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. . . there's a review by Trent Walters just gone up at the SF Site of several of the "Infinity Plus Singles" ebook series, including my own "The Life Business". Walters's take on this strikes me as admirable:

Even better is how there's a promise that probably ought not to have been kept. This dark mystery is highly recommended.

This is, I say, what literary criticism should be all about. I have to admit that I, too, love the story a lot: it's one of those where I feel I got things right. The story has had some other good reviews, which is pleasing; I always feel pretty guilty when stories I don't myself think quite hit the spot get lauded.



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The PS Publishing anthology that corresponds to Postscripts 30/31 is coming out later this year, and it has one of my stories in it, called "Memoryville Blues."

The title for this volume of the series?

Well, that's going to be, ahem, Memoryville Blues as well.

Am I thrilled?

Just a tad . . .





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Some extraordinarily generous cover quotes have been coming in for my forthcoming book Denying Science (this fall from Prometheus; buy multiple copies!). The relevant liaison of mine at Prometheus reports gleefully: ". . . and we have heard back from everyone we were expecting which hardly ever happens!" She has also given me clearance to brag about them.

So here, at the risk of appearing in any way insufferable -- moi? perish the thought! -- they are:

"Packed with damning facts and deadly wit, this book shows how we're being lied to on an industrial scale. A fine piece of intellectual anti-virus software!"
--Ken MacLeod

"A timely and intelligent dissection of all that is wrong with popular responses to science. This articulate and impassioned account of the workings of the world should be required reading for decision-makers everywhere. Hang on: that's all of us."
--Keith Brooke

"This is the book you were waiting for. Timely, encyclopedic, and compulsively readable, Denying Science makes sense of the whole sordid business. Buy two and send one to your congressman."
-- Michael Swanwick

"For the past few years, John Grant has been intrepidly documenting instances of bogus, corrupted, and discarded science. Now he’s back with perhaps the best of the lot: Denying Science. As topical and as cutting as past volumes have been, Denying Science gets to the heart of the problem in today’s world -- and does so with fascinating, brilliantly written accounts that may curl your toes but also contain elements of humor and absurdity. Highly recommended."
--Jeff VanderMeer


"John Grant is the living heir of Martin Gardner. He delivers the facts and suffers no fools."
--Gregory Frost

Obviously my bar bills are going to be a bit of a nightmare whenever I bump into any of these kind folk over the next few years . . .


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Spotted as an exhibit in
the new British Library exhibition about science fiction: Earthdoom, by David Langford and John Grant.

The exhibition's all, like, me an' Dave an' that H.G. Wossname . . .









Incidentally, the book is (over)due to be re-released by
Dark Quest Books. I'd say run and place your orders, but I see it's not yet listed on the website.




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I've been up to my eyes trying to get Denying Science finished, and therefore not posting here much -- not doing anything much, really, except batter away at the keyboard and panic.

One thing I haven't reported is that my 2004 story collection Take No Prisoners has been reissued for Kindle by Infinity Plus Ebooks. I'll put the Product Description below the fold for them as might be interested.

This morning I had a note from Infinity Plus supremo Keith Brooke to say Take No Prisoners was at #6 on the Amazon bestseller list in the Fantasy Anthologies category. Astonishingly, this proved actually to be true . . . although when I checked the link just now I discovered it had slipped to #7; someone must have returned their copy in disgust, or something.

I must make sure all my future book covers bear the words AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Big. In gold foil lettering. And embossed.


Read all about it! )


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Mar. 4th, 2009 06:27 pm
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D.F. Lewis has just now released the "denemonizations" of the stories in his anthology Cone Zero (Nemonymous 8), and here they are:

"The Fathomless World" by Colleen Anderson
"The Point of Oswald Masters" by Neil James Hudson
"Cone Zero" (page 23) by Sean Parker
"Cone Zero" (page 33) by Kek-W
"Cone Zero, Sphere Zero" by David M. Fitzpatrick
"An Oddly Quiet Street" by Scott Tullis
"Always More Than You Know" by John Grant
"Cone Zero" (page 129) by Grant Wamack
"Going Back For What Got Left Behind" by Eric Schaller
"Cone Zero" (page 147) by Stephen Bacon
"The Cone Zero Ultimatum" by Bob Lock
"Angel Zero" by Dominy Clements
"How To Kill An Hour" by A.J. Kirby
"To Let" by Jeff Holland

I can now reveal some of the reviews my own humble story in the anthology has been getting:

Saying any more about this one would be to give to much away, but it’s another story which bridges the SF/horror genres, written in the style of a hard-boiled detective thriller. As well as technical knowledge of film history, there’s a nod to Raymond Chandler with a description of a house “about the size of the Capitol but with a few extra domes”. Likeable and highly readable, this one’s a real page-turner. (Calenture, The Workshop of Filthy Creation)

"Always More Than You Know" . . . has a little bit of everything: humor, strong characterization, a solid sci-fi concept, and touches of horror. (Charles A. Tan, Bibliophile Stalker)

"Always More Than You Know" is narrated by a Hollywood stuntman who bears a striking resemblance to the actor for whom he stands in. Though set in a subtly different sideways/future world, the story is relatively mundane for most of its length; only towards the end does reality start to slip, and the author offers a clear explanation for why this might be so. It's a fascinating idea to chew over; and the run-up to it is also highly engaging. (David Hebblethwaite, Serendipity)

"Always More Than You Know" is a captivating story . . . extraordinary storytelling ability. (Mario Guslandi, Horror World)

Identity and the dream that is the Hollywood Dream are up for grabs in 'Always More Than You Know' when a stunt man tries to find out just who the star he doubles for actually is. This is a corker; I loved it. (Terry Grimwood, The Future Fire)


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