Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Stephen Baxter signing at Forbidden Planet (London)

From the press release...

STEPHEN BAXTER signing DOCTOR WHO: THE WHEEL OF ICE at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Sunday 19th August from 1 – 2pm.

The Wheel. A ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, and home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth. It's a bad place to grow up. The colony has been plagued by problems. Maybe it's just gremlins, just bad luck. But the equipment failures and thefts of resources have been increasing, and there have been stories among the children of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel.
Many of the younger workers refuse to go down the warren-like mines anymore. And then sixteen-year-old Phee Laws, surfing Saturn's rings, saves an enigmatic blue box from destruction. Aboard the Wheel, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find a critical situation - and they are suspected by some as the source of the sabotage. They soon find themselves caught in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could kill them all.

Stephen Baxter is a prolific and well-known SF writer, having won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. He has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton and lives in Northumberland with his wife.

I'm half and half over this one. On the one hand... Doctor Who! I can't get enough of the stuff, although watching 'Destiny of the Daleks' three times yesterday, Hope has developed a liking for Daleks, was maybe a little too much even for me...
On the other hand though, Stephen Baxter is all about 'hard sci-fi' (at least as far as I'm aware) and all that stuff goes right over my head. I'm not sure I'm up for a 'hard sci-fi' Doctor Who story. I'll get back to you on that one but maybe I'll see you on the 19th?

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