The Departure is not yet scheduled by Tor UK but it is expected to be about a year after The Technician, so August 2011 is a fair guess. Neal is currently working on the second novel in the series Zero Point. The title is related to zero point energy.
I am a long time fan of his Agent Cormac series and The Techician from this summer was wonderful. They both take place in the same Polity universe as Prador Moon and his Splatterjay series I have in my to-read pile.
This one is set in it’s own universe? or is pre Polity? I am not sure. It is very likely this will be one of my most anticipated books of 2011.
Like Wellsian war machines the shepherds stride into riots to grab up the ringleaders and drag them off to Inspectorate HQ for adjustment, unless they are in shredding mode, in which case their captives visit community digesters, or rather whatever of them has not been washed down the street drains.
Pain inducers are used for adjustment, and soon the Committee will have the power to edit human minds, but not yet, twelve billion human being need to die before Earth can be stabilized, but by turning large portions of Earth into concentration camps this is achievable, especially when the Argus satellite laser network comes fully online…
Alan Saul has taken a different route to disposal, waking as he does inside a crate on the conveyor into the Calais incinerator. How he got there he does not know, but he does remember the pain and the face of his interrogator. Janus speaks to Saul through the hardware implanted in his skull, sketching the nightmare world for him. And Saul decides to bring it all crashing down…