I’ve been having some issues with the forum over the past few months where a white page shows rather than the index. I’ve sorted this once in March, but it’s happened again now and I’m following it up to resolve. Apologies for the downtime, but hopefully it’ll be resolved fairly soon.
The first of a two-book science fiction series set in New York Times bestselling author Hamilton’s acclaimed Commonwealth universe. Thriller writer Ken Follett calls Peter F. Hamilton “the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction.”
A clash of cultures in the Void pits humanity against a shape-changing alien species, and sees if two warring races can ever cooperate enough to free themselves from their mutual prison.
This is a charity auction for a proof copy of The Queen of Dreams; volume one in the Books of The Realms trilogy, and my first children’s book, age 7+.
My friend Kate Cadman is aiming to run in the London Marathon next year for the National Deaf Children’s Society. To get a guaranteed charity place in the marathon you first have to raise £2,000. That’s where the money from this auction will be going. (If she doesn’t reach the target figure, don’t worry the money raised still goes to the NDCS.) For Kate’s full story see here:-
Her site has been active for a while, but Kate is just beginning her serious fundraising efforts, and I’m hoping this will make a good launch event for her. So in order to make this something a little more interesting than a standard author-signed proof, this particular proof will also be signed by the four main characters. And yes, it is a fantasy trilogy. How can this possibly happen, then, you ask? Well two of the characters, Felix and Sophie, are my children; and the other two, Taggie and Jemima, are their school friends. This will be the only proof signed by them, and therefore unique.
Mark Chitty who keeps this site has kindly agreed to run the auction. This isn’t Ebay, so we’re going to keep it simple. The auction will run for ten days starting on the 1st September and ending 12 o’clock midday UK time on September the 10th. Mark has created a forum specifically for bids. So if you’re interested simply read what the last bid was, and post your own. As I said, this isn’t a professional auction site so please try to avoid any last-second bids. Bids to be placed in UK £s please (there are lots of currency conversion sites out there). This is open to anyone, and I will pay the postage to wherever in the world you are (gulp). Kate’s JustGiving site accepts money from a lot of currencies, so as soon as the winning donation has been made I’ll post the book to you. If you’re in a country whose money isn’t listed on JustGiving then fear not, we’ll find a way.
Thank you for showing an interest, and good luck.
Peter has posted a few rough sketches from Queen of Dreams to his Facebook page, which you can see here. As a little exclusive bonus, here’s another one of Taggie:
The above image is the copyright of Adam Stower – you can check out his website here: http://www.worldofadam.com. Personally I’m very much looking forward ot the final versions and can’t wait to see them in the novel!
Details of Peter’s tour for Great North Road are below, but there may be some additional dates to be added – I’ll update when/if they are.
Saturday 22nd September
3.15pm – 4.15pm Talk and signing at Plymouth International Book Festival
Tickets £6. To book, click here
Monday 24th September
6.30pm Talk and signing at Waterstones, Market Street, Leicester
Tickets £3, redeemable against a copy of the book.
For more details, call 0843 290 8447
Tuesday 25th September
12.30pm Lunchtime signing at Waterstones Leadenhall, London
For more details, call 0207 220 7882
6pm Signing at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
For more details, click here
Wednesday 26th September
2pm Talk and signing at Waterstones, Trafalgar Square, London
Tickets £3. For more details, call 020 7839 3311
5pm – 6pm Signing at Waterstones, Oracle Centre, Reading
For more details, call 01189 503 400
7.30pm Talk and signing at Waterstones, Staines
Tickets £3. For more details, call 01784 490404
Friday 28th September
6pm Talk and signing at Waterstones, Liverpool One
Tickets £3. Redeemable against a copy of the book. For more details, call 0151 709 9820
Saturday 29th September
12pm – 1pm Signing at Waterstones, Manchester Deansgate
For more details, call 0161 837 3000
Thursday 4th October
7pm Talk and signing at Waterstones, Bridge Street, Peterborough
Tickets £1. Redeemable against a copy of the book. For more details, call 01733 555 323
Monday 8th October
7pm – 8.30pm Birmingham Book Festival event with Stan Nicholls, Janet Edwards and Mez Packer
Tickets £8/£5. To book please call 0121 245 4455 or click here.
Tuesday 9th October
7pm Talk and signing at the Steps Theatre, Central Library, Dundee, in association with Waterstones
Tickets free & available from Waterstones, 35 Commercial Street, Dundee
For more details, call 0843 290 8287
Wednesday 10th October
6pm Peter F Hamilton joins Iain M. Banks to discuss Great North Road and The Hydrogen Sonata at Waterstones West End, Edinburgh
Free tickets available from the shop. For more details, call 0131 226 2666
Wednesday 14th November
7.45pm Talk and signing at Topping Bookshop, Bath
Tickets £6. To reserve, click here
New Deal For Peter F Hamilton
Bella Pagan, Senior Commissioning Editor at Tor UK, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to two new books by Peter F Hamilton. The agent is Antony Harwood.
Peter will begin writing what is provisionally titled The Chronicle of the Fallers in 2013, with the first book ready for publication in 2014. It’s a return to his Commonwealth Universe, set in the time before the bestselling Void Trilogy, and will tell the story of Nigel Sheldon and what happened when he broke into the Void.
Peter F Hamilton said ‘After delivering Great North Road (to be published September 2012), Macmillan offered me an excellent two book deal which I was extremely happy to accept. They have been my publisher for two decades now, and have never let any of my books go out of print, which is quite remarkable in this day and age, so continuing that relationship with them is important to me.’
Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher for the adult lists at Pan Macmillan, said ‘Peter is one of the country’s bestselling Science Fiction writers and a long-standing Macmillan author, I’m delighted that our relationship is set to continue and look forward to continuing success with the new books. It’s rare to have a twenty year history with an author and it is an honour for us to have that with a writer of such acclaim as Peter.’
You can find out more about Peter F Hamilton on his facebook page: www.facebook.com/PeterFHamilton
Contact Chloe Healy for further details:
T: 00 44 20 7014 6186