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July 31, 2009 at 11:58 am
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Subterranean Press reports that they are down to their last seventy-five copies of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the Jack Vance tribute anthology, co-edited by me and Gardner Dozois and featuring stories by Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Phyllis Eisenstein, Paula Volsky, Walter Jon Williams, Glen Cook, Howard Waldrop, and many other top fantasists and Vancephiles, all gorgeously illustrated by Tom Kidd.

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/2009/07/31/songs-of-the-dying-earth-going-out-of-print/

If you’ve been thinking about picking up this one, this may be your last chance to snag a copy before the illustrated edition goes out of print. Once that happens, you’ll need to wait for either the UK edition from HarperCollins Voyager (later this year) or the Tor edition (late 2010).

Jack Vance Prize Pack

July 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is having another one of their terrific contests.

This time around the prize is not one book but three: the Jack Vance tribute collection SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, Jack’s autobiography IT’S ME, JACK VANCE, and a new Jack Vance collection WILD THYME, GREEN MAGIC.

To get the details and enter the drawing go to

http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2009/07/win-jack-vance-prize-pack.html

And good luck.

A Star from LIBRARY JOURNAL

June 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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A very nice starred review from LIBRARY JOURNAL for our Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH. Check it out:

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6664389.html?industryid=47120

Copies of the illustrated trade hardcover of the book are still available from Subterranean Press via their website.

Lucius Shepard Visits Dying Earth

June 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm
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SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the big Jack Vance tribute anthology I edited with Gardner Dozois, is at the printers now, but you can get a free sample of the treats awaiting you therein, courtesy of Bill Schafer and the other good folks at Subterranean Press.

“Sylgarmo’s Proclamation,” Lucius Shepard’s original novellette of the Dying Earth, is now available at Subterranean Online at http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring-2009/

So take a look… and if you like what you see, copies of the illustrated trade hardcover are still available from Subterranean. But don’t wait too long. The lettered and numbered editions are already sold out, and Tor’s hardcover won’t be published until 2010.

Vance Book Goes to Press

May 19, 2009 at 11:48 am
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Subterranean Press has just announced that they’ve sent our Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, (which I co-edited with Gardner Dozois) to the printers:

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/2009/05/19/just-sent-to-the-printer-jack-vance-china-mieville-and-more/

This is the illustrated edition, with gorgeous interior artwork by Tom Kidd. The lettered and numbered states are sold out, but copies of the trade remain available at the SubPress website.

It’s going to be a real Jack Vance extravaganza over at Subterranean, since they are also rolling to press with his autobiography, IT’S ME, JACK VANCE, and the collection WILD THYME, GREEN MAGIC.

Calling All Jack Vance Fans

April 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm
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All you Vance fanatics out there… if you’d like a taste of the treats that we have in store for you in the forthcoming Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, be sure to check out the new issue of Subterranean Press’s online magazine, SUBTERRANEAN.

This issue was guest edited by Gardner Dozois, the most honored editor in our genre and my partner on the Vance book and WARRIORS. Among other treats, it contains a brand-new Dying Earth story from Lucius Shepard. “Sylgarmo’s Proclamation” is only one the twenty-one original tales of the Dying Earth featured in the anthology. Just a taste to whet your appetite for more. We think you’ll like it.

The issue also features stories by Carrie Vaughn (of Kitty and Wild Cards fame), a novella by Paul McAuley, novelettes by Joe R. Lansdale, Liz Williams, and Ken McLeod, and other good stuff.

To check out a copy, go to http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring-2009/

Dying Earth Giveaway

April 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm
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Want to be the first kid on your block to read all the swell stories in our Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH??

Well, here’s your chance. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is doing it again, offering up an Advanced Reading Copy of the gorgeous Subterranean Press edition, illustrated by Tom Kidd.

To check out the details of the contest, go to:

http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2009/04/win-advance-reading-copy-of-songs-of.html

Good luck. And remember, cheaters will be blasted with the Excellent Prismatic Spray.

Random Thoughts at Midnight

March 28, 2009 at 12:07 am
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Just a few days left in March. When the month ends, so does our foreign edition sale, so if you want $5 off the foreign translations of any of my books, this is the time to act.

I really don’t know where the time goes. It seems like yesterday I was watching the Superbowl, and a few days before that I was just getting back from Spain and Portugal. The days and weeks and months seem to go by so quickly now… and the pages come so slowly…

Speaking of Spain and Portugal, I meant to post a lot more about my travels there last summer, and to post some pictures too. Another good intention swallowed by the demands of work and the lateness of the hour. I may still post a few things, though. Better late than never, I suppose… and it was a wonderful trip.

I need to post about WATCHMEN (which I loved) and the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA finale (which I pretty much hated) too. In my copious spare time. But I really do have a lot to say about both. The Watchmen/ Wild Cards compare-and-contrast exercise is an essay in itself…

Subterreanean Press sent me an Advanced Reading Copy of the Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, a few days ago, and I’ve been dipping into it. I’d read all the stories before, of course, but it’s still fun to revisit them. I even reread my own story, “A Night at the Tarn House,” and thought it held up pretty well. That’s always a relief. Sometimes I hate my own stuff when I reread (sometimes I love it, too, I’m a moody sonofabitch).

I hope Jack Vance likes the book. The impact he’s had on the field, and especially on the writers in the anthology, has been immense.

I’ve also just received a couple of advance copies of the limited edition FEAST FOR CROWS from Subterranean. Oh my, oh my. What a beautiful book. Tom Canty is amazing. FEAST is shipping now. Unfortunately, this is a limited edition, and it was long ago sold out. The lettered and numbered editions of the Vance book are also sold out, but copies of the trade hardcover are still available from the Subterranean website… and the trade will still feature the gorgeous interior artwork by Tom Kidd.

Some cool new stuff from Green Ronin Games as well. Their first Wild Cards adventure, ALL IN, has been released, and so has their new Ice & Fire role playing game. I need to write a story about those for my website news page… so much to do, so little time… but here’s some pictures of the cover art, to whet your taste, at least:

Visit the Green Ronin website for more information for the games.

Oh, and my new Library Tower is almost complete. Another week, and the renovations should all be done. It’s cost a fortune and there’s been a lot of noise and dust and disruption, but it will all have been worth it. The tower is gorgeous. I’ll try to post pictures, if I can ever find my camera. I took it to the Page One signing for BUSTED FLUSH, snapped lots of pics there, brought it home, and haven’t seen it since.

sigh

The Library Tower should help with that too. Finally, some organization.

Last Chance for FEVRE DREAM

February 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm
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The gorgeous Subterranean Press limited edition of my historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM was sold out many months ago, or so we thought… but Bill Schafer has just turned up another box of numbered copies, so the book is once again (briefly) available, so long as that supply lasts. It probably won’t be long.

This is a really stunning edition, with some magnificent artwork by Justin Sweet. If you’d like to snag one of these last few copies, order from the SubPress webpage at:

http://www.subterraneanpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SP&Product_Code=martin2

And speaking of FEVRE DREAM, my own stock of the first edition Poseidon Press hardcover from 1982, which I’ve been offering autographed on my Signed Books page for, like, forever, is also running low. At this writing fewer than twenty copies remain, so if you want one of them, this is the time to act on that as well.

At $29, these are considerably cheaper than the $125 Subterranean edition, and they are firsts… but what few copies remain, alas, are remainder stamped, and the dustjackets of this last batch are pretty beat up, with various scuffings, tears, scrapes, chips, and the like. Copies are offered as is, so long as they last.

Whether Subterranean or Poseidon, if you want to voyage down into the heart of darkness on the fleet packet steamer Fevre Dream with Abner and Joshua, this is the time to board.

A Night at the Tarn House

February 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm
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I've just finished correcting the page proofs of "A Night at the Tarn House," the novelette I wrote for the Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH. Tomorrow they go back to Subterranean Press, where the book is zooming into production. Appears we're looking at an August pubdate, barring unforeseen schedule changes. The limited editions — both lettered and numbered — are already sold out, but copies of the illustrated trade edition, with its gorgeous Tom Kidd artwork, can still be preordered from the Subterranean website at
http://www.subterraneanpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=martin07&Category_Code=PRE&Product_Count=20

Some writers actually like correcting proofs, I am told. Not me. I've always found it tedious. When the proofs are full of errors, it makes me wonder if I'm missing some of them, and I worry about mistakes sneaking by. When the proofs are clean, that makes me REALLY nervous and I end up going over the same pages several times, searching for the errors that I'm somehow not seeing.

These proofs were pretty clean, by and large, though I caught a few typos… mostly my own. In the old days before computers, most of the mistakes you found when proofreading were ones that had crept in during typesetting. No longer. These days, ninety per cent of the time, when I find a mistake in the text, it is one I made myself.

I'd read three-quarters of 'Tarn House' weekend before last at CoSine in Colorado Springs, but this was the first time I'd gone through the whole thing since mailing it off to my co-editor, Gardner Dozois. It held up pretty well, I thought. No one writes like Jack Vance but Jack Vance, which made this a rather intimidating assignment… but fun as well. Many of the other writers in the book attempted to recreate Vance's unique style, but I was content just to nod in that direction, and try my best to evoke his world and some of his wit. The readers will be the judge of how well I did, but my hope is that the Vance fans out there will enjoy meeting Molloqos, Lirianne, and the Great Chimwazle (whose name is an obscure Howard Waldrop swipe, I blush to confess) as much as I did writing about them.

And besides, you can't imagine how good it feels to have finished something.

Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.

Vance fans will also want to be sure to pick up the Spring issue of Subterranean's online magazine. Gardner Dozois was the guest editor for the issue, which will feature — among other treats — one of the other stories from SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH: "Sylgarmo's Proclamation," by Lucius Shepard. Consider it an appetizer.