From award-winning author John Meaney comes a thrilling tale of Tristopolis, a Gotham-like city beneath perpetually dark skies, where the bones of the dead fuel the reactor piles, indentured wraiths power the elevators, and daylight never shines.

A missing-person case has Donal Riordan searching for a crime lord while wraiths try to stop him, but every clue brings him closer to a different kind of danger aimed right at the heart of Tristopolis. The city must be protected – but what will be the cost?

I really, really loved writing this one! Hope it works for you...



Something of a YA story, in fact.

Jonquil is a fourteen year old with a secret, living in the city of New Vane that floats in the orange skies of planet Molsin. What should have been an ordinary school trip to the zoo becomes something far more deadly, with many lives at risk.

Can the daughter of undercover Pilots keep her secret? Or will she fail to survive the day?

An exciting hard-SF story, set in the Pilots universe, from award-winning author John Meaney.

Available on Amazon now.



 It's a prequel, technically a novelette, set in Oxford before Case joined IACS.

When a fellow postgrad student points the finger at a possible Chinese spy in Oxford, Case feels compelled to investigate... but can he trust his instincts when the affair turns deadly serious?

A novelette featuring Case in his Oxford days, after leaving 18 (UKSF) Signals Regiment, the cyber-savvy arm of UK Special Forces, and before he became an operative of IACS.

Another cyber thriller from award-winning author John Meaney, drawing on Meaney’s own experience of hardcore martial arts and leading-edge computing, and shadowy hints from the real-world special forces working the interzone between cyber and kinetic warfare.

Available on Amazon now.



Based in North America or the UK and haven't read the Tristopolis Continuation books? Tristopolis Requiem will be available for 99c on and 99p on (the Kindle edition) for a limited period.

Offer starts on Thursday 23rd November 2023 (from 08:00 PST on, 08:00 GMT on, and ends at 08:00 on 30th November 2023. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

The cop: Donal Riordan, undead, imprisoned in a coffin below ground. The city: Tristopolis, gothamesque and baroque, its unchanging sky deep purple, its elevators propelled by indentured wraiths, and its power produced by necroflux reactors, fuelled by the bones of the dead.

When powerful conspiracies threaten Tristopolis from the far side of the world, can a freed Donal find a way to stop them, and in the process find a reason to carry on existing?


I did in fact get back to the US earlier this year, in May. First flight anywhere for several years. Normally when travelling my workout area is just my hotel room (or the great outdoors), and when I'm at home I train in my study/office (where I have a kettlebell and resistance bands), on a recumbent bike in another room, or actually where I should train, which is my dojo in the garden, or in the garden itself.

Working out in a hotel gym in Arizona was therefore my first time lifting weights in a public gym for absolutely ages... I'm not really much for the whole selfie thing, but there ya go.

Not a sightseeing trip, but here are hot-air balloons rising over the desert in the morning...

I spent the actual summer months (here in the UK) teaching software engineering to some wonderfully energetic, bright people, which was my absolute privilege and honour. Good luck to everyone!

In this country, every day is Bloomin' Ungrateful Day... but if you're US-based, then Happy Thanksgiving for Thursday! Take care, all.



I'm not going to start offering writing/publishing advice in any kind of depth, unless I go through a major change of heart at some point.

But I'm more than happy to share resources.

The indie publishing world can be confusing, and my contemporaries among traditionally published writers are likely to offer advice based on the 1990s model, which was entirely correct at the time and no longer applies at all.

So if you're in need of good information, I'm going to recommend 2 must-follow blogs:

Dean Wesley Smith at

Kristine Kathryn Rusch at

Kris writes a weekly post regarding the business (sometimes a "process" piece describing her own process, other times a deep look at some highly relevant aspect of publishing), along with some other posts (including a free short story every Monday).

Dean posts every day (!) and has done for years, so some posts are fillers; but whenever he goes into depth regarding craft or business, it's worth reading.

Tell 'em I sent you!