After all the horror that has occurred this week, it feels kind of hollow to be talking about positive things. My heart goes out to all of those effected by the terrible events in Manchester earlier this week, and to those who have lost loved ones as a result of the incident. Words really are inadequate.

If you do want to focus on something positive in all of this tragedy, then the MCM Comic Con takes place this weekend, between 26th and 28th May. Held at the Excel Centre, in London, MCM Comic Con is one of the largest conventions in the UK. It covers not just comics but a huge range of topics and subjects, including art, film, and video games.

I’m going to be making appearances on both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017, on two very interesting guest panels:

27th May 2017

To Infinity and Beyond – Creating Spectacular Science Fiction:
From space operas to time travel to battles beyond the stars, Science Fiction continues to be one of the most popular genres around. Join authors Alastair Reynolds (REVENGER) Justina Robson (KEEPING IT REAL) Jamie Sawyer (THE LAZARUS WAR SERIES) Al Robertson (WAKING HELL) Tom Toner (THE PROMISE OF THE CHILD) GX Todd (DEFENDER) and Andrew Bannister (IRON GODS) as they discuss what makes great science fiction, and how important it is to get the mix of science and fiction just right.
· Panellists: Alastair Reynolds, Justina Robson, Jamie Sawyer, Ian McDonald, Tom Toner, GX Todd, Moderator Leila Abu El Hawa
· Panel Duration: 1hr & 15mins
· Exact Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
· Day: Saturday 27th of May
· Lower Platinum Suite – Followed by author signing immediately afterwards

This one looks terrific! Some real SF stars on the panel, as well as some newer names. Check out the signing afterwards.

Sunday 28th
Orbit Presents: Old Vs New
Orbit has been publishing the best genre fiction since time began. Okay. That part we made up, but they have been in the game for a very long time. Forty years to be exact! And we figured the perfect way to celebrate that milestone would be to team a bunch of veteran Orbit writers against a bunch of rookie Orbit writers and watch the sparks fly! Join veteran authors M.R. Carey (THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE) Claire North (THE END OF THE DAY) Stephen Aryan (CHAOSMAGE) and Jamie Sawyer (THE LAZARUS TRILOGY) as they go up against young guns Nicholas Eames (KINGS OF THE WYLD) RJ Barker (AGE OF ASSASSINS) Jason Arnopp (THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS) and Adrian Selby (SNAKEWOOD) in a battle of steely wills and wily wit. Actually they’ll probably just shout juvenile insults at each other but it should be fun to watch nonetheless.
· Panellists: M.R. Carey, Claire North, Stephen Aryan, Jamie Sawyer, Nicholas Eames, RJ Barker, Jason Arnopp, Adrian Selby, Moderator: Moderator: Leila Abu El Hawa
· Panel Duration: 1hr/15mins
· Exact Time: 11:15am – 12:30pm
· Day: Sunday 28th of May
· Lower Platinum Suite – Author Signing immediately afterwards – Books available from Forbidden Planet Int.

Again, some terrific authors on this panel. I also find it funny that I’m on the veteran author side! I still feel like a newbie myself at times, but standing back I now have three books (and a novella) on release, and I have a new trilogy (THE ETERNITY WAR) coming out this year too… How time flies.