May 5th Nova Mob
Our guest this coming Wednesday night is best-selling science fiction author and commentator John Birmingham. Prepare your questions now!
After years of successfully working with publishers John is now going it alone with an internet-based direct sale and subscriptions model.
John won the 2005 Locus Award for best first novel for his “Weapons of Choice”, the first in his Axis of Time trilogy of alternative history novels based on a modern fleet of warships going back in time to World War Two. A later trilogy, Stalin’s Hammer, addresses the legacy of the fall of the Axis of Time as Stalin’s USSR seeks to reshape the world. The James Kipper series asks, “what would happen if the USA just suddenly disappeared?” and the Dave Hooper series is a monster apocalypse thriller gorefest. Of course, John first came to fame with He Died with a Felafel in his Hand and is known for his commentary on modern Australian politics. As Penguin put it: “John Birmingham has written for Rolling Stone, Playboy, Long Bay Prison News, Quarterly Essay and The Monthly. His published works include He Died With A Falafel In His Hand and Leviathan: The unauthorised biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun.”
John’s most recent releases are the ebook of Zero Day Code and the audio of American Kill Switch, which closes out the End of Days series, a very plausible scenario for bringing down the American civilisation.
We’ve worked through the setup problems of March 2021 by keeping it simple. This is a Zoom only meeting.
This pattern of sometimes Zoom-only and sometimes face to face will continue for the foreseeable future.
John Birmingham – Reality? What price our reality?
Wednesday May 5th
8.00pm – 9.30 pm or so, Melbourne time, 7:30 – 9pm Adelaide time
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Meeting ID: 417 758 3193
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[Deeply regrettably, not SF]
June 2nd Nova Mob
Esteemed critic John Clute will be joining the Nova Mob from London England for a fireside chat for our June 2 meeting. Zoom again!
Lovely to have you with us, John. May I ask, what are you working on at the moment?
—I’m finishing a difficult edit (difficult because I am increasingly fussy about quality control) of a new collection, Sticking to the End, due to come out this year. And continuing to work on the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, partly writing and editing, partly calculating the move from Gollancz (that contract ends October) into the autonomous improved clone David Langford has developed and is ready to go; we’d like a new sponsor, too, as that will ease finances, but that would be in conjunction with David’s ongoing site.
How would you like the “John Clute – at the fireside” discussion to work?
—Send me questions you’re interested in asking. It might be interesting to ask about the relationship of Fantastika to the End of the World, but that’s only for laughs. ha.
Please send me your questions so I can pass them on to John. firstname.lastname@example.org