Sunday, May 09, 2010

Par... Tay!

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 Mi√©ville, 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.

11 comments:

frieslander said...

ZING
Have fun at the function.

Xhalax said...

*sits and grumbles in the corner because she's going to miss it*

frieslander said...

You and me both Xhalax, you and me both (sigh)

Xhalax said...

I was in London last week so can go gallivanting off again.....or I'd do my damnedest to be there.

Dawfydd said...

I look forward to seeing you there Dan (I think this might be the first time I've won anything on the SFX website!)

harvb said...

Absolutely gutted that I can't be there, especially to get you to sign some of my precious Ghosts books.

Maybe another time.

*sobs quietly in a corner*

Mark said...

Only just got word that I've bagged a ticket- am immensely chuffed! :D

Jonathan D. Beer said...

I just checked my email and it turns out I have won as well! A delightful surprise, to be sure.

Phillip said...

For those who could go, you lucky lucky bastards! For those who like my very own self couldn't let us sit upon the ground and tell sad tales of the death of kings.

Have fun Dan!

Oh and Dan, was the whole 'rotary club (they do good things)' a veiled West Wing reference?

Christos Reid said...

Hi Dan,

Was fantastic to meet you before and after the signing, and to talk to you about the Inquisitor trilogy of trilogies. You were a great sport and I'm extremely happy I happened to be carrying a copy of Titanicus the day I came down. Look forward to seeing you in London again.

Gazza1815 said...

It was nice to see meet you, you looked like you had a great time. Some very long questions from us not sure what there wanted to ask. Sorry but nervous fan and sorry if I rattled on about Double eagle and the like. Found a wall to bang my head on later in embarrisment. So thanks again and look forward to the Intercepter book and for putting up with me