Tour: Blackout by Connie Willis

 

The ancient adage, “All good things to those who wait,” has never been truer than with Connie Willis.
Connie is the recipient of numerous Nebula and Hugo Award nominations—and wins. In fact, she has won six Nebula Awards and ten Hugo Awards for her fiction.
That is some serious work taken seriously by a great many people.
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She hasn’t had a novel since Passage, but that is about to change on February 2, 2010.
Blackout, her soon-to-be-published newest novel, is an interesting and intriguing meld of science fiction and history swirling around World War II. Make the jump for the summary of the book as well as the planned tour stops.


Summary

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds—great and small—of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collide—and the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.
Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place. Scores of time-traveling historians are being sent into the past, to destinations including the American Civil War and the attack on the World Trade Center. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser, Mr. Dunworthy, into letting her go to VE Day. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz. And seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who has a major crush on Polly, is determined to go to the Crusades so that he can “catch up” to her in age.
But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments for no apparent reason and switching around everyone’s schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. For there they face air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history—to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Because suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.
From the people sheltering in the tube stations of London to the retired sailors who set off across the Channel to rescue the stranded British Army from Dunkirk, from shopgirls to ambulance drivers, from spies to hospital nurses to Shakespearean actors, Blackout reveals a side of World War II seldom seen before: a dangerous, desperate world in which there are no civilians and in which everybody—from the Queen down to the lowliest barmaid—is determined to do their bit to help a beleaguered nation survive.

Tour

2/02/10
Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
7:30 pm
2/03/10
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #302
San Diego, CA 92111
7:00 pm
2/04/10
Borderland Books
866 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
7:00 pm
2/05/10
Powell’s Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
7:00 pm
2/07/10
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA
1:00 pm
2/09/10
University of Northen Colorado
Book Reception
Greeley, Colorado
Location and Time TBA
TBA
2/13/10
Who Else! Books
Broadway Book Mall
200 S. Broadway
Denver, CO
3:00 pm
2/18/10
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
6:30 pm

If you get a chance, definitely go and see Connie; she is witty and fun, an utter sweetheart and super intelligent about the publishing business and the craft of writing. You can learn more about her at her website, www.conniewillis.net!
Blackout hits bookstore shelves on February 2, 2010!