News for February 2011
Blood on the Beanstalk 26
Announcing the upcoming release of Free Fall, an Android Novel
Free Fall | Published 23 February 2011

The room was one of the High Frontier’s finest—luxuriously appointed and quite large by up-Stalk standards. The low, slanted ceiling and one wall were part of the outer hotel dome and were partially made of a curved sheet of transplas rather than titanium steel. That was no digital projected image with the Earth, impossibly blue and white, suspended in the blackness directly overhead, but the real thing. The Beanstalk was a thread-slender dark scratch across Earth’s face, vanishing into her center.

The room was bathed in Earthlight, ethereal and beautiful. That made what the light revealed, somehow, that much more horrific.

There was blood everywhere, including the transplas ceiling directly above the large, square bed. The bed itself, which rose only half a meter above the floor and was covered by what looked like violet silk sheets, was crumpled, burned, and soggy with blood, and there was a pool of the stuff on the floor alongside.

On the Hunt for a Killer

Fantasy Flight Publishing is proud to announce the upcoming release of Free Fall, a novel set in the dystopian world of Android!

It is the future, and while the world has changed, crime has not. When an influential lawyer is brutally murdered at the top of the Beanstalk, a towering exoatmospheric elevator serving as Earth’s hub of interplanetary trade, Captain of Detectives Rick Harrison reluctantly accepts the case. Harrison’s investigation soon leads him from the sprawling megapolis of New Angeles to the distant moon base of Heinlein, where he must search for clues amongst an uncooperative assortment of bioroids, clones, and disgruntled human laborers.

Harrison quickly finds himself at the center of an ever-deepening conspiracy. Why did the killer use a mining laser, an unwieldy weapon even in microgravity? What is the true connection between the victim and a powerful anti-android lobby? And on the hunt for a killer, a hardened cop is faced with the one question he never expected: What is the true definition of humanity?

Free Fall brings all the intrigue, mystery, and moral ambiguity of Android to an exciting new medium. Fans of the board game will find favorite characters and settings brought vividly to life, and newcomers will be drawn into a futuristic world where technology blurs the line between man and machine. Learn more on our description page, then look for Free Fall on store shelves later this year!

Free Fall is the first novel based on Fantasy Flight Games’s Android, and it tells a story of murder and conspiracy in a dystopian future. This rich universe is masterfully brought to life by New York Times Bestselling author William H. Keith, winner of the H.G. Wells Award and multiple Origins awards, and the celebrated author of over 150 novels, short stories, and other published works.

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Published: 2/26/2011 3:35:00 PM

I am very excited about this book. However, I am concerned with a lot of the comments I am reading by people who want it released in e-book format. E-books have a certain stigma attached to them, they are generally not considered "serious" by many writers.  Books that are published in only e-book format are generally considered second rate, regardless of the actual quality of the work. That stigma could be a problem both for readers, and for attracting quality writers. I am graduate student in Creative Writing, and I must say that game books suffer enough from pre-judgements without adding to the problem by making them e-book only. A dual format release would be fine though, that way this book (which I am sure will be excellent) will get the attention it deserves. Plus, there is just something intrinsically satisfying about holding a paper book.

Published: 2/26/2011 2:37:14 PM

Cool. Maybe this is an indication that there will be a new Android Boardgame. I always thougt that the Arkham Horror-Engine is well suited for this background.

el Igore
Published: 2/26/2011 11:52:49 AM

Oh yeah! I'm really digging cyberpunk books! And I like the game as well, so this would be an autobuy. I hope it will be available via!

Published: 2/25/2011 11:14:42 AM

I wish Fantasy Flight would do a preorder system for expansions for the less popular but still has a devoted fan base games. Like Android.

Once they hit 500 copies preordered or whatever magical number that is financially viable they would start development and once that is done once they hit 1000(o r what ever magical number) it goes to printing.

I am sure that is a gross underestimation of the numbers they need but it is an awesome idea...



Published: 2/24/2011 6:57:24 PM

I love the sheer volume and the the quality of the responses. I am definitely buying this book. Will this be available on Amazon?

Published: 2/24/2011 12:57:55 PM

For all those people who want more love for Android:

Buy the novel. Buy it for yourselves, as a gift for your friends and family, as a support for that unbalanced table in the kitchen... and then, suggest (or ORDER) everyone you know to buy it also (well, if you only buy one, it could do). If the novel is successful, the game might get some love.

I hope I can buy at least one from Spain.

Published: 2/24/2011 11:41:03 AM

As much as I think it is unfair, Android (not) selling at discount prices just about everywhere is a poor indicator of an expansion ever coming our way.

Published: 2/24/2011 10:38:48 AM

Any chance of a Kindle version?

Published: 2/24/2011 9:20:27 AM


The first Arkham novel is at the printer. Check the upcoming tab.

Cool, unexpected news. I want it.

Published: 2/24/2011 8:24:33 AM

Whatever happened with the novels based on Arkham Horror?

Published: 2/24/2011 7:17:29 AM

Love the fact we are getting more FFG fiction, never did GW any harm, so why should FFG not take advantage of all the worlds they have created??

Lets see more in the future.


And yes please to an Android expansion, was one of my first purchases (for mysefl) when I set my games business up...

Published: 2/24/2011 5:02:11 AM

Sounds interesting!  Love this new direction from FFG - I hope it is successful for them.




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