Mother of Eden launch events, Cambridge and London

• May 16th, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events

Not one but two launch events for Mother of Eden.  One at Forbidden Planet, Cambridge, on Burleigh St, Thursday 4th June, 6-7.

One at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore at 179 Shaftesbury Ave, on Saturday 6th June, 1-2.



Mother of Eden interview

• May 11th, 2015 • Posted in All posts, Interviews etc, News & events

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.


Mother of Eden en Francais

• April 21st, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events

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




• March 26th, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events

This is me at Dortcon, with the other guests of honour, artist Lothar Bauer on the left of the picture (a man of few words, who says his pictures speak for him: we are flanked by two of them here) and fellow SF writer Karsten Kruschel on the right.

Dortcon pic

As with Sferakon last year in Zagreb, I was a little daunted in prospect by the idea of attending a convention whose primary language would not be English, but (also as with Sferakon) I was made extremely welcome, people put themselves to a lot of trouble to make sure I was included, and I had a great weekend.  Special thanks to Arno and Gabi (my main hosts), Michael who first suggested inviting me, and Gregor who acted as my interpreter when one was needed (making me feel like some kind of international statesman, as he murmured into my ear.)

I know a huge amount of work and worry, over a long period of time, goes into planning these events, which most attendees (including me) don’t really see.  What I see, and most attendees see, is a little peaceful island, where gentle and imaginative people can gather for a couple of days of conversation and friendship and playfulness.

This was my first real visit to Germany. Fascinating listening to German spoken all around me.  Perhaps because, from an early age, my sisters and I were cared for by German au pairs, I’ve always liked the sound of the language.  I find it musical, where many English people find it harsh, and could quite happily just sit and listen to its cadences, even if I didn’t have someone to interpret.  The tantalising thing about it is that, though I can’t understand it, it’s so obviously a close cousin of English that I can’t quite let go of the idea that, if only I tried hard enough, I could.

It’s interesting how every country has its stories, its past events, it’s preoccupations, which it must keep going over and over, just as individuals have events in their own lives that they must visit and revisit over and over: the old DDR and what had happened to it when Germany was unified, for instance, was clearly one such topic, even more than twenty years on.

My fellow writer and guest of honour Karsten grew up in the DDR.  He told me all SF in the DDR had to depict a socialist future (so as not to violate the Marxist creed of the inevitable triumph of socialism).   When he studied for a PhD thesis on dystopian literature, he had to have special permission to look at George Orwell’s 1984, which was held in the university library but was forbidden to the general public.  He had to go to a special room to read it.

Now to me, that sounds like a scene from an SF novel in itself.


Dark Eden en Francais

• February 13th, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events


I’m delighted to say that Dark Eden will come out in French on April 2nd. The book will retain the English title.  This is the rather striking French cover design, which I see as the dark planet Eden against the brightness of Starry Swirl.


US cover for Mother of Eden

• February 13th, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events

Here’s the cover for the US edition of Mother of Eden.   The story is set on both sides of the sea which Eden people call Worldpool.


Mother of Eden US cover


The Holy Machine for 99p!

• February 3rd, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events

The kindle version of the Holy Machine is available this month for 99p.  Good God, you’d pay that for three mouthfuls of coffee!


Early reviews of Mother of Eden

• January 30th, 2015 • Posted in All posts, News & events

Earlier than I expected, this review from Steven Shaviro*, which I noticed this morning, was the first I’ve seen of Mother of Eden.  He likes it.  Phew!  The book is due out late May/early June, in US and UK editions.

This evening I find there’s another review  (also positive, I’m pleased to say) from Speculiction here.

(*He wrote a longer piece about Dark Eden here.)


Sola fide

• December 3rd, 2014 • Posted in All posts, News & events

A new story of mine, ‘Judgement’, appears in a new anthology, In the Empty Places, published as a fundraiser for the Bantuan Coffee Foundation, a charity which helps victims of child prostitution and trafficking in Indonesia and elsewhere.

The story imagines what it would be like to discover that we lived in a world where the Protestant theological principle of sola fide was literally true, so that anyone who did not believe in Christ, regardless of their own conduct, really would be damned forever.

It is terrifying to live under a brutal dictator who may torture and kill you if you dare to criticise him, but imagine living under an omnipotent and omniscient creator who is so incredibly cruel that, if you don’t believe in him, he won’t even let you die, preferring to have you tortured for all eternity!

Others will have to judge how well the story works, but it certainly terrified me when I was writing it!


New Marcher now available as e-book

• August 5th, 2014 • Posted in News & events

The new version of Marcher is now available on kindle.   Paperback will be out in ten days.

aaa marcher cover