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Sussex author launches latest book from hit sci-fi series

Naomi Foyle

THE latest book in a hit science fiction series created by a Sussex author is to be released in Chichester this week.

Novelist Naomi Foyle, who wrote the popular Gaia Chronicles, will be signing copies of paperback Rook Song and reading extracts of her first volume Astra on Wednesday 11 March.

The fantasy series documents the adventures of a young girl living in a near-distant dystopian future which explores climate change as well as politics and conflict in the Middle East.

The book launch, which is free for members of the public as well as University students and staff, will be held at Bishop Otter campus in Chichester.

Dr Foyle, who lives in Brighton, is a Senior Lecturer Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, and has previously published a number of fantasy novels.

Rook Song

This has included the 2013 cyber-thriller Seoul Survivors, which follows three troubled youngsters in the South Korean capital aiming to reinvent themselves before the earth is hit by a meteor.

Speaking of her recent science fiction series, Dr Foyle said: “Set in a post-fossil fuel parallel Mesopotamia, The Gaia Chronicles tell the story of an impulsive young woman who discovers that her sheltered Eden is built on sinister lies.

“In my first novel, Astra, the truth dawns, and in the latest, Rook Song, she must decide what she is going to do about it.”

AstraThe book launch, which starts at 5:15pm, will be chaired by Dr Hugh Dunkerley from the University’s department of English and Creative Writing.

He said: “The Gaia Chronicles are an absorbing sci-fi and fantasy series as well as an uplifting celebration of diversity.

“This event will be a great chance to hear from Dr Foyle about any aspect of science fiction and fantasy, as well as her inspirations, creative process, and path to publication.”

To find out more contact event organiser Lorna Sargent at l.sargent@chi.ac.uk or go to University House 13, Bishop Otter campus, Chichester, PO19 6PE.

Alternatively for more about Dr Foyle or her science fiction series visit www.naomifoyle.com or, for information about studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, go to www.chi.ac.uk/english.