Events

Aug
16
Sat
2014
The Rhymer – launch at Loncon3 @ Loncon 3
Aug 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Palimpsest derived from photos of Leonardo’s work by Janaka Dharmasena/shutterstock.com Original artwork by Alison Buck
Palimpsest derived from photos of Leonardo’s work by Janaka Dharmasena /shutterstock.com
Original artwork by Alison Buck

We will be launching the print edition of Douglas Thompson’s latest novel The Rhymer, an Heredyssey, during Loncon 3. In fact, Saturday lunchtime (16th August) in the Book Launch section of the Library in the Fan Village at 13:30. So if you’re going to be at Loncon 3 (the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, in case you don’t already know!) come and join us for a drink, to hear Douglas do a bit of a reading, buy a copy and get him to sign it.Douglas Thompson

Sep
19
Fri
2014
Future Perfect publication as an eBook
Sep 19 all-day
Future Perfect cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck

Katrina Mountfort’s first novel, Future Perfect, the first book in the Blueprint trilogy, will be published in an eBook edition on the 19th September 2014.

The Blueprint trilogy takes us to a future in which men and women are almost identical, and personal relationships are forbidden. Following a bio-terrorist attack, the population now lives within comfortable Citidomes. MindValues advocate acceptance and non-attachment. The BodyPerfect cult encourages a tall thin androgynous appearance, and looks are everything.

A dark undercurrent runs through Future Perfect: the enforcement of conformity through fear, the fostering of distorted and damaging attitudes towards forbidden love, manipulation of appearance and even the definition of beauty. This book will appeal to both an adult and young adult audience.

Future Perfect will be available in popular eBook formats from all good eBook retailers.

Dec
11
Thu
2014
Launch of Future Perfect in Saffron Walden @ Intelligent Penguin
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Future Perfect cover imageKatrina MountfortKatrina Mountfort will be launching her debut novel Future Perfect on the evening of December 11th in Saffron Walden at Intelligent Penguin in Gold Street.

Future Perfect is the first book in the Blueprint Trilogy which takes us to a future in which men and women are almost identical, and personal relationships are forbidden. Following a bio-terrorist attack, the population now lives within comfortable Citidomes. MindValues advocate acceptance and non-attachment. The BodyPerfect cult encourages a tall thin androgynous appearance, and looks are everything. A dark undercurrent runs through the trilogy: the enforcement of conformity through fear, the fostering of distorted and damaging attitudes towards forbidden love, manipulation of appearance and even the definition of beauty. Join Katrina to celebrate the launch of her book with a drink, hear a reading, buy a copy and have it signed! What better way to spend a December evening?

It’s also worth saying a big thank you to Intelligent Penguin, a digital agency, who offered the use of their venue in exchange for a donation to a charity of Katrina’s choice. In keeping with the themes of the book, Katrina chose Beat, a charity providing helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.

 

Apr
9
Thu
2015
theDark shall do what Light cannot — publication as eBook
Apr 9 – Apr 10 all-day

the Dark shall do what Light cannot, the latest novel from Sanem Ozdural and the second in the LiGa series, will be published in an eBook edition on the 10th April 2015.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

There is a place called Pera which lies beyond the Light Veil, on the other side of reality. There are light trees there that eat sunlight and bear fruit which, in turn, lights up and energises (literally) the community of Pera. There are light birds that glitter in the night because they have eaten the seed of the lightberry. The House of Light and Dark, which is the domain of the Sun and her brother, Twilight, welcomes all creatures living in Pera. But in the midst of all the glitter, laughter and the songs, it must be remembered that the lightberry is poisonous to the non-Pera born, and the Land is afraid when the Sun retreats, for it is then that Twilight walks the streets…

With some of the characters that we originally met in LiGa™, Sanem Ozdural’s first novel, the Dark shall do what Light cannot transports us from New York to the colourful and wonderful world of Pera. On the way we meet the pirate Patron and her ship the Flying Fish, the only one that can sail through the Light Veil; Orion (Imm.), the Hunter, respected by some and feared by others; and Shadow, the formidable soul of Pera.

the Dark shall do what Light cannot will be available in popular eBook formats from all good eBook retailers.

 

Jul
26
Sun
2015
theDark shall do what Light cannot — publication in paperback
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

the Dark shall do what Light cannot, the latest novel from Sanem Ozdural and the second in the LiGa series, will be published in a paperback edition on the 27th July 2015.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

There is a place called Pera which lies beyond the Light Veil, on the other side of reality. There are light trees there that eat sunlight and bear fruit which, in turn, lights up and energises (literally) the community of Pera. There are light birds that glitter in the night because they have eaten the seed of the lightberry. The House of Light and Dark, which is the domain of the Sun and her brother, Twilight, welcomes all creatures living in Pera. But in the midst of all the glitter, laughter and the songs, it must be remembered that the lightberry is poisonous to the non-Pera born, and the Land is afraid when the Sun retreats, for it is then that Twilight walks the streets…

With some of the characters that we originally met in LiGa™, Sanem Ozdural’s first novel, the Dark shall do what Light cannot transports us from New York to the colourful and wonderful world of Pera. On the way we meet the pirate Patron and her ship the Flying Fish, the only one that can sail through the Light Veil; Orion (Imm.), the Hunter, respected by some and feared by others; and Shadow, the formidable soul of Pera.

the Dark shall do what Light cannot has also been available in popular eBook formats since 10th April.

 

Aug
6
Thu
2015
SmartYellow™ publication as eBook
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

SmartYellow™, the first speculative fiction novel from J.A. Christy, will be published in an eBook edition on the 7th August 2015. A worryingly plausible and chilling glimpse into an alternate Britain where, for the sake of order and for the benefit of more fortunate members of society, those seen as socially undesirable are marked with SmartYellow™, making it easier for them to be controlled and maintained in a state of fruitless inactivity.

Artwork: Leosaysays
Artwork: Leosaysays

SmartYellow™ is the story of a young girl, Katrina Williams, who finds herself on the wrong side of social services. After becoming pregnant with only a slight notion of the father’s identity, she is disowned by her parents and goes to live on a social housing estate. Before long she is being bullied by a gang involved in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Seeking help from the authorities she is persuaded to return to the estate to work as part of Operation Schrödinger, alongside a surveillance specialist. But she soon realises that Operation Schrödinger is not what it seems.

Exploring themes of social inequity and scientific responsibility, J.A. Christy’s first speculative fiction novel leads her heroine Katrina to understand how probability, hope and empathy play a huge part in the flow of life and are absent in the stagnation of mere survival. As readers we also start to question how we would know if the power of the State to support and care for the weak had become corrupted into the oppression of all those who do not fit society’s norms.

SmartYellow™ will be available in popular eBook formats from all good eBook retailers.

 

Sep
3
Thu
2015
Forbidden Alliance publication as eBook
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Forbidden Alliance, the second book in Katrina Mountfort’s Blueprint trilogy, will be published in an eBook edition on the 4th September 2015. In the Blueprint future, men and women are almost identical and personal relationships are forbidden.

Artwork: Alex Storer
Artwork: Alex Storer

In Forbidden Alliance, more than sixteen years have passed since the events of Future Perfect, when Caia and Mac, now renamed Cathy and Michael, fled their oppressive lives in the Citidome. But the plight of those who remained behind is never far from their minds.

Cathy and Michael now have three children. But for Cathy, village life is no longer idyllic. While Michael is famed as the leader of the Alliance of Outside Communities, she is left holding the baby. When a chance arises for her to fulfil her potential, will she make the right choices? Michael, however, is too preoccupied to notice Cathy’s personal struggles. Heightened security in the Citidomes has resulted in fewer escapees, a shortage of young farmers and a depleted gene pool in the village. While Michael unveils his most audacious plan yet to liberate rebels from the Citidomes, will his devotion to the cause cost him the love of his wife and daughter? And will his plan endanger his life, as well as those of his allies?

Forbidden Alliance is also the story of Cathy and Michael’s sixteen year-old daughter Joy. Fiercely intelligent but with limited career options, she fights against the future her father has planned for her: marriage to village boy Matt. Forbidden from seeing Harry, the nomadic canal-dwelling boy she has loved since childhood, she finds friendship from an unexpected source: BodyPerfect ex-citizen Ryan, whose perfect Citidome looks are less than perfect in the outside world. And her illusions about life in the Citidomes are about to be shattered.

In addition to the issues explored in Future Perfect, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions, including those of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good.

Forbidden Alliance will be available in popular eBook formats from all good eBook retailers.

 

Nov
14
Sat
2015
SmartYellow™ publication in paperback
Nov 14 all-day

SmartYellow™, the first speculative fiction novel from J.A. Christy, will be published in paperback on the 14th November 2015. A worryingly plausible and chilling glimpse into an alternate Britain where, for the sake of order and for the benefit of more fortunate members of society, those seen as socially undesirable are marked with SmartYellow™, making it easier for them to be controlled and maintained in a state of fruitless inactivity.

Artwork: Leosaysays
Artwork: Leosaysays

SmartYellow™ is the story of a young girl, Katrina Williams, who finds herself on the wrong side of social services. After becoming pregnant with only a slight notion of the father’s identity, she is disowned by her parents and goes to live on a social housing estate. Before long she is being bullied by a gang involved in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Seeking help from the authorities she is persuaded to return to the estate to work as part of Operation Schrödinger, alongside a surveillance specialist. But she soon realises that Operation Schrödinger is not what it seems.

Exploring themes of social inequity and scientific responsibility, J.A. Christy’s first speculative fiction novel leads her heroine Katrina to understand how probability, hope and empathy play a huge part in the flow of life and are absent in the stagnation of mere survival. As readers we also start to question how we would know if the power of the State to support and care for the weak had become corrupted into the oppression of all those who do not fit society’s norms.

SmartYellow™ has been available in popular eBook formats since the 7th August.

 

SmartYellow™ – Launch party @ Novacon 45
Nov 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

If you’re going to be at Novacon 45 in Nottingham over the weekend of the 14/15th November, come and join us for our party on Saturday evening and also for our three book launches over the weekend.

Artwork: Leosaysays
Artwork: Leosaysays
jacavatarOn Saturday afternoon from 2-3 in the Downstairs Bar we’ll be launching SmartYellow™ by J A Christy. This offers a worryingly plausible and chilling glimpse into an alternate Britain. For the sake of order and for the benefit of more fortunate members of society, those seen as socially undesirable are marked with SmartYellow™, making it easier for them to be controlled and maintained in a state of fruitless inactivity. Writer, J A Christy, turns an understanding and honest eye not only onto the weak, who have failed to cope with life, but also onto those who ruthlessly exploit them for their own ends. At times tense and threatening, at times tender and insightful, SmartYellow™ is a rewarding and thought-provoking read.

As well as drinks and books, J A Christy will be there to read from and sign copies of her book.

Nov
15
Sun
2015
Forbidden Alliance – Launch party @ Novacon 45
Nov 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you’re going to be at Novacon 45 in Nottingham over the weekend of the 14/15th November, come and join us for our party on Saturday evening and also for our three book launches over the weekend.

Artwork: Alex Storer
Artwork: Alex Storer
Katrina MountfortOn Sunday morning from 11-12 in the Downstairs Bar we’ll be launching Forbidden Alliance by Katrina Mountfort. This is the second book in the Blueprint trilogy that takes us to a future in which men and women are almost identical, and personal relationships are forbidden. More than sixteen years have passed since Caia and Mac, now renamed Cathy and Michael, fled their oppressive lives in the Citidome in Future Perfect (the first of the trilogy), although the plight of those who remain behind is never far from their minds. In addition to the issues explored in the first book, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions, including those of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good.

Along with the drinks and books, Katrina will be on hand to read from her book and sign copies. What’s more there’ll be Parma Violets (Katrina’s favourite – so please come along to stop her from eating them all).

Nov
16
Mon
2015
Forbidden Alliance publication in paperback
Nov 16 all-day

Forbidden Alliance, the second book in Katrina Mountfort’s Blueprint trilogy, will be published in paperback on the 16th November 2015. In the Blueprint future, men and women are almost identical and personal relationships are forbidden.

Artwork: Alex Storer
Artwork: Alex Storer

In Forbidden Alliance, more than sixteen years have passed since the events of Future Perfect, when Caia and Mac, now renamed Cathy and Michael, fled their oppressive lives. But the plight of those who remain in the Citidomes is never far from their minds.

Cathy and Michael now have three children and their Citidome life is a distant memory. But for Cathy, village life is no longer idyllic. While Michael is famed as the leader of the Alliance of Outside Communities, she is left holding the baby. When a chance arises for her to fulfil her potential, will she make the right choices? Michael, however, is too preoccupied to notice Cathy’s personal struggles. Heightened security in the Citidomes has resulted in fewer escapees, a shortage of young farmers and a depleted gene pool in the village. While Michael unveils his most audacious plan yet to liberate rebels from the Citidomes, will his devotion to the cause cost him the love of his wife and daughter? And will his plan endanger his life, as well as those of his allies?

Forbidden Alliance is also the story of Cathy and Michael’s sixteen year-old daughter Joy. Fiercely intelligent but with limited career options, she fights against the future her father has planned for her: marriage to village boy Matt. Forbidden from seeing Harry, the nomadic canal-dwelling boy she has loved since childhood, she finds friendship from an unexpected source: BodyPerfect ex-citizen Ryan, whose perfect Citidome looks are less than perfect in the outside world. And her illusions about life in the Citidomes are about to be shattered.

In addition to the issues explored in Future Perfect, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions, including those of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good.

Forbidden Alliance has been available in popular eBook formats since the 4th September.

 

Mar
18
Fri
2016
Existence is Elsewhen publication as eBook
Mar 18 all-day
Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

Existence is Elsewhen, our fantastic new anthology is available from 18th March 2016 as an eBook. It will be published in print on 25th March 2016, and launched at Mancunicon.

The title, Existence is Elsewhen, paraphrases the last sentence of André Breton’s 1924 Manifesto of Surrealism, perfectly summing up the intent behind this anthology of stories from a wonderful collection of authors. Different worlds… different times. It’s what Elsewhen Press has been about since we launched our first title in 2011.

In Existence is Elsewhen we present twenty science fiction stories for you to enjoy, one from each of the following twenty great authors:

Mar
25
Fri
2016
Elsewhen Press at Mancunicon @ Mancunicon
Mar 25 – Mar 28 all-day

MancuniconElsewhen PressWe will be at Mancunicon, this year’s Eastercon in Manchester. It’s in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel, and over the weekend we’re holding two book launches in the Presidential Suite on the 22nd floor – our great new anthology Existence is Elsewhen on Saturday evening and Peter R. Ellis’ Unity of Seven on Sunday afternoon. Come and join us for a drink at the launch parties, and say hello if you see us around and about (we’ll be wearing our Elsewhen Press t-shirts!)

Also look out for our authors, no fewer than twelve will be at Mancunicon: Alison Buck, J.A. Christy, Peter R. Ellis, Rebecca Hall, Edwin Hayward, Andy McKell, Siobhan McVeigh, Christopher Nuttall, Susan Oke, James Starling, Zoë Sumra, Tej Turner, Dave Weaver. Catch some of them at panels too…
 
Tej Turner:
Friday 19:00, Diversity in UK SF: Why are we lagging?
Saturday 16:00, Anime
Saturday 20:30, Queering Heroic Fantasy
Monday 13:00, Sense8
 
Peter R. Ellis:
Saturday 13:00, Balancing the Creative Life
 
Zoë Sumra
Sunday 17:30, Historical Fiction and Fanfiction

 

Mar
26
Sat
2016
Existence is Elsewhen launch party @ Mancunicon
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

At this year’s Eastercon in Manchester, we will be launching our new anthology Existence is Elsewhen. With twenty stories from twenty great authors this is a fantastic science fiction anthology. Come and join us at the launch party in the Presidential Suite on the 22nd floor of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, with a spectacular view over Manchester. Nine of the twenty authors will be joining us: J.A. Christy, Peter R. Ellis, Edwin Hayward, Andy McKell, Siobhan McVeigh, Christopher Nuttall, Susan Oke, Tej Turner, Dave Weaver.


The stories in Existence is Elsewhen are:

Nov
12
Sat
2016
Freedom’s Prisoners – Launch party @ Novacon 46
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If you’re going to be at Novacon 46 in Nottingham over the weekend of the 12/13th November, come and join us for the launch of Freedom’s Prisoners.

Artwork: Alex Storer
Artwork: Alex Storer
Katrina MountfortOn Saturday afternoon from 5-6pm in the Downstairs Bar we’ll be launching Freedom’s Prisoners by Katrina Mountfort. This is the third book in the Blueprint trilogy that takes us to a future in which men and women are almost identical, and personal relationships are forbidden. Tensions have escalated since the breakout. Michael and his army of rebels may have won the first battle in their fight against the Citidome authorities, but can they win a war? The Citidomes are fighting back and no-one is safe any more as RotorFighters rain down fire on defenceless villages destroying them and their inhabitants. Freedom’s Prisoners explores betrayal, guilt, hope and endurance in an explosive conclusion to the Blueprint trilogy.

Along with the drinks and books, Katrina will be on hand to read from her book and sign copies.
 

May
21
Sun
2017
Sanem Ozdural – Readathon Day, Pirates Alley, New Orleans @ Faulkner House
May 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Sanem OzduralOn Saturday May 21st from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, Sanem Ozdural, author of LiGa™ and the Dark shall do what Light cannot will be one of four authors taking part in the Faulkner Society’s Readathon featuring Authors of New Novels. She would love to see you there. If you’re thinking of going, contact The Faulkner Society beforehand (click email above, details on the ‘e-vite’ below).



LiGa™ cover
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck



Read-A-Thon New Orleans

Sep
28
Thu
2017
Elsewhen Press at FantasyCon 2017 @ The Bull Hotel, Peterborough
Sep 28 – Oct 1 all-day