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Gone Girl for the VR generation . . . when the book is released ask Alexa to order you a copy. But be careful she doesn’t read it before you do, she may just tell the delivery drone that we’re onto them. 

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The paperback of Everything About You is finally here! It will be launched at Foyles bookshop in Bristol, on Thursday 21st February – come along and enjoy a lively evening of speculative fiction.

Freya has been lucky enough to get hold of a virtual assistant which knows everything about her and will fulfil her every desire. But there is something strange about its voice…


Futures Far and Near: Gareth L. Powell and Heather Child in Conversation

This is a joint book launch with Gareth L. Powell, author of the acclaimed Embers of War, a thrilling space opera featuring living ships, sentient forests, compelling characters and big questions about the nature of war. He will be launching the sequel, Fleet of Knives, at this event.

I’ll be talking about Everything About You, the future that is just around the corner, and how much control we are happy to concede to AI and automation technologies. What’s the worst that could happen, should you hand over your decision-making to an intelligence smarter than your own?

In these times of huge uncertainty, and with Brexit just around the corner, questions of identity loom large, and science fiction is perhaps the only clear lens we have with which to examine them.

Don’t miss out! Join us on Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

Foyles bookshop, Cabot Circus, Bristol.

https://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Events/Detail.aspx?eventId=3832


Discover it… before it discovers you

MORE ABOUT EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU

Small publishers gather in Bath

This weekend I was in Bath with Writers Unchained, meeting lots of other writers’ collectives, small presses and other creatives.

It was a good chance for all the publishers based in the Westcountry – like Tangent Books, Wizard’s Tower Press and Silver Crow Books – to come together, get to know one another and share their wares with the public.

MCM Comic Con London

This will be my second appearance at MCM Comic Con at London’s excel centre. This is where I’ll be if you want to say hello:

Saturday

14:00pm – 14:45pm – Creator Stage: Literary Young Guns – Writing a novel is tough work. Getting one published is even tougher. Join Moderator and debut author Tade Thompson (Rosewater) Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand) Leo Carew (The Wolf) Heather Child (Everything About You) Nick Setchfield (The War in the Dark) and Jeanette NG (Under the Pendulum Sun) as they discuss their journey from finished novel to publication

14:30pm – 15:00pm – Forbidden Planet SIGNING – Steven Erickson (Rejoice) Marieke Nijkamp (Before I Let Go) Tim Pratt (The Wrong Stars) Nicholas Eames (Bloody Rose) Heather Child (Everything About You)

18:00pm – 18:45pm – Creator Stage: Sci-Fi Scribblings – The field of science-fiction is filled to the brim with variety, from space operas to hard science.  Science-fiction authors Claire North (84K) Jamie Sawyer (The Lazarus War Series) Tim Pratt (The Wrong Stars) Heather Child (Everything About You) Tom Toner (The Tropic of Eternity) as they discuss what makes great science-fiction.

Sunday

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Creator Stage: Orbit Presents – Orbit Authors Nicholas Eames (Bloody Rose) Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand) Mike Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts) Tade Thompson (Rosewater) Heather Child (Everything About You) RJ Baker (King of AssassinsStephen Aryan (Mage Born) talk all things Orbit

13:00pm – 13:30pm – Forbidden Planet SIGNING – Mike Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts) Nicholas Eames (Bloody Rose) Tade Thompson (Rosewater) Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand) RJ Baker (King of Assassins) Heather Child (Everything About You)

Everything About You featured on BBC Radio 4

A lovely surprise to find Everything About You mentioned on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book as one of Peter F. Hamilton’s top six science fiction books. Peter F. Hamilton is the bestselling author of numerous sci-fi novels including the Greg Mandel series and the Night’s Dawn trilogy.

Everything About You was one of the more contemporary books among his six choices, a look forward to the data age when the internet knows everything about everyone.

You can listen to the show here (with the book mentioned at 23:04) https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/b0bgw8c6

Everything about you on the radio - record player

 

Talking AI at the Dystopian Book Club

James Smythe’s dystopian novel I Still Dream, is also about an artificial intelligence, and deals with many of the same themes as Everything About You. Thus it was no problem launching into a lively and in-depth AI debate when I joined him in London – along with Rachel Heng, author of Suicide Club – at the Dark Societies dystopian book club. 

One topic that seemed to strike a particular chill in the audience was the idea of AI clones of people being able to continue their lives after death. We discussed the (now defunct) @LivesOn Twitter service, which would digest a person’s tweets and then continue to interact as they would, even after they are gone. 

It was a great event, marred only by having to compete with the World Cup semi-final… which really separated out the true fans of sci-fi fiction! 

Everything About You – launch!

Launch day!

Everything About You finally hit the shelves today, and signings took place at Goldboro books in London and Forbidden Planet London and Bristol.

Everything About You

 


 

Starburst gives the book a thumbs-up

Everything About You has received its first review, by Tony Cowin of Starburst Magazine, and what a corker it is too.

Everything About You in Starburst

Everything About You is more than a Gone Girl for the VR generation, however. It’s a deep look at how technology is overtaking more complex threads of our lives. Everything from work to easing decision anxiety. It’s a future where you don’t even have to ask a question because Smartface knows what you need even before you do.

Read the full review here: https://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/everything-about-you

 

 

Exclusive Cover Reveal of Everything About You in Sci-fi Now


 

Everything About You by Heather Child exclusive cover reveal!

 

The new title for Smartface is Everything About You

We are becoming more familiar with the idea that we are products online, our identity bundled up to allow advertisers to target us with ever-increasing precision.

The smartface takes this a step further: knowing everything about you as the prerequisite to giving you exactly what you want, in every aspect of your life, now and in the future. You can sit back, relax, and leave the decision-making to a system that knows you better than you know yourself.


 

ORBIT ANNOUNCES SMART NEW DEBUT, HEATHER CHILD

PRESS RELEASE  |   18 May 2017

Little, Brown Book Group imprint Orbit is delighted to announce the acquisition of Smartface, an exceptional debut by Bristol-based author Heather Child.

Senior commissioning editor Jenni Hill acquired world rights in two crossover novels from Julie Crisp of the Julie Crisp Literary Agency, and Smartface will be published by Orbit in summer 2018.

It tells the story of a woman whose virtual assistant takes on the personality of her missing sister – shedding new light on a missing persons case from years before.

Exploring the blurred lines between reality and fantasy, this high-concept thriller examines what happens when smart becomes too smart, when people accumulate so much data online that they can be recreated as data ghosts and lives can be changed by the information they’ve left behind.

Heather Child says: ‘With intelligent assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa becoming commonplace, I wanted to look at what might happen if we willingly handed over control of our lives to algorithms that know us better than we do ourselves. It’s hugely exciting to be working with Orbit on this data-ghost story.’

 

Julie Crisp says: ‘Heather’s visionary tale of futuristic technology set against the emotional tale of a girl’s search for her lost sister is a brilliant fusing of high-concept ideas with a commercial storyline. With Orbit’s success with authors such as Claire North and M. R. Carey, they are the perfect home for this exciting new author.’

 

Jenni Hill says: ‘Smartface is a startlingly brilliant and probably (worryingly) quite accurate vision of the future, with completely engaging characters who simply carried me through the novel from beginning to end in record time. The book is so accomplished it is difficult to believe it is a debut, and I know that readers, reviewers and booksellers will be likewise blown away by the talent on show here.’

About Heather Child

Based in Bristol, Heather Child received AHRC funding for an MA in Writing at the University of Warwick in 2008, working with writers including Maureen Freely, Rebecca Abrams and China Miéville. Her work has appeared in a range of literary magazines including Mslexia, the Storgy 2014 Short Story Anthology and Under the Radar online. She is a communications professional and former chartered marketer. Her work on digital marketing has brought her into close contact with the cutting-edge automation and personalisation technologies that herald the ‘big data’ age. Smartface is a debut novel.

About Little, Brown Book Group

Four-time winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, most recently in 2014, Little, Brown is one of the UK’s most successful and diverse publishers. Our thirteen imprints consist of: Abacus; Atom; Blackfriars; Constable; Corsair; Fleet; Hachette Digital; Little, Brown; Orbit; Piatkus; Robinson; Sphere and Virago. Little, Brown Book Group has been part of the Hachette UK group since 2006. Further information can be found at www.littlebrown.co.uk.