Peter on the radio, and final signing

Quick news flash!

Peter is on Radio 4’s Today programme at 8.40 tomorrow morning, defending big books after Ian McEwen’s comments this week.

Also, the final signing has now been announced:

Tuesday 7th October
6pm
Waterstones Canterbury (Rose Lane, apparently there are two in the town)
8 Rose Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2SJ
For more info
Phone: 01227 452354

The Abyss Beyond Dreams UK Competition

abyss-feauturedPeter’s UK publisher, Tor UK, are running a competition via his Facebook page where you could win the chance to visit the printers to see Abyss being printed, and to take a copy home with you nearly a month before its release.

The competition is open until 1st September at 5pm – so head on over HERE to get your entry in. Whoever wins is surely in for a great day.

Family Matters, a Greg Mandel story – ebook available now

family-mattersPeter’s short story, Family Matters, is now available in ebook form. You can buy it via amazon at these links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com

Family Matters is an updated version of The Suspect Genome, of which Peter says:

I did once, it was a novella called The Suspect Genome which was published by Interzone magazine back in 2000 (won the BSFA award that year, too!). And there’s a reason it has never been reprinted or released on line. One of the central ideas of DNA profiling I came up with for Suspect Genome was overtaken by real DNA fingerprinting and analysis, as anyone who, like me, watches CSI could tell you. A standard SF author paranoia about reality passing you by and thumbing its nose while laughing in a sneering way.
But as this is the 20th year since Greg first appeared, in Mindstar Rising, I’ve taken a look at The Suspect Genome again. With some careful editing and a few new paragraphs it’s been possible to remove the failed ‘future past’ technology and preserve the main whodunnit story.
There were also some anachronisms that needed removing, like telephone boxes. After all, this was written about a future that’s only twenty years away and there aren’t many of them left now, certainly not in Rutland where Greg lives (will live?). Thankfully most of the other details of life in Greg’s universe aren’t too passé. The title name had to go as well, and it’s now called Family Matters (a bad pun I know, but I couldn’t resist).

A new tour date, and it’s down to you!

Peter will be adding another tour date to his schedule for The Abyss Beyond Dreams – but where it is is up to you! Head on over to Peter’s Facebook Page to say where you’d like Peter to visit.

And here’s the full list of the tour dates at present:

Wednesday 8th October
12.30pm Waterstones Guildford
71-73 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DY
Contact the store for more info 01483 536366

Wednesday 8th October
7pm Foyles Charing Cross Road
113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB
For more info visit www.foyles.co.uk/events

Thursday 9th October
1pm Waterstones Swindon
25/26 Brunel Plaza, Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon SN1 1ND
Contact the store for more info 01793 436465

Thursday 9th October
5.45pm Forbidden Planet Bristol
Clifton Heights Triangle West, Bristol BS8 1EJ
Contact the store for more info 0117 929 7767

Thursday 9th October
8pm Toppings Bath
The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS
Contact the store for more info 01225 428111

Friday 10th October
12pm Waterstones Milton Keynes
Unit 72, Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes MK9 3GA
Contact the store for more info 01908 395384

Friday 10th October
7pm Oxford Blackwells
50 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ
Contact the store for more info 01865 792792

Saturday 11th October
12pm Waterstones Birmingham
24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
Contact the store for more info 0121 633 4353

Saturday 11th October
4pm Waterstones Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR
Contact the store for more info 0115 9470069

Monday 13th October
2pm Waterstones Manchester Trafford Centre
42 Regent Crescent, Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Road, Manchester
M17 8AP
Contact the store for more info 0161 749 8623

Monday 13th October
6.30pm Waterstones Liverpool One
12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL
Contact the store for more info 0151 709 9820

Tuesday 14th October
12.30pm Waterstones Sheffield Orchard Square
24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB
Contact the store for more info 0114 272 8971

Tuesday 14th October
7pm Waterstones Leeds
93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS
Contact the store for more info 0113 244 4588

Wednesday 15th October
1pm Waterstones Newcastle
Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, Newcastle NE1 7JF
Contact the store for more info 0191 261 7757

Wednesday 15th October
7pm Waterstones York
15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
Contact the store for more info 01904 620784

Thursday 16th October
7.30pm Toppings Ely
9 High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4LJ
Contact the store for more info 01353 645005

Friday 17 October
1pm Waterstones Colchester
12-13 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DA
Contact the store for more info 01206 561307

Friday 17 October
7.30pm Waterstones Norwich
11-17 Castle Street, Norwich NR2 1PB
Contact the store for more info 01603 767292

Thursday 6th November
6pm Waterstones Edinburgh West End
128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD
Contact the store for more info 0131 226 2666

Friday 7th November
12.30pm Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street
153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EW
Contact the store for more info 0141 332 9105

Forum Issues

I’ve been having some issues with the forum over the past few months where a white page shows rather than the index. I’ve sorted this once in March, but it’s happened again now and I’m following it up to resolve. Apologies for the downtime, but hopefully it’ll be resolved fairly soon.

US Cover Art for The Abyss Beyond Dreams

Here’s the US cover art for Peter’s next novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, book 1 in the Chronicle of the Fallers:
the-abyss-beyond-dreams
And the brief summary they’ve also released:

The first of a two-book science fiction series set in New York Times bestselling author Hamilton’s acclaimed Commonwealth universe. Thriller writer Ken Follett calls Peter F. Hamilton “the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction.”

A clash of cultures in the Void pits humanity against a shape-changing alien species, and sees if two warring races can ever cooperate enough to free themselves from their mutual prison.

Charity Auction for a Proof Copy of The Queen of Dreams

This is a charity auction for a proof copy of The Queen of Dreams; volume one in the Books of The Realms trilogy, and my first children’s book, age 7+.

My friend Kate Cadman is aiming to run in the London Marathon next year for the National Deaf Children’s Society.  To get a guaranteed charity place in the marathon you first have to raise £2,000.  That’s where the money from this auction will be going.  (If she doesn’t reach the target figure, don’t worry the money raised still goes to the NDCS.)  For Kate’s full story see here:-
http://www.justgiving.com/Kate-Cadman

Her site has been active for a while, but Kate is just beginning her serious fundraising efforts, and I’m hoping this will make a good launch event for her.   So in order to make this something a little more interesting than a standard author-signed proof, this particular proof will also be signed by the four main characters.   And yes, it is a fantasy trilogy.  How can this possibly happen, then, you ask?  Well two of the characters, Felix and Sophie, are my children; and the other two, Taggie and Jemima, are their school friends.  This will be the only proof signed by them, and therefore unique.

Mark Chitty who keeps this site has kindly agreed to run the auction.  This isn’t Ebay, so we’re going to keep it simple.  The auction will run for ten days starting on the 1st September and ending 12 o’clock midday UK time on September the 10th.  Mark has created a forum specifically for bids.  So if you’re interested simply read what the last bid was, and post your own.  As I said, this isn’t a professional auction site so please try to avoid any last-second bids.  Bids to be placed in UK £s please (there are lots of currency conversion sites out there).    This is open to anyone, and I will pay the postage to wherever in the world you are (gulp).  Kate’s JustGiving site accepts money from a lot of currencies, so as soon as the winning donation has been made I’ll post the book to you.  If you’re in a country whose money isn’t listed on JustGiving then fear not, we’ll find a way.

Thank you for showing an interest, and good luck.

Peter Hamilton