Shoreline of Infinity and the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Now this is exciting (1).

Shoreline of Infinity is hosting an Event Horizon at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – the date for your diary is Wednesday 16th August, at 9pm.

This is part of the Unbound series of Live Events in the wonderfully atmospheric, and vaguely steampunkish, surroundings of the Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square. It’s free. It’s our usual glorious mix of prose and poetry, music and drama. So far confirmed are:

Ken MacLeod, Jane Yolen, Jo Walton, Bram E Gieben, Pippa Goldschmidt, Markee de Saw & Bert Finkle, Atzi, and The Infinitesimals. Full details here.

And we’ll be officially launching our Shoreline of Infinity Edinburgh International Book Festival Special Edition

Now this is exciting (2).

The Book Festival suggested we publish a special edition of Shoreline of Infinity, and of course we were delighted to do so. This will be available from the Book Festival Bookshop at the Festival venue in Charlotte Square for the duration of the Festival 12th August – 29th August.

Included in this 222 page bumper issue we have fantastic sci-fi stories, articles and poems from Pippa Goldschmidt, Adam Roberts, Ken MacLeod, Ada Palmer, Nalo Hopkinson, Charles Stross, Jo Walton and Jane Yolen (all of whom are appearing at the Book Festival see – Ken MacLeod’s Guest List).

This issue also shows off some of the fine Scottish science fiction talent we have been privileged to publish. Tips of the hat go to: Caroline Grebbell, Iain Maloney, Russell Jones, Dee Raspin, Gary Gibson, Thomas Clark, Katie Gray and Andrew J Wilson for their stories. We are also delighted to use this issue as an excuse to re-publish Ruth EJ Booth’s BSFA award winning story, The Honey Trap. Ruth writes a regular well-loved column on the boulder-strewn path to becoming a writer.

This special issue is also an opportunity for the editorial team to reflect. Iain Maloney takes a look at Scottish dystopian fiction, Russell Jones talks about SF poetry and, as MC and organiser, tells us about Event Horizon. Monica Burns brings us up to date with SF Caledonia, our project on early Scottish science fiction, and Mark Toner explores the artwork of Shoreline of Infinity.

We also include poetry from: Iain M Banks, Marge Simon, Shelly Bryant, Benjamin Dodds and Grahaeme Barrasford Young

If you can’t make it to Edinburgh, you can pre-order it to be sent to you in a format of your choice. Go to

 Shoreline of Infinity – Edinburgh International Book Festival Special Edition

Now this is exciting (3).

This year the Book Festival asked Ken MacLeod to invite some of his favourite writers to the Festival, and create a science fiction strand. Ken has done the Festival proud, with a galaxy of fine writers. You can book tickets and see the list of invitees here.

So thanks are due to Ken MacLeod and the Edinburgh International Book Festival for helping us to fill this special edition and for allowing us to host an Event Horizon.

Let us know if you are coming – it would be great to meet Shoreline friends and readers.

-Noel Chidwick
Editor-in Chief, Editor
Shoreline of Infinity