This Fragile Earth: Virtual event! - SciFiNow

This Fragile Earth: Virtual event!

SciFiNow is teaming up with Gollancz for an exclusive virtual evening for This Fragile Earth with its author Susannah Wise in conversation with fellow author Sophie Ward.

This Fragile Earth

Roll up, roll up for an exclusive event! We’re partnering up with our friends over at Gollancz to celebrate the upcoming release of This Fragile Earth by hosting a free virtual evening with author Susannah Wise in conversation with Love and Other Thought Experiments author Sophie Ward on 24 June.

Not only that but signed and dedicated copies of This Fragile Earth will be available to purchase via Daunt Books here.

What would you do to protect your family if the world stopped working?

Not long from now, in a recognisable yet changed London, Signy and Matthew lead a dull, difficult life. They’ve only really stayed together for the sake of their six year old son, Jed. But they’re surviving, just about. Until the day the technology that runs their world stops working. Unable to use their phones, pay for anything, even open the smart door to their flat, Matthew assumes that this is just a momentary glitch in the computers that now run the world.

But then the electricity and gas are cut off. Even the water stops running. And the pollination drones – vital to the world, ever since the bees all died – are behaving oddly. People are going missing. Soldiers are on the streets. London is no longer safe.

A shocking incident sends Signy and Jed on the run, desperate to flee London and escape to the small village where Signy grew up. Determined to protect her son, Signy will do almost anything to survive as the world falls apart around them. But she has no idea what is waiting for them outside the city…

Join us for free on Thursday 24 June 2021 between 19:00- 20:00 BST to find out more about Signy and Jed’s journey in a world that has stopped working!

This event will be hosted on Zoom and instructions of how to join the event will be emailed to you the week of the event. Please do not share these details with anyone else.

About the authors

Susannah Wise is an actor and writer who grew up in London and the Midlands. A childhood spent outdoors inspired her love of nature and tree climbing. The death of her father in 2015 was the catalyst for This Fragile Earth. His preoccupation with astronomy and the beauty of the night sky formed the jumping-off point for the story. Susannah studied at the Faber Academy, graduating in September 2018, during which time she wrote a second, more peculiar novel. Both books have been longlisted for the Mslexia prize.

She lives in London with her partner and son.

Sophie Ward is an actor and writer from North London who has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Her non-fiction book, A Marriage Proposal, was published by The Guardian in 2014. Her first novel, Love And Other Thought Experiments came out last year. The novel was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Booker Prize. Her second novel, The Schoolhouse, will be published in 2022.

So what are you waiting for? Register for your place at this intimate and exclusive event here!

Susannah Wise and Sophie Ward in conversation for This Fragile Earth will be taking place on 24 June alongside the release of the novel. Find out more here.