I've just submitted Resonance, the 3rd and final Ragnarok volume, to my publisher. And now I shall collapse...


Blogger Paul saxon-shaw said...

Congratulations...And selfishly; Phew...I was beginning to believe it might never happen....Been so much looking forward to this; My Science fiction event of the year!

January 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Cheers, Paul! There were times *I* was beginning to believe it might never happen...!

January 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good news. Guess I'll have to order from Amazon UK as no U.S. publishers (to my knowledge) have bitten on this excellent series.

January 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Chris Mays said...

This is great news, John! I can only imagine the exhaustion and relief. I never doubted, however, since your publishers have somehow been thrilling us every couple of years since To Hold Infinity...

I'm wondering when we'll get a collection of your short fiction, not easy to round up out here on the Left Coast of America. Even an e-thingie would be welcome.

And, I presume you'll collapse, only to rise again, refreshed, as Thomas Blackthorne...

January 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Dear Anon... Thank you, and you're right, there's no US publisher for Ragnarok yet. With the trilogy completed, one of them might get interested - with luck. Cheers!

January 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

And thank you, Chris. I really should publish my short fiction myself as an e-thingie.

I'm hoping to rise again, but not as Thomas Blackthorne... and possibly not as John Meaney either! I promise I'll keep you posted, if and when it gets to the publishing-deal stage.

January 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just made my way through a week of late nights keeping company with Absorption and Transmission, picked up on a whim from my library. I'm very tired, but surely not as tired as you were on the twenty-sixth.

Between now and the day Resonance appears on the shelves, I suspect I'll be setting aside a good few board inches of my own for the Meaney / Blackthorne canon.

Congratulations, and sincere thanks for such a compelling story.

January 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Miles Campbell said...

Congrats! I've just finished re-reading the first two volumes so really looking forward to the third. Any news on the cover art?

January 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Uli Kaiser said...

Hello John: I just found your blog.

To Hold Infinity is one of my all-time favorites (I read it it end to end in one night about 14 years ago in San Diego after buying it at Heathrow Airport) but I haven't read all the others…time to catch up.

I searched for your books on - couldn't find them. As for the E-Thingy - that's exactly the way to go, I also do a e-thingy project myself:

Have a great day and I hope to catch up soon. If you ever visit Thailand, give me a holler

Have a nice day, Uli

February 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done and congrats on dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's as they used to say... look forward to the third instalment eagerly...

February 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Thanks, Rosie! Hope all's well with you and your publishing projects. Cheers!

February 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

@Uli - Thanks, Uli... THI seems a long time ago. Well, I guess it was. I revisited Fulgor in Absorption, which was fun.

February 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

@Uli again... Audible should happen at some point, but nothing signed or dates arranged yet.

February 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

@Miles... I'm honoured, thank you. It's nice enough for you to read my books once - a re-read is even better.

Jim Burns turned in the cover art before I turned in the book. (Again!) It features the crystalline fortress-like structure on the Moon where the main characters are based in the far future. I think it's excellent, and my wife is certain it's the best of the three covers.

I daren't show it here, since Jim has the copyright, but he did send me a beautiful triptych of the three pictures joined together. He's terrific.

February 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Miles Campbell said...

I'll have to check out his website. I always re-read my favourite books in between new releases. Perhaps i have too much time on my hands!

I've also recently finished your Nulapeiron Sequence and was wondering how long you've been nursing these novels, what with the crossover of storylines?

The sequence where Tom transports himself to a Fulgor in full hell-world mode stands out along with the crystal lady living deep underground and the Anomoly itself of course.

February 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Well, thanks again. I re-read my favourites too...

Consciously, I only dreamt up the Ragnarok trilogy when I was putting together a proposal for a publishing deal. But there must have been something cooking below the conscious level for a lot longer... in particular, the crystal lady, which I knew all along was a hook into something else, without knowing what it was.

Sometimes the things I seem to have planned from the start were not actually in my conscious awareness... for instance, the way that Resolution ends in a paradox. I didn't know the ending of that book at the time I was writing the earlier two.

...And blimey, Miles, your last paragraph there is almost a spoiler for the book you haven't read yet! I'm dead impressed.

February 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Sammygirl said...

I'm kind of hoping you'll return to the tristopolis books and write a third one I just finished reading Dark Blood and went looking around to see if you had any plans to write another one found something about a book called white bones on a site but then when I goggled it I learned from your blog that it was rejected by the publishers.

February 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Miles Campbell said...

Whoops! Not my intention, promise. My intrigue-o-meter has just gone off the scale though. Enjoy your break (if you are taking one).

February 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

@Sammygirl... Thank you, and I'd like to write a 3rd Tristopolis book some day. I've written five books since Dark Blood, and I don't remember the details, but I don't think I got as far as sending the White Bones outline to the publisher (via my agent) for them to reject or accept. It was just that they clearly wanted something else. If the Bone Song & Dark Blood sales figures had been higher, they'd have begged me for more Tristopolis books.

This is just the business side of being a writer: I can't afford to write that particular book without money to live on! Of course there are many possibilities (and many publishers), but White Bones doesn't seem commercially viable right now. My current publishers want to see more book proposals from me, and other publishers tell me the same thing, but all I've got on the go at the moment is the Secret Project that's intriguing Miles...

And actually, I'm not writing at all for the next month, because I've got academic computer science stuff to work on. Another deadline!

Come the middle of March, I really will collapse...

February 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous reubin lawrence said...

hi, just finished re-reading the first two books of ragnarok, again. this is my 3rd read of them, and got to say, im both impressed, and hooked. you are truly an amazing author. any news on a release date for book 3? congratulations on a truly awe-inspiring story

March 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Hi, Reubin... 3rd read! That's terrific, thank you.

I was only recently informed (thanks, Peter!) that Amazon were still showing a February release date, even though we rescheduled ages ago. To the best of my knowledge, book 3 hits the shelves during September.

I hope you enjoy the way it wraps up the story. Thanks again!

March 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Pierce III said...

SEPTEMBER for Ragnarok 3! Gods! Worse news, no publisher is interested in another Tristopolis book. I'm both stunned and heartbroken. How ironic for me, after needing three years to get up the nerve to read the first one, then finding it to be another several steps up the ladder from your other superb works (oh me of little faith!). Now I find I may never get to visit Tristopolis again. Well, for what it's worth if you write it, I'll buy it (provided it's a book, not a device).

Pierce III

March 24, 2013 at 3:12 AM  
Blogger Roald Andresen said...

I've been really looking forward to Resonance, and finally it is available for order at
I'm a bit concerned that only pb and ebook versions are made available. Does this mean that there will be no HC version? That would make me sad and disappointed, since I have all your earlier books in 1st ed. HC.

:-) Roald Andresen

August 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Hi Roald

Sorry to take so long replying - had to check with my editor, then I got snowed under with stuff...

Sorry to confirm the bad news, but there won't be a hardcover. It nearly didn't happen for Transmission. HC sales have been massively hit by the decreased budgets granted to libraries: that's where a lot of copies used to go. Mid-list authors have been hard-hit - the publishers can't make money on HC books these days.

Hope you enjoy the book regardless!

September 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM  

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