HarperVoyager UK are thrilled to reveal the cover for James Smythe’s incredible science fiction début The Explorer. You may know James from his Guardian blog re-reading Stephen King, or as the author of the “utterly gripping and highly original” (Daily Mail) The Testimony published by our sister imprint Blue Door, but to Voyager he is the author of one of the best – and most compelling – science fiction novels we’ve read in years.
With no further ado, the UK cover for The Explorer (ebook 20 December 2012, hb 17 January 2013):
A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.
When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.
But in space, nothing goes according to plan.
The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.
But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.