Out Of This World, Take 2

Yesterday a large gathering of fans gathered at the British Library to meet Lauren Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi in the surrounds of the wonderful Out Of This World science fiction exhibition. It was the second time I’ve been and the exhibition still impressed me, and I’d really recommend going to take a look if you can get there before it closes on September 25th.

Lauren was jetlagged but brilliant, as always, reading from Zoo City and then giving a talk about what science fiction means to her. It was great to see so many people had come out to see her, and it looked like a marvellous afternoon was had by all. I was also surprised by the number of people who came up to say how much they liked the cover for Empire State. Thanks, everyone!

And then sun came out for the raffle!

Many thanks to Jared and Anne from Pornokitsch and Tom from the Arthur C. Clarke Award for organising such a cool tweet-up. It was great to see Lauren again, to finally meet Joey in person. Also a big hello to @hagelrat, @tomhpollock, @alittlebriton, @zombietown, @CTD, @dodgyhoodoo, @erik_lundqvist, @soylentsoma, and anyone else I said hello to but have forgotten.

Unfortunately my train down was jam-packed and there weren’t any tables, but on the way home I grabbed a first class upgrade and managed to get a small amount of writing done. However, it’s for days like these that the getting ahead in the game pays off – thanks to some good writing days recently that I’m still ahead of schedule.

Project: Night Pictures (missing persons, ghost towns and TV hackers)
Words yesterday: 780
Words total: 30,832/100,000 (30%)
Word to go: 69,168
Days to go: 48