The Peacock Cloak

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  • Author: Chris Beckett
  • Editor: Ian Whates
  • Cover Artist: Eugene Kapustyanskiy
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In 2009, Chris Beckett’s first short story collection The Turing Test won the prestigious Edge Hill Prize, becoming the first, and to date the only, genre collection ever to manage this. In doing so, the book triumphed over a very strong shortlist, including collections by one Booker Prize winner in Anne Enright and two authors who have been Booker shortlisted in Shena Mackay and Ali Smith (the latter a winner of the Whitbread Prize).

When announcing the winner, one of the judges – James Walton, journalist and chair of BBC Radio 4’s The Write Stuff – said, “I suspect Chris Beckett winning the Edge Hill Prize will be seen as a surprise in the world of books. In fact, though, it was also a bit of surprise to the judges, none of whom knew they were science fiction fans beforehand.”

In 2012 the Sunday Times named Chris’ latest novel Dark Eden the best science fiction novel of the year, and it is currently shortlisted for the BSFA Award in the same category.  NewCon Press are delighted to be publishing The Peacock Cloak, the latest collection from one of Britain’s most distinguished and accomplished genre authors.

The Peacock Cloak is launched April 2013, as an A5 paperback and a signed hardback edition limited to 150 copies.


  1. Introduction
  2. Atomic Truth
  3. Two Thieves
  4. Johnny’s New Job
  5. The Caramel Forest
  6. Greenland
  7. The Famous Cave Paintings on Isolus 9
  8. Rat Island
  9. Day 29
  10. Our Land
  11. The Desiccated Man
  12. Poppyfields
  13. The Peacock Cloak

About the Author

“On the radar of anyone who professes concern for science fiction as a literary form.” – The Guardian

“Astonishing diversity... Like a British Philip K. Dick” – Strange Horizons

“Chris Beckett, a dazzlingly inventive science fiction writer.” The Reader’s Digest

Signed Limited Edition Hardback:  £20.99   ISBN:   978-1-907069-48-2

Paperback:  £10.99                                         ISBN:   978-1-907069-49-9