Days Four and Five: The Last Lap

My second panel was scheduled for Monday morning. I got to share the stage with two other authors: Emily St John Mandel and Charlotte Wood. We had not read each other’s works, but our chair Cath Kenneally had, and she wove it all together under the theme ‘All Stories are Love Stories’. We all used the term ‘love story’ broadly, and spent as much time talking about friends and family as we did about romantic relationships. I was the only speculative fiction writer, but Emily’s work sounds like an interesting crossover, literary but with a touch of noir that at times gets her categorised as a genre writer as well.

And speaking of reading other people’s works – so many books, so many cool authors, so little time! I began to feel a bit less smug about my minimalist luggage arrangements. There were books available to buy, authors present to sign them, and I had no space. Eventually, I made arrangements with Sean Williams to ship some books home (thank you Sean!) and happily went on a splurge.

I missed Justine’s second panel, but we both caught Scott’s reading, an excerpt about an alternate WWI which confirmed my desire to acquaint myself with the world of Leviathan. Then a group of us went off to have more good food (Japanese this time) and fun. That was my final day of Adelaide Writers’ Week events.

On Tuesday morning, I had a half-hour live interview with Richard Fidler, the last of the interviews set up by Tracey. I have to say, I was very impressed with the preparations for this interview. The pre-interview for this took place the previous Friday so that there was already a sense of what themes and topics would be interesting and relevant. We also had a brief chat before the actual interview and he put me completely at ease.

And that was Adelaide! I must say how grateful I am to the Writers’ Week staff for their excellent organisation and care. Laura Kroetsch, the Director, and Anna Hughes, the Coordinator, were present and accessible and amazing. Pan Macmillan publicist Tracey Cheetham and the Adelaide Festival National Publicist Prue Bassett were tireless, efficient and charming. There were many others, from staff to volunteers to friends, who were just lovely and made sure I had a great time in Adelaide. I hesitate to list names because I know I will forget someone, but some have been mentioned in previous posts.

My next grand journey will happen in summer, but that deserves a post of its own!

Some updates

The blog pages for ‘About‘ and ‘The Best of All Possible Worlds‘ have been updated. There is an interview (more on that soon), three new reviews from the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph and the Seattle Times respectively, and an extra in the form of a Spanish translation of the previously-linked short story ‘Astronomy Lesson’.

Australia and the Adelaide Writers’ Week

Tomorrow I start my journey eastward to Australia where I will be participating in the 2013 Adelaide Writers’ Week. These are my two panels:

Sunday, March 3
3:45pm – 4:45pm

Monday, March 4
10:45am – 11:45am


I’ll tweet whenever I can find wifi, but don’t expect too much, especially during travel (I leave on the 26th but I arrive on the 28th!). Actual blogging may have to wait until I come back home on 7 March.

Some new links and a reminder

First the reminder. My last book giveaway continues at this post. Go comment to enter!

Apologies for not giving some of these links sooner. I’ve been busy and now I’m both busy and fighting a cold/fever. There are new guest posts, and interview, and a mini review:

Next week I’m travelling to the Adelaide Writers’ Week in Australia. I will post a selected itinerary over the next few days. Unfortunately, I will be travelling at the time that the Kitschies are being awarded, and I have no guarantee of wifi in airports or on planes. Expect intermittent twitter and blog-silence next week and the week after.

Excerpts, Interviews, reviews and guest posts

I was too busy to post about it, but yes, on 12 February the US edition (Del Rey) of The Best of All Possible Worlds was released. The audiobook was also released on that day by Today, the Spanish edition is out from RBA Literatura Fantástica. I have updated my sidebar links accordingly, so go browse!

I have also updated my page for The Best of All Possible Worlds. It now contains links to additional excerpts and an exclusive short story, my guest post at The Huffington Post, and three more reviews and a mention.

Go have a look; there’s plenty to read!

The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Snowmelt River

Congratulations to Kim, the winner of last week’s giveaway, who is looking forward to Swords of Good Men by Icelandic author Snorri Kristjansson. Kim did not provide a website, twitter, Facebook, tumblr or anything, so Kim please get in touch via comment or twitter or something so I can get your details to have the books sent to you.

On a related note, Adam B Shaeffer, you have won some books and you have not replied to my twitter DM! Please get in touch! I need your mailing address.

Selecting a winner got a little complicated last week. I had two commenters on Goodreads, where this blog has a feed. I completely forgot that people can comment there as well. I did factor them into the draw, but for this final giveaway please comment on if you wish to enter.

And yes, this is the fifth and final Thursday Giveaway. The winner will get The Best of All Possible Worlds (hardback)

The Best of All Possible Worlds (UK edition)

plus another Jo Fletcher Books title:

The Snowmelt River, by Frank P. Ryan (paperback).


On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost.

But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive.

And they’d better learn quickly, because their enemy, the Tyrant of the Wastelands, is growing in power.

To enter the competition, comment on this post and tell me … hmm … let’s make it interesting.

I’ve been too busy to update, but there are a lot of things out there. Comment and tell me the title of any short story, interview or guest post of mine that you’ve seen (or will see!) over the past few weeks and up to next week Wednesday. So far there are at least five; there will be more by next week. And no, SF Crossing the Gulf doesn’t count.

If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. I’ll randomly choose a winner from the comments next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), and announce the name in a post that same night. The books will be sent directly from Jo Fletcher Books in London, so if you win I will need your address to pass on to them.

Interviews and more

I’ve been trying to keep up, but a lot has been happening. First, we have my interview at the Literatura Fantástica blog in Spanish and in English. There’s also the first fifty pages of the Spanish translation available for download, and the publication date for the Spanish edition is 14 February … next week!

More good news – The Best of All Possible Worlds made the Editors’ Picks for February in Science Fiction and Fantasy at Amazon, and was chosen as best book of the month by RT Book Reviews.

And don’t forget to enter to win copies of The Best of All Possible Worlds and Redemption in Indigo. Details are here.

The Best of All Possible Worlds and Redemption in Indigo

Congratulations to Aliette de Bodard, third commenter and winner of last week’s giveaway! She chose Valerio Varesi’s The Dark Valley, a Quercus title which was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger in 2012.

Today is the release date for the UK edition of The Best of All Possible Worlds!

To celebrate, there will be two winners chosen from this post. Each winner will get copies of both Redemption in Indigo (paperback) and The Best of All Possible Worlds (hardback).

UK Cover RiI smallThe Best of All Possible Worlds (UK edition)Comment on this post and tell me which Jo Fletcher Books science fiction titles (forthcoming or already published) are on your to-read list. If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. Next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), I’ll randomly choose two winners from the comments. I’ll announce the names in my new Thursday Book Giveaway post. The books will be sent directly from Jo Fletcher Books in London, so if you win I will need your address to pass on to them.

Two interviews, one review

I have updated the pages for Redemption in Indigo (Kitschies nomination), The Best of All Possible Worlds (excerpt, interview, review and news), and About (nomination and interviews).

There’s an interview from last year, recorded during the Bocas Lit Fest. I can barely remember what I said, but I do recall I had a fantastic time. Go listen to it now at The Spaces Between the Words.

BookPage has a review of The Best of All Possible Worlds and an interview I did with Gavin Grant of Small Beer Press (thanks Gavin!).