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Edison's Last Breath

Posted by: John on March 7th, 2008 at 16:15
Posted in: Expiration Date, Powers News

A key plot point of Expiration Date, Powers speaks about this item in our Exclusive Author Interview.

Recently I can across this entry on the io9 Sf Blog which details the item and shows a fabulous picture of it too - which I choose to link to rather than lift! Take a look - it's a fascinating thing!

Now we just need to find the bust of Dante in which it was hidden for all those years!

Happy Birthday Tim!

Posted by: John on February 29th, 2008 at 12:32
Posted in: Powers News

I'm sure all of you will join me in wishing Powers many happy returns on this, his birthday. He has reached the grand old age of... er... fourteen!

Of course, Tim being a leap-year baby (he was born 29th February 1952), this makes perfect sense.

To celebrate this latest milestone, he has been commissioned to write a piece on the subject of birthdays for Forbes.com and you can find the article on line here.

The Stress of Her Regard to be in Back Print at Long Last…

Posted by: John on January 16th, 2008 at 12:13
Posted in: New Editions, Powers News, The Stress of Her Regard

Can you believe it has been nearly fifteen years since The Stress of Her Regard was last available? In fact it's over twenty years since the book was first published, but it hasn't been in print (in English, at least) since the British mass market paperback came out in 1993. No surprise then that even finding a tatty old reading copy will set you back at least twenty or thirty dollars - See this link to ABE!
I'm delighted therefore to announce that The Stress of Her Regard is to be reissued by Tachyon Publications, in a smart and affordable trade paperback edition later this year. This release follows on from Tachyon's excellent Strange Itineraries, their Powers short fiction collection which - not surprisingly - did well enough to be twice reprinted.

Their new edition of The Stress of Her Regard is scheduled to be available in August 2008 and will be priced at $14.95, ISBN 978-1-892391-79-7. The cover art is by Ann Monn. I'm told that this edition will also incorporate some minor Powers revisions to the text.

You can pre-order your copy (and help this site in the process) via this direct link to Amazon.com.

Jan 08 News Round-Up

Posted by: John on January 6th, 2008 at 22:08
Posted in: Limited Editions, New Editions, On Stranger Tides, Powers News, Three Days To Never

Happy New Year to all (I always wonder how far into January we can keep wishing each other that!). There's not a great deal of Powers related news around at the moment, but here's a few relevant bits and pieces for you...

The French edition of Three Days to Never will be published on January 17th. This is the first foreign language translation of this most recent Tim Powers novel to appear and it has been issued as a smart trade paperback by Denoël, the same publisher who brought out the French edition of Declare. As with that previous title, Denoël have once again commissioned cover art from Manchu. I really like this artwork, and I recommend following the link to the artists' web site where both Powers covers are on display as well as many other wonderful works. The ISBN of À Deux Pas Du Néant is 978-2-20725947-4 and the cover price 25 Euros. Here's a link to the ordering page at Amazon.Fr. My thanks to Gilles Dumay at Denoël for sending along a copy for the site archive.

In other news, further to this previous entry, Subterranean Press have announced that they will be using James Gurney's original cover art for their forthcoming trade and limited reissue of On Stranger Tides, due in the spring. Each of the Subterranean states will feature a different cover layout and Gurney will apparently be signing the limitation sheet. You can pre-order this book via this link to Amazon.com.

Subterranean have also announced that they are to reissue Ubik: the Screenplay by Philip K. Dick. This release is to include the introduction Powers wrote for the original Corroboree Press edition, released way back in 1985. This new edition will feature cover art by Dave McKean and will have a new Afterword written by Tad Williams. The release will be a cloth bound hard cover of 1500 copies and there will be a further 26 lettered, tray-cased copies signed by Powers and Williams. The book is scheduled to appear in August. You can pre-order this title via this direct link to Amazon.com.

New Online Interviews

Posted by: John on December 21st, 2007 at 13:33
Posted in: Interviews, Powers News

Here are a couple of links to brand new interviews with Powers that have recently appeared on-line.

The first is up at Heidi Ruby Miller's blog. Heidi sends a bunch of questions out to writers and asks them to pick and answer six of 'em. You can find out which six Powers chose by following this link.

There's a longer and more in depth interview with Powers in the December issue of Sfrevu - also in the issue is a review of Three Days to Never, just released in mass market paperback.

Edinburgh SF Book Group to tackle The Anubis Gates

Posted by: John on December 4th, 2007 at 16:24
Posted in: Powers News, The Anubis Gates

Blog supremo Joe Gordon has dropped us a line to say that the Edinburgh SF Book Group will be looking at Powers's seminal 1983 novel The Anubis Gates as the next book of choice for their discussions.

Joe says "...we’re going to meet on Tuesday 18th, from 6pm in Henderson’s (very nice veggie/wholefood bistro) on Hanover Street in Edinburgh’s New Town," so if you're in the area make sure you're there.

New Ltd On Stranger Tides Officially Announced

Posted by: John on November 18th, 2007 at 23:12
Posted in: Limited Editions, New Editions, On Stranger Tides, Powers News

Further to my previous entry, Subterranean Press have now officially announced their forthcoming limited edition of Powers's pirate book, On Stranger Tides published twenty years ago this very month.

Scheduled for release in April 2008, the SubPress edition (ISBN 9781596061675) is due to be issued in three separate states - a trade hard cover priced at $18.95, "250 signed numbered hard covers, bound in a premium cloth and a different dust jacket design, with an exclusive portfolio section of piratical illustrations by Powers," and 26 leather-bound tray-cased, lettered copies, which will include one further drawing not included in the limited. The two signed states are priced at $75.00 and $250.00 respectively.

You can pre-order the trade edition via this link to Amazon.com - you'll be helping this site in the process.

More News from Subterrenean

Posted by: John on November 13th, 2007 at 18:19
Posted in: Earthquake Weather, Expiration Date, Forthcoming Works, Last Call, Limited Editions, New Editions, On Stranger Tides, Powers News

The Subterranean Press web site has recently carried news of two new Powers projects they have in the pipeline.

A new edition of On Stranger Tides is to be published - described as an "...limited and ultra-affordable trade hard cover edition." This is set to be limited to 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies signed by Powers, plus an unsigned trade edition. On Stranger Tides has only recently been reissued by Babbage Press, and, of course, previously appeared as a signed limited edition from Ultramarine Press back in the eighties. However, this new Subterranean edition is certain to eclipse that previous limited state, which was notorious for using the poor quality printed pages from the original Ace edition.

Also announced is a new limited set of the three books in Powers's Fisher King Trilogy - sometimes known as the Last Call Trilogy or the California Trilogy. Comprising Last Call, Expiration Date and Earthquake Weather, Subterranean will be issuing the three novels together, as a matching limited set (of 1000 numbered and 26 lettered), with artwork by J.K. Potter. Though Last Call has previously been published as a limited edition by Charnel House - indeed, undoubtedly the most beautiful and lavish limited edition of any Powers book to date - the two other novels have never been released thus. Additionally, due to corporate complications Expiration Date and Earthquake Weather ended being published by a different company than Last Call, making a mismatched mish-mash of collector's book shelves. I applaud both Powers and Subterranean for seeking to put this right and, frankly can't wait to get hold of a set!

Further details, including news of any other contributors, on both these exciting projects will follow when I can gather more information.

Subterranean Makes Changes to Pilot Light

Posted by: John on November 10th, 2007 at 23:32
Posted in: Forthcoming Works, Limited Editions, Powers News

Subterranean Press have announced a late change to their forthcoming edition of the Ashbless story Pilot Light.

According to their web site, the book was apparently too slim - below the 64 page limit required by SubPress's printer. To bring the piece up to the required page count, Subterranean are to include the original Ashbless interview - previously destined only to appear in the 250 signed limited copies - in all copies of their trade edition too. This is good news for most Powers/Blaylock/Ashbless fans who will, I am sure, be glad to get the chance to see this piece, but those collectors who paid extra for the more expensive, limited edition thinking they were getting an exclusive, might well feel out of sorts. The Subterranean announcement adds "The limited edition will still be the only signed edition of this book."

You can order a copy of the trade edition via this direct link to Amazon.com.

Czech On Stranger Tides Published

Posted by: John on October 28th, 2007 at 19:14
Posted in: New Editions, On Stranger Tides, Powers News

Martin Šust, editor at Laser Books in the Czech Republic has kindly sent in this image of the cover of his brand new Czech edition of On Stranger Tides, which as you can see, uses James Gurney's original cover art from the 1987 Ace first edition.

This new edition, the first appearance of this novel in the Czech Republic will be released on Monday 29th of October. A small format paperback edition, the Czech title is Plout na vlnách podivna, the translation by Jiří Engliš and it will be priced at 249 Kč. Not sure about the ISBN for now, but I've got a copy on the way (thanks Martin!) and will add all the details to the On Stranger Tides page in due course.
Martin also hinted of a possible Czech edition of The Stress of Her Regard being in the pipeline and confirmed that there is deal on the table with another Czech publishing house, Triton (anyone know of a web site for them?) for a forthcoming Czech translation of Three Days to Never.

Ironically there look to be far more Powers books in print over there in Czech Republic than there are here in the UK! Publishers take note.