The Black Locomotive: Cover and first two chapters revealed

We reveal the cover and exclusively publish chapters one and two of The Black Locomotive, Rian Hughes’ latest novel.

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We absolutely loved Rian Hughes’ typographic sci-fi thriller XX here at SciFiNow (read our review here!) and now Hughes is back with The Black Locomotive, a technological mystery set in London, and we’re delighted to reveal its industrial, brutalist-looking cover (above)!

Here is the synopsis for The Black Locomotive…

London is built from concrete, steel and the creative urge.

Old technology gives way to the new. Progress is inevitable – but is it more fragile than its inhabitants realise?

A strange anomaly is uncovered in the new top-secret Crossrail extension being built under Buckingham Palace. It is an archeological puzzle, one that may transform our understanding of history – and the origins of London itself.

And if our modern world falls, we may have to turn to the technology of the past in order to save our future.

Now, if you’re like us and can’t wait to find out start unraveling that archeological puzzle, we are exclusively revealing chapters one and two of The Black Locomotive in our gallery below so you can enjoy Hughes’ unique, visual storytelling in its full glory. Click on the thumbnails below to read in full screen…

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The Black Locomotive is out on 5 August. Pre-order your copy here.