It seems like weeks ago that I was invited to the SFX Summer of Reading Party, and I was quite looking forward to it. Now that it is just around the corner, and Nik is wondering what to wear, I’m really looking forward to it.
It’s always a treat to be out in public, especially these days when I’m not often allowed to play outside on my own (I don’t know what Nik thinks I’m going to do, vomit on someone, probably). In particular, it’s a very special treat to be in a room with other writers. Accountants spend lots of time with other accountants, teachers have whole rooms given over to them, and doctors and lawyers have the Rotary Club (and very fine work they do, too). It isn’t very often that a writer gets to spend time with others of his stripe. We tend to be solitary individuals, often rattling around in our houses or offices with barely another soul to talk to all day, apart from our various pets: cats in my case, and, of course, the hussar. It’s an extra specially fabulous treat to be in a room with writers whose work and achievements I admire.
So, I just wanted to remind you all that I will be at at Waterstone's Piccadilly store in London on May 10th. The book signing in the early evening will be open to all, and will be followed by an exclusive, ticket-only function where the fortunate few can mingle with the likes of Adam Roberts, China Miéville, Michael Cobley, Stephen Hunt, the mighty Graham McNeill and SFX editor Dave Bradley, and, of course, me! There might even be what SFX describes as 'some surprise guests'. I'll also be on a panel with some of the distinguished gentlemen, where the topic for discussion will be: “Millions of people watch SF on TV and at the cinema – why don’t more people read SF books too?” You can find all the glorious details, including how to get your mitts on one of the exclusive tickets, here.