Once I assumed all blurbs were written by publishing elves. Then I was asked to write my own first two blurbs and for a while I was amused to think all blurbs were written by authors, and people like Doris Lessing were sneakily writing things like “…nothing will ever be the same again” and going “THAT’LL DO” and sending it in.
But I can’t remember now what happened with SAVAGE CITY — and I didn’t write the cover text for MARS EVACUEES. So maybe I must let go of that dream. But I really like the text Egmont has come up with, so I thought perhaps you’d like to see it too.
The fact that someone had decided I would be safer on Mars, where you could still only SORT OF breathe the air and SORT OF not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well.
I’d been worried I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.
And despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterwards, I’d do it all again. because until you’ve been shot at, pursued by terrifying aliens, taught maths by a laser-shooting robot goldfish and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say that you’ve really lived.
If the sme thing happens to you, this is my advice: ALWAYS CARRY DUCT TAPE.
It’s so odd — and yet so nice — to see someone else writing in my character’s voice.
Mars Evacuees comes out in April. But, remember, you can get to read a lovely proof copy NOW if you either come to World Fantasy Con, or if you enter my competition (which you can do pretty much anything for). There are still three weeks to go.