SPACE HOSTAGES — the AMERICAN cover reveal.

So. Space Hostages. Pretty book. Funny, I think. Aliens. Robot goldfish. Sentient spaceships. Fruitbat people. You know, the works. Sequel to a book called Mars Evacuees.

If you happen to be in the UK or any part of the Commonwealth that isn’t Canada, you can have Space Hostages as soon as next Thursday. It comes out on July 2nd 2015.

If you are in the USA or Canada — you’ll be waiting until February 16th, 2016. But you get to see the cover now!

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I have been stupidly lucky with the covers for these books. I love the dazzling colours and the slightly grungey, textured feel of Andy Potts’ covers for the UK. And I love the wide open spaces and sense of adventure of Goro Fujita’s covers for the US and Canada.

(Yes I am subtly hinting that I think there’s something, well, British about the mood of Andy Potts’ design and something more American about the sensibility of Goro Fujita’s, and that both bring out different aspects of the story,  and yes I have over-thought this.)

This is the first time we’ve got to a less-symbolic, more representative view of the Goldfish. It’s on both the UK covers, and it is a thing of glorious circuit-boardy beauty, but it’s more stylised than the big talking Fisher Price toy-like thing it is in the books. I really like that, and I  am really happy to see a  a young black girl — Josephine — is the closest to the camera here.

So what’s it all about? Well, it’s like this, you see…

And if you cannot wait (whether that would be a week or eight months), enter the giveaway here and win a copy of the UK edition — wherever you are, so long as it’s on this planet.

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