Irregularity is another collaboration with the fantastic people at the National Maritime Museum. And, as the nice people at Tor.com say, "it promises to do for the Age of Reason what The Lowest Heaven did for the exploration of space". At least, so I hope.
The anthology contains fourteen absolutely amazing stories, the artwork of Gary Northfield and Howard Hardiman and the National Maritime Museum, an afterword from Sophie Waring and Richard Dunn, and other astoundingness. The stories came from a combination of stealthy recruitment (blackmail, mostly) and open submissions. They're all on the theme of humanity's Quixotic desire to bring order to the universe. And what results when (or if) the universe doesn't feel like cooperating.
The stories are by Nick Harkaway, Claire North, Rose Biggin, Kim Curran, Richard de Nooy, E. J. Swift, M. Suddain, Tiffani Angus, Archie Black, James Smythe, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Simon Guerrier, Roger Luckhurst and Adam Roberts. And they feature Isaac Newton, Ada Lovelace, John Harrison, Christopher Wren and Émilie du Chatelet, as well as time travel, monsters, evolution, robot dinosaurs, flowers, black holes and spiders (shudder).
Irregularity is out on 24 July as a paperback and an ebook. There's also the "Meridian Edition", which is limited to 100 copies and is a properly beautiful object: a combination of ultra-modern and 17th century book design. Sign up here to be notified as soon as it goes on sale.