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City Books Present: Chris Brookmyre

Wednesday 20th February 2013 - Starts 7pm



City Books present CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE talking about his new book: BEDLAM

A new SF venture for crime writer Christopher Brookmyre: over-clocked and hardware-accelerated.

Ross Baker, an overworked and underpaid young scientist from Stirling, is developing new NHS scanning technology for corporate giants Neurosphere, but he’d rather be playing computer games than dealing with his nightmare boss or slacker co-workers. When he’s given the chance to test candidate some new technology, he sees it as a great way to escape the office. But when Ross gets up from the scanner he finds that he is trapped in Starfire – the sci-fi video game that he spent much of his teenage years playing – with no explanation, no back-up and no way out.

In a video game, as in life, you have to play the hand you’re dealt. Or is it just a case of learning the rules?  With his new computerised identity, ‘Bedlam’, Ross is about to discover some important lessons in life, real and technological, and some sinister truths about Neurosphere itself. Told with Brookmyre’s black humour, Bedlam is a white-knuckle ride satire about life, ever lasting life and everything in between.

About The Author:

Christopher Brookmyre’s award-winning debut novel Quite Ugly One Morning launched him as one of Britain’s leading crime novelists. His novels include the Sunday Times bestseller Where The Bodies Are Buried, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, When the Devil Drives, Quite Ugly One Morning, Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks, A Snowball In Hell and A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil. He is the winner of two Sherlock Holmes Awards, the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for Comic Fiction.

‘Like the best Science Fiction books, Bedlam utilises an alternative reality to pose deep philosophical questions about the human condition. Like the best Christopher Brookmyre books it also has funny jokes, characters you can empathise with and devastatingly employed swear words.’ ~ Ed Byrne

‘A fascinating, fast-paced but thoughtful blend of Science Fiction and techno-thriller – especially for anyone who’s ever played a computer game ‘just for half an hour before bed’ and discovered that, suddenly, the dawn in coming up…’ ~ Iain Banks

What Brookmyre does best – terrific premise, great glued-to-the-page, pulse-stimulating story –  and then the dawning realization that there’s Something Much Deeper (and probably more sinister) Than You Thought going on!  Twisty, Top-notch Hardcore SF.’ ~ Diana Gabaldon

‘Christopher Brookmyre hits another high score with this brilliant, fast-paced gamer’s nightmare’ ~ Charles Stross