Award-winning author Simon Morden joins Gollancz with a stunning SF quest across a vast world that mirrors every London ever built.
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through...and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf's cloak and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London - other people have arrived here down the ages - all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one - who travels between the two worlds at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London.
And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures,split between North and South by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace they realise they are in a world defined by all the London's there have ever been.
Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock and Julian May this is a grand and sweeping science fantasy built on the ideas, the legends, the memories of every London there has ever been.
It's the character's experiences that make this a fresh take on the "cut off from civilisation" subgenre . . . we're drawn in by their responses to this world (DOWN STATION review) - SFX
Once again Simon Morden takes the fantasy genre and moulds it wonderfully . . . What makes Down Station so great is the immaculate pacing and the way character shapes fate for each of the well-drawn main characters
- The Sun
There are horrors that surprise as well as moments of wonder. The story is patient, and every sequence is both a physical battle and philosophical teaching that merge with well-placed hooks (DOWN STATION review) - Sci-Fi Now
This is a very fast-paced book, with intense moments of danger as well as being full of wonder. There are so many things to discover in Down not only geographically but historically . . . Morden has written a book full of mysteries that are just waiting to be discovered (DOWN STATION review)
- Fantasy Book Review
Dr Simon Morden is a bona fide rocket scientist, having degrees in geology and planetary geophysics, and is one of the few people who can truthfully claim to have held a chunk of Mars in his hands. Simon Morden lives in Gateshead with a fierce lawyer, two unruly children and a couple of miniature panthers.