I was in London on Thursday as Forbidden Planet had another of their mega signings bringing together five Gollancz authors: David Devereux, Paul McAuley, Justina Robson, Adam Roberts, Chris Wooding all there signing their new books.

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Strangely I only spoke to Adam Roberts and Chris Wooding. I was too shy to speak to Paul McAuley as I’m stuck on a detail in The Quiet War and didn’t want to look like an idiot by having to ask him about it… David Devereux was being amazingly charming and Karen was having a big fangirl moment with Justina.

I had my own fanboy moment asking Adam Roberts to sign a copy of Stone, it has the best narrator and central character ever. He talks to a rock. And the tale he tells is amazing. I also got him to sign a copy of I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story For Christmas, which he promised would enhance my sense of the joy of Christmas no end.

I also got a copy of Retribution  Falls signed. And after I told him that Liz had been bigging him up and this is what he wrote:

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I love it!

I also had a good chat about dragons with Stephen Deas as well as talking maps, bitch fights and the King of Crags (I think that a fight could have broken out over the only proof of that in the pub afterward…)

There was also some discussion of covers… but that’s getting a little old to go into again…

It was great to meet everyone and if I start naming them I’m going to forget people and that’ll just make me feel bad. If you can go to any signing in Forbidden Planet they are usually, though there is the Del Toro effect, small enough to be intimate but not quiet.

That’s enough with the Gollancz promo me thinks as exciting as it was.

I was late to the event as I grabbed some time with one of the lovely people from Orbit before I went.

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So they have some fab books out around now too like the final books in both Charlie Huston Joe Pitt and Pamela Freeman’s Casting Trilogy series. I’m guilty to be being one book behind on both.

I got an ARC copy of Mr Shiver:

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What’s it about?

It is the time of the Great Depression. The dustbowl has turned the western skies red and thousands leave their homes seeking a better life. Marcus Connelly seeks not a new life, but a death – a death for the mysterious scarred man who murdered his daughter. And soon he learns that he is not alone. Countless others have lost someone to the scarred man. They band together to track him, but as they get closer, Connelly begins to suspect that the man they are hunting is more than human. As the pursuit becomes increasingly desperate, Connelly must decide just how much he is willing to sacrifice to get his revenge.

How cool does that sound?

Something that’s very brutal is a book I was reading on the way up:

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It’s been getting plenty of good reviews but what I didn’t realise was that it was a very well researched story as well. Loved the opening. It’s looking good.

If you’re on Twitter you’d hopefully have seen some cool stuff coming out of the offices of Tor UK. Here is a sample:

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An ARC that was just amazing when it arrived was:

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Hyddenworld: Spring is by William Horwood. Now I’m going to show ignorance but  I couldn’t see what was so exciting about it until I chatted to Graeme (of Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review – that’s a link to his post on the above event BTW)

Now a look at Angry Robot Books , who have a great trailer for Servant of the Underworld by Aliette De Bodard.

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Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, high priest, must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. But how do you find someone, living or dead, in a world where blood sacrifices are an everyday occurrence and the very gods stalk the streets?

And I’ve just seen this fabulous cover for The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

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A brilliant criminal stalks the streets of London. Scotland Yard is on his trail. But how can the city remain safe when every book is a potential weapon?

Yay steampunk!

And  finally fabulous cover for the new new book from my favorite writer of the last ten years. The Sword of Avalon by Mark Chadbourn (via Speculative Horizons):

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Now there is some interesting stuff behind this one. I’m a big Chadbourn fan so I had a dilemma as the US version called (The Silver Skull) is out first and out now. But Mark is asking his UK fans to wait for the UK version. So I am. Doesn’t stop me showing off the cover. The book is out in the UK 1 April 2010.

The book features Will Swyfte who if you’ve read Kingdom of the Spiders or Solaris Book of Fantasy you’ll have met before.