Adrian Tchaikovsky 'Shards of Earth' in session with Robin Ince

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Following publication of his adrenaline-fuelled new novel, Shards of Earth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time), joins comedian and author Robin Ince in session to discuss his extraordinary new space opera trilogy, The Final Architecture.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and one chance discovery will save or destroy us all… Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris - who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared, and Idris and his kind became obsolete. Now, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

During the session, Adrian will give an intimate insight into what inspires the fascinating and masterful worlds he creates. Their discussion will delve into his thrilling new series, with some of the book's most riveting passages read aloud. This is an opportunity to witness a meeting of minds between 'the break-out star of contemporary British SF' (Guardian) and the force behind one of the world's most successful science radio shows.

There will also be an opportunity to ask all your questions about the intricate worlds of magic and technology in Adrian’s writing, from the Shadows of the Apt and Echoes of the Fall fantasy series, to parallel worlds and alien creatures in the critically acclaimed Doors of Eden and Children of Time novels.

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Lincolnshire before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself he subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives with his wife and son. He's the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall trilogy, and The Doors of Eden. Children of Time was the winner of the 30th Anniversary Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. The Shards of Earth is book 1 in The Final Architecture trilogy. @aptshadow.

Robin Ince is many things. A comedian, an author, a broadcaster and a populariser of scientific ideas. The Guardian once declared him a ‘becardiganed polymath’ which seems about right. He is probably best known as the co-host of the Sony Gold Award winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. He also co-hosts the podcast Book Shambles with Josie Long, An Uncanny Hour and Science Shambles with Dr Helen Czerski, all three of which are a part of The Cosmic Shambles Network, which he co-created. His books include I’m a Joke and So Are You and The Bad Book Club, and he has edited and written short stories for two volumes of Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians. As a stand up he has toured the world and won three Chortle Awards, the Time Out Outstanding Achievement Award and was nominated for the British Comedy Awards Best Live show. @RobinInce

‘Tchaikovsky’s world-building is some of the best in modern sci-fi’ New Scientist on The Doors of Eden

‘Brain-ticklingly clever stuff’ Daily Mail on The Doors of Eden

‘His books are packed with thought-provoking ideas . . . One of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction’ Christopher Paolini

‘Tchaikovsky is writing modern classics' Tade Thompson

‘Tchaikovsky is one of our finest writers’ Gareth Powell

‘Tchaikovsky is clearly at the top of his game right now’ James Oswald on The Doors of Eden

‘Tchaikovsky has created a fantastic and highly imaginative new genre: evolution SF’ Peter F. Hamilton on The Doors of Eden

‘Brilliant science fiction and far out world building’ James McAvoy on Children of Time

Running time 90 minutes

Due to the increase of Coronavirus cases nationally, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the live audience at this event.  This meeting of masterful minds between Adrian Tchaikovsky and Robin Ince will now take place virtually, and will be live streamed only.



Age recommendation 12+


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