April 2nd, 2007, 09:48 AM
Asimov's Science Fiction.
Here's some of the blurb from the Asimov's Science Fiction site for the June issue of the magazine. I've yet to see the cover with it's picture of a gabbleduck, but certainly I'll post it here the moment it appears!
Popular and prolific British writer Neal Asher gives us a ringside seat for a fast-paced, suspenseful, and violent game of intrigue, double-cross, and double-double-cross, as a hunt for a stolen alien artifact of immense value forces a former agent out of retirement and into a tense chase across interstellar space into hostile landscapes where wiser humans would never dare to venture, with life or death hanging in the balance at every turn, for some hard lessons in “Alien Archeology.” This one is a full-blown, flat-out, unabashed Space Opera, and a thriller of the first water, so don’t miss it!
April 12th, 2007, 09:10 PM
There is now an extended excerpt of the story at the Asimov's Web site:
The story itself is very good, does not have essentially new things for people who read all the Polity novels to date, but is a fast paced adventure and a good introduction to both the Polity and Neal Asher's writing style.
All the essential Polity/Prador/Atheter/Jain backstory to enjoy the novella is supplied very concisely and cleverly, so I would recommend this one both as a starting point to discover Mr. Asher's wonderful books and a great side story in the Polity saga for the veteran Polity readers.
Read the excerpt and if you like it, get Asimov's for the conclusion (for people outside US you can get it cheaply and instantaneously electronically at Fictionwise.com), and of course get the Polity novels if you have not read them yet.
April 17th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by nealasher
I just finished reading the Alien Archaeology story this morning while riding the bus. I have read all three Gabbleduck short stories in Asimov’s (I have had a subscription for several years).
I was wondering if Rho Var Olssen has appeared in any other of your short stories or novels. I enjoyed reading from his POV and it sounds like he has quite the history as a Polity hatchet man.
As for Gabbleducks, which of your novels would you recommend I read first in order to get another Gabble fix?
April 18th, 2007, 02:46 AM
No, Rho hasn't appeared in any other stories.
Gabbleducks first put in an appearance in The Line of Polity, and then make brief appearances in the books that follow it. Of course, if you want to read LOP you might want to get the book before it in the Cormac series: Gridlinked.
Some day I'll do a whole book about gabbleducks...
April 18th, 2007, 07:38 AM
April 18th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Funny, because I finished the first draft of Line War tonight, I was thinking about what to do next and a gabbleduck book was on my mind. I think if I do that my POV character will probably be Fethan from The Line of Polity.
April 18th, 2007, 02:34 PM
April 18th, 2007, 04:47 PM
I'm still waiting for more short stories about The Owner.
As an aside, Neal, how much does that cover picture from Asimov's (congrats, btw!) reflect your personal image of a gabbleduck?
April 19th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Gedin, I'll start throwing ideas about when I come to writing the book. I'll detail everything that's appeared in other books and short stories and probably aim for the kind of weirdness found in Piers Anthony's Of Man and Manta.
Hobbit, no, my personal image, as I've said before, is something like a cross between Buddha and an evil Daffy Duck with an array of spider eyes. Larger bill, more of a domed head, bearish body and shorter back legs more like those of a bear or some such.
April 23rd, 2007, 10:56 AM
You mean detailing it for yourself? Like creating a codex in order not to violate the integrity/continuity of your universe? Good idea. With every new book and story, you are adding another layer of complexity to your universe. I know I have challenges just trying to keep my world consistent in a single book!
Originally Posted by nealasher
April 23rd, 2007, 04:32 PM
Believe me, when you're on book nine and over a million words in, it gets worse.
April 23rd, 2007, 09:40 PM
Hmmm...I'm only planning five. A quadrilogy plus a book of short stories that take place in the same "universe" after the events the first four novels.
Originally Posted by nealasher
So how long on average does it take you to write a novel, from outline to finished product?
April 23rd, 2007, 10:25 PM
Ha. I was just reading one of your interviews and there was the answer:
SFC: Roughly how long does it take for you to write a novel?
NA: That's a difficult one to answer. I aim for 10,000 words a week. Some weeks I manage that. Others I don't. I'd guess at about six months to the first draft, then I spend a month editing (at one point, I actually read it backwards a paragraph at a time -- you don't get involved in the story that way and pick up mistakes easier).
Then I get people to read it, correct the mistakes they pick up, make additions, subtractions... Maybe eight or nine months. Roughly. Very roughly. ‘Cowl’ was 125,000 words and ‘The Line Of Polity’ 175,000, so you can see there's some variation.
April 26th, 2007, 08:51 AM
:: Gedin picks up a copy of Gridlinked and begins reading ::
"The car shot up into the sky like a dustbin lid off a stick of dynamite."
Hmmm….I might have to try that sometime.
I’m 40 pages into it and it’s a good, fast-clipped read so far. You are making the villains sympathetic (non-one dimensional), at least in the case of John Stanton. Really good, loyal, intelligent henchmen are so hard to find these days…
I’m looking forward to reading the rest.
August 10th, 2007, 03:52 AM
Hey, check out Escape Pod and listen to Steve Ely reading my short story The Veteran.
Seated on a bollard, the man contemplatively removed his pipe, as if to tamp it down or relight it. Instead, he placed it stem down in the top pocket of his shirt, then reached up and pressed his fingers against his cheekbone and forehead. His face came away from his hairline, round behind his ears, down to a point just above his Adam’s apple. The inside of his mouth and much of his sinus were also part of the prosthesis, so only bare eyeballs in the upper jut of his skull remained – the rest being the black spikes and plates of bio-interfaces.
Very enjoyable -- they were suderdiles not superdiles, but I've no problem with that!
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