Tuesday, January 08, 2013


The Constable of Aeolis was a shrewd, pragmatic man who did not believe in miracles. In his opinion, everything must have an explanation, and simple explanations were best of all. ‘The sharpest knife cuts cleanest,’ he often told his sons. And: ‘The more a man talks, the more likely it is he’s lying.’

But to the end of his days, he could not explain the affair of the white boat.
 Very pleased to report that I have just received a contract from Gollancz for a reprint omnibus of my far -future science fiction trilogy, Confluence. The three novels (Child of the River, Ancients of Days, Shrine of Stars) were published way way back at the end of the last century, and went out of print fairly quickly. Now they're coming back as a big omnibus edition (1100 manuscript pages, 360,000 words), with two related stories as bonus material. Right now, I'm re-formatting and copy-editing ancient text files in a long-dead version of WordPerfect. The book should be out in December this year.


Blogger Paul Weimer said...

In e-books, too, I trust?

I have the old little HCs, but I'd buy ebooks of them again. No question.

January 08, 2013 7:38 pm  
Anonymous todd said...

excellent news! will be happy to buy the PRINT series on day 1. one of my all time favorite trilogies. beautiful writing and story

January 08, 2013 7:49 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

There will be an ebook or ebooks too - not yet certain if the omnibus will be ebooked as is, or if the novels will be issued as separate, low-price ebooks.

January 08, 2013 7:51 pm  
Blogger Fred Kiesche said...

WordPerfect? Not WordStar?

Great news, I look forward to the eBooks!

Now how about the earlier books?

January 08, 2013 10:17 pm  
Blogger Paul Weimer said...

Fairyland! Pasquale's Angel!

January 08, 2013 10:23 pm  
Blogger David D. said...

speaking of out of print, it looks like Amazon US has already relinquished sales of Mouth of the Whale to 3rd parties, and there is no indication of whether or when an ebook version will be available to readers in the USA. I sure would like to buy the ebook.

January 09, 2013 6:22 am  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Fred and Paul - five out of the six novels preceeding the Confluence trilogy were reissued in paperback a few years ago, and are also available as ebooks - in the UK, anyhow. Check the list of books in the column top right.

David - try the Book Depository; it offers free worldwide delivery.

January 09, 2013 7:42 am  
Blogger Sterling said...

This is great news. I found the first book in a paperback wrack in a grocery store in my hometown of Ucluelet, BC. Opened up my sci-fi world.

January 09, 2013 8:52 pm  
Anonymous Kris said...

This is such fantastic news!

January 09, 2013 10:10 pm  

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