This is not a drill. Connie Willis will be signing her new book BLACK OUT on February 2, 2010 at the LODO Tattered Cover, 7:30 p.m. I am so there. This is her first novel since PASSAGE, published back in 2001. It’s been a long wait, but it is always worth it. BLACKOUT is about three historians from 2060 who travel back to 1940s England during the Blitz. This is a two-part story and volume 2 (ALL CLEAR) is not due out until November 2010. Reviews say that Part I ends with an intense cliffhanger, so the delay between books might be too much for some readers.
Willis says she now plans to work on other things, including a short story about a robot who wants to become a Rockette and another story about Satchel Paige, the greatest baseball player that ever lived. She is also going to be working on a romantic comedy about Area 51 and alien abduction, tentatively called THE ROAD TO ROSWELL. Of course, it might be another nine-year wait for that one as well.
Go to conniewillis.net for further details on all of this as well as links to recent interviews with Publisher’s Weekly, Locus Magazine and a discussion about time travel on Studio 360.
If there is such a thing as time travel, and BLACKOUT is as good as it sounds, then I’m going to travel to November 2010. So much for cliffhangers.