Eastercon 2020 Launch Party that wasn’t

Due to COVID-19 our book launch party at Eastercon couldn’t take place. Instead we’ve arranged a virtual book launch.

Cover by Alison and Sofia Buck
Artwork: Tony Allcock
Cover artwork: Alison Buck
Cover: PR Pope


See this page for details.

COVID-19 Impact

While we all prepare for an uncertain future, as Gaia fights back against humanity’s mismanagement of the planet, we need to make some plans and cancel others. We are lucky, here at Elsewhen Press, that we mostly work from home anyway; and spending much of our time with writers and artists we are used to dealing with social isolation 😉

As we have mentioned in previous newsletters, over the next few weeks we were planning on being at: Eastercon in Birmingham, in April; Satellite 7 in Glasgow, in May; and Cymera in Edinburgh, in June. All of those plans are now up in the air to say the least. Cymera has already been cancelled. Satellite have just announced that they’re postponing to next February. Eastercon hasn’t (yet?) been cancelled.

Already a number of our authors and readers have decided not to attend Eastercon, even if it is not officially cancelled. We were supposed to be having a launch party for four titles (Overstrike, Working Weekend, Shadow and Storm, Million Eyes) and at least two of the authors have already told us they won’t be able to attend. With the latest increase in virus activity and government advice, we are now self-isolating. We are just short of the ‘at risk’ age range, but are concerned about underlying health issues. Eastercon is now less than 3 weeks away, so we have made the decision not to attend, even if it goes ahead. This is a huge disappointment for us, our authors and (hopefully) our readers and potential readers. We have already informed the Eastercon committee.

We are investigating options for virtual book launches online and will keep you informed.

To our authors we have said: keep safe, keep writing (self-isolation is just another working day for a writer!), keep sane 🙂

To our readers we say: sorry, we are currently unable to directly fulfil orders for printed copies so we will have them fulfilled by our printer and despatched by them – which may take a little longer than usual. But, of course, our books are all available as (virus-free) ebooks from your favourite ebook platforms (and cheaper too). So if you haven’t tried an eBook before, now would be a good opportunity. You don’t need an eReader, there are free eReading apps for desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones from each of the different book retailers. And keep safe.

Unity of Seven launch at Mancunicon

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Also at Mancunicon, on Easter Sunday in fact, we had a launch party for Unity of Seven, the third volume in the Evil Above the Stars series by Peter R. Ellis.

Peter gave a brief overview of the main character of the series, September Weekes, with a hint at what had happened in the first two volumes. He gave a little background about the other land, Gwlad, where September has been combating evil and set the scene for Unity of Seven in which some of the story also takes place in Wales. He then read a few short extracts to help the audience better understand the characters of September and Malice as well as some of the locations.



Peter R. Ellis reading from Unity of Seven at the launch
Peter R. Ellis reading from Unity of Seven at the launch

Peter R. Ellis launching Unity of Seven at Mancunicon
Peter R. Ellis launching Unity of Seven at Mancunicon


Peter will be reading from Unity of Seven at the Great Oak Bookshop in Llanidloes on Friday 1st April and he will be hosting a Myth and Magic in Mid-Wales event in June which also includes a walk around some of the sites mentioned in the book.

 

Existence is Elsewhen launch at Mancunicon

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

Over the Easter weekend, the Manchester Hilton Deansgate was taken over by Eastercon (known this year as Mancunicon). Among the various panels and events was our launch of Existence is Elsewhen. Of the twenty authors of stories in this (excellent and wonderfully imaginative) anthology, nine were at Mancunicon, along with Alison who designed the cover and the fleurons inside the book. We held a launch party in the Presidential Suite on the 22nd floor.



View from 22nd floor at launch of Existence is Elsewhen just before sunset
View from 22nd floor at launch of Existence is Elsewhen just before sunset

We were supposed to start at sunset, but got underway a little late – but we still had good views out over the city. Each of the authors present read a short extract from their own story – just enough to whet the appetite of the audience who were very attentive, in spite of (or perhaps thanks to) the wine and beer that was also being consumed. And of course there were flying saucers to be eaten as well as small chocolate eggs.

View from the 22nd floor at the Launch of Existence is Elsewhen after sunset
View from the 22nd floor at the Launch of Existence is Elsewhen after sunset


Pete started with an introduction and then read Christopher Nuttall’s extract from The Girl in Black for him, as Christopher was busy soothing his one-year old who had just decided he didn’t like the room being so full.

Pete reading from Christopher Nuttall's The Girl in Black at the Existence is Elsewhen launch (while Christopher was busy trying to soothe his one-year old son outside the room!)
Pete reading from Christopher Nuttall’s The Girl in Black at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
(while Christopher was busy trying to soothe his one-year old son outside the room!)


Siobhan McVeigh read from her story Face the Music:

Siobhan McVeigh reading from Face the Music at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Siobhan McVeigh reading from Face the Music at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Susan Oke read from her story Hide and Hunt:

Susan Oke reading from Hide and Hunt at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Susan Oke reading from Hide and Hunt at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Peter R. Ellis read from his story In the bleak Long Winter:

Peter R. Ellis reading from In the bleak Long Winter at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Peter R. Ellis reading from In the bleak Long Winter at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Dave Weaver read from his story The Copy:

Dave Weaver reading from The Copy at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Dave Weaver reading from The Copy at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


J.A. Christy read from her story Inside and Out™ V.5:

J.A. Christy reading from Inside and Out™ V.5 at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
J.A. Christy reading from Inside and Out™ V.5 at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Tej Turner read from his story The Last Days:

Tej Turner reading from The Last Days at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Tej Turner reading from The Last Days at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Edwin Hayward read from his story Ambrosia:

Edwin Hayward reading from Ambrosia at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Edwin Hayward reading from Ambrosia at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Andy McKell read from his story Homo Sapiens Inferior:

Andy McKell reading from Homo Sapiens Inferior at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Andy McKell reading from Homo Sapiens Inferior at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Everybody had a good time, authors and audience alike. It was a very pleasant start to Saturday evening!

 

Mancunicon, Easter 2016

Really looking forward to Mancunicon – the 67th British National Science Fiction Convention. 67? It’s older than me!

If you don’t have tickets, already – too late! Remember to book early for 2017’s Con!

To everyone else… I’m always happy to chat over a beer or a coffee. Say “Hi” if you see me there. And I will see you at the Elsewhen book launches – Saturday 18:30 and Sunday 14:30, Presidential Suite.

 

Elsewhen Press launches new science fiction and fantasy titles at Eastercon in Heathrow

Launch events over Easter weekend for the latest in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm series, The Janus Cycle debut novel by author Tej Turner and the first two volumes in new Epic Fantasy series Evil Above the Stars by Peter R. Ellis

DARTFORD, KENT – 3 April 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is thrilled to announce that this weekend’s Eastercon (aka Dysprosium 2015) will play host to launch events for the latest titles in the ever-expanding Elsewhen Press catalogue. As well as the official launch events, the authors will be taking part in various other activities throughout the Eastercon Convention, which is being held at the Park Inn Hotel at Heathrow.

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Christopher Nuttall’s Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans is the latest instalment in his best-selling Bookworm series. The first in the series, Bookworm, won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House for publication in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (with the title Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende). Released first as an eBook in February, Bookworm III immediately reached the top 10 in Amazon’s Fantasy bestseller charts in the US, UK, Germany and Australia.



The Janus Cycle cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck

Tej Turner’s The Janus Cycle is his debut novel, combining uncompromising realism with fantastic elements in a book that is simultaneously urban fantasy and science fiction. Best described as gritty, sexy and surreal, it tells the stories of eight different people who only have the Janus nightclub in common. But a strange girl keeps appearing to each of the protagonists to cajole them into being at Janus at the same time. Is she a mischief- maker having fun or, as some of them start to suspect, a time-traveller trying to prevent an impending disaster?



Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Peter R. Ellis’s Evil Above the Stars is an intriguing new fantasy series set in a world that seems at once familiar and yet very different, combining Celtic mythology, the underlying principles of alchemy and Ptolemaic cosmology. Gwlad, the Land, is an almost mystical place where the planets really do revolve around the Earth, the power of the four elements is tangible and the people are under attack by an evil, known as the Malevolence. September Weekes is a teenage girl who finds herself transported to Gwlad and expected to defend the inhabitants.

Eastercon sees the launch of the print editions of these books, available from good booksellers.


Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his seventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

About Tej Turner

Tej TurnerTej Turner has just begun branching out as a writer and been published in anthologies, including Impossible Spaces (Hic Dragones Press) and The Bestiarum Vocabulum (Western Legends).

His parents moved around a bit while he was growing up so he doesn’t have any particular place he calls “home”, but most of his developing years were spent in the West country of England. He went on to Trinity College in Carmarthen to study Film and Creative Writing, and then later to complete an MA at The University of Wales, Lampeter, where he minored in ancient history but mostly focused on sharpening his writing skills.

Tej has just returned from backpacking his way across Asia, gallivanting around Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nepal. When not trekking through jungles or exploring temples, reefs, and caves, he is usually based in Cardiff, where he works by day, writes by moonlight, and squeezes in the occasional trip to roam around megalithic sites and the British countryside. The next time he has enough money he will be flying off on another adventure. The Janus Cycle is his first published novel. He is currently engaged in writing an epic fantasy series.

About Peter R. Ellis

Peter R. EllisPeter would like to say he’s been a writer all his life but it is only since retiring as a teacher in 2010 that he has been able to devote enough time to writing to call it a career. Brought up in Cardiff, he studied Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught chemistry (and a bit of physics) in Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. His first experience of publishing was in writing educational materials which he has continued to do since retiring. Of his fictional writing, Evil Above the Stars is his first published speculative fiction series.

Peter has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he was young, has an (almost) complete collection of classic SF by Asimov, Ballard, Clarke, Heinlein and Niven, among others, while also enjoying fantasy by Tolkien, Donaldson and Ursula Le Guin. Of more recent authors Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds and China Mieville have his greatest respect. His Welsh upbringing also engendered a love of the language (even though he can’t speak it) and of Welsh mythology like the Mabinogion. All these strands come together in the Evil Above the Stars series. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife, Alison, who is a great supporter.

 

Dysprosium – Eastercon 2015

Elsewhen PressWe are excited to announce that we will be at this year’s Eastercon – Dysprosium 2015 at the Park Inn in Heathrow. Instead of one large Dealers’ Room, there will be a number of smaller rooms and we have secured a whole room to ourselves 😉
It’s syndicate room 13, but we’re not at all superstitious, so we’re sure it will be okay (touch wood).

That means we will be able to offer our own programme events. We will be announcing more details soon, but for starters we will be launching the following books in paperback during Dysprosium:

The Janus Cycle cover imageArtwork: Alison BuckArtwork: Alison BuckArtwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Book launches at Eastercon

Launch at Eastercon March 31 2013. Ira Nayman and Dave Weaver with Elsewhen Press factotum Pete
Launch at Eastercon March 31 2013.
Ira Nayman and Dave Weaver with Elsewhen Press factotum Pete

While all sensible people were tucking in to chocolate eggs last weekend, we were in Bradford at Eastercon. On the Sunday afternoon Ira Nayman and Dave Weaver launched the print editions of their books, starting with a reading each and followed by signings. All those present seemed to enjoy the event, perhaps helped by the odd glass of wine (?)