SKYLIGHT BOOKS PRESENTS WARREN ELLIS reading from his novel NORMAL with CORY DOCTOROW at PIETER PERFORMANCE SPACE
Skylight Books is thrilled to present Warren Ellis as he reads from his new novel Normal at Pieter Space with Cory Doctorow.
A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future--by an iconic visionary writer.
Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.
For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the abyss gaze takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.
When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis's Normal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future--and the past, and the now.
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket price includes a copy of the book. The reading and Q&A will be followed by a signing. Warren will only sign NORMAL--no backlist, memorabilia, posters, DVDs, fan art, etc. Also, we are not allowing any photographs.
If you're already a member of our Friends with Benefits program, click on the "Enter a Password or Discount Code" and use the discount code we e-mailed you for a discounted ticket. If you'd like to sign up for membership ($25 for one year), go to http://www.skylightbooks.com/friends-benefits-membership-club, and leave a note in the order comments field when you check out that you'd like a discount code for this event. We'll e-mail you the code as soon as we process your membership order (which might take a day or two).
CAN'T ATTEND? Please purchase a copy of Normal by calling the store at (323) 660-1175 or ordering online at www.skylightbooks.com. We'll do our best to get it signed for you. (Just be sure to click the purple "Signed Copy" button on the next screen once you add the book to your cart.) You may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
Pieter Performance Space (View)
420 West Avenue 33
Los Angeles, CA 90031