Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 14.33.48JFB have a rather exciting announcement to make. On 8th May, at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road, six authors will discuss the debate surrounding the representation of female authors in genre fiction, why there is a lack of it, and the solutions that could be implemented to ensure equality in the future. You can reserve your ticket through this link!

Includes authors Stephanie SaulterKaren LordNaomi Foyle, Jaine Fenn and Janet Edwards, moderated by Edward James, and features the launch of an exciting display of books at Blackwell’s promoting female authors in SFF.

Karen Lord was born in Barbados and published her multi-award-winning debut novelRedemption in Indigo in 2011, originally in America, but also here through Jo Fletcher Books. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds will be released in paperback in May and her third,The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds will be coming soon. Her writing has been described as ‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming’ by the Financial Times and highly acclaimed both here and internationally.

Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton, and published her debut novel Seoul Survivors with Jo Fletcher Books in 2013. Her second novel – and the first in a new trilogy – Astra, was published in February. Seoul Survivors is an end-of-the-world fast-paced thriller set in Seoul; Astra is a quieter coming-of-age set in a world destroyed by man and just beginning to heal.

Janet Edwards is an English author of science fiction books for both adults and young adults. Her debut novel, Earth Girl, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in 2012 by Harper Voyager, and in the USA in 2013 by Pyr. It was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012, awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. The sequel,Earth Star, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, Earth Flight, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth this August.

Stephanie Saulter hails from Jamaica and now lives in London and is the author of Gemsignsand its sequel Binarywhich was published last month. They are social science fiction with a thriller edge that really makes you think.  She is also the brains behind the Scriptopus app, which helps writers to write every day.

Jaine Fenn studied Linguistics and Astronomy before going on to a career in IT, which left her with ambivalent feelings about technology that some may consider unusual in a science fiction writer. After various short story publications, her first novel, Principles of Angels, was published by Gollancz in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her most recent book, Queen of Nowhere, is part of the same sequence of far future intrigue-heavy SF stories, the Hidden Empire series.

Edward James is a retired professor of medieval history, currently living in London. He has published a number of books on science fiction and fantasy, including A Short History of Fantasy(with Farah Mendlesohn) (2009). With Mendlesohn he has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (which won a Hugo Award in 2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012). He edited the academic journal Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction for a number of years, and is now Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation.

Come along! It’s bound to be a brilliant evening! Join the discussion @JoFletcherBooks. You can reserve your ticket through this link!

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