Channel Sk1n: Jeff Noon's first novel in 10 years

Alex sez,

Seminal science fiction author Jeff Noon has a new book coming out called Channel Sk1n. This is Jeff's first novel in 10 years, and what makes it even more exciting is the fact that Jeff has chosen to publish it independently, and as an ebook before print. After decades of working with the publishing industry Jeff wants the freedom to create, to interact with his fans 24/7 and to be as prolific as he likes with his writing. He's hoping this new venture will amplify his creative freedom and build on the truly original work he's been doing recently on Twitter @jeffnoon, whence his 140 character fictions have been rippling through cyberspace.

The new book, which reflects on ideas of parasitic media, fame and a possible new 'human' interface, follows popstar Nola Blue on a journey of mutated self-discovery. The ebook is available from Amazon Kindle store, and there's more info on his website.

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  1. Jeff has chosen to publish it independently, and as an ebook before print. After decades of working with the publishing industry Jeff wants the freedom to create, to interact with his fans 24/7 and to be as prolific as he likes with his writing. 

    Nice spin. Seems just as likely that he couldn’t find a publisher.

    1. Why say “couldn’t find a publisher” like it was an insult? Why does it matter? Writers can operate outside the traditional publishing industry quite easily these days, and make a great living doing it, and most importantly can put out the books they want, as they want.

      If Noon couldn’t find a publisher it only indicates how moribund the industry is, and how unnecessary a publisher is.

    2. So by your own admission it’s 50/50, then? In that case, I choose Cory’s positive “spin”. But to be honest, anything’s preferable to being obliterated in the dark matter from which that comment emerged. 

  2. I mean– I am excited that eventually there will be a book!   I can wait till there is a physical thing, though.  Is it only available through Amazon?  That hardly sounds…indie.

      1. Thanks; I’m still going to wait for the physical book– as a matter of personal preference, not ideology!– but I will tell me wife to look there. I just, you know, occasionally get paranoid about Amazon exclusives.

  3. Jeff Noon has always been a favorite since I first stumbled upon Vurt.   This is fantastic news.  I wish it was available in other formats than just the proprietary Amazon one.  I will try to wait it out, but I might just need to DL it via the kindle app.

    I find it interesting that only Automated Alice seems to be available in the iBooks store.  I would easily re-buy his whole catalog as ebooks.

  4. I loved Vurt. I was living in Manchester when I read it, and the descriptions of the locations, while bizarre and psychedelic, made a lot of sense. Nothing like familiar surroundings given a weird twist to put reality into sharp relief.

  5. So, how many came for the titillating cover?

    And on that note, said cover reminds me of the art style of Ruthless.com.

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