Steven Erikson Pre-Launch Book Signing
VCON is pleased to announce an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to hear New York Times best-selling author Steven Erikson read from his soon-to-be-released book, Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart, a literary SF book which asks the question: what would humanity do if our ability to hurt each other was taken away?
Steven will do a short reading from the book, enjoy a Q&A with the audience, and will be signing books – although his new book doesn’t go on sale until October 16, Steven’s publisher, Promontory Press of Victoria, will be on hand with copies for sale exclusive for VCON.
Date: SAT, OCT 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
About the Book Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart
Imagine a First Contact without contact, and an alien arrival where no aliens show up.
Imagine the sudden appearance of exclusion zones all over the planet, into which no humans are allowed. Imagine an end to all violence, from the schoolyard bully to nations at war. Imagine an end to borders, an end to all crime. Imagine a world where hate has no outlet and the only harm one can do is to oneself.
Leaders of governments are not in the loop. Scientists have no answers. The military’s hardware has stopped working. We’re calling, but ET’s not answering.
Imagine a world transformed, but with no guidance and no hint of what’s coming next. What would you do? How would you feel? What questions can you ask – what questions dare you ask – when the only possible answers come from the all-too-human face in your mirror?
On the day of First Contact, it won’t be about them. It will be about us.
“Steven Erikson hasn’t just reinvigorated the first-contact novel, he’s reinvented it. This is a wholly original book, brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed, with a fascinating central conceit related to curbing human violence. And, for once, we have a novel set in a world in which not only does the science-fiction genre exist but it’s respected. A masterpiece.”
– Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
“Steven Erikson has one of the finest minds alive. Now, in Rejoice, Erikson shows us what he sees when he considers the future of humanity. He calls it a thought experiment. I call it an important book.”
– Stephen R. Donaldson
“The SF book of the year, maybe the decade. Will make you long for an alien invasion. I loved it.”
– Justina Robson
“This is startling and thought-provoking stuff – just what science fiction should be. Read it and try to think as you once did about, well, anything. Go on. I dare you.”
– Ian C. Esslemont
“Finally, an alien invasion apocalypse I can get behind. Erikson pulls no punches in this absolutely cutting look at where humanity is at, where we’re going, and the monumental changes that need to happen to pull us out of our death spiral. Rejoice I did at this thrilling tale masterfully told.”
– H.G. Bells