Adrian Tchaikovsky



Adrian Tchaikovsky is an award-winning and highly acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author with works published at home in the UK and internationally. 

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Waterstones Events

Talks, readings and signings for

City of Last Chances

Adrian Tchaikovsky Book Tour 

Dates and Venues

NOV 23    6.00pm    Pen To Print ONLINE event: “Fantastic Futures Writing Science” 

NOV 30    7.30pm    Toppings Bookshop, Edinburgh 


DEC 04    3.00pm    TetzooCon panel “Designing Aliens”     

DEC 05    7.00pm     Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, London 

DEC 06    6.30pm    Waterstones Canterbury

DEC 07    6.30pm    Waterstones Nottingham

DEC 08    7.00pm    Waterstones Harrogate

DEC 13    6.30pm    Waterstones Manchester

DEC 14    7.00pm   Waterstones York

Adrian’s been busy signing lots of books at the publishers for the new City of Last Chances launches in Waterstones around the UK. 

Hopefully you’ll get a shiny copy soon!

Adrian at MCM ComicCon 2022

Click here to see some highlights of the weekend

New Cover Reveal

Children of Memory By Adrian Tchaikovsky

Published by Pan Macmillan

Hard back release date 24 November 2022

The follow-up novel to Children of Time and Children of Ruin is arriving in November this year.

When Earth failed, it sent out arkships to establish new outposts. So the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carried its precious human cargo to a potential new paradise. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive on Imir, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.

Then strangers appear, on a world where everyone knows their neighbour. They possess unparalleled knowledge and thrilling new technology – for they have come from the stars, to help humanity’s lost colonies. But not all is as it seems on Imir.

As the visitors lose track of time and memories, they discover the colonists fear unknown enemies and Imir’s own murky history. Neighbour turns against neighbour, as society fractures in the face of this terrifying foe. Perhaps some other intelligence is at work, toying with colonists and space-faring scientists alike? But not all questions are so easily answered – and the price may be the colony itself.

Children of Memory is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.

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There has always been a darkness to Ilmar, but never more so than now. The city chafes under the heavy hand of the Palleseen occupation, the choke-hold of its criminal underworld, the boot of its factory owners, the weight of its wretched poor and the burden of its ancient curse.

What will be the spark that lights the conflagration?

Despite the city's refugees, wanderers, murderers, madmen, fanatics and thieves, the catalyst, as always, will be the Anchorwood – that dark grove of trees, that primeval remnant, that portal, when the moon is full, to strange and distant shores.

Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.

Ilmar, City of Long Shadows.

City of Bad Decisions.

City of Last Chances.

City of Last Chances By Adrian Tchaikovsky

Published by Head of Zeus

Hard back release date 8 Dec 2022

Cover Art: Joe Wilson

This is Adrian’s first fantasy release for some time. He had enormous fun writing this and Head of Zeus Publishing and Joe Wilson have done a magnificent job with the cover.


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