ITEM: Signed copy of Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall (she’ll draw in it if you want!). Sophia wrote: “There are two Filipino-Australian main characters. Well, of course I would want to help anyway. But that’s why it feels particularly urgent to me.”
DETAILS: 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.
BIO: I am the author of the ROMANITAS trilogy (Orion and Gollancz), numerous shorts and MARS EVACUEES, out with Egmont in April.