by Duncan Lunan - 17:52 on 20 May 2018






On Friday May 25th Shoreline of Infinity will launch the paperback reprint of my 4th book, "Starfield, Science Fiction by Scottish Writers", which I edited for Orkney Press in 1989. The launch will be between 5.30 and 6.20 p.m. in the Toma Room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the river Clyde in Glasgow. It is part of the Satellite 6 SF convention being held at the Hotel from May 25th to 27th, and the book will be on sale throughout on the Shoreline of Infinity table in the dealers' room, along with my previous books "The Elements of Time" and "Children from the Sky".


Attending Membership of the convention is needed to be at the event. On Friday 25th the day rate is £20, and for the full weekend Attending Membership is £80. The Guest of Honour is Paul Macauley and there will be a wide range of other speakers and events. For more details see the convention website, https://six.satellitex.org.uk/.


For those unwilling or unable to attend the formal launch, we shall be hosting a celebration in Troon on Sunday 3rd June, starting at 5 p.m. with a meal in the Maharani Restuarant, 42-46 West Portland Street, KA10 6AB, and continuing afterwards (around 7.30 p.m.) at McKay's Bar, 69 Portland St, Troon KA10 6QU. All are welcome at both events and we hope to see many old friends at one or both.


"Starfield" was the first of its kind, the first ever anthology of science fiction by Scots, at the suggestion of my late dear friend Chris Boyce. The three stars of the title are Alasdair Gray, and the late Prof. Edwin Morgan and Dame Naomi Mitchison. The were backed by contemporary SF writers Chris Boyce, Donald Malcolm, Angus McAllister, Prof. Archie Roy and myself, and the contributors included all the judges, winners and several runners-up from the first three years of the Glasgow Herald/Albacon SF short story competitions, which I ran as the paper's SF critic. Several of the finalists including Janice Galloway and William King have gone on to major writing careers in SF or other fields. The Introduction is by the late Angus MacVicar, the creator of BBC Scotland's 'Lost Planet' radio serials in the mid-1950s, and the cover is by Sydney Jordan, creator of the world's longest-running SF comic strip, Jeff Hawke (1954-1988).


P.S. If you're coming to the Maharani on June 3rd, please let us know so we can firm up numbers with the restaurant. (Please contact me via email at duncanlunan@gmail.com ).


Best wishes,





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