Winter Song / Colin Harvey

“Harsh, sometimes grotesque, strongly compelling – a classical journey told
in a new, uncompromising voice.”
John Meaney

“Harvey paints a grimly convincing portrait of a subsistence existence
on the inhospitable world. Harvey’s… novel depicts a fascinating universe of
want and plenitude, to which he will hopefully return in future novels.”
Eric Brown, The Guardian

WinterSong-front-72dpiThe planet had fallen off the map.

When Karl Allman’s spaceship crashed, he had only one question:


Rock-hard SF adventure. No one here gets out alive.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [Starship Crash / Abandoned Colonists / Alien Slaughter / Hell Planet]

What others have said:
“An entertaining read in an unforgiving environment. Following Karl Allman as he crash lands on a forgotten and primitive colony world where the terraforming looks like it’s going backwards, Winter Song is a novel that has more than a few surprises up its sleeve. I was expecting to walk into this with a more typical human vs alien world theme where there were many strange and wonderful creatures. What I got was a story focused on human characters who developed and grew with each situation they face. Highly recommended. 8/10″
Walker of Worlds

“A believably harsh tale of survival in bleak and unforgiving elements.”

“Karl Allman … crashes pretty spectacularly on a barely habitable planet (it’s a description worthy of Iain M. Banks). He is helped by Bera, a woman shunned by her social group/fostered family for an illegitimate and failed child. Together these two break from the trial group causing a hunt across the icy and mostly barren and strangely, starkly beautiful landscape… Karl is looking for a possibly mythical ship/beacon through which he can send a signal for aid and Bera is looking for freedom from the oppressive system that has kept the failing colony going for generations … This is a tale about personal struggle and will leave you thinking about it weeks later. [Colin Harvey] deserves a place on your shelf along with Asher, Reynolds, Hamilton and Stross.”
Deadwood Reviews

Winter Song combines good storytelling and strong world-building to make for an entertaining read. For a small paperback, this is a book with some big topics. To Harvey’s credit, although this is a lot of world-building, it is never intrusive. The characters are all genuinely, legitimately curious, and the detail comes across in dialogue and description, not pages of dry future-history. It is clear that the author has an extraordinarily detailed universe – I would be surprised (and disappointed) if Winter Song is our only visit.”

“The Icelandic setting added a layer of fantasy-like dressing, horses, sword fighting and legends and gods and the cultural layers also represent as authentic. I felt that Colin had done his research. The prose style was strong…”

“I found Winter Tale quite convincing and entertaining.”
Red Rook Review

Colin Harvey
Science Fiction
Cover: Chris Moore at Artist Partners

1 October 2009
432pp A-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus

September 2010
432pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978 0 85766 025 1

Sept 2010
£5.49 / $5.99
ePub ISBN 978 0 85766 026 8

Sample Chapter
The following extract is taken from Winter Song by Colin Harvey. Please note that the formatting will vary from that of the final commercial product.

epub-logo-color-book mobipocketlogo pdficon_large

Mobi and PDF
Click on the appropriate icons, above to download the sample in your choice of format.

ePub users may choose to download the file (your system may change it to a .zip – if so, just rename the extension to .epub). Alternatively, type the sample URL directly into your device of choice: