Sophia McDougall - whose short fiction I love - is having a giveaway on her site for her new book Mars Evacuees. Having heard her talk about the book at WFC and having missed the chance to nab myself a proof there, I decided that I had to try and enter even if my funny has decided to take a vacation today and my drawing skills are worse than those of my three-year-old. I decided to go with the “promote my book”-angle only to find there was no cover art yet, at least not that I could on Sophia’s site or Egmont UK’s site, so it seemed I’d have to draw anyway. So the above is my own promotional illustration for Mars Evacuees and below is the cover text I found on Sophia’s blog.
The fact that someone had decided I would be safer on Mars, where you could still only SORT OF breathe the air and SORT OF not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well.
I’d been worried I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.
And despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterwards, I’d do it all again. because until you’ve been shot at, pursued by terrifying aliens, taught maths by a laser-shooting robot goldfish and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say that you’ve really lived.
If the same thing happens to you, this is my advice: ALWAYS CARRY DUCT TAPE.
Now let’s hope that I have pleased the author enough to win one of the five copies ;-)