Dark Societies: An Evening with Louise Welsh, Matthew Blakstad & M.R. Carey

Waterstones Piccadilly and the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club invites you to an evening full of plagues and near future dystopian nightmares with two very exciting authors as our guide.

Join Louise Welsh (No Dominion) and Matthew Blakstad (Lucky Ghost) as they take you on this journey on Wesdnesday 26th July at 7.00pm. Be sure to hold on tight…
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Dark Societies: In Conversation With Brian Catling & Charlie Jane Anders

Waterstones Piccadilly and the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club are very excited to announce an evening of dark, dystopian fantasy with two very special guests.

Dark Societies returns on Monday 20th March at 6.30pm at Waterstones Piccadilly for an apocalypse packed evening with Brian Catling (The Erstwhile) and Charlie Jane Anders (All The Birds In The Sky).

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Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

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The Erstwhile

The Vorrh is a vast unmapped and very mysterious jungle in Africa. No-one comes out of it in one piece.

Survivors report strange, mind-bending phenomena and horrific monsters. It is rumoured that the Garden of Eden still exists somewhere in the middle of it.
In The Erstwhile it transpires that some angels have escaped Eden and the Vorrh and are living in hiding in London, some in disguise as lunatics in Bedlam, one as a mutilated dog. It is also revealed that William Blake, a character in these novels, in interacting with these angels.

Good and evil angels and humans, including William Blake, are heading towards a final, Miltonic apocalyptic battle for the soul of humanity.

The Erstwhile is the second book in the Vorrh trilogy.

Brian Catling’s first novel in the Vorrh trilogy has been acclaimed as a landmark work by Philip Pullman, Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair.

Reviewing The Vorrh in The Guardian Michael Moorcock wrote: ‘One of the most original works of visionary fiction since Mervyn Peake.’

Brian Catling was born in 1948. The London- born multi-media artist’s broad, category defying practice spans sculpture, painting, performance, video-making and poetry. He was educated at the North East London Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College. He has been exhibiting his work internationally since 1975. Some of his most notable works include a commissioned memorial to the Site of Execution, Tower of London in 2007 and Cyclops at South London Gallery in 1996. In 2001 he co-founded the international performance collective WiTW. He was elected as a Royal Academician in the category of sculpture in 2016.

All The Birds In The Sky

Patricia is a witch who can communicate with birds. Laurence is a mad scientist and inventor of the two second time machine. As teenagers they gravitate towards one another, sharing in the horrors of growing up weird.

When they later reconnect as adults, Laurence is an engineering genius living in near-future San Francisco, trying to escape a planet falling apart with technological intervention.

Meanwhile, Patricia, a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the magically gifted, works alongside her fellow magicians to secretly repair the earth’s ever growing ailments.

As they each take sides in a cataclysmic war between science and magic, Laurence and Patricia find themselves trying to make sense of life, sex and adulthood on the brink of the apocalypse.

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is a sublime and dazzling blend of literary fiction and SFF, already being favourably compared by Anders’ contemporaries to the works of Ursula le Guin, David Mitchell, Emily St. John Mandel and Lev Grossman. A beautiful coming of age story with Dahl-esque wit, set in a future that could be just around the corner. Anders has crafted a poignant love story that transcends time to explore the universal relationship we have with nature, and each other.

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS is the editor-in-chief of io9.com, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her Tor.com story “Six Months, Three Days” won the 2012 Hugo Award and was subsequently picked up for development into a NBC television series. She has also had short fiction published by Tin House, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and McSweeney’s. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is her debut novel.

 

Dark Societies: In Conversation With Becky Chambers

closed-and-common-orbitIn association with Waterstones Piccadilly, I am very excited to announce an evening in conversation with Becky Chambers on Friday 28th October at 6.30pm.

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Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

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In 2014, Becky Chambers’ agency let her go, telling her that the only way she’d ever see her debut novel in print was to self-publish it.

Becky turned to Kickstarter, raising $2,000 from friends and family so she could take a month to finish her manuscript, have it proof read, and get a cover designed. She had fifty-three backers.

That book was The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

In January 2015, Hodder & Stoughton acquired world rights and published The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet to extraordinary acclaim. It has been translated into six languages (and counting)and recognised by – or won – major literary awards including the Baileys Prize, the Tiptree, British Fantasy Awards, The Kitschies and The Arthur C. Clarke Award.

More importantly, The Long Way has been passed from reader to reader, buoyed by incredible word of mouth. Over a thousand glowing Goodreads reviews testify to its extraordinary status as a heart-warming and heart-breaking classic; a consistent Amazon Bestseller, a W H Smith Fresh Talent novel and a Waterstones favourite, that has touched tens of thousands of lives.

In October, Hodder & Stoughton will publish Becky’s hugely anticipated next novel, A Closed and Common Orbit. 

Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theatre administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Five Out Of Ten and The Toast.