New cover and Eastercon

Those concerned at my relative sparsity hereabouts should know I spend my time most often these days on Twitter, as @garygibsonsf.  I sometimes check out potential providers for building a static front page for this here blog with lots of details about the books and so forth, and maybe I'm just a cheapskate, but I ain't yet seen anything I'm comfortable spending real money on, as good as some of them are (I particularly liked what they offer over at Strikingly.com, but it's still just too expensive).

Not to say there aren't some things to report: the cover artwork for Marauder recently popped up online and started quietly spreading around, so I figured it was time to get it out and about. And so, here it is, the artwork for my next book, now due out at the start of September.

I'll emphasise that although this is set in the same universe as the Shoal trilogy, it's a separate, stand-alone story. You won't need to have read those previous books, and even though there are a few plot strands that connect it to certain prior events, everything you need to know to understand and enjoy the book is there. I must say, I'm particularly proud of this one, and I think you're going to like it.

I'll be at Eastercon in Bradford this coming weekend, getting down by rail and arriving at the actual con, I suspect, at about 6 on Friday early evening before diving straight into things. I'm only doing one panel, kind of a general thing on writing, at five on Saturday afternoon. There's something called a 'genre get-together' at 7 on Saturday evening I'm apparently part of. Outside of that, I'll be here, there and everywhere.