Singapore Writers Festival

I will be at the Singapore Writers Festival on the 4-5 November, where I’ll be participating in the following events:

Saturday, 4th November

First-Page Challenge

Many readers use the first page of a book to gauge whether it’s worth continuing the read. How conscious are writers of this readerly habit, and what do they have to consider when crafting the start of their manuscript? 

  • w/ Darryl Whetter, Kirstin Chen, moderated by Kristina Tom
  • 11:30-12:30, The Arts House, Blue Room (book here)

Don’t Shoot The Messenger

Where to draw the line between ‘message fiction’ and fiction with a message? Lavie Tidhar, Julian Gough and Dipika Mukherjee analyse the differences between the genres, and the pros and cons of each.

  • w/ Julian Gough, Dipika Mukherjee, moderated by Barrie Sherwood
  • 15:00-16:00, National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (book here)

Sunday, 5th November

Earth 2.0

A Los Angeles governed by martial law. An alternate world without global terrorism. A China on the ascendency as the West stagnates. Join three writers who, through their alternative histories, challenge readers to contemplate the potential futures our actions and choices can lead to.

This session is part of the Speculative Fiction focus.

  • w/ Marie Lu, Chan Koon Chung, moderated by Khoo Sim Eng
  • 20:30-21:30, The Arts House, Blue Room (book here)

Jews vs Zombies / Jews vs Aliens

The new US editions of Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens, edited by myself and Rebecca Levene, are now available from Ben Yehuda Press in two matching volumes, in both e-book and paperback editions. All royalties go to charity.

Cover artwork by Sarah Anne Langton. Featuring stories from Andrea Phillips, Roseanne Rabinowitz, Eric Kaplan, Rachel Swirsky, Jay Caselberg, Elana Gomel, Gon Ben Ari, Lois H. Gresh, Matthue Roth, Naomi Alderman (Aliens), Rena Rossner, Ofir Touche Gafla, Shimon Adaf, Daniel Polansky, Sarah Lotz, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Anna Tambour, Adam Roberts (Zombies).

Buy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.



Central Station wins the Campbell!

As announced on Friday, Central Station won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year.


This would be the 44th year (I think) the award is presented. The jurors were Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Paul Kincaid, Christopher McKitterick, Pamela Sargent, and Lisa Yaszek.

I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, though I did send over a short video. Central Station is also currently on the shortlists for the Locus and the Arthur C. Clarke awards.

Pictured: the permanent trophy, the winner’s trophy, and a copy of the book: