The debut novel, and first in a new exciting series, by Mike Hembury
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New Clone City is Literary Cyberpunk for Today’s Dystopian Era
A blend of cyberpunk, literary prose and thrilling mystery, it tells the story of a down-at-heel metropolis, poor and sexy like the city it’s rooted in. A melting pot of tribes, technology, poverty, and chaos. New Clone City is a rollicking compulsive read, as queer and captivating as its inhabitants.
This is a slipstream world where a refugee crisis looms, the environment is in chaos, and an authoritarian political movement threatens the very fabric of the city. These dark forces battle a colourful cast of heroes, from anarchist rednecks to gender-bending sex workers.
Mike Hembury’s prose is urgent, sexy and “unprecedented”. Sharp and poetic, compelling and passionate, the political and environmental themes resonate for these troubling times. This is a novel to be read today.
New Clone City is a lush, multi-layered rollercoaster through an alternate reality—one populated by gender-bending sex workers, anarchist rednecks, and worshippers of the Church of Kali. It’s surreal, unprecedented, and hot as hell.Jane Flett
Bladerunner meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo—but with a sense of humanity and humor that’s very much the author’s own. A vivid and compelling exploration of important themes that resonate in our current semi-apocalyptic era. An Amazonian-trans hero, CGI panthers, and steamy sex …oh my! Readers, you’re not in Kansas anymore.Maria Behan
A wild ride through a perfectly crafted world. If action is your love, this is a book for you, if intrigue is what you like this is a book for you, if you are a sci-if fan this is your book. Throw in a dash of Eastern mysticism, add a dose of politically important persuasion and you have New Clone City.Tim Clark
Mike Hembury is an Anglo-Berliner originally from Portland, England. He’s a writer, translator, musician, coder, sailor, environmentalist, and guitar nerd in no particular order. He is the SOAPBOX columnist at The Wild Word magazine. You can follow Mike on Twitter here:
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1. What was the inspiration for New Clone City?
The events of the first chapter – with the naked hipsters on the street – actually happened to me, and I took them as the basis for a short story. After that, the project took on a life of its own.
2. Is it true that you wrote during NanoWrimo?
Yes, I did a considerable part of the writing during NaNoWriMo, but that wasn’t enough to finish the book, so I carried on at the same pace for another month.
3. New Clone City is a slipstream universe, but is it inspired by a real place? Can you give us a hint where?
Shhhh, it’s a secret! Said in my best theatrical whisper. But if I had to give you a hint, I would say the best thing to do is to treat the title as a kind of crossword puzzle clue.
4. You have a full-time job, play in three bands, write an environmental column, how and when do you find the time to write?
That’s a good question. Sometimes there is so much other stuff going on that writing has to take the back seat. So I have to actively work writing time into my schedule. Like, a week here, or a month there. It’s difficult, but it seems to be the only way at the moment.
5. What are you working on now?
I’ve been working on a collection of short stories and a sequel to New Clone City.