And so to Waterstone’s Picadilly, for the SFX Summer of SF Reading launch party.
Thanks, SFX for a very stimulating evening. Good talk, a great venue, and some illustrious company. Nik got her hands on Sir Terry Pratchett and didn’t know when to let go; she’s still heaving with embarrassment for being such an asshat fangirl, but it was fun to watch. Just to balance things out, I managed to make a screaming cock-up of introducing myself, Graham and Nik to Adam Roberts. In some American states, we may now all be married to one another. Luckily, the panel went well, and I don’t think I covered myself with bibble-shame. Thanks also to everyone who came and asked probing questions.
On a sadder note, I’d like to remove my hat for Frank Frazetta, and for Patricia Wrightson. Mr Frazetta’s art has already inspired more than one generation (he was, after all, 82 years old when he died), and, I suspect, will inspire many more. Patricia Wrightson, who was an Australian writer of children’s fiction, died in March. I’ve been meaning to mention her death for weeks. Her contribution to fantasy literature was particularly distinctive and often overlooked. I especially enjoyed her memorable novel “The Nargun and the Stars”, which was published the year I turned eight.
In other news, there’s a chance to listen to Andy and me bantering on about all things comic-related in this week’s podcast from Where Monsters Dwell. It’s there one hundredth episode, so we’re feeling quite celebratory about the whole thing. You can listen live on Wednesday, or download the podcast over here.