Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The publishing company Humdrumming has gone into liquidation. The end was as rapid and unexpected as the collapse of a soufflé. What kind of soufflé? Why, chaos-and-ego, of course!
The Canadian fellow Ian Alexander Martin (director of the company before the fall) is either: (a) A marvellous chap and it certainly isn't his fault that Humdrumming failed. The fault belongs to others, who kept him in the dark about stuff, sabotaged his reforms, etc. (b) A psychopath with no business sense who brought the company to its knees like a demented lumberjack meeting a stilt walker.
I don't know which of those options is the truth. He was one of the most conscientious editors I've ever worked with, so from personal experience I'd plump for (a) but I'm aware there is always another side to any story and I have recently been persuasively informed that (b) is the real answer. Probably best I don't comment on it. Too late now! Maybe the answer's in the middle... No, that's too cheesy and glib a solution!
Anyway... the upshot of this is that The Less Lonely Planet is no longer available to purchase and thus is fated to become extremely rare. If you have a copy, then rejoice! for there aren't many in circulation; and when I eventually attain the dizzy heights of literary fame that destiny has reserved for me, this book will be of immense value!
The same holds true of the two Humdrumming anthologies that contain my work, especially the second volume, which was distributed so thinly that even the aforementioned director of the company doesn't own a copy (and neither do I).
Although it has nothing to do with Humdrumming, my recently published novel Engelbrecht Again! is also guaranteed to become a collector's item. Consider buying a copy so that one day you can boast that you were a shrewd investor in your (relative) youth. How your friends will froth with envy! Like rabid pandas!
I look forward to my purchased copy of 'Engelbrecht Again!'
I note you have a destiny of literary fame - let's hope it's before you die.
I saw this at 2AM this morning and nearly fouled myself; absolute desecration...
I must confess that I don't know much at all about the 'cyberpunk' movement.
When it comes to SF I'm rather behind the times, still stuck in the 60s and 70s, and tend to read writers like John Sladek, Thomas Disch, Brian Aldiss, J.G. Ballard, Samuel Delany, etc.
Gibson is too newfangled for me!
It looks great and can't wait to read it. Thanks for personalised bookplate.
Burris: I may get round to reading Gibson one day but my reading list is now so long that it might take more than my lifetime to get even halfway through it! As for Philip K. Dick... an amazing writer, but I haven't read as much of his work as I'd like to, I've only read 'The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch'. I once thought (and maybe still do) that 'Perky Pat' would be a good name for a band...
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