Upcoming Events

Launch Event @ Waterstones
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This event will mark the launch of ‘Creation Machine’ – the debut novel by Andrew Bannister. Luminaries from the publishing industry will include Andrew’s agent – John Jarrold, and Editorial Director of Transworld Publishing – Simon Taylor. As if that isn’t enough there will be fizz and nibbles…and of course bits of the book will be read out and there will be a Q&A.

Publication: Creation Machine to be published as ‘Die Maschine’ in German translation
Oct 4 all-day


»Eines der zehn wichtigsten Bücher des Jahres 2016!« SFX

»Eines der zehn wichtigsten Bücher des Jahres 2016!« SFX

»Eine Space Opera mit einem finsteren Gegner, der Darth Vader wie ein Anfänger aussehen lässt!« SFFWorld

Spectacular Science Fiction @ Waterstones
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nottingham, UNESCO city of Literature, well-known for the creative output of our dramatists, artists, crime writers, poets and scribblers of literary fiction. But what about SF? Do we have what it takes to reach for the stars?

Find out as four of the finest local science fiction writers descend on the Sillitoe Room at Waterstones Nottingham to talk about their latest books and share new ideas with their fans in this open Q&A panel event.

Andrew Bannister takes on the big questions about civilisation with his new book, Creation Machine. Deborah Install gets personal talking about the relationship between (a) man and machine in Robot in the Garden. Rod Duncan brings a whole new perspective on technology inCustodian of Marvels, and Mike Brooks spills blood on the decks of the mercenary vessel The Keiko in Dark Run.

Refreshments will be provided at this event, free to enter but spaces are limited so please register your seat by calling us or dropping in to the shop. Please ask a bookseller for more information!

Derby Writers’ Day @ QUAD Derby
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, Derby Writers’ Day returns for another superb day for anyone looking to get their work out there and expand their career as an author. With a blend of panels, interviews and more besides, this incredible event is tailor-made for anyone with a book in them they want to get out or those with a project just looking for the ideal publisher!

Confirmed authors so far:
Judith Allnatt
Tom Ashton (Literary Assistant)
Andrew Bannister
James Everington
Samantha Hayes
Emma J Lannie
Alison Littlewood
Steven Poore
Danuta Reah
Amanda Rutter (Literary Agent)
– and more!

Melon HK – Asia’s Science Fiction Conference in Hong Kong
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm

I’m going to be doing two panels at this fantastic event – really looking forward to meeting great authors and wonderful readers!

Melon HK is one of the rising stars in the world of science fiction. Taking place in Hong Kong, the annual Melon Conference brings together award-winning and emerging science fiction writers, filmmakers and industry professionals from both China and the West, as well as the Sci-Fi community to share, brainstorm and be inspired.



MCM London Comic Con! @ ExCel London
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

To Infinity and Beyond – Creating Spectacular Science Fiction:

From space operas to time travel to battles beyond the stars, Science Fiction continues to be one of the most popular genres around.  Join authors Alastair Reynolds (REVENGER) Justina Robson (KEEPING IT REAL) Jamie Sawyer (THE LAZARUS WAR SERIES) Ian McDonald (LUNA: WOLF MOON) Tom Toner (THE PROMISE OF THE CHILD) GX Todd (DEFENDER) and Andrew Bannister (IRON GODS) as they discuss what makes great science fiction, and how important it is to get the mix of science and fiction just right.

  • Panellists:  Alastair Reynolds, Justina Robson, Jamie Sawyer, Ian McDonald, Tom Toner, GX Todd, Andrew Bannister
  • Panel Duration:  1 hour 15 minutes
  • Exact Time:  1100
  • Day:  Saturday 27th of May
  • Lower Platinum Suite
  • Panel will be followed by an author signing in the lower platinum suite.  Books available for sale from Forbidden Planet International
HARDWIRED SF Bookclub with guest ANDREW BANNISTER @ Waterstones, Bath
Aug 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

ANDREW BANNISTER is the acclaimed author of ‘Creation Machine’ and ‘Iron Gods’, two high octane, entertaining and inventive Space Operas that fans of Iain M Banks, Alistair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton will enjoy – and his work also echoes with the influences of UK dark space opera pioneers M. John Harrison and Barrington Bayley.

STEPHEN E. ANDREWS (aka Steve Andrews) is the author of ‘100 Must Read Science Fiction Novels’ and curator/moderator of HARDWIRED.

HARDWIRED will – over the next year – help put your reading of SF into an historical context, deepening your enjoyment and understanding of the genre’s development in a fun, informal but serious way. It’s an ideal way to meet other SF fans, find and inroad into the genre and encounter the rising stars of British SF.

Please feel free to read Campbell’s ‘Who Goes There?’ and/or Van Vogt’s ‘Voyage of the Space Beagle’ before attending the event, or simply come along to learn about Golden Age SF from two experts.

Novacon! @ Park Inn Hotel
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm

As ever, I am beyond chuffed to be doing a panel on Sunday lunchtime at Novacon 47 – and I’ll be sharing it with none other than Adrian Tchaikovsky, Juliette McKenna and Christina Lake, with Andy Sawyer in the chair. How good is that?

STONE CLOCK launch signing at Forbidden Planet! @ Forbidden Planet
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

I’ll be signing copies of STONE CLOCK from 6pm in Forbidden Planet. Come along, say hello, have a chat, get a book… looking forward to seeing you!

STONE CLOCK Launch Party @ Waterstones
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please come along to the launch party for STONE CLOCK at Waterstones, Highcross, Leicester – there’ll be drinks and nibbles and readings and chat, and a sneak peek into the next novel…