Convergence and Mummies and London Falling

It's been a very tiring week, as I tried to keep up with the run in to the end of Wolverine's 'Killable' arc while Tom kept up with his first tooth coming through, and hence at one point joined me for a Horizon documentary about black holes at 3.30am.

But nevertheless he'll be coming with Caroline and I to the CONvergence convention in Minnesota on Wednesday.  It's his first trip abroad and his first flight, and we have no idea how traumatic it's going to be for any of us.  But still, we'll be surrounded by friends and the atmosphere of the world's best convention.  More about that in a moment, but first a couple of bits of unrelated news.

The mass market paperback of London Falling is due out in the UK on July 4th!  Here's the rather lovely new cover...


It'll retail at £7.99 and is nice and compact for the beach.  The e-book version will correspondingly drop in price at the same moment.

Those of you coming to the San Diego Comic Con who collect CGC Signature Series signed editions may be pleased to hear that I'm going to be signing some comics in that format at the event, with all proceeds going to the Hero Initiative.  You can see all the details here. You can either go along to the Hero booth before the close of play on the Friday of the con, or you can send in your comics to be signed via an address given in the link above.  Others taking part include Brian Michael Bendis, Louise Simonson, Gerry Conway and Dave Lloyd.  It's a very worthy cause, and I'm glad to be part of it.

I'm also very pleased to be a part of a new anthology from Jurassic London, edited by Jared Shurin, The Book of the Dead, which is a collection of stories about mummies.  Mine's called 'Ramesses on the Frontier', and is a very modern story about a Pharaoh on the march.  The book contains tales from Gail Carriger, Will Hill, Maria Dahvana Headley, Lou Morgan and Adam Roberts among others, and is illustrated by UK comicker Garen Ewing.  It'll be out this October, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Egypt Exploration Society. You can read more about it here, and Tor have a nice long piece on the background, including a chat with Jared here.

Finally, I thought I'd share with you my vast and terrifying CONvergence schedule.  It goes like this...

Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: The World of London Falling (Atrium 7). Oh, right, easy, just the one panel... and Caroline is appearing on the Super-Spy Smackdown panel game at 9pm on the Main stage.  But I'll be back in the room watching Tom sleep, unfortunately and hopefully at the same time.

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Gerry Anderson Retrospective (Plaza 2).
           2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  The 'Camp' Factor in British TV and Movies (Edina).
           3:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  SF Squeecast Live! (Atrium 6).
           5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: John Steed and Emma Peel Assemble: The Avengers (Atrium 4).
           7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  You're Making That Up! (Atrium 6). A terrifyingly inventive panel game involving lying.
           10:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Just a Minute (Bloomington). Well, that again, really.
           11:30 pm -12.30am: Ian Fleming (Plaza 2).  I'm doing a panel... about Ian Fleming... past midnight.  And I'll probably be entirely sober.

Saturday 9:30 am - 10:30 am: Mythic Britain (Plaza 2).
              11:00 am - 12:00 pm:  The Worst of Bond (Atrium 6).
              12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Paul Cornell's Advanced Cricket for Americans (Outdoors).
              2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Powerpoint Karaoke (Atrium 6). Another game show, involving random slides that require commentary.
              5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  British Jokes and Stereotypes (Edina).
              7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  Obsessed: The Doctor Who Special (Plaza 2).  That being Joseph Scrimshaw's very funny podcast.
              8:30 pm - 9:30 pm:  London in Fact and Fiction (Atrium 7).

Sunday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  British vs.: American Urban Fantasy (Atrium 7).
             2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Autograph Table.
             3:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  One-on-One with Paul Cornell (Sofitel Bordeaux).

And, of course, the opening and closing ceremonies.  I know, I know, I could have turned any of it down, but they're all subjects close to my heart.  That One-on-One will probably involve people asking if I'm okay. I hope to see some of you there.  Until then, Cheerio!



9 Response to "Convergence and Mummies and London Falling"

  • Paul Weimer Says:

    You're going to be busy. Hopefully I will have a chance to say hello to you somewhere after one of those events!


  • Sharon Browning Says:

    My daughter absolutely loved your cricket "seminar" last year and is really looking forward to seeing you again this year. She's heard me rave about "London Falling" (I reviewed it on LitStack) and is counting down the hours until CONvergence opens its doors! Hope you enjoy your family enjoy your time here!


  • meomwt Says:

    Hi Paul, I see you're taking Tom on a plane trip. From experience with mine when young, the worst part was take-off and landing, when the pressure changes affect the ears and they aren't old enough to do anything about it themselves. Give him something soothing to suck and a nice big cuddle and you might get through it OK. Expect howls, though.
    Hope the trip goes well.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Lovely to see you, Paul. I hope your daughter made it along, Sharon. And Caroline fed Tom in those bits, Meom, he proved to be a relaxed traveler! Cheers.


  • Unknown Says:

    Hi Paul, fully agree with you CONvergence is a great convention.

    I was there for the "first" time this year to promote Loncon 3 and found CONVergence to be filled with some of the friendliest fans putting on a great convention.

    I will be back

    Steve Cooper


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    How did I fail to see you?! Glad you had a good time. It is great, isn't it?


  • Anonymous Says:

    Just dropping by to say that I loved London Falling; it took me about a week to get into it, but once I got past the first few chapters I couldn't put it down. Also, it took me until halfway through the book to realize that the football club was actually playing soccer


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much!


  • Timmy Says:

    This is gorgeous!