Ah, well, a fine time was had by all, actually. FP treated us kindly, and had us four Orbit writers set up on generous tables down in the book department, and soon after 6pm a river of readers coursed through the place. As one might expect, there were a few more along to get books and other sundry objects signed by Charlie Stross, but my own signing hand was kept busy (and a number of my tasty bookmarks were given away too).
Afterwards, we, being the writers, editors and friends – including the strenuously talented Dave Wingrove (at whose gaff I was kipping that night) – repaired to the theatre bar at the Phoenix theatre not far away. Drinks were drank, nachos were chewed, and much interesting chitchat ensued. All in all, a good time on all fronts (and thanks to Dave for putting me up).