Delighted to receive a copy of the Russian version of Dark Eden. (Literal translation of the Russian title: In the Darkness of Eden). So, crossing my fingers that Google Translate doesn’t let me down. let me just say:
Дорогие российские читатели, Добро пожаловать в Эдем!
Very pleased that I will be at Waterstone’s in Liverpool on 26th October at 6.30.
So I now have three events to mark the launching of Daughter of Eden. A couple more and I’ll be thinking of getting one of those tour date T-shirts made. (You know? Chris Beckett, Daughter of Eden Tour, Autumn 2016…)
Anyway the dates are as follows. Click for more details. You need to book for both the Waterstone’s events.
I’m very pleased that my short story ‘Monsters’, first published in Interzone way back in 2003, will be appearing, in very distinguished company, in the Headland anthology, published by Edge Hill University Press to mark 10 years of the Edge Hill Prize. The Edge Hill Prize is the UK’s main prize for single author collections of stories (of any genre) and winning it for my collection, The Turing Test, was a huge breakthrough in my writing career.
Although it’s not the story that people most often mention when they read The Turing Test, ‘Monsters’ is a personal favourite of mine, perhaps because, although autobiographical elements are present in almost all my fiction, they are particularly to the fore here in this story about how writers both use and are held back by their demons, and about a poet’s emotionally stifling relationship with his mother.
Here’s the blurb about me and the story on the Edge Hill website.
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.