Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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Barbarians editing process completed

I’ve made all the corrections (quite a few typos) and a few revisions to Barbarians of the Beyond asked for my John Vance and Koen Vyverman.  The ms is now effectively complete.  Probable next step:  create a typeset that can be circulated as an Advance Reading Copy.  A number of big-name authors have said they will read and blurb the book.  I can also think of some reviewers who would like to receive an ARC.

We’re hoping to generate as much advance buzz as we can, so your comments on blogs and social media are welcome and encouraged.

For a lot of Vance fans, this may be a significant event.  We’d like to see more readers outside the Vancephile community become aware and interested, too.

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Barbarians turned in

I’ve turned in Barbarians of the Beyond, 61k-words, an authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s quintilogy, The Demon Princes, to Spatterlight Press, headed by Jack’s son, John.

Spatterlight normally produces POD paperbacks and ebooks in its Paladins of Vance series, but for Barbarians we are looking for an agent to represent the property.

More news as it develops.

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Interview transcript

Here’s the transcript of an interview I did with former WorldCon chair David Grigg, for his podcast, Two Chairs Talking.

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Horton reviews “The Bicolour Spiral”

Rich Horton has reviewed “The Bicolour Spiral” in Locus, saying, “. . . an engaging story from Matthew Hughes, ”The Bicolour Spiral”, one of his stories about Erm Kaslo, an ”op” (private detective) in Hughes’ Jack Vance-derived science fantasy far-future setting. Kaslo is engaged by a woman to investigate her uncle’s murder because she is going to be tried for the crime. The murdered man was a very rich collector of a certain kind of rare alien pearl. As with many of Hughes’s mysteries, it’s entertainingly told in a decent pastiche of Vance’s style, setting up a complicated mystery and resolving it nicely, with sidetracks to describe the rather baroque society (and punishment regimen) of one of the planets in this distant future.”

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Another review of What the Wind Brings

Blogger and reviewer Anthony Avina gives What the Wind Brings ten out of ten, saying, ” The author does a fantastic job of crafting a narrative that draws its strength from intricate and memorable characters. The use of historical figures as the protagonists was an inspired choice and made it easier for readers to connect with the characters overall.”

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