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Solaris Rising

Solaris Rising

I was very excited a few days ago to see the contents list for the anthology, Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ian Whates. As well as including my latest collaboration with Eric Brown it includes stories by:

  • Ian McDonald
  • Dave Hutchinson
  • Paul di Filippo
  • Ken MacLeod
  • Tricia Sullivan
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Stephen Palmer
  • Adam Roberts
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • Jack Skillingstead
  • Mike Resnick and Laurie Tom
  • Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Ian Watson
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Richard Salter
  • Jaine Fenn
  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Peter F Hamilton

That’s one hell of a mix of established stars, rising names and fine, but overlooked, authors. As the publishers say, “…that’s 19 stories by a host of the most talented SF writers around,” and it’s one of the strongest line-ups I’ve appeared in.

Solaris Rising will be released in November both in paper and e-formats, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.


Alt.Fiction 2011

Just a quick note to say what a lovely time I had at Alt.Fiction over the weekend. Many thanks to Alex and the team for organising such a slick, content-packed event.

I took part in a panel on YA fiction, moderated a panel on the writer’s life, and did a reading with Guest of Honour Alastair Reynolds, which turned into a very relaxed chat. As ever with these things, what really makes them for me is the chance to catch up with people, and this was no exception: a wonderful mix of old friends, ‘net contacts I’ve never, or rarely, met, and new friends. The weekend was spent in the excellent company of the 1966 boys (Al Reynolds, Tony Ballantyne, Ian Sales), Roy Gray, Conrad Williams, Stephen Volk, Ian Whates, Kim and Del Lakin-Smith, and many more.

Another of the really good things about these events is the confidence boost. I went there having had a fairly shitty time in the day job, and I didn’t realise it but my confidence was shot to pieces. The thought of standing up and “performing” in front of an audience was pretty damned daunting; even the thought of all the meeting people was pretty challenging, when I could so easily just have stayed at home and concentrated on my novel; when I’m low it’s so much easier to retreat into my antisocial shell. But did I mention how nice everyone was and what a good crowd was there? I came away with a healthy boost of confidence and renewed enthusiasm for writing, raring to get back to work on the novel and all the other projects buzzing around in my head.

That panel on the writing life? I think the consensus was that the writer’s life is actually a lot tougher than most people credit, but when it comes down to it, a writer’s life is good, and none of us would want anything else. That was certainly my conclusion!


I’ll be at Alt.Fiction 2011 – will you?

…and not just because of the similarity with the title of my novel-in-progress, alt.human.

I’ll be on various panels, talking about the writing life, teen fiction and giving a reading (title to be confirmed) with the wonderful Al Reynolds. Here are the details of the event:

Alt.Fiction 2011
25th-26th June, at QUAD, Derby

Saturday 25th June 10.00am – Midnight
Sunday 26th June 10.00am – 5.00pm

Alt.Fiction marks its fifth year with a fantastic weekend for readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Bringing together some of the UK’s leading talent in the genre, Alt.Fiction presents a full programme of readings, panels, workshops, podcasts and much more over two days, giving you the chance to hear from your favourite authors, find out more about the world of publishing and learn more about the writing process.

Alt.Fiction is a weekend not to be missed for book lovers and budding writers.

This year’s Guests of Honour are bestselling science fiction author Alastair Reynolds and acclaimed comic book writer and novelist Dan Abnett. They will joined by speakers Tony Ballantyne, Cathy Brett, Keith Brooke, Mark Chadbourn, Stephen Deas, Paul Finch, John Jarrold, Juliet McKenna, Mark Morris, Adam Nevill, Mark Charan Newton, Sarah Pinborough, Robert Shearman, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Conrad Williams, Chris Wooding and many more.

Don’t miss!

Alt Fiction has joined forces with QUAD’s regular Fright Club horror programme and the Mayhem Horror Film Festival to present a specially curated film programme on Saturday 25th June.

Firstly a cult classic double bill of furry, feline fear with a Cat People Double Bill at 8.00pm, followed by a special bonus preview of Hobo With A Shotgun at midnight.

Alt Fiction pass holders gain free entry to these screenings.

Click here for the full Alt Fiction schedule.


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