It was the book birthday of The Infinite Library and Other Stories last 28 September. If you would like to get an advanced copy, it’s available at the independent bookstore BooksActually ahead of the launch at the Singapore Writers Festival (on Tuesday, November 7 from 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm at the Gallery II of The Arts House).
Trivia time: What else shares my book birthday?
In 2015 NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars.
In 2008 SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
In 1987 “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” debuts on syndicated TV
In 1965 Taal Volcano explodes in Batangas, Philippines killing around 100 people
In 1928 Juan de la Cierva completes the first helicopter flight over the English Channel
In 1901 Filipino patriots defeat 48 members of the US 9th Infantry in Balangiga, Samar
In 1066 William the Conqueror invades England, landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex
The Singapore Writers Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and I am happy to be part of an event that includes such literary and genre heavy weights such as Gemino Abad, Dean Alfar, Simon Armitage, Aliette de Bodard, Shelly Bryant, Junot Diaz, Ken Liu, Marjorie Liu, Isa Kamari, Jason Erik Lundberg, Ng Yi-Sheng, Tony Parsons, Edwin Thumboo , Cyril Wong and JY Yang to name just a few.
The festival’s theme this year is the Tamil word அரம் (Aram) whose meaning embodies goodness, equity and justice. Used extensively in older Tamil literature, it is a word has rich connotation and an ideal of goodness and generosity for humanity to aspire to. It is today a quality much needed in our increasingly complex and difficult world.
Some of the best Science Fiction stories also share this normative, Utopian vision and I hope to be able to talk about it in my panels. You can find my SWF schedule here:
Lastly Math Paper press will be launching my book The Infinite Library and Other Stories along with The Story of Number Nine by Josiah Ng. I hope to see you all there!
New Titles by Math Paper Press III:
The Story of Number Nine and The Infinite Library
7 Nov Tue 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Gallery II, The Arts House (Free Event)