Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Deep Navigation

It's mid February, a month or so before the UK publication of TERMINAL WORLD. I'm in NYC, having come down by train after attending Boskone in (unsurprisingly) Boston, which was great - a brilliantly run and friendly convention that went by in a whirlwind, and still left me wanting more. As always there were people I looked forward to meeting who I barely got to speak to, if that, but that's the mark of a busy, jam-packed convention. And by the time I located my credit card with the intention of strolling around the dealer's room looking for goodies, they were already boxing up. Which is probably a good thing because my flight luggage was already heavy enough on the way out, and I've still got a few days to go.

I don't think I said anything about this on the old blog, but there's a new collection out. The NESFA press typically do a "Boskone book" for their guests of honour and this year it was my turn. I've been buying NESFA books for years and it's a blast to have one with my name on the cover - especially one as nice-looking as DEEP NAVIGATION. The contents, which run from my very first story to among my most recent ones, are as follows:

  1. Introduction by Stephen Baxter
  2. "Nunivak Snowflakes"
  3. "Monkey Suit"
  4. "The Fixation"
  5. "Feeling Rejected"
  6. "Fury"
  7. "Stroboscopic"
  8. "The Receivers"
  9. "Byrd Land Six"
  10. "The Star Surgeon's Apprentice"
  11. "On the Oodnadatta"
  12. "Fresco"
  13. "Viper"
  14. "Soirée"
  15. "The Sledge-Maker's Daughter"
  16. "Tiger, Burning"

The gorgeous cover image is by John Picacio, who is also a genuinely nice guy and someone I did get to spend a little time with at Boskone, although not nearly enough. There's also a very generous introduction from that excellent gentleman, Stephen Baxter.

Ordering details here; the page currently says that they are not yet taking orders but the book was freely available at Boskone so I suspect that may be a little out of date:


The book is available in signed, slipcase editions (autographed by John and I) as well as the normal hardcover.

And I think that will do for my first post.

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  1. Great. Hopefully the status will change soon so there will be something to tide me over until amazon.co.uk ships Terminal World!

  2. I just ordered a copy :-)

  3. Hey Martin,

    How did you order a copy when the site still says that they are not yet taking orders?

  4. Odd... try clearing your cache? I clicked the "Buy trade edition" button, which presumably you aren't seeing?

  5. i just ordered my copy! looking forward to reading it.

  6. Damn, missed you in New York City by a little over a year. Still, glad to see the new blog up and running.

    An Old Fan,
    S. F. Murphy
    On the Outer Marches

  7. I'm reading it right now, and I was wondering if Captain Luarca in Monkey Suit is named after Luarca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luarca), a little town in the north of Spain. Part of my family is from there and I'm just curious :)