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About Keith Brooke and infinity plus

Keith Brooke is a writer of crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy and other strange stuff, and editor and reviewer of same. He is also the publisher at infinity plus, an independent imprint publishing books by leading genre fiction authors.

Fictions #11: Stealthcare by Liz Williams

Today sees publication of the eleventh story in our Fictions series exploring the future of health and social care in collaboration with the Future Care Capital charity:

“Stealthcare” by Liz Williams

The story is illustrated by Vincent Chong.


More Fictions

Today the tenth story in our year-long Fictions collaboration with Future Care Capital goes live: “CareFree” by Keith Brooke. It’s been a fascinating project, and unlike anything we’ve worked on before: four writers and an artist working with a health and social care charity to explore near-future scenarios – putting fictional flesh on the bones of what might be as a way of helping professionals and policy-makers in these fields to shape their thinking about how things should be.

The stories range from explorations of virtual living funerals, disease tourism and various interventions in childbirth, care, and more. One of our stories was shortlisted for this year’s British Science Fiction Award for best short story, which was particularly satisfying as a project operating beyond the normal publishing channels like this could easily pass unnoticed by genre readers.

All ten stories are available to read for free on the FCC website, with two more to come, and all are illustrated by Vincent Chong:


Ten years of infinity plus

Ten years ago today, the first ebook title from infinity plus was made available. (Well, actually, Amazon lists the publish date as 23rd November rather than the official 24th, because it went through their systems faster than expected and became available a day early.)

In that decade we’ve published a total of 95 infinity plus titles; this figure includes a series of 20 standalone short stories, the infinity plus singles, so that leaves 75 full-length books – novels, collections and anthologies. We’ve also published a further 20 titles in our infinite press imprint.

So I make that a grand total of 115 titles in a decade. Not bad!

Our authors include winners of World Fantasy Awards, Hugos, and most of the other major awards. A fabulous set of people to work with.

And we’re still going strong. We’ve just published a fine collection from Tony Ballantyne (‘Superb’ The Guardian), and we have another collection, including an original novella, from Garry Kilworth in the new year.


New: Midway by Tony Ballantyne

Midway by Tony Ballantyne

Stories about stories and storytelling.

Written on the road between the past and the future, a writer explores his relationship with his dying father.

Literature, fantasy and science fiction come together in this unique and very personal piece.

Tony Ballantyne is the author of the acclaimed Penrose hard SF novels, Twisted Metal and Blood and Iron, as well as the groundbreaking and surreal fantasy novels Dream London and Dream Paris.

‘Sharp, touching, and very original, this collection uses stories of different genres to explore aspects of the same emotional landscape, creating a very personal and very satisfying whole.’ Chris Beckett, winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award

Buy this ebook from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 9798670868549): Amazon US – Amazon UK – and other booksellers


Fictions: All I Asked For by Anne Charnock

Published today, over at the Future Care Capital website: All I Asked For by Anne Charnock – a powerful and moving story about the impact of technological intervention in pregnancy.

This is the second story in our year-long Fictions project: short stories exploring near-future issues in health and social care. The first, published last month, was Stephen Palmer’s Goodbye; next month it’s my turn, and in October we have a story by Liz Williams. All the stories are illustrated by Vincent Chong.

Fictions:
Disease tourism, uses of virtual reality in care, widening adoption of self-diagnosis apps… Four authors and one artist, working with the Future Care Capital charity, explore the near-future. Running July 2020 to June 2021, one story a month takes a key issue in health and social care and examines its implications for people on the ground: patients, carers, practitioners and all those close to them. Thought-provoking and challenging, Fictions presents world-class fiction intended to inspire debate and new thinking among practitioners and policy-makers.

Fictions:
Four writers, one artist, twelve futures.

Fictions

Find out more about the project, and read the first two stories, on the Future Care Capital website.


Fictions: Health and Care Re-Imagined

Four SF authors, one artist, twelve stories – exploring near-future issues in health and social care.

Fictions

Launching today, Fictions is a monthly series of short SF stories produced in collaboration between four authors, one artist, and a UK charity working with practitioners and policy-makers in the health and social care sector.

The brief was simple, and so obvious it really should have been done lots of times before: a charity looking for innovative ways to encourage its audience to move away from conventional patterns of thinking in order to consider how the near future might really be, brainstorming and developing ideas with a group of creatives whose job it is to do exactly that.

As writers, we spend our time looking for the surprises and twists, the gotcha moments; we identify moments in a sequence of events that pull you up in your tracks and make you rethink. That’s one of the key elements in a good story: the building of a scenario and then what I call the rug-pull moment, when the rug is yanked from beneath the reader’s feet and they’re forced to reassess all that has gone before.

And this is what Future Care Capital asked us to do. Surprise them, and the people they work with. Make them stop in their tracks and see things from other perspectives.

It’s been a fascinating project to work on, from the early discussions with FCC about the topics and challenges they see in the next decade or two of health and social care, to working with the writers – Anne Charnock, Stephen Palmer and Liz Williams – and artist, Vincent Chong, to discuss these topics, and look for stories that would meet the brief of being challenging and surprising… writing fictions that provoke.

And above all, turning what might start out as dry, academic discussions into believable realities. Because once you have compelling and surprising stories with characters you care about and challenges that are real you can go anywhere… which is exactly what we were asked to do.

Fictions opens today with Stephen Palmer’s ‘Goodbye’, a story about technological innovations in supporting those at the end of life. In August, Anne Charnock takes us back to the beginning of life, with a look at uses of technology in conception and birth. And from there, who knows? Four authors, one artist, and twelve stories, exploring beginnings and ends, and all that lies in between.

Find out more about the project, and read the first story, on the Future Care Capital website.


Published today: The Conscientious Objector by Stephen Palmer

The Conscientious Objector by Stephen Palmer

Buy this ebook from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple –  Smashwords

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1795806745): Amazon US – Amazon UK – and other booksellers

1914.

With the outbreak of war on the Continent, Erasmus Darwin finds himself caught up in a jingoistic fervour for which he feels no sympathy. Yet soon he is on the Western Front: frightened, appalled, and alone apart from a few pals who don’t understand his pacifism.

Soon however he finds himself entangled in a secret mission the like of which has never been attempted, one which stretches his pacifism to the limit…

A unique and thought-provoking alternative history of the First World War from the author of Beautiful Intelligence and the Factory Girl trilogy.

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The Factory Girl trilogy:

“I would highly recommend this to any steampunk lover…” SFF World
“It’s a fascinating book and I very much enjoyed it.” Nimue Brown
“As the first in a series this novel is pretty special… a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting read.” Goodreads
“Provides an exciting ride trhough a clockwork version of Edwardian England, leading to a conclusion that brings together the various themes in a satisfying way.” Amazon
“This is all good thought provoking stuff, that I thoroughly enjoyed…” Goodreads


Also published in December 2019:

2nd editions of the entire Factory Girl trilogy, with stunning new covers by Tom Brown:

The Girl with Two Souls (The Factory Girl Trilogy #1) by Stephen Palmer The Girl with One Friend (The Factory Girl Trilogy #2) by Stephen Palmer The Girl with No Soul (The Factory Girl Trilogy #3) by Stephen Palmer

The Girl with Two Souls (The Factory Girl Trilogy #1) by Stephen Palmer is available from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Amazon Canada – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords

The Girl with One Friend (The Factory Girl Trilogy #2) by Stephen Palmer is available from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Amazon Canada – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords

The Girl with No Soul (The Factory Girl Trilogy #3) by Stephen Palmer is available from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Amazon Canada – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords


Published today: The Autist by Stephen Palmer

The Autist by Stephen Palmer

Buy this ebook from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple –  Smashwords

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1795806745): Amazon US – Amazon UK – and other booksellers

‘This is first class SF.’ — Tony Ballantyne

Data detective Mary Vine is visiting relatives when she uncovers a Chinese programme of AI development active within her own family.

Ulu Okere has only one goal: to help her profoundly disabled brother, whose unique feats of memory inspire her yet perturb the community they live in.

And in a transmuted Thailand, Somchai Chokdee is fleeing his Buddhist temple as an AI-inspired political revolution makes living there too dangerous.

In 2100 life is dominated by vast, unknowable AIs that run most of the world and transform every society they touch. When suspicions of a Chinese conspiracy seem substantiated, Mary, Ulu and Somchai decide they must oppose it. Yet in doing so they find themselves facing something the world has never seen before…

‘This pretty much hits my sweet spot for intelligent science fiction: a deft twisting together of warring AIs, rogue androids, and the evolution of machine intelligence against a global backdrop that’s as thoughtful as it is entertaining.’ — Gary Gibson

‘A gripping read to the poignant last line.’ — Eric Brown on Beautiful Intelligence, The Guardian

‘His work is unique, original, sometimes challenging, always fresh.’ — Amazing Stories

‘One of the most inventive and imaginative Fantasy writers I know of.’ — Teresa Egerton


New: TOMMY CATKINS by Stephen Palmer

TOMMY CATKINS by Stephen Palmer

1915
Following a horrific experience at Verdun, Private Tommy Catkins – shell-shocked and suffering head injuries – is sent to a mysterious island hospital in Wiltshire, where he is subjected to the primitive treatments of the era.

But the island appears to be a portal to the enigmatic land of Onderwater, where lives a race of blue-skinned people with tails.

Will Tommy be tempted by Onderwater, or will the love of Nurse Vann pull him back to reality, and recovery?

“One of the most inventive and imaginative fantasy writers I know of…” Teresa Edgerton

Buy this ebook from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Amazon Canada – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 0995752265): Amazon US – Amazon UK – Amazon Canada – and other booksellers

New editions of Keepers of the Peace and more

Keepers of the Peace

Written thirty years ago, and first published by Gollancz in 1990, my first novel has new editions in print and ebook:

Keepers of the Peace
Ebook from: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords
Print (ISBN: 172280291X): Amazon US – Amazon UK – and other booksellers

Jed Brindle is an alien. At least, that’s what they call him on Earth. He’s really a colony-bred soldier – augmented with cyborg implants – with the Extraterran Peacekeeping Force, fighting for control of what used to be the United States.

When he and his squad are sent behind enemy lines on a kidnap operation, it isn’t long before things start to go wrong. Marooned in the desert with two wounded comrades and his quarry, Jed’s mission becomes not just a struggle for survival but also a journey to rediscover the quiet, reliable farm boy he was before he became a machine for killing.

“It has been several years since a first novel has grabbed me the way Keith Brooke’s Keepers of the Peace did. It’s a well-crafted, very personal look at the way war changes (and doesn’t change) a kid from the sticks … It is smooth, clean and elegant; a very straightforward book whose writing recalls the 1950s Heinlein, telling the tale without getting in the way.” (Tom Whitmore, Locus)


Also just out: new paperback editions of my 2nd, 3rd and 4th novels

ExpatriaAmazon US – Amazon UK

Expatria IncorporatedAmazon US – Amazon UK

Lord of StoneAmazon US – Amazon UK

   


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