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2009: Angry Robot Book Launch at Bristol Sci-Fi Convention

Gareth Powell
BFSFS Media Liaison
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BRISTOL 04/09/2009 — Bristol author Colin Harvey will launch his latest novel, Winter Song at Bristolcon, the city’s first literary science fiction and fantasy convention for many years.

Published by Harper Collins’ new imprint Angry Robot, Winter Song pits castaway Karl Allman in a desperate fight for survival on a harsh alien world – an idea Colin had while touring the forbidding rocky landscape of Iceland. Described by publisher Angry Robot as ‘rock hard sci-fi adventure’ (to be filed under Starship Crash / Abandoned Colonists / Alien Slaughter / Hell Planet), John Meaney says of Winter Song that it’s “harsh, sometimes grotesque, strongly compelling — a classical journey told in a new, uncompromising voice.”

Colin Harvey lives in Bristol in the south-west of England with his wife Kate. His first fiction was published in 2001, since when he has written novels, short stories and reviews, edited anthologies and judged the Speculative Literature Foundation’s annual Gulliver Travel Research Grant for five years. Colin’s reviews appeared regularly at Strange Horizons and he is the feature writer for speculative fiction at Suite101.

Bristolcon is a one-day science fiction convention being held in conjunction with the British Browncoat Ceilidh, organised by Kumara Conventions at the Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa in Bristol. There will be discussion panels, trade stands, book signings, live music and a bar. Profits from both events will be donated to the charity Equality Now.

Bristolcon is the brainchild of the Bristol Fantasy & SF Society (BFSFS). Programme organiser Joanne Hall says: “This is our first event, and we’re delighted Colin has chosen it as the venue to launch his new novel. The science fiction and fantasy scene in Bristol is really exciting at the moment. If this event is a success, we are hoping to grow it to a full weekend convention next year.”

Other guests confirmed to appear at the convention include Gollancz author Alastair Reynolds, Dr. Charles Butler, a lecturer at the University of the West of England and one of the UK’s most respected experts on fantastic literature; award-winning local artist Andy Bigwood; and genre writers Cheryl Morgan, Colin Harvey, Gareth L Powell, Jo Hall, Kim Lakin-Smith, Huw Powell, and Nick Walters.

Tickets cost £20 and there are discounts available for groups and families. Tickets are available to buy online via:

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