Not long to go until Skyward Inn is out in the world, and I’m at that point where I can’t quite sit still for thinking about it. I signed some copies for Goldsboro Books a few days ago, and I’ve been busy chatting about it and trying to make sense of what it’s about so I can answer that question when people ask me.
I’m pretty certain it’s about the divisions between people (and aliens) so I wrote an article for Tor about five of my favourite books that have used that theme in different ways. Here’s an extract:
Often books that achieve this feel deeply truthful about what it means to be human. Personality is, perhaps, a collection of memories, thoughts and feelings, joined together with the cracks papered over in reality. In fiction, these cracks can be exposed. They can even be blasted apart.
And – save the date! I’ll be in conversation with MR Carey and Brian Nisbet as a Glasgow2024 event on the evening of Monday March 29th:
It’s going to be fun. And probably a bit fungal, at times. I think you need to book a ticket fairly quick-smartish, if you’re interested, as they’re going fast. Hope to see you there. Well, you know what I mean.