Thanks to the work of exoplanet hunters and the Kepler telescope, we are becoming used to hearing about other planets - possibly Earth-like worlds - being discovered around other stars.
The setting of Phoenicia's Worlds is therefore both timely and intriguing - set on mankind's sole colony outside of our solar system. La Nueva Temporada is an Earth-type planet - albeit one caught in the grip of a very Earth-type Ice Age.Alex Mateo wants nothing more than to stay and contribute to the terraforming of his homeworld. But tragedy strikes the colony, and to save it from starvation and collapse, Alex must reluctantly entrust himself to the Phoenicia, the only starship in existence, to make the long slower-than-light journey back to Earth.
But it is his brother Quin, who loathes La Nueva Temporada and all the people on it, who must watch his world collapse around him and become its saviour…while everyone watches the skies for the return of the Phoenicia...
Born in Belfast in 1965, Ben Jeapes began writing science fiction at the age of 18, and has published five novels under his own name. He has also had a lot more published as a ghostwriter for hire in a variety of genres.
Jonathan Oliver is the editor-in-chief of Solaris and Abaddon Books and is also the author of 'Twilight of Kerberos: The Call of Kerberos'. He has an MA in science fiction, has worked in publishing for 10 years and also lives in Abingdon.
Ben and Jon will be discussing Phoenicia's Worlds, taking questions about his writing and asking the question: just what makes a good science fiction novel?
Science fiction has a long and proud history of extrapolating the present to predict the future, so come along and join in the discussion - whether you consider yourself a fan of science fiction or not.
The event takes place at Mostly Books on Thurs 25 July at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3, redeemable against a purchase on the night, and includes a glass (or two) of wine courtesy of Solaris Books.