L Powell, whose new space opera Embers of War is out this week. Gareth’s alternate history thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel (tying with Ancillary Justice, no less), and was a Seiun Award finalist. I will be reviewing Embers of War this weekend (spoiler: IT’S REALLY GOOD).

Nell Crane is the girl with the clockwork heart, daughter of two revolutionary thinkers whose contributions have improved the lives of everyone in Black Water City. Great things are expected of her, but she’s running out of time to make a contribution that will keep her free of a life of manual labour. When inspiration finally strikes, her idea is so bold it may destroy her ties to everyone she loves…

Subjective: “based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions“.

Chaos: “the first created being” (Greek). No, that’s not what we’re after. “Complete disorder and confusion” …hopefully not. “Behaviour so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions“. YOU GOT IT.

(Kind of) Awards: “a prize or other mark of recognition” – well, you know, kind of.