Peter F. Hamilton Has a Charity Auction For You. Yes, YOU.
Posted on September 4, 2013 Posted by John Scalzi 5 Comments
Peter F. Hamilton, of course, the writer of awesome epic science fiction like Pandora’s Star and The Great North Road. He’s helping a friend out with a charity auction, and I think you’re going to like what you see. Here he is to give you the details.
PETER F. HAMILTON:
My thanks to John for letting me borrow a few paragraphs in Whatever.
I’m here to announce a global charity auction for a signed proof copy of The Queen of Dreams; volume one in the Books of The Realms trilogy, and my first children’s book (age 7+). This event is starting on September the 1st; it runs for 10 days, and is open to everyone no matter where you live. The book is published by Doubleday in the UK on 1st January 2014.
As to why I’m doing this: my friend Kate Cadman is aiming to run in the London Marathon next year for the National Deaf Children’s Society. But 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 you’re interested in why Kate’s running, she tells you here:-
I’m sure everyone’s used to author-signed proofs, so in order to make this a little different, it will also be signed by the four main characters as well as myself. But wait –this is a work of fiction, how can the characters sign it? Well, two of these characters, Felix and Sophie, are my children, and the other two, Taggie and Jemima, are their school friends. This is going to be the only proof copy signed by all of them, so it will be unique.
As to what the book is about, here is the cover blurb…
Taggie and Jemima are summer holidaying on their Dad’s farm. They know just what to expect –a tumbledown old cottage, sunshine and strawberry picking. But then Jemima sees a white squirrel wearing glasses… And that’s before their Dad is captured and whisked away to a faerie world that’s fallen to Darkness. But why would anybody want to kidnap their boring old Dad, especially the dreaded King of Night? Could it be their family isn’t quite as ordinary as they believed?
As Taggie and Jemima venture into the fantastic Realms that exist beyond our world, they discover magical powers they never knew they had. Powers they’re going to need during the desperate race to save their Dad. But Kings are not defeated easily, and the sisters are going to need all the friends they can find on their quest, no matter what kind of folk they are, or where in history they belong…
If you’d like to make a bid then the link to click is: http://theunisphere.com
Thanks for your interest.
Peter F. Hamilton
Gah. The opportunity costs of poverty. I hope and (expect, really) he’ll have no trouble reaching his goal knowing the generosity of sf fans. And a great writer.
Hamilton! I love me some Hamilton science fiction. Alas, I simply loathe fantasy so I wont be participating in this. However, I will toss a few bucks into the kitty at the website indicated.
I sure hope he does not get stuck in the fantasy realm for long…..
I generally don’t like childrens books, but I’m in. The quality of your prose is something I rarely see in science fiction or fantasy. I generally read these types of books for the interesting story and not for the prose. The quality of your writing is unique to this genre. The quality of your characters is exceptional as well.
On the down side, I have had trouble communicating this to people. When I describe your Nights Dawn Trilogy I started with ‘future society, the dead come back and possess the living’. I get a funny look back and I go ‘I know it sounds stupid, but it’s really good’. So then I switched to ‘really good galactic space opera’, but most people don’t know what that means. Then I just switched to ‘its better than star wars’ and that seemed to work better.
I wonder if the writing process is similiar to this kind of revision…
ForeverWhat: My fantasy writing is limited to the children’s trilogy. I’m already back working on SF. And that’s very kind of you to donate anyway, thank you.
Guess: I always call Night’s Dawn, Star Wars for grown ups, myself.
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