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September 17th was a day of days. I went to my first ever publication event and it was to the morning session of GollanczFest. It was amazing!!!
The line-up (taken from the Programme given to us in the goodie bag)
Panel 1. Why So Early?
Alastair Reynolds, Tom Toner and Catriona Ward will be discussing community engagement, excitement and involvement within the scifi and fantasy community and genre.
Panel 2. More Than a Story
Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan and Bradley Beaulieu will be discussing the effects of fiction and whether it can really change the world.
Panel 3. Awards, huh? What are they good for?
A discussion of awards, their role and impact from Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, Paul McAuley and Justina Robson.
Panel 4. #amwriting
How important is your online presence? With Joe Abercrombie, Antonia Honeywell and Gavin Smith.
I went with 7 books of my own all new purchases from the past month and walked out with another 5 books and the most gorgeous notebook I’ve ever laid eyes on.
I went with my copy of The Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch including the nicest 10th anniversary edition, the 10th anniversary edition of The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie and Revenger by Alastair Reynolds.
I came back with much more, pictures of which will be below.
The authors were all hilarious, and if you follow me on Twitter you’ll see I spammed my feed with a play-by-play of what was being said #sorrynotsorry.
I legit had only ever read any of Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch and Alastair Reynolds books and I’m not ashamed to say it. Let me just say that I left with many books from authors I’d never read and have every intention of reading and they were all such lovely people.
The panels were about 40 minutes long each and they covered a wide range of topics but I won’t lie, Gavin Smith’s comment about @LordSpaceOpera making him sound like an enormous wanker has got to be my absolute favourite that and Scott Lynch’s “Own awards with blackjack and hookers” bastardised Bender quote. The authors were asked questions and gave answers I thought were quite nice – Bradley Beaulieu gave his message from “12 Kings” and it was family.
Scott Lynch said “The world doesn’t need to share your opinions in order for it to keep spinning.”
Elizabeth Bear said – on judging awards – “that female sci-fi writers are more commonly printed in paperback so are more likely to be nominated for Philip K. Dick award.”
After all the panels it was signing time!
Rawblood signed by Catriona Ward
The Promise of the Child signed by Tom Toner
Synners signed by Pat Cadigan – “Play it loud” Pat also had the most gorgeous Dr Martens on as well
Revelation Space and Revenger signed by Alastair Reynolds
Sharp Ends signed by @LordGrimDark himself Joe Abercrombie – “Nothing broken that can’t be fixed.”
My 10th Anniversary edition of The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – “Oh dear me… what a mess.”
I love authors who quote in their signings!
The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves signed by Scott Lynch – with my excellently annotated edition.
My 10th Anniversary edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora signed by Scott Lynch.
Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?