Water Wars and Book Sales (August, 2020)

The right to food and water is a fundamental one indeed – and WATER MUST FALL is about the human struggle to claim these rights, in the face of those who would own and monetise everything.

So, in the spirit of sharing resources more humanely and equitably, I have linked up with Amnesty International (South Africa) to share my profits from WATER MUST FALL with their TURN ON THE TAP initiative. I have contributed a Blog to their drive, which forms a background comment to WATER MUST FALL: Water Wars: Whose Side Are You ON?

The COVID caveat question, of course, is WILL my book make a profit? Given the devastating impact of the virus on smaller independent presses in particular, such as the sterling, seemingly indefatigable Ian Whates behind NEWCON PRESS, there is the real possibility that my book, as well as others from a batch of more brilliant authors, might struggle to even pay its costs.

So, to mitigate this, NEWCON have launched a one week only GRAND SALE, with a second book going at half price, AS WELL AS a FREE MYSTERY BOOK being thrown in – now how can you resist that??

There I go, monetising things…!

Anyway, this is the list of books and authors for sale at NEWCON;

Soul Chaser – Rachel Armstrong

The Bone Shaker – Edward Cox

The Shapes of Strangers – Ian Creasey

Edge of Heaven – RB Kelly

Tales from the Spired Inn – Stephen Palmer

A Hazardous Engagement – Gaie Sebold

Chivalry – Gavin G. Smith

Serpent Rose – Kari Sperring

Water Must Fall – Nick Wood

And another book of mine, my short story collection (along with several essays) LEARNING MONKEY AND CROCODILE, gets favourably reviewed at STRANGE HORIZONS (Issue 3, August 2020). The concluding paragraph from the reviewer Duncan Lawie:

He certainly writes science fiction well: as I hopefully made clear in the opening to this review, these stories evoked an emotional response in me; they made me want to turn the page, to understand more about the worlds they are set in, to care about the characters I discovered. And that means this middle aged white guy identified with all the variety in the volume. Wood’s stories are clearly founded in the canon of western SF; but they are just as clearly influenced by his personal story, and by his desire to show that all of the world can be part of the future. Strongly recommended.”

A ‘middle aged white guy’ huh – guess that partly fits the bill, but, like all of us, I’m a lot more than a few labels! But thanks for an insightful review, Duncan!

Also just published from the British Psychological Society is a special issue on Climate Psychology within the August 2020 edition of Clinical Psychology Forum. Given this is indefinitely free, the editors have given us permission to disseminate. So, if of interest, feel free to download below.

In this virulent heating climate, stay safe!

Nick Wood

August 2020