A Step Back in Time for Futuristic Author

Archived news: published on Monday 16 May 2011 by Fife Council

Yvonne Melville and author Alastair Reynolds at St Andrews Library


Last week science fiction author, Alastair Reynolds returned to the place where his stellar career began – St Andrews.  A sell out event at St Andrews Library heard Alastair talk about his time in St Andrews, staying at Fife Park in student accommodation.  At this stage Alastair was honing his writing skills, hammering out short stories on a manual typewriter, much to the dismay of his flatmates.  He went on to recount how coincidence led to him meeting the literary contacts who helped launch him on his writing career culminating in a £1million book deal with publishers Gollancz in 2009.  From studying a PHd in Astronomy to writing science fiction novels, with a spell working at the European Space Agency, it almost sounds like a novel in itself.  ‘Maybe it was all the futuristic conversations which were taking place, the evening simply disappeared.’ said Yvonne Melville, Adult Services Coordinator.  ‘Alastair captivated his audience and then happily spent time chatting to them and signing their books.’

This is Fife Libraries’ second Sci-Fife event.  Sci-Fife was started to highlight the rise in popularity of science fiction novels, and provide Fife science fiction readers the opportunity to meet their authors locally.  The calibre of the authors taking part in Sci-Fife couldn’t be better.  We started with Iain M Banks last year and our next event will feature Ken McLeod in October, we certainly seem to be reaching for the stars with these events.

Anyone wanting details of future events should send an e-mail to fife.libraries@fife.gov.uk, asking for their details to be added to the author event mailing list.

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