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Descent by Ken MacLeod

DESCENT Ken MacLeod

Author of 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated Intrusion tells a science fiction story for the twenty-first century – what happens when conspiracy theorists meet Big Brother?
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THE LASCAR’S DAGGERGlenda Larke

The start of a brand new epic fantasy trilogy from the author of the Stormlord series – full of scheming, spying, action and adventure.
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Orbit Summer Signing Photos

Last Saturday dozens of fans descended on London’s Forbidden Planet to meet Tim Lebbon, Nicole Peeler, Simon Morden and Philip Palmer at our Orbit Summer Signing. For an hour the authors chatted with fans, signed books and – in Nicole Peeler’s case – received rather fancy gifts from generous readers.

At the after-show party (it was as glamorous as it sounds, honest) the beer and conversation flowed, and a fine time was had by the authors, editors and bloggers who attended.

Here are some photos of the day – if you missed it, don’t worry: there will a bigger, even better event next year!

  So awesome was this haul of books that it had to have two guards protecting it at all times. The copies of EQUATIONS OF LIFE (UK | US | ANZ) were deliberately placed at the front to lure people in with their hypnotic covers. Dastardly, we know.

The fantastic four, bracing themselves for the coming signing.

Tim Lebbon (or ‘Le Bon’ as the PA announcer repeatedly called him, to everyone’s amusement) and Simon Morden. Note the essential book-signing survival kit: water, tea, sharpie pens . . . and books.

Nicole Peeler, proudly showing the stylish new cover for TRACKING THE TEMPEST (UK | US | ANZ), and Philip Palmer. And moments later . . .

. . . the floodgates opened, and the book-signing action began.

Nicole chatting with a fan, while Philip remorselessly defaces a copy of HELL SHIP (UK | US | ANZ) in the background.

Jared from UK genre blog Pornokitsch telling Tim what a great book ECHO CITY (UK | ANZ) is. Tim already knows this, since he wrote it.

Signing books is a tiring business. Disaster almost struck when Tim fell asleep in the middle of scrawling his name.

Fortunately, the after-show party provided much needed liquid refreshment. Here, two gentlemen discuss how brilliant Simon Morden’s EQUATIONS OF LIFE is (it’s not yet been established whether this was a genuine conversation, or if they were lulled into a trance by the book’s hypnotic powers). 

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this event such a success! Roll on the Orbit Summer Signing 2012 . . .

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