Notes from genre author Stephen Palmer

Monique Orphan cover reveal

This is the front cover artwork for Monique Orphan, volume 1 of Conjuror Girl.

Art by Tom Brown, to whom many thanks!

Conjuror Girl blog tour

I’m pleased to say that I’m putting together a blog tour for next month. This will take place from 3rd December to 17th December. Author friends and SFF World have agreed to be hosts, for which I’m very grateful. More details later…

Shropshire Magazine piece

Many thanks to Heather Large of Shropshire Magazine for the piece pictured below, which mentions the forthcoming ‘Conjuror Girl’ trilogy. Thanks also to Jamie for photographing me.

I’ve long wanted to write a work set in my home town, and it was a thrill to be interviewed.

Conjuror Girl trilogy update

Owing to life getting in the way, the publication schedule for Conjuror Girl has been tweaked a little, so that the publication dates are now: 11th November, 25th November and 9th December. The three cover art images have been completed and delivered by Tom and Nimue Brown, and, if I may say so, are looking rather fabulous.

Publicity is also underway. I’ve done an interview (and been photographed) for Shropshire Life, and have further interviews scheduled. I hope to make some short video blog pieces in Shrewsbury next week – weather permitting – which will be a first for me. Looking forward to that. Also, my Writers’ Lab colleague Joe Shooman is arranging a videoed interview with me at the Shrewsbury Library, which I’m looking forward to.

Keep tuned to this blog as the publication dates approach…

Edgar RIP

My contributor copies arrived this morning…

Tangerine Dream on the way

My book on Tangerine Dream is now in production. Here’s a look at the front cover.

Tangerine Dream book update

Work has been steaming ahead recently on the Tangerine Dream In The 1970s book coming out from SonicBond Publishing. The book has now been completed to my satisfaction and that of Stephen Lambe (head honcho at SonicBond), and a publication date set: 25th November. The book can be pre-ordered now (see links below). I am really pleased with this venture, I think the book gives a different perspective on the music – which was the brief I was given by Stephen Lambe. Many TD expert friends have helped, including my friends Steve Dinsdale and Andy King, both well known in the TD world. I’m particularly pleased to say that Wouter Bessels cast his eye over the MS, corrected a few minor errors and spelling mistakes, and relayed to Stephen that he really liked the book. That means a lot to me!

So… here are the links, and below you can see an image of the front cover.




Our Future Earth by Curt Stager

This book is a look at the future of the world over the next hundred thousand years or so, a concept guaranteed to interest me. Well written, full of insight, and scrupulously fair and accurate when it comes to how science is done, it’s a delight to read from beginning to end. The chapters cover ice, the tropics, rain and snow, and much on planetary orbit and how that affects climate. There’s a chapter on the last 34 million years of the ice age world, and one on the 55 million year old PETM (thermal maximum) including its considerable and worrying relevance to what we’re doing to the planet at the moment. Highly recommended to all those who care about the world now and who are interested in the deep future.

Ice, Mud and Blood by Chris Turney

Subtitled Lessons From Climates Past, this excellent book summarises everything known in 2007 about the lessons we are learning regarding climate change and the mechanisms which bring it.

Turney is both a professional climate scientist and a good author, his chapters concise and clear, his conclusions definite when they need to be or given with caveats where that is more appropriate. Chapters cover the role of carbon dioxide, water vapour and methane in the atmosphere, Snowball Earths, the PETM (massive global heating 55 million years ago), variations in the Earth’s orbit, atmospheric positive feedback mechanisms, ice, icebergs, and much, much more. I particularly liked the emphasis on climate proxies, that is, evidence which implies climate information rather than giving it directly. Turney is diligent in his presentation and use of these indicators – good to read in an author of science. Excellent prose and overall clear-headedness improve the mix even more.

Written with skill and insight, this is a highly readable and enjoyable work. Recommended for non-scientists and scientists alike.

Tamed by Alice Roberts

Great television presenter, not bad author, it turns out. This excellent, compelling, fascinating book takes nine species of animals and plants and describes how they were domesticated. The chapters on maize, horses and apples are particularly good. The chapter on chickens is good because it focuses on the question of genetics, and how the science is helping us to disentangle complex history. The final chapter on human beings is less successful however. But on the basis of the first nine: terrific stuff!