Here is the Hungarian cover of LoveStar, by Andri Snær Magnason. The bird on the cover is my favourite bird, Sterna Paradisea, the arctic tern or kría, in Icelandic. The tern migrates from Iceland to South-Africa every year, making it the species on earth travelling the greatest distance every year. In LoveStar a group of scientists find out how a bird can hatch from an egg in northern Iceland and travel all that way having never been to South Africa before. They find these tiny “birdwaves” that they use to travel. And they find a way to transmit data through these birdwaves directly to our heads, making the LoveStar corporation the new paradigm for technology and the founder the most powerful man on earth. The US edition can be found here.

Hey sci-fi fans! Join us for a discussion about contemporary science fiction at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, as we chat with a few of the best new authors in the business. Be sure to get there early, because the first 100 drinks are free!

You may have heard of Stephen H. Segal from his contributions to popular sci-fi/horror magazine Weird Tales, his current stint as Editor in Chief of the Philadelphia Weekly or his book Geek Wisdom.  He is also an editor at QuirkBooks, and will be moderating the discussion between Togather authors Andri Magnason and Sean Ferrell.

Magnason’s new novel LoveStar tells of a futuristic society that has discovered a new way of transmitting data: birdwaves. However, with progress comes a consumerist technological takeover that forces young lovers Indridi and Sigrid to fight for their love when it is declared scientifically invalid.  

Ferrell’s The Man in the Empty Suit is the story of a time traveler who spends his birthday alone each year in an abandoned hotel with only past and present versions of himself for company. When a woman he has never seen before suddenly shows up at his annual celebration, the time traveler finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that may endanger one or more versions of his life.  

Sponsored by Seven Stories Press, Soho Press, Quirk Books, and Togather, this event is sure strike up some intriguing conversation by these authors at the forefront of contemporary sci-fi. We hope to see you there!