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: 2/24/2011 3:12:20 AM

"A novel to fill out the Tannhauser backstory would be several different kinds of awesome."


I second this strongly!  If a setting could beg, Tannhauser would beg a novel or three! & all kinds of related media.

Published: 2/24/2011 2:50:02 AM





Published: 2/24/2011 2:44:30 AM

All this people already hoping for an expansion, and I can only wait for the game itself. Please, translate it soon, so people around the world can enjoy both the game AND the novel!

Published: 2/24/2011 12:07:27 AM

Ok, this is AMAZING news. Please, please, please announce that long-awaited expansion next. Android is a brilliant game with a few flaws that could become a masterpiece with a well done expansion.

Thanks for putting this out FFG.


Published: 2/23/2011 10:05:46 PM

This is very cool.  Android really drips with atmosphere and I'd love to learn more about this world.  I definately like the trend of introducing these books that exist parallel to various FFG boardgames. 

A novel to fill out the Tannhauser backstory would be several different kinds of awesome. 

Published: 2/23/2011 7:41:51 PM

I would love an expansion for this great game.

Published: 2/23/2011 6:00:06 PM

 I think the comments so far illustrate an interest and desire for an expansion for Android.  Look forward to reading the book, and I as well will put my vote in for expansion.

(Maybe some new investigators?  Or perhaps a new set of cases?  Don't really need a whole new board or mechanics, would just be happy with those two possible options ^_^ )

Published: 2/23/2011 5:47:00 PM

I think Mr. Petersen has a long harbored dream of being a book publisher.   He is on the way to fulfilling his dream.   I think it's great (Just keep the games coming!  :)

Published: 2/23/2011 5:45:25 PM

NOW, this is unexpected. I can't wait!

Published: 2/23/2011 5:32:39 PM

"Agreed. However, if it was accompanied with an Android expansion, it would be even more awesome"


Isn't the novel a sort of expansion? (LOL)

Published: 2/23/2011 5:27:11 PM

Arkham Horror novels & now this. I would prefer to see a focus on games.

Published: 2/23/2011 5:25:29 PM

Oh My Fraking God I never would have expected this, but I am so excited. I love Android and the whole cyberpunk genre. This at least gives me hope that we could see more stuff for Android in the future. Especially if the book is successful, because it could drive people to the boardgame.

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