Edge / John Meaney writing as Thomas Blackthorne

“John Meaney is a spectacular writer. He makes SF seem all fresh and new again.”
Robert J Sawyer

“John Meaney has rewired SF. Everything is different now.”
Stephen Baxter

Edge - in stores from Feb 2010You thought Big Brother was tough? Try Knife Edge – the reality TV show where wannabe knife fighters are the celebrities in a nation going to hell.

Britain, tomorrow. The ultimate response to knife crime has been instituted by a bankrupt government: duelling with knives has now been legalised. On Saturday nights, the nation sit down to watch the country’s best fighters slash it out on prime time.

When a young boy with hoplophobia (the fear of weaponry) runs away from home, his father hires a former special forces agent to find him. With the help of the boy’s psychiatrist, Josh Cumberland delves into the dark underbelly of the knife culture that has infected his country with no guarantee that the boy is even still alive…

[FILE UNDER: Devastated Britain / Legalised duelling / Corporate atrocity / Save the children]

More praise for Edge:

“From the opening chapter I was hooked. The sudden violence and description of rage was so easy to imagine and visualize that I was almost living the moment.”
- Tony’s Views

EDGE
Science Fiction

Thomas Blackthorne

Cover: springlondon.com

UK/Australia
February 2010
384pp B-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus
ISBN use US ISBN

US/Canada
October 2010
416pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978 0 85766 040 4

eBook
February 2010
£5.49
ePub ISBN 978 0 85766 041 1

“Cumberland leaps off the page, a trained killer whose anger and grief at his daughter’s condition is brilliantly portrayed; the depiction of his simmering rage, barely held in check, and how he channels it, provides a masterclass in characterisation.”
The Guardian

“The characters themselves are wonderfully fleshed out and their interaction is quite mesmerising… an intelligent, slick and brilliantly executed novel with a quite unexpected but superbly scripted ending.”
ScienceFictionandFantasy.co.uk

“A very British opening. Could almost be Graham Joyce, sliding between sharp imagery and bad language in a particular way that only British writers seem to manage… a good read, with good pacing and some very cool ideas. Very visual. Violent… it’s a good adventure yarn with some fun ideas”
Gillian Polack

“I liked the characters & the storyline. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel Point.
4.5 of 5″
Alexsandra’s Corner

“I finished reading this book in bed last night and my brain was working through what I wanted to happen in a follow-up so much I couldn’t sleep for two hours… Just as you think everything has turned out well there is a twist, and I for one swore out loud when I got to the last page.”
Tony’s Views

Sample Chapter
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