National Space Centre

 

A quick reminder that I’ll be talking about Railhead/Black Light Express at Leicester’s National Space Centre on Saturday 18th November as part of Leicester University’s Literary Leicester festival. Tickets are free and can be booked here. If you want to make a day of it, author Alastair Reynolds will be giving a talk about Mars in fiction and reality at 3pm. (And there’s the space centre to explore too,of course, though you have to pay as normal for admission to that.)

I’ll also presenting awards to the winners of a short story competition which the National Space Centre are running. The winning stories are being posted online here. There are some very impressive ones, and I’m looking forward to meeting their authors!

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Black Light Express (and ‘Railhead Three’)

Black Light Express, the second volume in the Railhead trilogy, is out now as a paperback in the UK, published by Oxford University Press, cover illustrations by Ian McQue, and available in all good bookshops…

…and it’s also available as a hardback from all good bookstores in the USA, published by Switch Press (who did the cover artwork in-house, as far as I know…).

I’m currently busy writing volume three, which will be published in the UK next spring. It was slightly delayed by trips to New Zealand, etc, but mainly by me taking my time because I wanted to get it right. The third book in a sequence always has a lot of back story to deal with, and a loose ends to tie up. But I think the current version does the former fairly efficiently, and I think it finds its way to the right ending, while visiting plenty of interesting new worlds on the way, so I’m hoping to get it off to the printers soon, and the great Ian McQue is already working on a cover. I’m looking forward to sharing that, and Railhead 3’s actual title, as soon as I can.

Railhead Resources

Now that Railhead is on the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal pupils in schools all over the country will be reading it as part of the Carnegie Shadowing scheme (and probably going ‘this is SO BORING’, but hopefully it’s winning a few new fans). Anyway, here’s an interview which I recorded for the Carnegie/Kate Greenaway website. It was shot outside my house a few weeks ago, and the curious creatures in the background are Alfie and Iggy, the alpacas.

Here’s a companion video in which I put my glasses on and read an excerpt from early on in the book…

You can find another version of that reading, complete with music and visuals, here.

And if you’re reading Railhead and would like to know more, don’t forget the Railhead A-Z; twenty-six short entries about the world of the book and some of the things which inspired it.  Here’s Part One (A-E), Part Two (F-L), Part Three (M-R) and Part Four (S-Z).

And here’s the official soundtrack!

And here’s the unofficial soundtrack (put together by Jake Hayes for his Tygertales blog)!

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