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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Update: Night Flights by Philip Reeve

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Update:

It did seem odd that Night Flights was up on Amazon but with no official word from Phillip Reeve or the book publishers.

Phillip Reeve has now made an official announcement about his publishing calendar for the year which included reference to Night Flights.

This article is updated to reflect the news.

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New stories in the Mortal Engines world are being released in August this year.

Night Flights: A Mortal Engines Collection by ME author Phillip Reeve is up on Amazon as being able to be ordered for an August 2018 release.

The 208 pages long short story collection is described as being:

"Night Flights is composed of three short stories that follow the fascinating, tough aviatrix Anna Fang.

A key character in the Mortal Engines book and film, this is your chance to learn her backstory.

The stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang's life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, her daring escape, an attempt to sabotage the moving cities, a showdown against a Stalker, her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league, and an adventure into the haunted skies of the Dead Continent, America.

Each story is an exquisite feat of world building and imagination, and each contains an instantly-immersive adventure.

Anna Fang is a tough and inspiring heroine that readers and movie-viewers alike will want to know more about. This book can stand alone, but is best paired with Mortal Engines Book 1 or the feature film."

It's a nice tie-in to the movie that is being released in December this year.

Philip Reeve gave an update:

"Ian McQue is also going to be providing a cover and some interior illustrations for this book, which gathers together three short stories about Anna Fang, adding a bit of detail to the stories of her early life which are hinted at in Mortal Engines. 

The middle story is based on my long out-of-print World Book Day storyTraction City, but I’ve re-written it to bring Anna to the centre of things – she made more of a cameo appearance in the original version. 

The other two are episodes from Anna’s life which never found a place in the original Mortal Engines Quartet, and which I think make good stories in their own right – I’m very much looking forward to seeing what images Ian puts with them. As there’s no artwork to show you yet, here’s a picture of Jihae, who plays Anna in the forthcoming Mortal Engines movie. (It was talking to her in Wellington last year which made me decide to do this book.)"

We will hazard a guess that Ian McQue is also doing work on the revised Traction Code Index which is going to be re-released as An Illustrated Guide to the World of Mortal Engines....

No would if there will be an audiobook.

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So I was kind of correct in my guesses below...

I got to wondering where had this new work came from given that Reeve has been busy writing the sequel to his Railhead series, Station Zero

Where does he get the time?

And then I remembered The Reevening where Phillip Reeve was interviewed by some very keen book fans on the Mortal Engines Discord Server. 

Reeve mentioned he had some leftover Anna Fang (in fact a whole book!):

"There was a whole abandoned novel after Mortal Engines, about a raft city (Brighton) escaping across the Atlantic from the Green Storm. I binned that, but the basic idea became Predator's Gold, and Brighton reappeared in Infernal Devices, so it wasn't completely wasted. There are a bunch of Anna Fang back story bits which got bumped from book to book and never quite fitted in anywhere, but other than that I don't think there's anything readable lying around."

So we presume, Reeve has gone back to these abandon works, given them some love and boxed them ups as Night Flights.

There is currently no artwork available for the stories, the image above is a fan concept found at the Wiki. If any one know's who drew it, we're keen to give them credit!

Pre-order your copy on Amazon.

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