Reviewers' Choice and Thy Kingdom Come

A cameo appearance for for the bi-annual Reviewers' Choice picks.

This is clearly a thinly-veiled response to 2018's emotional gauntlet, but my two choices - Slay and The Stars Now Unclaimed - are both very fun, very bouncy, utterly escapist reads. Plus, zombie space raptors.

Also, Simon Morden talks about the history of Thy Kingdom Come. A reprint of this book was our third(?) Jurassic London book, so I chimed in with a bit about what I learned from publishing this (utterly lovely) book. The (minimalist) page for the book is still around, but it doesn't really do it justice.



NWG Innovation Festival

I'm a guest at the upcoming NWG Innovation Festival in Newcastle. The Festival is a unique event: a week-long series of hack days, with teams trying to solve a dozen different societal and environmental problems. That's a lot, but there's even more around the edges - speakers (hi!), school programmes, panels, workshops and much more.

I'll be working with the team from Explain to answer: 'how to build advocacy with communities and customers?':

Market research experts Explain Market Research will be heading up the sprint team looking at how companies and business from across the world build fan bases and what they can do to turn customers into fans. How do you change ‘likes' into loyalty and turn sales into supporters, Explain will lead the way.

A great challenge, and I'm delighted to be participating as planner and a shameless fanboy. I'll be speaking on Tuesday (10th) about fandoms and fan culture. Tickets and details here. (And some recent thoughts on loyalty here.)

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What Lovecraft lacked, and still lacks, in popular success, he makes up for in fan loyalty. There's an entire ecosystem that exists with the singular and self-reinforcing purpose of keeping Lovecraft important. There's a lot to be questioned about this, including: 'Is Lovecraft actually important?' But, to me, what's more interesting is the why. Why is it so important that Lovecraft is important?

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