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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:41 pm 
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This August will see publication of two SF collections by authors have been heavily featured in Interzone and other magazines, and these collections collate their strongest material in a formidable showcase of their talents. Who are these authors? Gareth L Powell and Chris Beckett of course!

The books will be launched on Saturday 9th August from 2-6pm at our old haunt, the Citte of York pub, High Holborn, London. Everyone is welcome to attend the event where both authors will do a short reading followed by Q&A, with the rest of the time spent chatting in the bar. I’m really looking forward to this, and am expecting a good crowd, so get there early!

Onto the books themselves. First up is Gareth’s “The Last Reef”, featuring artwork by newcomer Eran Cantrell, and an introduction by Jetse de Vries. The blurb for the book is as follows:

“Gareth L Powell’s first collection of short stories is stuffed with mind-bending ideas and unforgettable characters. Ranging from the day after tomorrow to the far-flung future, these fifteen stories are perfect for anyone with a craving for intelligent and thought-provoking adventure.

From noir-ish cops to disaffected space pilots, blind photographers and low-life hackers, everyone here is struggling to find a little peace amid the tumult of the future.”

As a footnote, one of the stories, “Ack-Ack Macaque”, was voted by Interzone readers as their favourite short story of 2007 in the Interzone Reader's Poll.

And the second book, “The Turing Test”, is a collection of stories by Chris Beckett; again featuring artwork by Eran Cantrell, and an introduction by Alastair Reynolds. The blurb for this one goes like this:

“These fourteen stories, among other things, contain robots, alien planets, genetic manipulation and virtual reality, but their centre focuses on individuals rather than technology, and they deal with love and loneliness, authenticity and illusion, and what it really means to be human.”

Both books are in paperback (£5.99 plus p&p) and limited edition 26 lettered hardback editions (£15.00 plus p&p). For hardbacks, it’s best to email me to reserve a copy. Paperbacks can be purchased via our website and other outlets.

These will also be available in ebook format from Fictionwise.


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Blimey, the book's not even published yet and the first review of Gareth L Powell's "The Last Reef" is already online at the Fix. The reviewer concludes: "Overall, Powell’s depth and breadth of characterization work, and his settings are truly impressive. His work displays a willingness to show truths and flaws for what they are, rather than gratuitously exaggerating only strengths. With his instinct for subtlety, Powell is an author to watch. His work is the spyglass of science fiction, the ship just over the horizon."


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Just a reminder about this event that's taking place next Saturday. There's also now a review of The Turing Test over at the Fix - so take a gander and buy a copy!


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Another review of Gareth's "The Last Reef and other stories" can be found at Sci-Fi Online. Have a read and then buy it: 10/10 can't be bad :D


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And that review is followed this morning by a 10/10 review of The Turing Test at the same site


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Chris Beckett and Andrew Hook's Elastic press are on the shortlist for the 2009 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. See more in my post on the IZ 218 thread, page 4


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