Women in Sci-Fi Panel at Blackwells Charing Cross Road Tonight

This evening, Thursday 8th May, in partnership with Jo Fletcher Books at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road, six authors will discuss the visibility of female authors in genre fiction, why there is an apparent inequality of representation, and possible solutions for this issue. This looks to be an exciting and significant event, and is free to attend.

Authors Stephanie Saulter, Karen Lord, Naomi Foyle, Jaine Fenn and Janet Edwards will be taking part in this event, which will be moderated by award-winning critic Edward James, and features the launch of an exciting display of books promoting female authors in SFF.

Karen Lord was born in Barbados and published her multi-award-winning debut novel Redemption in Indigo in 2011 in the US, and later in Britain through Jo Fletcher Books. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds will be released in paperback in May and her third, The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds will be coming soon. Her writing has been described as ‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming’ by the Financial Times. This is a rare visit to the UK for this multiple-nominated and award-winning novelist, who among her many achievements received the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award for the Best Debut Novel.


Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton, and published her debut novel Seoul Survivors with Jo Fletcher Books in 2013. Her second novel – and the first in a new trilogy – Astra, was published in February.

Stephanie Saulter hails from Jamaica, now living in London, she is the author of Gemsigns and its sequel Binary. She is also the brains behind the popular writing aid app Scriptopus. Also an awesome blogger.

Janet Edwards‘ debut novel, Earth Girl, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in 2012 by Harper Voyager, and in the USA in 2013 by Pyr. It was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012, awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. The sequel, Earth Star, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, Earth Flight, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth this August

Jaine Fenn’s first novel, Principles of Angels, was published by Gollancz in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her most recent book, Queen of Nowhere, is part of the same sequence of far future intrigue-heavy SF stories, the Hidden Empire series.

Edward James is a retired professor of medieval history, currently living in London. He has published a number of books on science fiction and fantasy, including A Short History of Fantasy (with Farah Mendlesohn) (2009). With Mendlesohn he has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (which won a Hugo Award in 2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012). He edited the academic journal Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction for a number of years, and is now Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation.

Tickets are free and can be booked here.  If you book a ticket and can no longer make it, please cancel your reservation here so that someone else can take your place.

Limit – Frank Schatzing

limitHugely popular in his native Germany, Frank Schatzing’s Limit is a serious, heavyweight tome of a sci-fi novel. Praised for his brilliant characters and expansive, epic storytelling, Schatzing’s work asks questions about the nature of humankind’s future.

In 2025, entrepreneur Julian Orley opens the first-ever hotel on the moon. But Orley Enterprises deals in more than space tourism—it also operates the world’s only space elevator, which in addition to allowing the very wealthy to play tennis on the lunar surface connects Earth with the moon and enables the transportation of helium-3, the fuel of the future, back to the planet. Julian has invited twenty-one of the world’s richest and most powerful individuals to sample his brand-new lunar accommodation, hoping to secure the finances for a second elevator.
 
On Earth, meanwhile, cybercop Owen Jericho is sent to Shanghai to find a young female hacker known as Yoyo, who’s been on the run since acquiring access to information that someone seems quite determined to keep quiet. As Jericho closes in on the girl and the conspiracy swirling around her, he finds mounting evidence that connects her to Julian Orley as well as to the entrepreneur’s many competitors and enemies. Soon, the detective realizes that the lunar junket to Orley’s hotel is in real and immediate danger.

Seoul Survivors – Naomi Foyle

Seoul Survivors – Naomi Foyle

A highly regarded poet and performer, Naomi Foyle has drawn on her time living in Korea to produce a detailed and fascinating debut that deals with love, betrayal and an impending apocalypse. A fast paced, riveting story set in an all-too-real dark near future, this is a character driven novel that is not for the faint-hearted.

According to the Mayan Calender the world as we know it is about to end – but despite the threat of impending eco-apocalypse, Sydney Travers, an impetuous blonde runaway, is determined to reinvent herself as a top hi-tec fashion model in Seoul. The glitzy Asian metropolis is also a haven for Damien Meadows, an inept drug smuggler and untrained English tutor desperate to buy a fake passport to the planet’s safest terrain. For Lee Mee Hee the road to the city is slick with tears: grieving the loss of her newborn son to famine, she lets a kind Foreign Aid medic smuggle her from North to South Korea in the bottom of a truck.

Assessing all three from a secluded mountain villa is Dr. Kim Da Mi, a maverick Korean-American bioengineer with a visionary scheme to redesign humanity and survive the coming catastrophe. Mee Hee and her fellow refugees are offered sanctuary – in return for signing up as surrogate mothers – but convincing prime Caucasian specimens Sydney and Damien to donate their DNA is a more complex procedure. Over a long hot summer, seduction bleeds into coercion and mutual betrayal, until Lucifer’s Hammer, the long prophesised meteor, nears the Earth and the ruthless forces backing Dr. Kim demand a sacrifice.

 

Gemsigns: Evolution Book 1 – Stephanie Saulter

A cracking debut full of thrills and twists, Stephanie Saulter has created an intriguing setting in a series that is loaded with promise. Gemsigns is a fast paced book that considers all manner of ethical issues from genetically modified humans and slavery to the environment and the economy all written in a sensitive and compelling prose.

gemsigns

For years the human race was under attack from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, Gems – the line between survival and ethics was radically altered.

Now the Gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves. And a conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the Gems is the key to that freedom.

But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.