A great day for this science fiction detective story: launch party pics and videos

Launch Party for the The Social Club, a novel by science fiction dark fantasy author David J Rodger

Saturday a bright, beautifully sunny but ice-cold November afternoon in England. Step into the comfortable warmth of the Shakespeare Tavern, next door to the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol. It’s a regular haunt for the Bristol Fantasy and Science Fiction Society, and it’s where they have arranged the launch party for my eighth novel: The Social Club.

The product on sale - Launch Party for The Social Club - a science fiction dark fantasy thriller by David J Rodger

What it’s all about…

Wonderful day. Great mix of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Lots of mingling took place. Felt like a proper party.   My thanks go to Jo Hall and Claire M Hutt from the SF Society for putting it all together. All I had to do was rock up with a stack of books and talk. Thanks to everyone who came and made the event so positive and friendly. I really enjoyed myself, and if you were there, I hope you did too.

I read the first chapter of the book then did some Q+A, followed by signing.  It’s the first time I’ve had a line of people queuing up for me to scribble some words inside the cover. Nice feeling. Very rewarding, if not rather surreal.  Dave Bradley, editor in chief for SFX magazine very kindly came along too; the video (below) includes one of his questions about the book.

The event really highlights the great work that the Bristol Fantasy and Science Fiction Society are doing, bringing talent to the foreground of public attention and giving indie-writers the support they probably don’t realise they can get.

If you’re a writer from the genre and you live in Bristol, get yourself down to one of the society meets.

The monthly society get-together and the more regular Bristol Fringe Readings are a fantastic opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks-  bypassing the usual rhetoric about explaining what you do – and to just relax with and find inspiration from others.  These are free and all writers and fans of Fantasy and Science Fiction are welcome. The society also organise the annual BristolCon event  (next year is set for 25th October – Early Bird Memberships Now On Sale , click for more info ).


The Social Club launch party took place next door to Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol - new science fiction dark fantasy novel by David J Rodger

At launch party with British Science Fiction Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger holding copy of his latest novel The Social Club set in post-apocalyptic London

The Social Club launch party Bristol England

Clutching copy of his purchase - dark science fiction thriller The Social Club by David J Rodger - an Orwellian detective story in a damaged universe

Floyd Hayes Creative Director of The Worlds Fastest Agency formerly of Cunning in New York and London at the Launch Party for The Social Club new sci-fi dark fantasy novel by David J Rodger

Floyd Hayes

Social Club Launch  Party

Jo Hall - Bristol Fantasy Science Fiction Society and David J Rodger - author of The Social Club a post-apocalyptic thriller at the launch party

Jo Hall (Bristol Fantasy & SF Society), David J Rodger

Launch party for the dark science fiction novel The Social Club by David J Rodger

Black and white photo of girl with Braun Coffee Maker next to stack of the new sci-fi dark fantasy novel by David J Rodger


The Social Club - A Yellow Dawn Novel by British Science Fiction Dark Fantasy Author David J Rodger - a thriller set in post-apocalyptic London

Available in paperback or Kindle format

The Social Club

By David J Rodger


A post-apocalyptic thriller




“Atmospheric and Creepy” – The Guardian on The Black Lake


“…a modern noir style mixed in with a heavy dose of brutal action adventure!” – Reflexiones Finales on Dog Eat Dog


David J Rodger’s vision of a post-apocalyptic world continues to expand with The Social Club – following the success of the action-packed Dog Eat Dog and eerily haunting tale of The Black Lake. All three books are separate and unrelated stories that occupy the shared universe of Yellow Dawn.

David J. Rodger is a British author of science fiction dark fantasy with eight novels under his belt. He is also the creator of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, an RPG that blends Cthulhu Mythos and Cyberpunk themes into a post-apocalyptic setting. His books are often described as intense, character driven, near-future thrillers. Compared to Ian Rankin / Colin Dexter and James Ellroy with a dose of Stephen King darkness, Rodger’s work crosses many boundaries to deliver a new and exciting fusion of ideas and genres. You never quite know what waits around the next corner. All his books are stand-alone but support each other as part of a consistent shared universe allowing you to build a deeper knowledge with every story.




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A 3 minute video showing a clip of me reading from the first chapter of The Social Club and fragments from the rather lengthy Q+A session, stitched together to keep the video short.  Includes questions from SFX Magazine Editor in Chief Dave Bradley, and from Floyd Hayes, Creative Director of the World’s Fastest Agency in New York (he flew over for the launch).



British Sci-Fi Dark Fantasy writer David J Rodger at launch party for  his new novel The Social Club - set in London after the apocalyptic event called Yellow Dawn - sits alongside Dog Eat Dog and The Black Lake

David J Rodger


Thanks to Hagenland Photography for many of these images.


4 thoughts on “A great day for this science fiction detective story: launch party pics and videos

  1. Reblogged this on Claire's Thingums and commented:
    When David mentions Claire M Hutt, I am proud to say ‘That’s Me!!!!’ We organised his book launch as a Fringe event, and because he’s a friend. He did brilliantly, the whole day was a success, everyone had smiles. Very proud!

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