Back when I joined the Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle I asked the members, who were clearly much better versed in the genre than I was, for recommendations of authors to read. The suggestions I received formed the basis of an excellent education, both in the history of SF and in my own tastes. I discovered, for example, that I wasn’t a huge fan of the golden age but that I really liked many of the authors from the new wave period that followed: Delany and Bester, Ballard, Moorcock and Harrison. And one of the authors I discovered I really liked was Christopher Priest. On recognising, in novels such as The Prestige and The Glamour, an intelligent voice and the subtlest of approaches to genre elements that bordered on the magical, a fan was born.
Scroll down twenty something years, and you find me honoured and excited to be asked help Chris launch his newest novel, An American Story, at Waterstones, Argyle St at 6.30pm on September 3rd. I’m currently finishing the book and I have to say that it’s right up there with his best: a mystery that involves the investigation of 9/11 conspiracies but that also places equal focuses on the immovable impediment that event placed in the lives of everyone affected by it. At its heart it’s a book about loss and about memory, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Top tip: If you’re thinking about coming along, Waterstones strongly recommend reserving a ticket.
And while you’re at it, take a look at the other SF and Fantasy events the Argyle St branch have lined up for the next couple of months too:
- August 30th – a British Fantasy Society readings evening, featuring Cat Hellisen, Georgina Bruce, Shona Kinsella and Hal Duncan
- September 20th – Anna Stephens, Anna Smith Spark, and Cameron Johnston talk Fantasy
- October 4th – Justina Robson launching her new novel Salvation’s Fire
Huge amounts of praise due for the work our local booksellers put in to bring the best of genre fiction to your doorstep.