The Explorer

  • The Explorer Cover
  • The Explorer Cover

Publication Info.

  1. Digital (UK) Harper Voyager (20 Dec 2012)
  2. Hardback (UK/Australia) Harper Voyager (17 Jan 2013)
  3. Paperback/Digital (US/Canada) Harper Voyager (2 Jan 2013)

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.


  • Beautifully written, creepy as hell. THE EXPLORER is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic.

    Lauren Beukes, Author of Zoo City, Moxyland and The Shining Girls

  • THE EXPLORER is smart, scary and seductive. Like its protagonist, it explores the queasy strangeness of space-time, and puts the reader at the heart of a tale of watching and fearing that comes off like a collaboration between Hitchcock and Heinlein. Excellent stuff.

    Lloyd Shepherd, author of THE ENGLISH MONSTER

  • Dark, cold, claustrophobic, and oh so very scary. THE EXPLORER is literary science fiction at its blackest best.

    Adam Christopher, author of EMPIRE STATE and SEVEN WONDERS

  • A suffocating, lonely, sad and brilliant paean to no one being able to hear you scream in space.

    Nikesh Shukla, author of COCONUT UNLIMITED

  • THE EXPLORER is a remarkable book: a state-of-the-art spacecraft constructed from ideas, and propelled by a powerful story. Gripping, terrifying and audacious--an exploration in every sense of the world.

    Charles Yu, Author of How To Life Safely In A Science Fictional Universe and Sorry Please Thank You

  • Dread, claustrophobia and unease permeate this imaginative, bleak masterpiece. The Explorer was my favourite sci-fi novel of the past year, possibly all time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.


  • The Explorer is essentially exemplary: a short, sharp shock of a story from an author who deserves to do as well for himself as he does by us. It’s perfectly plotted, smartly characterised and rife with insight and excitement.


  • Dark, claustrophobic and furiously gripping, The Explorer is the best kind of literary science-fiction. A beautifully-written novel from a major talent.

    Alex Preston, author of THIS BLEEDING CITY and THE REVELATIONS