Cloning is one of science fiction’s most enduring tropes, and next year, it is explored in a whole new way in Snakeskins, the next novel from acclaimed author and Horizons co-editor editor Tim Major (Machineries of Mercy), whom author Adam Roberts has called “an exceptional writer.”
Today, we’re pleased to share more about the book, as well a first look at the intriguing cover art, with art and design by Julia Lloyd. Snakeskins arrives from Titan Books next May.
Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead.
Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family may be of central importance to the survival of Charmers, a group of people with the inexplicable power to produce duplicates every seven years and, in the process, rejuvenate. In parallel with reporter Gerry Chafik and government aide Russell Handler, Caitlin must prevent the Great British Prosperity Party from establishing a corrupt new world order.