After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.
These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.
Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.
I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
---Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greetings from the Gryphon:
THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES, by Charles Stross, is now available!
The Listener at the Gate . . .
In Charles Stross’s world of “The Atrocity Archive,” Alan Turing, the
Father of Modern Computer Science, did in fact complete his theorem on
“Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning.” Turing’s
work paved the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when
carried out, had side effects that would leak through some kind of channel
underlying the structure of the Cosmos. And out there in the multiverse were
“listeners” – and sometimes these listeners could be coerced into opening
gates: Small gates through which minds could be transferred and, occasionally,
large gates through which objects could be moved.
In 1945, Nazi Germany’s Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the
Allied onslaught, performed just such a summoning on the souls of more than
six million. A gate was opened to an alternate universe through which the SS
moved men and matériel – to live to fight another day, as it were. But their
summoning brought forth more than the SS had bargained for – an Evil,
patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poised
to lunch on our galaxy, on our very own Earth.
Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors,
Mid East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the
surface of a dying planet – in “The Atrocity Archive,” Charles Stross has
written a high-octane thriller, and readers need to buckle up and hold on with
“The Atrocity Archive” is a 78,000 word novel, previously serialized
in the U.K. magazine Spectrum SF, and now published for the first time in an
archival-quality hardcover. This volume also contains a new, previously
unpublished novella, “The Concrete Jungle,” that features the further
adventures of Bob Howard, the reluctant hero in “The Atrocity Archive” – a
wisecracking, occasionally insubordinate, computer-hacker desk jockey,
whose just itching for some field ops. Bob works for “The Laundry,” a British
ultra-secret intelligence organization – and in “The Concrete Jungle,” a power
struggle erupts between management, and Bob is unavoidably caught in the
With an Introduction by noted British SF author Ken MacLeod, and an
Afterword by Charles Stross in which he explores the distinction between the
spy thriller and the horror story.
The Atrocity Archives
by Charles Stross
cover art by Steve Montiglio
ISBN 1-930846-25-8 / $24.95 (Trade hardcover)
---I will have to check to make sure I have this pre-ordered. If so, it should be here in a week or so.
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