Book Giveaway: Truth and Fear (3/3/2014)

I think I might be re-titling the last dragon book. Possibly. All but the last act are drafted. Last week was spent editing my second Bulldog Drummond novella (of which more when I know anything about it) and there might well be a third. Copy edits for The Royalist are done, copy-edits for Empires are underway.

Genre, if you didn’t already know, managed to make some mainstream news over the weekend. Or here’s a different take on it. Whatever your view on the final outcome, not our finest hour. But never mind. If you’ve been following my giveaways over the last couple of years, you’ll have noticed that I keep giving away copies of Wolfhound Century because I really like it and it’s really different. So here’s the sequel. Richard Morgan has it about right.

Usual deal – comment on this post before March 10th  and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim for a free copy of the book. This week I encourage suggestions for who would be a sufficiently SAFE master of ceremonies for an SF convention. Amuse me, if you will, but you don’t have to to enter.

Although, though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. Well, so far. Recent winners, I have cleared my backlog – they’re all in the post!


25 Responses to “Book Giveaway: Truth and Fear (3/3/2014)”

  1. paul says:

    Surely Jonathan Ross is perfect because you know he’s going to say something offensive. That takes away the real shock factor of it all. Just to piss the moaners off stick Russell Brand in instead. Yes he’s a twat but at least its a rude hand gesture to all the twitter moaners.
    Or alternatively give it to Stephen Deas. He likes dragons and could do with lots of money.

  2. Ade Couper (@bigade1665) says:

    Give it to Tom Baker- nobody will have a clue what he’s on about….!

  3. Romeo Kennedy says:

    When in doubt, pick Batman.

  4. Davey Hampton says:

    Obviously the safest person to present would be Ricky Gervais. He’s just so tactful.

  5. Mango Heroics says:

    You can please some of the people some of the time, etc. It has to be some one who is good at the job & will do it for free. I don’t know the likely UK candidate pool, so I’m at a loss. But I really want to read Truth & Fear before it crosses the pond, so I’m hoping to be the likely candidate for your random draw!

  6. Patrick Mahon says:

    How about Jeremy Clarkson? He never annoys anyone, and I’m sure he likes and respects all science fiction fans…

  7. Adrian says:

    Piers Morgan. I hear he’s out of a job.

  8. Doreen Sheridan says:

    I second Piers Morgan, as most everyone dislikes him already anyway.

  9. Dan says:

    Brian Blessed, obviously. You don’t even need a microphone for people to hear him, money-saving!

  10. Paul says:

    Frankie Boyle – He’s not going to offend anybody.

  11. Paul says:

    Chris Moyles might be up for it too. Word is he needs the cash to rescue his used car dealership.

  12. Steven Rudolph says:

    It is clearly a job for a diplomat. is Vladimir Putin busy?

  13. Johann says:

    Kermit the frog.

  14. Andreea says:

    I don’t know half of the people mentioned in the prior replies so I’ll go with my gut. Iron Man. He has a streak for showmanship and high-tech toys.

  15. Margo Hurwicz says:

    I don’t recognize most of the names mentioned either, but the ones I do recognize are white men. Can’t any one think of a woman who could do it? Helen Mirren, maybe? Sigourney Weaver? Or what about man of color? Chwetal Ejiofor might be a good choice. Or Idris Elba. They could dress like Taiytakei!

  16. paul says:

    Give the job to someone because they’ll be good not because they are a woman or black.
    But I’d pay to see Idris Elba do it. Put him up in full armour and he’d get the crowds attention.
    Hardcore scifi fans might appreciate someone like Summer Glau. Both a terminator and an ass kicking super soldier in a space ship.

  17. Barb Petersen says:

    The ubiquitous Stephen Fry should be the host as he’s been in everything else around.

  18. tom says:

    Just started the first one and it mentioned giants so I’m hooked.

  19. Mango Heroics says:

    FTR, I wasn’t suggesting that gender and/or race/ethnicity are more important than talent. I started with the idea that it had to be some one who would do a good job (and not charge). At least I thought I made that clear in my first comment. I also think it a bad idea to exclude any one because of a demographic trait, so white men should not be excluded either. I like the suggestion of Summer Glau, although I don’t know if she has any MC experience. Just thought of Lena Headey, whose MC experience also is unknown to me.

  20. Will Bryan says:

    Harlan Ellison would be great, haha prob not too much of a SAFE master of ceremonies choice, but one I would always love to see. John Scalzi would be a great choice for any Con, but I think I would most like to see Spider Robinson host any SF convention in the near future.

  21. Sylvia says:

    The ideal master of ceremonies would be a robot. How about R2D2?

  22. Aleksandra says:

    Heisenberg and Los Dragònes Hermanos – fiery chemistry:-D

  23. Jenna O says:

    I would suggest Johnny Cash!

  24. paul says:

    Sorry mango. I wasn’t disagreeing with your point which is completely valid . Women had been ignored by the posters. I was just trying to call for balance i suppose.A swing one way or the other isb’t good.
    Lena Headley would also be a good call. She’d have to be popular with the crowd id imagine.
    But my favourite so far has to be R2D2. Everyone loves R2D2

  25. Stephen says:

    The Gods of Random favour Jenna O. Johnny Cash is sadly a bit dead, but yeah, I’d have gone the extra mile for that.

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