|The Early Days of a Better Nation|
Saturday, June 04, 2011
This week I received from PS Publishing my contributor copy of Postscripts #24/25 - The New and Perfect Man edited by Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers, in the sumptuous signed and tray-cased limited edition, an object of extraordinary beauty; a jacketed hardcover is also available.
Truth in advertising compels me to admit that the names of a few of the authors, mine included, are missing from the signature sheets. Suffice it to say that a batch of signature sheets were irretrievably and inexplicably lost in the post between me and the next name on the list. This is all of a piece with the quite remarkable ill-luck that has dogged my own story, originally commissioned many years ago for an anthology of Lovecraftian hard SF called The Cthulhuian Singularity, whose publication encountered eventually terminal delays and ... difficulties, the tale of which is not for mortal tongue to utter. I'm inordinately proud of 'The Vorkuta Event', but the vicissitudes of its publication have often made me mutter darkly about the possibility that the story is actually cursed.
However - all's well that ends well! It's published at last, in stellar company and in a very fine edition, delightfully illustrated. If any brave soul approaches me with a copy, I'll be very happy to sign it.
With my left hand, just in case.
The latest bumper edition of the POSTSCRIPTS ANTHOLOGY - almost 150,000 words in all!
•THE NEW AND PERFECT MAN -- Carol Emshwiller (cover story, Ed Emsh illustration)
•FRIGHTENED ANGELS -- Jeremy Adam Smith
•TO SEE INFINITY BARE -- Rudy Rucker & Paul Di Filippo
•ELECTRIC BREAKFAST -- Paul Meloy
•A CRACK IN THE CEILING OF THE WORLD -- Michael Kelly
•THE DOG PARADE -- Lawrence Person
•THE LAST HERETIC -- Darrell Schweitzer
•THE STORY OF PRINCESS ROSEBUD -- Alan Peter Ryan
•THE INN OF DISTANT SORROWS -- Thomas Tessier
•A MOMENT AT THE HOUSE -- T.M. Wright
•WHISPER -- Richard Calder
•THE PRIMATE SANCTUARY -- Quentin S. Crisp
•CALL ME -- Bob Strother
•SO LOVED -- Matthew Hughes
•CONFESSIONS OF A TYRANT’S DOUBLE -- Gregory Norminton
•EUPHORIA -- Robert Reed
•TRUE BLUE -- Darrell Schweitzer
•CHRIST THE PAINTER -- Allen Ashley
•YOUR GOLDEN HANDS -- Andrew Hook
•THE GHOST OF LILLIAN BLISS -- Rio Youers
•ASHES IN THE WATER -- Joel Lane and Mat Joiner
•CHILD OF EVIL STARS -- Anne-Sylvie Homassel
•HER FINGERS LIKE WHIPS, HER EYES LIKE RAZORS -- Jay Lake
•DR. BLACK, THOUGHTS & PATENTS -- Brendan Connell
•THE ROOM BEYOND -- Ramsey Campbell
•THROWNNESS -- Adam Roberts
•IMAGO -- Keith Brooke
•THE VORKUTA EVENT -- Ken MacLeod