Minor Revelations

So much to reveal.

Sadly, most of it is either embargoed, and/or so rife with typos that I’m holding off on the link until they’re fixed. What’s left is, I suppose, one of those “cover reveals” people tend to inflate out of all proportion these days— understandably, since that’s the closest your average midlister comes to actual promotion any more— except this cover, or at least a pretty close facsimile, has already long-since been unveiled to anyone who’s been over to the relevant Amazon page.

There are a couple of other things to reveal, though, about The Freeze-Frame Revolution.

Not sure why they went with that generic io9 quote, though. It's from, like, 2014 or something.

Not sure why they went with that generic io9 quote, though. It’s from, like, 2014 or something.

There’s the back cover, for one thing. You’ll notice actual blurbs from some pretty big names (or at least, you will if you have very good eyesight, a very large monitor, or if you just click on the graphic to enlarge).  To my immense relief they continue to trickle in even now; as usual, I’ve stuck the lot of them over on the Pull Quotes page. As of yesterday there were fourteen, only four of which hail from personal friends.

Authors are rarely the most reliable judges of their own work, but based on these advance squees I’m gonna guess that either FFR is a pretty good novella, or that  Tachyon has a lot of dirt on a lot of people. (I will, for now at least, refrain from interpreting Paul Levinson’s blurb to mean that one of the things that makes FFR “one of [my] best” is the fact that it’s “short”.)

Maybe not their best song, but the album as a whole is, I think, seriously underrated.

Maybe not their best song, but the album as a whole is, I think, seriously underrated.

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There’s also the section breaks. Freeze-Frame is broken into six large chapter-like things, and Tachyon has graced each with its own title page. Each is simple, each is evocative, each is perfectly suited to the ambiance of the pages that follow. The one on display here steals its name from an old Jethro Tull song, because you can’t copyright song titles. (Although I’m pretty sure ol’ Ian wouldn’t mind; he was cool with me quoting actual lyrics back in Blindsight. Sometimes I still sleep with his one-sentence, manually-typed letter under my pillow.)

I have to hand it to Tachyon; they’ve done a bang-up job on a project that, for all its modest size, cost them way more time, effort, and money than you’d expect for a trade-paper novella. Even the basic printing costs were unusually high, for reasons  which are apparent on almost every page.

There’s a reason for that. But you’ll have to work it out for yourselves.

raw-ensmallened



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Nestor
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Nestor
4 years ago

Sweet, if I had anywhere to put it I’d get the hard copy, but my life lately forces me to travel light, so digital version it is.

livens
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livens
4 years ago

Pre-Order confirmed, cannot wait!

So its the red letters right? You know the first thing we’re going to do it parse through the entire book and write down all of the red letters to find the secret code ;).

Don Reba
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Don Reba
4 years ago

Peter Watts:
I have to hand it to Tachyon; they’ve done a bang-up job on a project that, for all its modest size, cost them way more time, effort, and money than you’d expect for a trade-paper novella. Even the basic printing costs were unusually high, for reasons which are apparent on almost every page.

This makes it sound like I will miss out if I buy the Kindle version.

Michal
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Michal
4 years ago

Don Reba: This makes it sound like I will miss out if I buy the Kindle version.

Not necessarily. Most ebooks are produced to be as close as possible to the physical versions. The most recent example I can think of that would have required an above average amount of work would have been Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, and that one even had colored illustrations where the physical version is black and white. I wouldn’t worry, unless Tachyon is known to fuck up ebooks or something.

ken
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ken
4 years ago

Any author appearances scheduled? Is there a chance in hell that you’d make your way down south to the good ol’ USA?

I suspect that you’d need a damn good excuse to cross that border again, and I doubt that touring to promote a novella is it. It was ridiculous of me to suggest and I respectfully withdraw the question.

You can’t blame a guy for trying.

Lars
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Lars
4 years ago

Great – another book I really want to read that Chapters/Indigo, which has killed off all the competition around here, will not stock.

DA
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DA
4 years ago

I approve of the cover at any rate. A nice bold, heavily abstracted graphical treatment. Always preferable to a substandard illustration, if you don’t have access to a great one. I still cringe at my Blindsight dust jacket which I’ve removed from the book, but cant bring myself to actually discard.

Johan Larson
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Johan Larson
4 years ago

So why make it a novella? Why not expand it to a more conventional length?

Sardathrion
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Sardathrion
4 years ago

Any chance of getting an audio book version?

David Roman
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4 years ago

You’re a dick and a clueless liberal with typically uninformed views on all the things about which you know next to nothing. You’re a walking, breathing example of why people should be forced to undergo two decades of work as a political reporter before they are allowed to have any political opinions at all. But you are a great science-fiction writer and are excellent at thinking about stuff you actually know about, so I will buy this novel as soon as it’s published and I’m sure I will love it and praise it to the skies, like all the others.

Uncle Izzy
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Uncle Izzy
4 years ago

Preorded pretty much automatically. I wish there could be an Amazon Kindle option for automatic preorder from my favorite authors.

Michael Luder-Rosefield
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Michael Luder-Rosefield
4 years ago

Oh, look, a conservative gate-keeping the right to political opinions that disagree with theirs.

I’m sure you’ll be more than happy to offer us all your profound insights, to correct our poor, foolish, liberal, ignorance. Thanks in advance, David.

Anyway, Pete: I’m not sure it would help sales, but I always imagined you might plump for the Stewart Lee style of marketing:comment image, for example

dpb
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dpb
4 years ago

I remember the uk paperback edition of Iain Banks “The Wasp Factory” had a couple of pages of alternately positive and negative pull quotes at the start.

The negative ones were impressively negative.

DA
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DA
4 years ago

Peter Watts: Although sadly, my positive quotes haven’t been so positive as Banks’s. Nor my negatives so negative.

I dunno. The “utterly repellent porn” one is pretty good. Personally I think that should go in the “pro” column.

Peter Watts: You do realize I offer a wide selection of hi-rez downloadable boutique covers, for those who don’t wish to be seen in public with the official one?

I’d always know it for the lie that it was. I can never un-see the Blindsight cover. Plus, I’ve come to enjoy the tome with its jacketless black binding. It suits it.

Michael Luder-Rosefield
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Michael Luder-Rosefield
4 years ago

That’s one of the reasons I have both positive and negative quotes on my own blurbs page, actually. Although sadly, my positive quotes haven’t been so positive as Banks’s. Nor my negatives so negative.

Well, that explains why I thought you would…

And now I kind of want to see what a Peter Watts/Stewart Lee collaboration would look like.

DA
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DA
4 years ago

Peter Watts: Goddamnit, I somehow didn’t include the link to those covers.

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You did. For some reason it was stripped by the quote function, as was this one.

CCW
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CCW
4 years ago

ken,

Seconded

Carbonman
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4 years ago

Great, I just discovered you’ve written another book that will hurt my brain. I can hardly wait!

Don Reba
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Don Reba
4 years ago

Peter Watts: You’ll always miss out if you buy the Kindle version, but it has nothing to do with this particular title. You’ll miss out because Amazon doesn’t actually let you buy Kindle books; they just let you kind of lease them, and they reserve the right to sniff around in your device, keep an eye on what you’re reading and how, and— if the mood strikes them— delete your books entirely.

I can see how it might be scary to an author who wanted to leave a lasting mark, but, personally, I almost never re-read fiction, so it is not a practical issue for me. Besides, if I was restricted to reading only paper books, I would be reading so much less.

Antonio Barata
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Antonio Barata
4 years ago

Peter Watts:I’ll be able to tell myself it was only a length issue.

Hey, it’s what you do with it that counts. :o)

Hubert
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Hubert
4 years ago

Horrifying flashbacks to almost every standardised high-school test being handed back to me with a bold bright-red ‘F’ emblazoned on it’s cover, Peter why have you dragged me back to such a low point in my adolescence?

The K
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The K
4 years ago

Not only preordered, i will try my damndest to convince my boss so that he lets me stock them in our english fiction section. Any word of a german translation/release date, so that i have an easier time preaching the gospel to my unsuspecting customers?

You may see yourself as a Mid-Lister, but you have some fans overseas, i still pride myself on selling quite a few copies of “Echopraxia” back when it was released here.

val_lixembeau
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val_lixembeau
4 years ago

Peter, I was going to comment on how you hate self-promotion so much that you can’t even bring yourself to include some pre-order links until I re-read the first sentence of this post. Reading comprehension FTW!

I assume this is part of the Sunflower series? Will those ever be collected do you think?

Also re: print vs ebook, amazon.ca seems to show that if you buy the Kindle version, you will get it on May 29 but the paperback looks like it doesn’t come out until June 22. So that’s one reason for me to go Kindle.

Lars
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Lars
4 years ago

Peter Watts,

“You can’t ask for much more than that when the book doesn’t even come out for a couple of months.”

Just pissing and moaning about the general decline of small independent booksellers due to the big chains.
Also, I like poking about the shelves in bookstores and being surprised and pleased by what I find. Years and years of fieldwork have ruined me, I suppose.

Anyway, looking forward to reading this.

keithzg
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4 years ago

Personally, the Amazon control issue is why when I buy books digitally (which these days is most of the time), I immediately strip the DRM from them and archive them for myself. A sort of personal piracy, I suppose, and technically under Canadian law that’s illegal these days, but *morally* there’s no problem. When possible I do try and buy from publishers who will provide DRM-free files themselves, since otherwise I’m encouraging the questionable practice of DRM.

Bahumat
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Bahumat
4 years ago

Pre-ordered both versions. 🙂

Rich Romano
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Rich Romano
4 years ago

Any fan of Jethro Tull is a friend of mine. Pre-ordered.

Deseret
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Deseret
4 years ago

Giving ‘rose colored glasses’ a new meaning.

Kyle Mac
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Kyle Mac
4 years ago

Terrible cover.

Looking forward to reading it.

Ste Kroeghe
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Ste Kroeghe
4 years ago

Congratulations, Peter. You must be excited to be so close to having your book on shelves.
Can’t wait to dig into it.

asdasd
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asdasd
4 years ago

Hello and about the red letters – is the mystery stuff already up? I’m currently trying to bruteforce my way past typos towards you know what, and so far i can find only 404s