Just a reminder for anyone in the London area: tomorrow is Unsung Stories, and I’m going to be reading a story there!

The event is being held at The Star of Kings, N1, and it’s free to attend (although you need a ticket). Here’s the Unsung Stories blurb on the event:

“Join us for the first Unsung Live of 2017! We return to The Star of Kings for our seventh evening of storytelling for fans of the best in contemporary speculative fiction. Reading this time:

• Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. His work has been nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, The Frank O’ Conner award, The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Theatre 503 Award for playwriting as well as numerous others. Short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A forthcoming story, ‘Reversible’, is included in the Faber anthology Sex and Death. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing. @courttianewland

• E.J. Swift is the author of The Osiris Project trilogy, a speculative fiction series set in a world radically altered by climate change, comprising Osiris, Cataveiro and Tamaruq. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies including The Best British Fantasy (Salt Publishing, 2013 and 2014) and the digital book Strata (Penguin Random House, 2016). Swift was shortlisted for a 2013 BSFA Award in the Short Fiction category for her story “Saga’s Children” (The Lowest Heaven, Jurassic) and was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for “The Spiders of Stockholm” (Irregularity, Jurassic). @Catamaroon”

… and of course also me! You can read more here.

My story is entitled TRUE LOVE, and is inspired by Valentines Day cheer. It’s not set in THE LAZARUS WAR, and although it’s military SF, it’s quite different to my usual subject-matter. Here’s an excerpt:

“Welcome back to Earth,” he says. “On behalf of the United Federation of Governments, I’d like to thank you for all your efforts.”

He sits opposite me and smiles. Robinson, I think he said his name was. Looks like more of a Doc to me, so that’s what I call him.

He’s a liaison officer, and I’m a Walker pilot. We’re sitting in Doc’s office, somewhere in low Earth orbit. Earth itself sits behind Doc’s balding white head, its blue and white curve visible through the station’s window. It looks dazzlingly bright, the sun just breaking the terminator, throwing golden rays across space traffic coming and going from the station. This is the first time I’ve seen Earth in five years.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some really exciting news later this week, about how my writing time has been spent over the last few months…