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Exciting December round-up of pretty great stuff!

The year is almost over. I still have tonnes to do! And… I haven’t blogged much, because BUSY.

But there’s some cool stuff happening, and I’ll have plenty to talk about soon — when I’m allowed to talk about it! — so in the meantime here’s a collection of link to some neat things me and my friends are doing:

  • The Burning Dark gets a nice mention in the Tor.com reviewer’s round-up of 2014! Huzzah!
  • Brisk Money, the novelette prequel to the forthcoming LA Trilogy, has been included in this year’s Best of Tor.com short fiction! This anthology of selected stories from the site will be out in January, and it’s absolutely 100% free! I’m delighted to be included in it this year — I kinda love Brisk Money, and this is one thing to tick off the writerly bucket list.
  • Free Comic Book Day 2015 is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, and Dark Circle Comics will be a part of it with a special preview sampler, featuring The Fox, Black Hood, and The Shield. And… that’s another bucket list item checked! I’ll also be doing a FCBD event, details of which I’ll post closer to the time.
  • Speaking of The Shield, co-writer Chuck Wendig and I recently spoke to Women Write About Comics about the book.
  • And just yesterday, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater did a Reddit AMA and answered questions about all corners of the Archie universe… including Dark Circle. He revealed that The Shield #1 is due for April 2015, and I popped in to say I’d be at the San Diego Comic Con International in July!
  • My friend Paul Cornell has started his annual 12 Blogs of Christmas, something I look forward to reading every year. His post about Fortean photographs stirs a part of my brain that was terrified as a child by Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers, and he’s also broken the news that his first collection of short fiction is coming next year from NewCon Press. I’m looking forward to that!
  • And if you’re not listening to Emma Newman‘s Tea and Jeopardy Advent Calendar 2014, then you need to rectify the situation. This daily mini-podcast has become a highlight for me, and if they don’t win the Hugo Award for Best Fancast in 2015 then I shall be very cross.
  • Finally today, one of my favourite bands, The Bird and the Bee, have released their Christmas tunes online for free — their version of The 12 Days of Christmas (with a new chord progression at each verse repetition) is well worth a listen.

And that’s it for now. See you soon for some news…

Ninja SHIELD poster signing at Thought Bubble!

The Thought Bubble comic con is happening this weekend in Leeds, England, and I’ll be there on the Saturday as a regular attendee. I’ve been going to this con for years now, and it’s a firm favourite of mine. The guest list is pretty spectacular.

Among those over from the US is Kelly Fitzpatrick, colourist extraordinaire who is working on the Dark Circle books, including The Shield. Kelly will be stationed at table 18 in the New Dock Hall.

And if you go and see her, or find me wandering around the con, say hello and pick up a free double-sided Dark Circle Comics poster, signed by me and Kelly!

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Supplies are limited! See you on Saturday!

The state of the writer, autumn 2014 edition

Phew. Not dead, just working. And maybe pining for the fjords just a little.

So, WorldCon (and Nine Worlds and Fantasy in the Court) happened about a million years ago and was Fun Times and included highlights such as seeing my book cover on a cake…

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…then meeting David Tennant…

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…before escorting Gail Carriger to the Hugo Award ceremony…

©2014 John O'Halloran johno@tyedye.org(photograph ©2014 John O’Halloran, used with permission)

And with convention season a distant memory, it’s time to take stock of what I’m actually working on at the moment:

  • Writing the first book in The LA Trilogy, about a robot “detective” in 1960s Hollywood. I say “detective” because… well, you need to go read the prequel novelette, Brisk Money, which is up on Tor.com. The events of book 1 – which has a title, albeit one I shall keep to myself a little longer – follow from this, indirectly, and will be out in September 2015.
  • Copyediting The Machine Awakes, the second book in the Spider Wars sequence, following on from The Burning Dark. It’s not a direct sequel, but what happened in the first book certainly had repercussions. The Machine Awakes will be out in April 2015.
  • Writing The Shield with my co-conspirator Chuck Wendig. While everything is swathed in secrecy at the moment, I think we should be able to give you some more info and even show a little artwork very soon. And in the meantime, you can find us at our shared comics tumblr, Adam And Chuck Make Comics.
  • Editing the big secret novel. I’ve been dropping hints about this for about three months and it still hasn’t been announced, but hot dang, I’m looking forward to being able to talk about this book. It even has a secret cover. More on that when I’m allowed to spill the beans.
  • I’ve also got a comic short on the boil – this is something of a long-term project with a good artist friend of mine. Alas, nothing I can talk about yet. Again.

All of which is keeping me pretty busy, but in a rather exciting kind of way. I’m off to London tomorrow for two days of meetings, but I’ll be back later in the week to post more info on some of the above projects.

 

LonCon and week of SF schedule

Nine Worlds was brilliantly brilliant. I loved it. It’s the best UK con. It’s inclusive, diverse, young and enthusiastic. It’s a bunch of people geeking out about everything from books to comics to knitting to cosplay to RPGs and more besides. I may attempt to list the people I want to thank for making it such a great weekend, but I’ll just leave someone off and my Christmas card haul this year will be reduced. I’ll think about it, once I’ve recovered from the next week of events. But I met lots of new people, made new friends, and got to waffle on about The Myth Makers for far, far too long. Good times.

Because, as Paul Cornell has already mentioned, we are now entering the Week of Death/Hell/Geek/SFF (take your pick!). I’m home for one day before heading back down to London. Here’s my schedule:

Fantasy in the Court (12th August, 2014)

Cecil Court, London, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Join me and a bazillion other authors in this amazing celebration of SFF. Full listing at the website. Tickets are £5, redeemable on a book bought on the night. My novel The Burning Dark will be on sale – not sure about any others, but if you want to bring anything else along to sign I’m more than happy to oblige, but the organisers have requested that you limit anything you bring to two items.

Angry Robot and Titan Books Summer Invasion (13th August, 2014)

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Angry Robot and Titan are joining forces for a big night at Forbidden Planet! I’ll signing alongside Chris Achilleos, Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Wesley Chu, Cory Doctorow, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Anne Lyle, Ramez Naam, Kim Newman, VE Schwab, Charles Stross, Mike Shevdon and Danie Ware. There will be books for sale. Again, happy to sign anything you want to bring along. This event is free and unticketed, so come along and say hi!

LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (14 – 18th August, 2014)

Thursday 14th August

Signing
3.00pm – 4.30pm, Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1)
Bring stuff and I will sign it! There will be dealer’s room at the con with my stuff on sale. I’m aware this is a bit of a dead signing slot, so if you can’t make it so early in the con, grab me if you see me elsewhere, or after a panel, or tweet me and we can meet up.

Reading
6.00pm – 6.30pm, London Suite 1 (Level 0)
Might dig out something special for this one… I’m not going to read for a whole half hour, but I might pick a couple of new things.

Friday 15th August

Welcome Party
9.00pm – 11.00pm, FanActivity Tent (Level 0)
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marcus Gipps

Saturday 16th August

Kaffeeklatsch
12.00pm – 1.00pm, London Suite 5 (Level 0)
Come and have a coffee, maybe some biscuits (I make no promises however – if anyone knows of a local shop I can grab some, let me know!), and we can talk about stuff! This event requires attendees to sign up, so check out the programme booklet and any notices you may see around the con.

Sunday 17th August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
11.00am – 12.00pm, Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3)
Fanfiction, fan art, and other forms of transformative works can be a sensitive topic with authors understandably having mixed reactions to works based on their creations. In this session four successful authors embrace forms of creative (not-for-profit!) output based upon their works. They discuss the benefits and difficulties of having fans creatively engage with their material. Beyond that they openly talk about their own experiences with fan works, whether they have written, still write, or read fanfiction or produce other forms of fan works.
Karen Hellekson, Seanan McGuire, Adam Christopher, Karen Miller, Patrick Rothfuss

Detectives in SF
4.30pm – 6.00pm, Capital Suite 10 (Level 3)
The detective character has always been with us, but more and more we’re seeing new narrative shapes creeping into the genre as part of a noir movement. What is noir in a literary sense? How is it differentiated from hard boiled? How has the detective had to adapt to survive in a science fictional world? Why such an increase in the prevalence of crime oriented science fiction?
Heidi Lyshol, Erin Hunter, Peter F Hamilton, Jan Siegel, Adam Christopher

Phew! See you Tuesday!

Updated event schedule for Nine Worlds/LonCon

So, hey, moving house. Fun, right? Erm… well. Anyway, Nine Worlds and LonCon are right around the corner, so I have a couple of updates to my schedule. I’ll repost the whole thing here – new bits are in RED. Also added room details for everything.

Nine Worlds (8 – 10th August, 2014)

Friday 8th August

Writing Transmedia: ideas that cross formats and boundaries
6.45pm  8.00pm (All The Books; County A)
Because a story can also be an app, computer game, vlog, fanvid, web series, docu-drama, interactive ebook, diary comic, inter-sensory experience or any other format currently existing or yet to exist not listed here. Kind of against the spirit of the thing, if you ask us. Guess you’ll just have to go to it in person.
Barry Nugent, Anna Caltabiano, Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher

Saturday 9th August

Signing
10.00am – 10.30am, Comm West
The signing slots are actually an hour long, but I’m a little tied up Saturday morning so if you want to come along and get me to deface something, you must be IN like a NINJA at the Forbidden Planet table in Commonwealth West. Failing that, do feel free to ambush me elsewhere at the con – after a panel, or at the bar, or if you see me wandering around.

Dis/Continuity: long-running characters, change, evolution and disruption
1.30pm  2.45pm (Comics Fandom; Royal A)
The challenges, joys, disappointments and outright confusion of writing, following and redesigning characters with 60+ years of sometimes-not-entirely-straightforward back story.
Paul Cornell, Kieron Gillen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Adam Christopher

Working with Artists: drawing up professional relationships
6.45pm – 8.00pm (All The Books, County A)
How can artists get the best from their writers, and vice versa? Advice about making great things.
Q&A, with Sarah McIntyre, Emma Vieceli, Gillian Redfearn, Djibril al-Ayad, Adam Christopher

Sunday 10th August

Anytime, Anywhere
10.00am – 11.15am (Doctor Who; Royal C&D)
The Doctor can travel anywhere in time and space, and the pure historical story was a regular occurrence in the early days of the show, but has been seen only once since 1966. Would a pure historical work in today’s Doctor Who? Is there any time or place the Doctor should go that he hasn’t yet? Which historical figures does he really need to get around to meeting?
Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher, Joanne Harris, Anna Jackson

Marketing & Social Media: getting the word out
11.45am – 1.00pm (All The Books; County A)
How do you get the word out about your book? How can events, social media, publicity and marketing work? Tips and tricks from the experts.
Q&A with Tom Hunter, Adam Christopher, Danie Ware, Sophie Calder and James Oswald

Never Just “Comic Book Guy”: celebrating diverse comics fandom
1.30pm – 2.45pm (Comics Fandom; Royal A)

Celebrating diverse comics fandom, defying stereotypes, encouraging participation and wondering when people will realise comics are for everybody.
Helena McCallum, Tony Keen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Kate McAlpine, Charlotte Geater, Hazel Robinson, Adam Christopher

Fantasy in the Court (12th August, 2014)

Cecil Court, London, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Join me and a bazillion other authors in this amazing celebration of SFF. Full listing at the website. Tickets are £5, redeemable on a book bought on the night.

Angry Robot and Titan Books Summer Invasion (13th August, 2014)

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Angry Robot and Titan are joining forces for a big night at Forbidden Planet! I’ll signing alongside Chris Achilleos, Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Wesley Chu, Cory Doctorow, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Anne Lyle, Ramez Naam, Kim Newman, VE Schwab, Charles Stross, Mike Shevdon and Danie Ware.

LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (14 – 18th August, 2014)

Thursday 14th August

Signing
3.00pm – 4.30pm, Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1)
Bring stuff and I will sign it!

Reading
6.00pm – 6.30pm, London Suite 1 (Level 0)
Might dig out something special for this one…

Friday 15th August

Welcome Party
9.00pm – 11.00pm, FanActivity Tent (Level 0)
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marcus Gipps

Saturday 16th August

Kaffeeklatsch
12.00pm – 1.00pm, London Suite 5 (Level 0)
Come and have a coffee, maybe some biscuits, and we can talk about stuff!

Sunday 17th August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
11.00am – 12.00pm, Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3)
Fanfiction, fan art, and other forms of transformative works can be a sensitive topic with authors understandably having mixed reactions to works based on their creations. In this session four successful authors embrace forms of creative (not-for-profit!) output based upon their works. They discuss the benefits and difficulties of having fans creatively engage with their material. Beyond that they openly talk about their own experiences with fan works, whether they have written, still write, or read fanfiction or produce other forms of fan works.
Karen Hellekson, Seanan McGuire, Adam Christopher, Karen Miller, Patrick Rothfuss

Detectives in SF
4.30pm – 6.00pm, Capital Suite 10 (Level 3)
The detective character has always been with us, but more and more we’re seeing new narrative shapes creeping into the genre as part of a noir movement. What is noir in a literary sense? How is it differentiated from hard boiled? How has the detective had to adapt to survive in a science fictional world? Why such an increase in the prevalence of crime oriented science fiction?
Heidi Lyshol, Erin Hunter, Peter F Hamilton, Jan Siegel, Adam Christopher

My week of geek schedule: Nine Worlds, LonCon3, and everything in-between

SFF fans have got it good this August in the UK, with an unprecedented “week of geek” packed with two major conventions and a host of other events.

Here’s my (updated!) schedule – there are a couple of items still to confirm, along with rooms and locations. But in the meantime, general convention and ticket info can be found at the links.

Nine Worlds (8 – 10th August, 2014)

Friday 8th August

Writing Transmedia: ideas that cross formats and boundaries
6.45pm  8.00pm (All The Books)
Because a story can also be an app, computer game, vlog, fanvid, web series, docu-drama, interactive ebook, diary comic, inter-sensory experience or any other format currently existing or yet to exist not listed here. Kind of against the spirit of the thing, if you ask us. Guess you’ll just have to go to it in person.
Barry Nugent, Anna Caltabiano, Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher

Saturday 9th August

Signing
10.00am – 10.30am
The signing slots are actually an hour long, but I’m a little tied up Saturday morning so if you want to come along and get me to deface something, you must be IN like a NINJA at the Forbidden Planet table in Commonwealth West. Failing that, do feel free to ambush me elsewhere at the con – after a panel, or at the bar, or if you see me wandering around.

Dis/Continuity: long-running characters, change, evolution and disruption
1.30pm  2.45pm (Comics Fandom)
The challenges, joys, disappointments and outright confusion of writing, following and redesigning characters with 60+ years of sometimes-not-entirely-straightforward back story.
Paul Cornell, Kieron Gillen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Adam Christopher

Working with Artists: drawing up professional relationships
6.45pm – 8.00pm (All The Books)
How can artists get the best from their writers, and vice versa? Advice about making great things.
Q&A, with Sarah McIntyre, Emma Vieceli, Gillian Redfearn, Djibril al-Ayad, Adam Christopher

Sunday 10th August

Anytime, Anywhere
10.00am – 11.15am (Doctor Who)
The Doctor can travel anywhere in time and space, and the pure historical story was a regular occurrence in the early days of the show, but has been seen only once since 1966. Would a pure historical work in today’s Doctor Who? Is there any time or place the Doctor should go that he hasn’t yet? Which historical figures does he really need to get around to meeting?
Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher, Joanne Harris, Anna Jackson

Marketing & Social Media: getting the word out
11.45am – 1.00pm (All The Books)
How do you get the word out about your book? How can events, social media, publicity and marketing work? Tips and tricks from the experts.
Q&A with Tom Hunter, Adam Christopher, Danie Ware, Sophie Calder and James Oswald

Never Just “Comic Book Guy”: celebrating diverse comics fandom
1.30pm – 2.45pm (Comics Fandom)

Celebrating diverse comics fandom, defying stereotypes, encouraging participation and wondering when people will realise comics are for everybody.
Helena McCallum, Tony Keen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Kate McAlpine, Charlotte Geater, Hazel Robinson, Adam Christopher

Fantasy in the Court (12th August, 2014)

Cecil Court, London, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Join me and a bazillion other authors in this amazing celebration of SFF. Full listing at the website. Tickets are £5, redeemable on a book bought on the night.

Angry Robot Summer Invasion (13th August, 2014)

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
I’ll be reading and signing at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday night alongside Madeline Ashby, Wesley Chu, Anne Lyle, Ramez Naam and Mike Shevdon.

LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (14 – 18th August, 2014)

Thursday 14th August

Reading
6.00pm – 6.30pm
Might dig out something special for this one…

Friday 15th August

Welcome Party
9.00pm – 11.00pm
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marcus Gipps

Saturday 16th August

Kaffeeklatsch
12.00pm – 1.00pm
Come and have a coffee, maybe some biscuits, and we can talk about stuff!

Sunday 17th August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
11.00am – 12.00pm
Fanfiction, fan art, and other forms of transformative works can be a sensitive topic with authors understandably having mixed reactions to works based on their creations. In this session four successful authors embrace forms of creative (not-for-profit!) output based upon their works. They discuss the benefits and difficulties of having fans creatively engage with their material. Beyond that they openly talk about their own experiences with fan works, whether they have written, still write, or read fanfiction or produce other forms of fan works.
Karen Hellekson, Seanan McGuire, Adam Christopher, Karen Miller, Patrick Rothfuss

Detectives in SF
4.30pm – 6.00pm
The detective character has always been with us, but more and more we’re seeing new narrative shapes creeping into the genre as part of a noir movement. What is noir in a literary sense? How is it differentiated from hard boiled? How has the detective had to adapt to survive in a science fictional world? Why such an increase in the prevalence of crime oriented science fiction?
Heidi Lyshol, Erin Hunter, Peter F Hamilton, Jan Siegel, Adam Christopher

Wow… that’s quite a week. See you in August!

What I did in 2013. What I’m going to do in 2014.

I was mulling over a wrap-up post for 2013, but this year has been a little weird, writing-wise, and I wasn’t sure there would be much to post. However, inspired by Chuck Wendig’s wrap-up – in which he mentions an interesting project or two that I have a hand in – I figured I should really sit down and work out what the hell I’ve been doing this year. And what I need to be doing next.

So! 2013?

Despite feeling like I haven’t done much, 2013 was a really good year for me. Having sold The Burning Dark to Tor around Easter 2012 as a standalone novel, this year I sold them two more books – The Jovian Conspiracy and The Stars Below – in the same universe. A few months later, UK and Commonwealth rights to all three books were sold to Titan. Tor revealed the amazing cover, by Will Staehle – who was also responsible for each of my Angry Robot covers – back in July.

I also wrote – and sold – Cold War, a standalone novelette set in the universe of The Burning Dark, to Tor.com.

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I had one book published – The Age Atomic, a sequel to Empire State, came out from Angry Robot in April. Alongside the US and UK paperbacks came a limited, numbered collector’s edition hardcover of this title and of Empire State, complete with a new cover by Will Staehle. This made me the only Angry Robot author, so far, to have each of their novels released as a hardback.

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In June, I released Two Tales of San Ventura, a pair of short stories set in the world of Seven Wonders. Will Staehle was once again on cover duties.

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On top of this, as Chuck mentions over at his blog, I worked with him on a comic pitch that, with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to talk about next year. Speaking of comics, the first three parts of my Prohibition urban fantasy, The Sentinel, came out as part of the VS Comics digital anthology.

Events I attended were the Sci-Fi Weekender in North Wales (I had the flu the whole weekend, and have never been so cold in all my life), EdgeLit in Derby, Andromeda One in Birmingham, Nine Worlds in London, LoneStarCon/WorldCon in San Antonio, and World Fantasy in Brighton. If I to pick a favourite, it must be Nine Worlds – from tremendous organisation to imaginative and fresh programming, this was THE event of 2013.

So, behind-the-scenes, things were pretty busy, and work-wise this was a really good year. In fact, my biggest year yet.

Writing-wise, it was an odd one. From October 2012 through to August 2013 I was editing two books at once – The Burning Dark, and Hang Wire – which was a bit of a challenge. Once those were done, I spent a couple of months outlining The Jovian Conspiracy and got that book underway.

Which means it doesn’t feel like I’ve written much this year, even though “editing” really means “rewriting and rewriting and rewriting”. It’s also hard to track, as a straight eight-hour day of work on novel edits can actually result in a negative word count. There’s probably an easy way to track it, but I haven’t tried it yet!

As for 2014…

I’m under contract to write three novels, only one of which (The Jovian Conspiracy) is due next year. I’m working on it now, and that’s the number one priority.

Once that is in, I’ve got an urban-ish fantasy novel to finish, and a crime novel to write, before I get started on The Stars Below. So that’s one novel to finish, two to start and finish, and one to at least start. Minimum. I also have another long-short story to do, although hopefully I can knock that off before the end of 2013.

That comic project with Chuck should start to kick off… and there may be a couple of other projects in this field to talk about. The final part of The Sentinel should drop from VS Comics early in the year, although that was actually written a while ago.

The only event I’m locked in for so far is WorldCon, which in 2014 is being held in London, but there’s no doubt I’ll be at other events too.

But the big thing for 2014 is that I’ve got two books out! Hang Wire is released by Angry Robot on January 28th (US/eBook) and February 6th (UK), and The Burning Dark is out March 25th from Titan (UK/Commonwealth) and Tor (US). There’s not much of a gap between them and launch-wise, we’re cooking up something big, so stay tuned. There’s also a kick-ass pre-order contest starting in January. Cold War will be out around the same time as The Burning Dark.

So that was my 2013. An odd year, but a good one. 2014 is shaping up to be much bigger and busier, which is just how it should be. Onward!

World Fantasy, Forbidden Planet takeover, CARRIE in SFX, and the Italian EMPIRE STATE

Just a quick one as I’m off to Brighton for World Fantasy. I’m not appearing on any panels, nor do I have a reading, but I might pop in to the mass author signing, which takes place on Friday 1st November, 8.30-10.00pm in the Oxford/Cambridge Suite. If you can’t find me there, I’ll be around the place the whole weekend! In particular, Titan are hosting a carnival party on Saturday 2nd November, 4-6pm in the Regency Suite. The Burning Dark isn’t out until March next year, but I’ll be joining the other Titan authors there!

Full programme details are available here.

As a convention prequel, tonight is the Angry Robot Halloween Takeover at the Forbidden Planet megastore in London! From 6-7pm, you can come and meet me, Wesley Chu, Joseph D’Lacey, Anne Lyle, James A Moore, Emma Newman, David Tallerman, Mike Shevdon and Kaaron Warren. This is a rare opportunity to meet some Angry Roboteers who are not based in the UK!

Recently I re-read Stephen King’s Carrie for SFX magazine’s Book Club feature. It will appear in the next issue, but in the meantime readers are invited to send in their thoughts on King’s debut novel. A selection of reader comments will appear alongside my article in SFX #243.

Finally, it appears you can buy the Italian edition of Empire State now! I can’t wait to see it myself, actually.

See you in Brighton!

Andromeda One – Birmingham Custard Factory, Saturday September 21st

Andromeda One, a new one-day genre lit convention, is being held this Saturday, 21st September, at the Custard Factory, Birmingham. The guests of honour are Paul Cornell and Jaine Fenn, and I’m pleased to be one of the programme participants (who also include Adam Nevill, Gaie Sebold, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gav Thorpe, Ian Whates, and many others).

There’s no online programme, but my schedule for the day looks like this:

11:30am – 12:30pm, The Theatre
Crossing genre boundaries: Is Cthulhu SF or horror? What happens when you mix SF and fantasy, romance and SF, etc
with Misa Buckley, Iain McKinnon, Simon Marshall-Jones, Janet Edwards, Adam Nevill, Adrian Tchaikovsky
I’m actually moderating this rather large panel. Should be fun!

3.30 – 4:30pm, The Theatre
Does my rocket look big in this? Technology and prediction in SF
with Janet Edwards, Ian Whates, Lynn Cochrane, Chris Amies, Dave Corby, Stan Nicholls

4:30 – 5.30pm, The Theatre
Are comics the new mainstream?
with Paul Cornell and another panellist to be confirmed

Andromeda One runs from 11am until 10pm, and as well as two stream of panels, features workshops, kaffeeklastches, and a book launch. Tickets are £25, and you can find out more here.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

WorldCon book haul

I swear I’m still unpacking from Texas…

I came back from WorldCon with a smaller book haul than usual, mostly because my suitcase already weighed a tonne going over and I didn’t much feel like carting a whole library back with me. As it was, this small but perfectly formed pile was bad enough to pack.

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The Ace Double was the only one I actually paid hard cash for at the con – I have a few of these already and I love their pulpy goodness (yes, I have actually read the ones I have). There are also hundreds of the damn things, so they make a nice little convention collectable if I see them on a sales table.

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I’m not 100% sure why this guy looks like Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, but… there you go.

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Murder is Binding was picked up from a nearby Barnes and Noble (I say “nearby”, but one thing that seemed to characterise San Antonio was a total lack of bookstores, necessitating a trip out to a mall). My wife and I are fans of cosy mysteries, and having read this one, she’s already up to book three in the series. I can’t wait to get stuck in!