Event | Robert Rankin at Leicester Phoenix

As part of the Alt.Fiction annual programme Robert Rankin appeared at Leicester’s Phoenix Digital Art Centre. Rankin is an entertaining speaker, lively on stage, witty and full of good stories, an hour flew by. Of course I may be forever scarred by the thought of the blue suit.

After the talk there was time for a signing and Robert took time to talk to his fans as he signed.

An excellent event, look out for more signings and events in your area from Writing East Midlands ‘Alt.Fiction‘ brand.

Robert Rankin’s latest book Mechanical Messiah is available now and if you’ve never read him before I would personally recommend going back to the Brentford Trilogy.

Events | Peter F Hamilton

Science Vs Science Fiction in Leicester Central Library

Science meets Mad Science in a battle for the ages where everybody wins. On Friday 7th October, Peter F.Hamilton will step into the debating ring with Professor George Fraser to discuss how science fiction’s vision meets, and conflicts, with the realities of science.

Hamilton is the UK’s best-selling science fiction author. His work is epic, fascinating, crammed full of ideas and entirely driven by character, Hamilton continually using the small, fragile needs of his painfully human protagonists to highlight the massive scale of his ideas and show their human cost. He’s a dizzyingly inventive author, and his most recent short story collection, Manhatten in Reverse, only cements his reputation as a figure at the top of his field.

Professor George Fraser is an equally heavyweight figure in the field. The Director of the Space Research Centre at
the University of Leicester, Professor Fraser has been involved with projects that have gone to the Moon, Mars and
beyond. The Space Research Centre is a major hub in everything from planetary instrumentation to drilling and sample
technology that is used to return samples to Earth and as its head, Professor Fraser is uniquely versed in the current
state of space science and what the future will hold.

These two titans of their fields will meet to discuss the burning questions of the day. Will men ever travel to other stars? Are alien civilisations watching over us? How do the big ideas of Sci-Fi measure up against the latest developments in space research? Will refreshments be served? That last one at least, can be answered with a definitive yes. After all, working out the future of humanity is hard work.

Discussion commences from 7pm in the Everybody’s Reading Room of Leicester Central Library and entry is free so,

whichever side you’re on, come down and check it out. The future starts here

Part of the Everybody’s Reading festival

Events | FantasyCon

Welcome to a somewhat revamped Un:Bound. This is going up a few days earlier than scheduled. In part that’s because I am going to be insanely busy between now and leaving for FantasyCon and in part it’s because I wanted everyone to have our schedule for the event.

The Un:Bound team will be represented by me and Vince this year. Sadly Kat can’t make it. We will be filming the awards again, so will be there till close of play Sunday I guess. Before then at 2pm Friday I am delighted to be moderating a panel on maintaining your online presence with an excellent panel.

At 11am on Sunday Vincent is doing a reading of a short story for Anarchy Press’s forthcoming anthology. It is linked with the Office of Lost and Found but stands alone for those who haven’t read the novel yet.

Other than that we will mostly be in the bar, nursing our tap water (wild things that we are) so we hope to see lots of you there.