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Spotted in the Wild

July 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Last night's meeting at the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society was a heckuva lot of fun.  For me, at least.  Not sure how much the audience enjoyed it, but I sure had a blast.  What a terrific group!

So friendly and welcoming—is it any wonder Bubonicon is so popular?

My friend Craig actually had a review copy of The Coldest War there, so that was the very first time I got to see the really-for-real final book.  That was neat. 

AND!  Speaking of which!  I know I said in yesterday's blog update that The Coldest War would become available on Tuesday.  (July 17 is the official release date.)  But it's not like I'm J. K. Rowling or that American Tolkien guy, so does it really matter if they ship a few days early?  Well, I'm not exactly a contender for any bestseller lists, so probably not.

Nevertheless, I was a little surprised when my friend Corry sent me this picture from Seattle yesterday afternoon:

The Coldest War spotted in a Seattle garden.

That's right: SUNLIGHT was spotted in a Seattle garden.  Quickly, Corry -- drop that book and go make some Vitamin D!

[Photo by Corry L. Lee.]


Aaron Tomey July 16, 2012 at 10:00 am
I literally just finished the first book today, sir. I can't wait to have this in my hands. Such a fantastic book.
Ian July 16, 2012 at 10:17 am
Thank you, Aaron! It makes me very happy to hear you enjoyed Bitter Seeds. I hope you enjoy the sequel! Your timing is excellent. Even if The Coldest War doesn't prove worthy of your enthusiasm, at least you won't have to wait a long time to find out :)
DMS July 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Mine arrived today. The shipping notice was sent last night. I continue not to understand the post office.
Ian July 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Huh. I just got a shipping notification from Powells about an hour ago. I don't understand these things, either. I guess what I can take away from this is that I'm not quite at the level of GRRM or JK Rowling, where the book-release date is enforced with corporal punishment. Man, what a shocking bummer. I really thought I was getting there.
Aaron Tomey July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm
Mr Tregillis, I bought the Mass Market Paperback, so I was treated with a very interesting prologue that was like literary crack. The ending of the Coldest War's prologue when Viktor's multiple powers reveal him as the "next step" in the Gooterelektron (probably screwed up the spelling) was incredibly captivating and makes me hungry for more.
Ian July 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm
You've just made my evening, Aaron :) Thanks so much. One of the frustrating things about working on a book for so long is that it becomes impossible to see it with "fresh" eyes. So by the time a scene is locked down, I can no longer tell whether it does what it's supposed to. So it's a real boost when a kind reader comes along to confirm that yes, in fact, it comes across as intended. Thank you! (And I hope you enjoy the rest of Coldest War.)
Randi Hewett July 19, 2012 at 8:59 am
I know I enjoyed your trip to ASFS last Friday. And thank you for the "sneak peek" of your newest writing endeavor. I'm looking forward to it and I hope "Violet wilted" makes the final edit. May I suggest including an abbreviated Glossary? By the way, Kevin did find the Raymond Chandler books on line. They are now on my Kindle waiting for me to finish the last of my Hugo readings, and The Coldest War of course!
Ian July 19, 2012 at 9:46 am
Thank you, Randi! I had a wonderful time at the ASFS meeting last Friday. It was a blast. Thanks to you and the rest of the club for being such terrific and welcoming hosts. I hope you enjoy the Chandler books!
Jim Kakalios August 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm
There is additional material in the mass market paperback that isn't in the hard cover? If this is part of your evil, twisted plan to get me to buy the paperback versions of books I already own in hard cover all I can say have learned well, grasshopper!
Ian August 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm
I am nothing if not a weasel! Some things never change. But I do like to think that I'm a more subtle weasel than in my undergraduate days. Which ain't saying much...
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