Independent publisher Elsewhen Press is releasing a novel/graphic novel hybrid An Android Awakes (November, £12.99).
The book has been written by Mike French and illustrated by Karl Brown and explores the idea of whether artificial intelligence is able to exercise creativity. French, who has previously published a trilogy of novels with Elsewhen, said: “It’s set in a future consumer- led society that no longer creates anything for itself, everything, including literature, is produced by machines.” French added: “The way it combines art and prose is, I hope, a way of showcasing how different disciplines can be combined to tell a story.”
Elsewhen, which launched in 2011, specialises in speculative fiction. Director Peter Buck said: “We are keen to discover and promote new authors rather than publish established authors. An Android Awakes marks the first time that Elsewhen will publish digitally and in print simultaneously. Buck said: “We have a digital-first approach; we publish a new title as a digital edition first and then in print three months later, this enables us to bring titles to market much more quickly than traditional publishers.”
An Android Awakes has been promoted with free extracts online in advance of publication and French and Brown will be appearing at the Film & Comic Con in Brighton on 7th–8th November.