Monday, April 07, 2008

Forbidden Planet Signing

Thanks to all at Forbidden Planet in Shaftesbury Avenue for having me there to sign some books. Blimey, occasionally there was even a queue forming (two people) but, as always, it’s not the number of people turning up on the day, but the huge stack of books I sign that disappears over the ensuing year. Whilst I was there Danie Ware got me to sign this odd thing (rather like an adipose from the recent Dr Who) called a Monqee (I’m guessing that calling it Monkey might result in a certain tea company getting annoyed). This object, currently being covered with signatures rather like the fat boy’s face in the the run-up to that ‘White’ series, is to be auctioned in aid of the Match it for Pratchett appeal You can find more about it on Danie’s blog here.

After the signing I as usual slipped off round to the Angel and drank far too much before staggering off home. It was all pretty enjoyable, though Sunday’s depressive post alcohol effects weren’t very nice at all. Thanks to Peter Lavery and Macmillan for buying some of my books at the shop to help replace the ones I didn’t receive! Nice also to have various members of my family along, Simon Kavanagh doing a passable impression of David Tennant, and Neil and Daniel too.

In a further note. The second picture here is for Jacko on the island of Crete. Yes, the pen you bought me served very well. Oh, also for Jon Courtenay Grimwood, whose SFX review is prominently displayed. Cheers!


daniel said...

wow you had a danie ware and a daniel ware go (me being the latter) - how weird is that?!

it was a great day :D thanks for inviting me along to the pub too - what time did you leave in the end? thankfully i avoided a hangover the next day. somehow.

can't wait for the next book (and signing) now! ;-)

Big Flub said...

I finished reading my copy of Line War last week and it was an excellent end to the series. I've got fresh copies of Africa Zero and The Engineer ReConditioned in my pile of stuff to read. I also have Shadow of the Scorpion preordered and I can't wait :)

What comes next?

Neal Asher said...

Daniel, that's weird.

We staggered off at about ten, and got home at about one. I'm still not feeling entirely with it right now.

big flub, next from Macmillan will be The Gabble and Other Stories (if you check back through this blog you'll find something about it) and I'm currently working on Orbus (follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech and also to be found somewhere here). Glad you enjoyed Line War!

Dave Robotham said...

I must say that Line War was grand. A rather great ending to the saga. Now to continue with the Engineer reconditioned (which I don't think takes place in the same future history as the polity).

I do have a question though regarding timelines... are the Spatterjay books set before or after the coramc books. Although I could probably work it out by refferencing the Prador War dates in each book.

Also I hope we meet Knobblar, Cutter and Bludgeon at the graveyard in Orbus.

Neal Asher said...

dave, check the next post.

Kirby Uber said...

i of course am still watiing for my signed copy from forbidden planet. ;p

rather like an adipose from the recent Dr Who

loved that episode! just watched it in digital format from a friend of a friend.

as an aside, i *need* that coat and suit tennant was wearing.


dave hutchinson said...

So that's what that white thing with all the writing on it was. Somehow, it seemed improper to ask.

Danacea said...

Thanks, Neal, for signing the MonQee and for the shoutout. Hope to se you back in the store soon!
Forbidden Planet

jon said...

I just finished Line War. The little war droids stole the show though :)

Shadow of the Scorpion seems just around the corner. Can't wait. I'd love to read something else from the world that Polly originates in from Cowl :)