JK Rowling has claimed that she created a cosmic vacancy when she turned down a trip on a spaceship.
The Harry Potter author, whose first novel for adults was published on Thursday, told fans she was given the chance to go into space.
"I was offered a seat. For a mere £2 million I could have been on the shuttle, but I turned it down," she said.
Rowling was speaking at an event for fans at London's Southbank Centre on the day The Casual Vacancy was published.