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Tam to Appear as Guest Author at Toronto Trek

06-28-2004

Attendance at Canada’s largest science fiction convention as an author guest, and book events at five Chapters stores will mark the release of Waterloo author Kenneth Tam’s second novel, The Alien Equation, in July.

Nineteen-year-old Tam, who released his first novel, The Human Equation, this past October at a book launch at his former high school, says he’s thrilled to be participating in Toronto Trek. The convention, which will be held from July 2-4 in Toronto, is the largest event of its kind in the country.

“Toronto Trek attracts about 3,000 sci-fi and fantasy fans every year, so while the invitation to be an author guest came as a surprise, it was a very welcome one,” Tam says. “I’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with fans of sci-fi, interact with some of Canada’s best-known sci-fi writers, and really indulge my appetite for science fiction TV and movies.”

Tam follows the Toronto Trek appearance with book events at five Chapters stores in southwestern Ontario, starting with Waterloo on Thursday, July 8, then moving to Kitchener (July 11), Guelph (July 15), South London (July 17), and Ancaster (July 18).

“I’ve already been to each of these stores with The Human Equation,” Tam explains. “I’m certainly looking forward to visiting each one again.’ It’s been a busy year for Tam. In addition to marketing two books, he is currently at work preparing the third in the series for release in the fall, and is drafting the sixth. He is also a full-time student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and works part time as sports information officer in the university’s Athletics department.

The Equations novels are set 700 years in the future, after the human race was driven from Earth and returned to find it occupied. The Alien Equation, second in the series, finds Earth’s new inhabitants, the Earthers, leaving their home planet and becoming embroiled in a conflict to help save the humans from destruction. A total of eight Equations novels are planned.

Published by Iceberg Publishing — an independent publishing company started by Tam and his family in 2002 ?? the first novel has been well received by readers.

Tam says it’s been especially satisfying, since the release of his first novel, to hear about readers’ reactions. “It’s been called a ‘real page-turner’ and a ‘compelling vision’ for the future,” Tam says. “It’s also sparked questions about whether or not the Earthers are ‘too good to be true’, which is particularly interesting since that’s exactly the same question human characters in the story ask.”

“The youngest reader I’ve heard from is a grade 9 student from Alberta, the eldest a retired police officer from Ontario,” Tam says. “I’m very pleased the story appeals to that wide an age range — my goal from the outset was to have these books and their messages accessible to as broad an audience as possible, and so far that seems to be what’s happening.”

The Alien Equation will be available at select Chapters stores in the coming weeks, as well as from a number of local retailers. Tam’s books are also for sale on-line at discounted prices directly from the publisher at www.icebergpublishing.com.