News Updates: Lift-off for Desert Moonfire Book

Greetings, Earthlings.

Space Cat Press has been in orbit for two months now and what a blast it has been! We’ve put up five reviews of exciting new books, three blogs examining the overlap between space exploration and popular culture, marked two major space anniversaries and enjoyed an amazing day out at Edge Lit 2019. And we’re just getting started! Here’s a look at some of the things we have planned in the next two months.

Publication Date

The countdown to our first book release has begun. Desert Moonfire: The Men Who Raced To Space will be on sale from the 21st of September.

In this genre-bending book of poetry and creative non-fiction, Siobhan Logan examines the lives of two of the most important rocketeers in history: Wernher von Braun and Sergei Korolev.

From spaceflight clubs to gulags and concentration camps, Siobhan Logan’s writing traces the relationship between their quest for space exploration and the wider culture. Under the hammer blows of superpower conflict, sci-fi ships morph into lethal missiles and then titanic rockets bearing astronauts into orbit.

The shop section of the website will be offline until the 21st as we are updating it. Bear with us, the wait will be worth it! As well as two brand new editions of Desert Moonfire (print and e-book), we will have some fun new merch available for you to explore.  

Book Launch & Everybody’s Reading

The official Desert Moonfire book launch will be held during the Everybody’s Reading festival here in Leicester. For anyone unfamiliar with the festival, Everybody’s Reading is one that ‘aims to take reading to everyone in the community, from young children to grandparents, and to all areas of the city’. We here at SCP fully support this vision and you will likely see us at many of the events as well as the three we are participating in:

Leicester Writers’ Showcase Presents a Local Writers’ Fair. 12th October, 11am-3pm. The Local Writers’ Fair is a free event and is suitable for all ages. Come along to browse stalls, attend book signings, and get expert writing tips during workshops.

Write to the Moon and Back! 23rd October, 3-4.30pm. SCP author Siobhan Logan will lead this special space-themed workshop and we highly recommend that anyone interested in submitting to our anthologies attend. Writing materials and light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and suitable for 14+ years but you will need to book in advance to bag your spot! Email central-library@leicester.gov.uk or call 0116 2995 401 for more information.

Desert Moonfire Book Launch. 23rd October, 7-9pm. Our book launch will be hosted by Leicester Writers’ Showcase and Leicester Libraries. It will be a free event suitable for 14+ years. We will have model rockets, moon cake, and an explosive story to get off the launch pad!

All these events are at the Central Library, Bishop Street, Leicester.