[7RQ] Tempus Cover / Thought Bubble / White Zombie



TEMPUS COVER REVEAL


At last, Lightning Books has declassified (har har) the awesome cover of THE TEMPUS PROJECT, the second Brigitte Sharp novel.

Pre-orders direct from Eye & Lightning are now open, and I expect it’ll be available to pre-order from other outlets — including your local bookshop, natch — in due course. THE TEMPUS PROJECT is currently scheduled for a spring release (though, as always with book release dates, that might change at any moment…!)
http://eye-books.com/books/the-tempus-project

THOUGHT BUBBLE 2019


Yes, I’ll have a table at this year’s Thought Bubble, in the new venue of the Harrogate Convention Centre.

THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST TIME I SET UP A CONVENTION TABLE, EVER.

Thought Bubble was the first convention I ever tabled, so it’s fitting that it will almost certainly be the last. That’s not to say I won’t continue attending cons! But lugging boxes of books around and standing behind a table all weekend is exhausting work. Better for knackered old gits like me to have a gentle sit down, massage our sore backs, and let a younger and healthier generation put that space to good use.

So I’ll have a big complement of books with me at TB and once they’re gone, they’re gone. If you’ve ever wanted to buy something from me directly, this is your last chance.
https://www.thoughtbubblefestival.com/guests

PULLMAN NO PUNCHES

Segregation always shuts out more than it lets in. When we say, “This book is for such-and-such a group,” what we seem to be saying, what we’re heard as saying, is: “This book is not for anyone else.” — Philip Pullman

This is an old talk, delivered back in 2001, but I only just read it this week, and it’s kind of sad and amazing how relevant it still is.
https://lithub.com/philip-pullman-on-childrens-literature-and-the-critics-who-disdain-it/

NOT SO GREAT


The ‘great red spot’ has been a primary feature of Jupiter for what may be centuries, certainly as long as humanity has been able to see the planet in detail. But within a few generations, what seemed a permanent landmark (gasmark?) could be gone altogether.
https://kottke.org/19/08/the-hubbles-new-portrait-of-jupiter CAFÉ SPY

Great NPR piece on a book by ex-CIA officer Amaryllis Fox, wherein she explains why restaurants and cafés (including Starbucks payment cards!) are so vital to the infrastructure of espionage.
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/10/16/770368584/eat-drink-and-be-wary-ex-cia-officer-reveals-how-eateries-are-key-to-spycraft
TL;DR #2: “RESOURCES AND WOOD AND STUFF”


Tune in for a second go-round of TL;DR, the game show of hasty summaries and reckless connections! A new batch of players from the Incomparable stable guarantees an evening of fun, misunderstanding, and Scottish frustration…
https://www.theincomparable.com/gameshow/118/

THRASH IT OUT: “ASTRO-CREEP: 2000” BY WHITE ZOMBIE


Finally, Brian LeTendre and I wrap up Volume 4 of Thrash it Out with one of my all-time favourite records, and the only truly great album of White Zombie’s career — hmmm, that sounds like it might be a theme of some kind…
https://thrashitoutpodcast.com/episodes/4-16



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