At the moment, pre-orders are being taken for a truly lavish 370 page hardback edition, limited to 100 books, with gold embossed titles on midnight blue buckram and dark cream endpapers, bound in cloth and sealed in wax, impressed with the seal of the Egypt Exploration Society, and with an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing that will not appear in any other edition. (Purchasers of the limited edition will also receive a copy of the ebook for free.) That lovely item, and the more traditional paperback and ebook editions, will be out on October 29th. That's also the date of the launch at the Phoenix Artist Club in London, the details of which those of you on Facebook can access here. It's wonderful to be part of something that's been assembled with such loving care. And I'm very proud of my story, 'Ramesses on the Frontier'.
It's also a good thing that the book's being sold via Spacewitch, an online retailer that aims to give indie publishers, particularly genre ones, a better deal. Do check out their handsome site.
In other news, to celebrate the release of Neil Gaiman's new children's book, Fortunately the Milk..., his publisher, Bloomsbury, got a number of us together to comment on the book and toast him with a glass of the white stuff.
I'm delighted to have my Jonathan Hamilton story 'One of Our Bastards is Missing' selected for inclusion in the new anthology from David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, 21st Century Science Fiction.
On 26th September comes the release of The Doctor: His Lives and Times by James Goss and Steve Tribe, to which I've contributed a couple of bits, notably John Smith's diaries from 'Human Nature'.
And Geek Syndicate Magazine #7 out now and free to download, features, amongst lots of lovely stuff (notably a debate about who was the best Doctor), my opinions on what music to listen to while working.
Finally, I said I'd give a mention to any high-quality fanwork inspired by 'The Scream of the Shalka', so check out this brilliant Richard E. Grant customised action figure.
I hope I'll see some of you at Birmingham's new feminist SF convention Andromeda One this Saturday. Until then, Cheerio!