Forthcoming seminars

by Henry Farrell on March 3, 2017

We’re publishing two book seminars in the very near future. The first is on Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning and Seven Surrenders. That’ll be starting next week, on Seven Surrenders’ launch day. The second is on Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway – that will be happening in April, again when the book is launched. They should both be fun.



JDC 03.03.17 at 6:21 pm

Looking forward to a discussion of Too Lkke the Lightning which fascinated me but I do not like at all.


Yankee 03.03.17 at 7:12 pm

I’m looking forward to receiving my preorder of SS but I sure won’t have it read by next week, unlike the frontpagers evidently. Seems like this seminar is either too late or way too early … or just for marketing? if so, s’cuse me…


Ben 03.03.17 at 7:56 pm

Yessssssss excellent


Matt 03.03.17 at 8:08 pm

I really liked the Red Plenty seminar here. But I had a chance to read the book more than once before the actual seminar.

I’ve read Too Like the Lightning and my feelings about it could change significantly depending on the later books. (Short version: it’s breathtaking how Palmer lofts all these ideas into the air, but they have to keep flying and not crash in subsequent books to maintain my astonished and delighted initial reaction to TLTL.) I fear the active discussion of Seven Surrenders will be mostly over by the time I finish reading it, if that’s starting next week. I’ll hope that the Ada Palmer event is spread out over time and that the Seven Surrenders part of it is still some weeks in the future.


Dave Maier 03.04.17 at 1:39 pm

Full agreement with Yankee, Ben, and Matt (@2, 3, 4).


Gabriel 03.05.17 at 9:17 pm

Seminars are what drew me to CT years ago; always enjoy them when they appear.


Belle Waring 03.06.17 at 4:51 am

I realize it’s a little tough for people who have not had time to read Seven Surrenders yet. However, some of us are discussing Too Like The Lightning quite a bit, as I think the two novels are more like parts of one big novel than most books in SF trilogies or whatever (I feel that the series could end very satisfactorily with Seven Surrenders, but I look forward to being pleasantly wrong.) We’ve also labeled spoilers carefully, and you could always come back to the essays? Insofar as it prompts you to read Seven Surrenders the actual minute it comes out, you will be the winner. And it’s not as though people don’t read book reviews just when books are published…I hope you will enjoy it anyway! It partly explains why posting has been so sluggish; I’ll try to fix that part.


Dave Maier 03.06.17 at 1:47 pm

I thought we knew already that Seven Surrenders was the final book. At the end of TLTL maybe it says “to be concluded in SS” or something? I don’t have TLTL to hand, but I know I didn’t make that up — I would have assumed otherwise that we were looking at a trilogy (like the Ann Leckie Radch books).


Dave Maier 03.06.17 at 1:49 pm

Oops — the Amazon page for SS says “book 2 of 3 in the Terra Ignota series”. How about that. Now for an edit function on CT comment threads!


Luis 03.06.17 at 6:09 pm

“not had time”? Us plebes don’t have access yet :) Count me in with the “too soon” group; even with a normal book I’d need at least a weekend between book release and symposium, and TLTL was no normal book. (I hardly ever re-read books before sequel releases; TLTL demanded, required, that.)


Luis 03.06.17 at 6:10 pm

(That said, very excited that CT has chosen to do a symposium on TLTL/7S, even if I won’t be able to comment usefully on it for a few weeks.)


TheSophist 03.07.17 at 1:45 am

Add me to the list of those who would prefer it if the symposium started, say, in a week.


Belle Waring 03.07.17 at 2:41 am

How about “will not have had time.” Future perfect FTW!


Dave Maier 03.07.17 at 3:30 pm

I will always have been a fan of the future perfect tense.

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