Fantasy Bytes interview! EMPIRE STATE in Not The Booker Prize! SEVEN WONDERS at io9!

Some website maintenance today – a switch of fonts (how I love you, Helvetica neue!), an adjustment to the header, and some extra stuff in the side widgets. If anyone strikes a problem, so let me know, because by “maintenance” I mean “randomly hacking the CSS and praying nothing breaks”.

Yesterday I was interviewed over at Fantasy Bytes, where I had some things to say about Seven Wonders, writing, and gingernut biscuits. I am reliably informed that “dunking” biscuits has my US friends in hysterics. So, not a country of dunkers then! As I mentioned the other day, Fantasy Bytes also gave Seven Wonders a rather nice review, which you can see here (and some pre-review comments are here!).

Seven Wonders has also cropped up over at io9, where they list it alongside some fabulous others books as one of the science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss in August. Add that to the mention over at Kirkus (in their 11 not-to-miss science fiction and fantasy books for August) and Ranting Dragon (top 20 science fiction and fantasy releases of August), and it seems that things are hotting up!

The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize has reached the longlist stage, where readers can now vote for their chosen title. The longlist – which includes Empire State, and some other fabulous books – and voting instructions can be found here, so go knock yourself out.

And finally, I’m pleased to say I’ll be a guest at the Morley Literature Festival in October, taking part in a panel on superheroes and science fiction with David Hine, Samit Basu, and Justina Robson. The panel is part of the week-long festival, which is held near Leeds here in the UK, and will cost you £4 to attend – you can find links to buy  tickets on the event page.

And… one more thing: the obligatory reminder that you can still pre-order the limited hardcover collector’s edition of Seven Wonders from Forbidden Planet ahead of the official launch on Thursday 6th September. There are only 100 numbered copies of this, so get in while you can! And actually speaking of pre-orders, it seems the audiobook of Seven Wonders will be out at the same time as the print book, and is narrated by Nick Podehl, who I’m rather pleased with, and who also has read a lot of Patrick Rothfuss’s work. Details are here; I’ll update the order links when I get a moment.