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Sold another novel

I’ve sold The Kaslo Chronicles, the science-fantasy novel serialized in Lightspeed, to PS Publishing.  It should be out in limited editions next year.

If you can’t wait that long, all the episodes of the novel (except for the last) can be found in Lightspeed‘s archives.  The final episode will be available for a free read on May 26.

The PS editions will probably contain some new material.  This was the first time I’ve ever serialized a novel and, like Dickens, I was writing and sending in the episodes as they were written.  That means I couldn’t go back and add something to Chapter 2 to fit with something I didn’t think of until Chapter 7.  Also, at 74,000 words, it’s a bit short.

I’m going to read it for the first time in the next couple of weeks to see where it can take some additions and general tweaking.


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Whimsies/Noubles Ebay Auction Still Ongoing

The Ebay auction for the rare publisher’s copy of Of Whimsies and Noubles still has three days to run. There have been twelve bids and the highest now is £41. Proceeds go to relief for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

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Whimsies and Noubles to aid Nepal

In an effort to aid the Nepalese after the devastating earthquake, something called Authors for Nepal has asked folks like me to donate books to be auctioned on Ebay. I’ve offered a signed copy of Of Whimsies and Noubles, the limited edition (100 copies) Luff Imbry novella from PS Publishing, which came out last year.

This is a highly collectible title, being not only a signed hardcover, but what’s called a publisher’s copy: one of only a handful of extras produced beyond the 100-copy limit. Technically, that makes it very rare indeed.

I’ve only just now been told that the book is up for auction, which closes on Friday. When I checked the Ebay listing, I saw that there were no bids and the asking price was 10 pounds.

If anyone’s interested, here’s where to go.

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Jack Vance YouTube Channel

Before he died, Jack Vance and his son, John, set up a webstore to sell Jack’s backlist. I was pleased to be asked to write some blurbs for the titles, some of which are favorites of mine from way back when.

More recently, John, together with Koen Vyverman, created a Jack Vance YouTube channel. Gradually, they are producing individual YT videos a minute or so long, to stimulate interest among the vast and fortunate throng who have never read Vance – I call them fortunate, because I envy them the experience of discovery.

The individual shorts feature artwork and music chosen by Koen and a blurb narrated by John. I’ve been writing quite a few of the texts – I’ve been told I have a knack for such wordsmithery, which is not surprising because I wrote PR materials of all sorts for forty years. More recently, John asked me if I would not only write but narrate the words I’d written. I said sure, and now I’ve done a dozen or so, with more to come.

The first of them promotes Mazirian the Magician, Jack’s preferred title for his seminal work originally released under the publisher’s choice of title: The Dying Earth. If you’re interested in hearing my oddly inflected mid-Atlantic accent trying to stimulate the world to read a Jack Vance classic, tune in here:

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Luff Imbry in the NYRSF

Critic and sf aficionado Mike Barrett’s excellent piece on my Luff Imbry stories in the current New York Review of Science Fiction is now available for a free read.

Meanwhile, I’m 20,000 words into the Imbry novella that will go into the omnibus edition of the three others previously published by PS Publishing.  Should finish it and turn it in this month.

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