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Cover reveal: Reach for Infinity!

Cover for Reach for Infinity
Reach for Infinity. Coming in June 2014 from Solaris Books! Click for larger!

It’s a long time till June 2014. That’s when Reach for Infinity, the third volume of what I’ve come to think of as the “Infinity Project” will be published by the totally brilliant team at Solaris Books. It follows on from Engineering Infinity and the Locus Award winning Edge of Infinity, and which I think will be a worthy successor to that book.

Where Edge focussed its attention on an industrialised pre-starflight Solar System, Reach concentrates on that period when we’re trying to get off Earth and into space. Stories aren’t due in until January, so it’ll be a while before I have a table of contents to announce or even a final lineup. I do have a list of people who have agreed to write for the book and some of their names appear on the incredible cover mockup that Solaris just sent me.  While the names are subject to change without notice, the cover design is final and Adam Tredowski‘s cover art is definitely the beez neez.  Hope you all love it as much as I do!

London

Too many things to think about right now.  It’s only two and a half months till I’m going to London to attend the 2013 World Fantasy Convention. I know the time’s going to fly by between now and then, and one thing I have to do is find an economical hotel solution.

While I’ll be in Brighton from Oct 30 till November 4 staying at the convention hotel, I haven’t settled on where I’ll be staying from Oct 24 (when I arrive) through to Oct 30, when I expect to head down to Brighton. The plan is to travel to Brighton with Ellen Klages and Gary Wolfe, and definitely to see other friends who’ll be in town (Garth, Sean etc), but where to stay? Any recommendations for reasonable London accommodation?

On “Year in Review” panels and me….

Panels. If you have ever attended a science fiction or fantasy convention you’ll be familiar with them. In an ideal world a panel is a discussion that lasts for 45 minutes to an hour during which a group of informed people circle around a topic of interest nominated by the convention programming committee.

Some panels, of course, are less than ideal. Some run too long; some suffer from lack of organisation or chemistry. Sometimes panellists don’t always gel or interact in an ideal manner. And there are other issues. Who should or should not be on a panel? What are good topics? Should panels have moderators? How long should a panel be? Should the list of panellists be gender-balanced? All of these are interesting and worthy of discussion, but they’re not what I’m interested in here.

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo
Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo

I have been listening to a little new music of late, much of it highlighted to me by the ever curious and interesting James Bradley. In addition to getting me reading fascinating books about the Third Golden Age of Television, he pointed out this recording of Ola Gjiello’s choral works to me a few weeks ago. Floating, ethereal and gorgeous, it’s been the perfect start to more than a few stressful days, and has made focussing on work a lot easier. I’m almost sorry I bought this one on iTiunes, as I may need the SACD. Beautiful, and recommended.

Tuesday morning

I was struck down by a virus in the second half of last week. I’m still not over it, but in the interests of perpetuating myths about the evolution of manflu, I just wanted to let you all know that I feel pretty lousy but have come to work anyway. This is mostly because I have a paper that I’m overdue on and have to finish, and there was no way I was going to get it done at home. Yesterday both daughters were home sick too and, while they behaved well, it was pretty much your standard cavalcade of not-fun.

So, what has been happening? Well, for a start this site seems to be the target of malicious or mischievous attention. It’s been brought down three times in the past month or two, and I get constant “File Change Warnings” from WordPress. This ate up time that I don’t really have, guttingIf and reinstalling WordPress, hardening security etc. Frustratingly, I’m not sure it’s helped. If this continues I may need to just flush WordPress altogether and move to another problem, which I think will cause issues with the podcast. We shall see, though. In further “I don’t really have time for this” news, both the Wii and the girl’s computer had operating problems. sigh. Oh, and the replacement iPad 2.0 died, so I spent a chunk of Friday evening restoring content to iPad 2.3, wihch is far fiddlier than it ought to be.

There were some good things, though. On Saturday morning I recorded the next episode of the Coode Street Podcast with Gary and special guests Ellen Klages and Andy Duncan. We had a fun conversation, and beforehand Gary, Ellen and I spent a bit of time discussing London holiday plans. The podcast will go live this coming weekend. I then went with the family to the local mall. This was a mistake, as I was mostly miserable and sick. Sunday I did very little, and the same for Monday. I spent too much time watching TV, including the latest Ashes Test,  a rewatch of The West Wing (always great!), the first episode of Primeval (Connie Willis loves this, but…), and the latest ep of The Newsroom (it’s not The West Wing, but it’s ok).

I am reading, though not as much as I should. I’ve started Sofia Samatar’s quite lovely A Stranger in Olondria, which I’m reading as prep for a possible podcast, as well as Brett Martin’s Difficult Men, a terrific book about recent TV recommended to me by James Bradley, a pile of magazines and Kate Bernheimer’s new anthology. Oh, and I’m trying out some new sound gear for the office, daydreaming about redecorating, drafting some cover text for Reach for Infinity, and a few other things. Busy times. Sometimes I think I need an intern.

Plans for this week? Well, find a hotel for London, catch-up on Asimov’s and Analog (both are on my too read pile), work on the structure for Best of the Year 8, chase up stories for Subterranean 2, and send out reminders to the Fearsome Magic contributors. Somewhere in there I also need to decide on a bunch of other details, but that’s enough for this update. Onwards into the week!