Summary from Goodreads
Imagine The Bourne Identity meets Gravity and you’ll get TRACER, the most exciting action thriller set in space you’ll ever read.
Sarah Lotz, author of The Three calls it “fast, exhilarating and unforgettable”.
A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.
What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there’ll be nowhere left to run.
In space, every second counts. Who said nobody could hear you scream?
‘A stunning debut that never lets up, from the nerve-jangling beginning to the explosive end’ James Douglas, author of The Doomsday Machine
‘TRACER sets a new standard for all-action SF’ Ken MacLeod
1. Originally, all the people on my space station had implants which removed their sense of smell. I don’t have a sense of smell, thanks to fall out of a tree in Zimbabwe age four, and I made the assumption that the station would start to stink really badly after a few years. My fiance had to tell me that people get used to smells.
2. While researching the book, I visited the lab of an actual rocket scientist. He helped redesign my space station.
3. I also spoke to an entomologist about whether bugs were a workable food source (spoiler: they are).
4. The eyeball that Riley finds in her pack was originally someone’s severed hand. I realised that that was far too boring.
5. I planned to self-publish TRACER initially, even going so far as to draw up a marketing plan and have some concept art designed. A friend convinced me to stick with traditional publishing.
6. After I finished TRACER, I wrote a series of short stories, each of them starring one of the supporting characters. They haven’t been published yet, but they will be soon.
7. Books are very rare on Outer Earth. Riley’s crew, the Devil Dancers, only own one: Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stephenson, which was a major influence on TRACER.
8. In the market, Riley meets a character called Madala. Madala, in Zulu, means old man, and is used more colloquially to refer to a funny old guy with strange habits.
9. The book was originally called Riley’s Run. Terrible title. I found a better one.
10. Eighteen agents rejected the manuscript. I went back and rewrote it, and then I had three ask to represent me all at once. They were all great, but I’m really happy with the one I picked (Ed Wilson at Johnson and Alcock).