What I've been doing
What I'm doing, most of the time (this is a break) is trying hard to finish my current novel, The Restoration Game
, before the end of the month. For some reason this one, despite or maybe because I tried to plan it in more than usual detail in advance, has taken an unconscionable time to write. It's the novel I'd intended to write before I got the idea for The Night Sessions
, and it's just as well I didn't because my initial conception was nothing like as interesting as the story has (so far) turned out. It's still what I described to a friend, Donna Scott
, at Novacon a couple of years ago: 'a chick-lit technothriller', in that it's told by a young woman who is in love and it's centred on a tradecraft use of current technology imaginatively exaggerated. And there's a wedding in it, though not
the heroine's. The story's set in 2008, which is shaping up (see previous post) to be a very scientifictional year, and a future locus of historical and condition-of-England novels. The story was originally going to be set in a near future, but (honestly) just as I was writing in the outline 'at this point the Russian tanks roll' last August, they did. And South Ossetia was suddenly a place everyone knew about and not one I could handwave to as an analogy for my imaginary republic, Krassnia.
Meanwhile, thanks to commitments recklessly undertaken when I thought this book would be well out of the way by now, I've written a story for the next issue of Subterranean Online
edited by Gardner Dozois, and another for a forthcoming anthology of alternate-history stories, edited by Ian Whates and Ian Watson. That story contains a secret tribute to a literary pun by John Clute and a smoking break outside Newcon 2, last year, with Ian Watson and Storm Constantine
In other news: local listings mag The Skinny
has published a fine review of the Digital Evolution event
which it and my fine employers the Genomics Forum
sponsored last month, and I and Paul Cornell, Iain (M) Banks and Ian Watson are cited on the Beeb
After all this, for my next novel it's back to long lives and strange deaths and spaceships on the cover
, I can tell you.
Labels: genomics, self-promotion