The above fanzine is relatively new, but I hope we'll be hearing a lot more about it. For the current issue the editor was kind enough to interview me about my wicked fannish past. She has also included an original Justina Robson story, which will be a treat for anyone (like me!) who loves Justina's Quantum Gravity books. You can download a copy of the 'zine for free from the editor's website, right here.
I think this might just be my favourite Hidden Empire cover so far. I especially love that bronze/gold effect on the water (although you'll discover if you read the book that this is not water you'd want to swim in).
After recently turning in the final edits on Queen of Nowhere my editor has given me the official word that I can release the cover copy. And here it is...
“When paranoia is a way of life, trust doesn't come easily.
The Sidhe look like us. They live amongst us. What they lack in numbers they make up with their fearsome mental abilities and the considerable physical resources at their disposal. And their biggest advantage? No one believes they exist.
Almost no one.
Bez, the best hacker in human-space, is fighting a secret war against them. Always one step ahead, never lingering in one place, she's determined to bring them down. But she can't expose the Hidden Empire alone and when the only ally she trusted fails her she must accept help from an unexpected quarter.
Just one misstep, one incorrect assumption, and her Sidhe trap - her life's work - could end in vicious disaster. Worse, if Bez fails then humanity may never have another chance to win free of the manipulative and deadly Sidhe . . .”
12pm – Building Characters Through Questions. Workshop, with me and whoever books a place on it. There may be an exercise, but there won't be any homework.
2pm – Have the Limits of SF Become Blurred? Panel, with John Jarrold and Justina Robson. I'm not entirely sure what this panel will be about, which is slightly worrying given I'm moderating it. I'm sure we'll think of something.
4pm – Reading, with Justina Robson. (That's 'with' as in we're sharing the slot, not reading out in chorus.)
As well as Justina and John, many other cool people will be there, doing things that are at least as interesting as the above. Reasonably prices tickets can be purchased from the Edge-Lit website.
The above activity is one I don't get to indulge in as much as I'd like. However, as I mentioned before, I will be doing it this weekend, specifically between 6pm and 7.30pm at Clevedon Community Bookshop, Clevedon, Somerset.
I've been trying to decide what I'll read: an excerpt from Bringer of Light? The opening of Queen of Nowhere? a short story? maybe something older and not too SFnal? It depends on the audience, so I may not decide until the day.
Since I last did my parish notices, I've added a new date, also in a bookshop. In this case it's the Oxfam bookshop in Reading. They're holding a Science Fiction Spectacular between the 7th and 17th of September. My own small part in this grand event will be a visit on the evening of the 11th, for a reading, again with questions afterwards.