Mother of Invention Australian launch party this Sunday!

In case you’re at a loose end in Melbourne this weekend, a reminder that 2pm this Sunday at Continuum Speculative Fiction Convention is the launch party for Mother of Invention, the anthology that includes my first professionally-published short story: ‘Arguing With People on the Internet’.

There will be cupcakes! There will be authors (including me)! There will be pre-orders available for both the paperback and ebook formats of the book!

Alas, you won’t be able to buy a copy of the book at the party; such is the nature of crowdfunded projects that the backer copies of the book are still in the process of being shipped (as well as the author copies – I can’t wait to get my hands on mine!), and the editors felt it would be inappropriate to be selling the books at the launch when the people who first supported the project don’t have them yet. I entirely support their decision on this – crowdfunded projects live or die by their backers, and it’s only fair to reward them for putting their faith in the anthology before it even existed.

The good news is that the book will go on general sale via the Twelfth Planet Press website on 1st September – and, as I said, you can pre-order at the launch party this Sunday to make sure you don’t miss out on the first print run.

Hope to see you there!

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Mother of Invention Australian launch date/time announced

Exciting news! The Australian book launch for Mother of Invention – which includes, you may recall, my first professionally-published short story, ‘Arguing with People on the Internet’ – has been scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 10th June at Continuum Speculative Fiction Convention in Melbourne.

If you want to attend, you will need to have at least a Continuum day membership (they offer a discount if this is your first time attending), but I highly recommend it – Continuum has been a mainstay of the Australian fantasy/sci-fi/horror community for over a decade, and it’s a great experience for writers, readers, media makers and consumers, and any spec fic fan looking to connect further with Melbourne/Australian fandom.

If you’re in the US, of course, you don’t have to wait until June – Mother of Invention is being launched there this very weekend at WisCon. But since I’m not in the US, I guess I’ll have to make do with attending the launch in my very own hometown, at a convention that had been close to my heart for a very long time.

Hope to see you at the launch of my first pro-published work!

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Update: Mother of Invention

I’ve now seen the proofs of my story Arguing with People on the Internet as it will appear in the upcoming Mother of Invention anthology – so exciting! It’s looking great, and I’m just stoked.

For people who didn’t back Mother of Invention on Kickstarter, the book will be available to the public in September. In the meantime, though, Twelfth Planet Press will be holding not one but two book launches. If any of you happen to be in Wisconsin at the end of May, their first launch will be at Wiscon (or, as the editors put it, FREAKING WISCON – I think they’re a bit excited about that 😉).

The second book launch, which is the one I’ll be at (on account of it not being a great time to just hop a plane to Wisconsin), will be in Melbourne in June at Continuum, a convention that’s deeply close to my heart. It means a whole lot to me that Continuum will be the first place I get to hold my first really truly book-published work in my hands.

Hope to see some of you there!

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