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The Grasslands Launches at Sci Fi on the Rock


On Friday, April 18, 2008, Iceberg Publishing partner and author Kenneth Tam launched The Grasslands the first book in his new alternate history series, to a full house at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. The event kicked off this year’s Sci Fi on the Rock convention, Atlantic Canada’s largest science fiction event.

“It was a great night, and a great convention as well,” Tam said. “And being able to launch The Grasslands at home was a real treat.”

The Grasslands takes place in an alternate version of the year 1919, and sees the Royal Newfoundland Regiment of that period sent to a new planet to search for something that might be of great use to the British Empire.

“Newfoundlanders are at the center of this story,” Tam explained, “so it seemed only right to launch the book on the Rock.”

After the Friday night launch, Tam remained in St. John’s over the weekend of April 19 and 20 as a guest at the convention. The weekend’s guest list was impressive, including actor Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in the original Star Wars films), actor Brian Downey, author Matthew LeDrew (Engen Books), author William Meikel, and comic book artist Paul Tucker. Teamed with LeDrew, Tam offered panels on writing and publishing, and participated in numerous events with fans.

The convention was a great success, drawing some 700 attendees, and plans have already been announced to expand Sci Fi on the Rock again in 2009. Kenneth Tam hopes to return to the third annual event, along with a new book in the His Majesty’s New World series.

“We haven’t developed our publishing schedule for 2009, but if we can manage it, I think we’d like to launch the next adventure for the [Royal Newfoundland Regiment] at Sci Fi on the Rock 3,” he stated.

In July, Tam will be heading to Toronto for Polaris 22, Canada’s largest fan-run science fiction event. This year’s event will mark his fifth straight year attending that convention as an author guest, and will see the debut of the next two Defense Command novels, The Canary Wars and The Forge Fires, as well as the much anticipated volume in the Equations series, The Nemesis Equation.

Further events and signings for The Grasslands have not been scheduled, but Tam says not to rule out the possibility. “We’re very much in production mode now, with many books to get done, and a full slate of titles to produce for the fall. But we won’t discount any options at this stage.”

The Grasslands is available in the Iceberg web store, and will be coming to select bookstores across Canada in the coming weeks.