I’ll be signing copies of Daughter of Eden, the third and final Eden novel, at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Ave, London, on Oct 6th, 6 – 7 pm, October 6th. Do come along and say hello if in the area!
(If you are nearer to Birmingham, see previous post about event there on Oct 25th).
If in or near Birmingham on 25th October, I hope you’ll come along to this event at Waterstone’s where I’ll be talking to Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke award about my new novel, Daughter of Eden, 7-9 pm.
I’ll also be doing a signing at Forbidden Planet, London, on Oct 6th: details to follow.
Just to let you know that the signed hardback edition of Marcher from Newcon Press, with its striking cover by Ben Baldwin, is currently on special offer here, along with a number of other publications from Ian Whates’ excellent imprint.
I’m really delighted to learn that Mother of Eden has been shortlisted for the BSFA’s Best Novel award for 2015. Thanks very much to all the BSFA members who voted for the book. I’m so glad you liked it. Writing fiction is a bit like being a puppeteer. You move the puppets around, you make them speak, but you yourself can never be completely sure what will come over to an audience which hasn’t been involved with all the glue and string and papier-mache. It’s a very good feeling, and a big relief, when the audience applauds.
The award event itself will be on Easter saturday, at Eastercon. It’s up against some pretty tough competition: Dave Hutchinson’s Europe at Midnight, Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings, Ian McDonald’s Luna: New Moon, and Justina Robson’s Glorious Angels. I’ve always thought that it doesn’t really make much sense for the competitors for a single prize to wish each other good luck, but, to hell with logic, I know it’s a good feeling to win a prize, and I wish that feeling for all of us. After all, who knows, the universe may split into five at that point.
PS: Puppeteer or not, one thing I am pretty confident of is that, if you liked Mother of Eden, you’ll love Daughter of Eden, which should be out later on this year.
There’ll be a launch event at Heffer’s bookshop in Cambridge (my home town), for Mother of Eden, on July 15th, 6.30 – 8.00. Hope you can come! Free tickets available via this link.
And here’s a nice review of the book itself from Gareth D. Jones.
Here is a guest post I did for Sarah Chorn, who edits a column on SF signal called Special Needs in Strange Worlds. I am very grateful to Sarah for giving me an opportunity to discuss the people with disabilities who appear in Dark Eden and Mother of Eden (the batfaces, clawfeet and slowheads), as I don’t think anyone has specifically asked me about them before and they are absolutely central to the world of Eden.
In this post, I also reveal that I am in a way the original for the so-called clawfeet. Which, now I think about it, may partly explain my decision to make the clawfooted Jeff Redlantern very wise and absolutely irresistible to women.
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Incidentally, in the post I mention a story (“Jazamine in the Green Wood”) which appeared in my short story collection, The Turing Test. The collection also includes the short story called “Dark Eden” which provides the background to the novels, and twelve others. (Most people seem to like “Piccadilly Circus” the best, with “Karel’s Prayer” probably coming second.) So I’ll take this opportunity to mention that this (prizewinning) collection is now available on kindle in the UK at the ludicrously cheap price of £1.99. Less than a coffee in a cardboard cup.
I’m really sorry that a number of people in the UK who bought e-book versions of Mother of Eden over the last two weeks found that it was defective, with chunks of missing text. (There’s been no problem in the US as far as I’m aware.)
This problem has now been resolved. The faulty file has been replaced, and I’m assured that if you bought the e-book in the last few days it will be fine.
If you bought one before the problem was fixed, you will automatically be sent a copy of the corrected version, though I’m afraid this may take a few weeks.
If you still have queries please email publicity at atlantic-books.co.uk.
Here is an interview with Paul Semel about Mother of Eden. (Many thanks, Paul, for your interest.) Paul also interviewed me last year about Dark Eden, and that interview is here.
Incidentally Mother of Eden is out in the UK on June 4th (in spite of some slightly confusing statements on Amazon UK, which the publishers are currently fixing). It’s out in the US this week.
In the picture I’m standing on a Roman road outside Cambridge, where I go to walk our dogs. Sort of appropriate really, in a book which talks a lot about living among the residue of the past.
I’m delighted to say that Presses de la Cité (who already publish the French version of DARK EDEN) have acquired French rights in MOTHER OF EDEN.
Cover of Presses de la Cite edition of Dark Eden