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Third One Way map

May 30th, 2017

Gah, almost forgot to post the third map – so here’s Mars Base One in all its hand-drawn glory.

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Second One Way map

May 17th, 2017

Traditionally, if you supply a map in a book, the characters have to go to every damn place marked on it. It didn’t happen for Arcanum, and I’ll be damned if it’s going to happen here. This is a close up of Rahe crater on Mars. Marvel at the detail, and quail at my leet drawing skillz0rs. Or something.

(as before, click for huge)

Posted in: From the Author, One Way by Simon Morden on May 17th, 2017
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One Way map fresh off the drawing board

May 10th, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve had to draw technically accurate maps of other planets. But here you go – this is the stage for One Way.

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See that oval-shaped crater just on the northern flank of Ceraunius Tholus? That’s where we’re going.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, One Way by Simon Morden on May 10th, 2017
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Workers of the world unite!

May 1st, 2017

Happy May Day celebrations, comrades, and forward the new republic!

A brief update as to what’s going on, and what will be going on:

At the Speed of Light is still selling stupidly well, three months after its release. I’m not quite sure what I’ve done to deserve it, but I’m certainly very grateful to everyone who’s bought a copy (and especially those who’ve taken the time and trouble to leave a review either on Amazon or Goodreads). We had excellent ‘launch’ for the first set of four Newcon Press novellas at Eastercon, with the last three of the boxed sets going to the first three people in the queue. After no novellas from me for almost a decade, there are two along at once – I’ve an entry in one of the later sets as well, but more news on that when the titles have been firmed up. I should also write more stories of novella length, because I’ve rediscovered that I really enjoy telling a story over that length.

One Way, the Mars thriller that I’m writing for Gollancz, has passed its first draft stage, and I’m into the edits, both self-imposed (I can’t keep continuity together to save my life) and editor-suggested. I found writing the final few chapters extraordinarily difficult: none of the people involved are necessarily ‘good’, but dammit, no one deserves to die like that. I think that bodes well, and the editorial feedback I’ve got so far has been overwhelmingly positive, which is nice. Yes, it’s magnificently pulpy, but as you’d expect from me, under the bonnet, all the science is absolutely on rails, and there are some surprisingly poignant scenes which hopefully counterbalance the growing feeling of dread as the story progresses. One Way will be published (under the cunning pseudonym of SJ Morden!) in February 2018 (available for pre-order now!) and the sequel (it’s a duology!) concluding the story will be out in October 2018.

Back, back in the mists of time, I was asked to do a short story for inclusion in a plant-based anthology (not just because it’s printed on dead tree, but because that’s its theme) called Improbable Botany. It’s finally going to be a thing, and again, more news as it happens. The cover is currently embargoed, but it is very fine indeed. My story is called ‘Shine’, and inevitably I went a bit off-piste with it, but other authors include Adam Roberts and Justina Robson, so it’ll be worth getting any way…

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates by Simon Morden on May 1st, 2017
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Eastercon 2017 schedule

April 10th, 2017

(Ah, website, I’ve neglected you for so long. Apologies. I’ve been incredibly busy, and now I’ve stopped being quite so incredibly busy for a moment. I’ll catch you all up with the news soon…)

Friday: 6.30-7.30 – Newcon Press books launch, amongst which will be _At the Speed of Light_. Come for the books, stay for the free wine!

Friday 8.30-9.30 – Gollanczfest17 introductory event. I’ll be re-enacting scenes from the epic quest “The Seven Trials of Count von Katzenberg” and drinking more free wine (only one of these things is true, although I’ll show you my aghast face if you really want)

Sunday 8-9pm – Literary beer. You’ll need to sign up for this, probably at Ops. Interactive table talk – and beer – about pretty much everything and anything. Ask me questions. Marvel at my witty, erudite and probably illegal answers.

Monday 10-11am – Populism in SF/F – panel discussion about whatever the panellists decide the title means, but it’ll probably be about the use of populist movements as both plot drivers and social commentary in SF/F. No free wine at this one. Sorry.

Easstercon will be held at the Hilton, NEC Birmingham 17-17 April 2017. Website is here!

Posted in: From the Author by Simon Morden on April 10th, 2017
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