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I want Best Short Novels: 2004. I want it badly. Unfortunately, it's only available to Science Fiction Book Club members, which is a problem, because you can't be a member unless you're American. I don't suppose anyone on my friendslist can help me out?

Just noticed the June news from PS Publishing. Gig looks interesting, and I'm glad to hear that Mayflower II is on the way, but the nugget of information that really makes me happy is the news that PS has signed up a new collection from Ian Macleod. Woohoo!

One of the reviewers at Bookslut is frustrated with China Mieville's latest, The Iron Council.

For London folk of a fannish persuasian, monday evening at the Clerkenwell Literary Festival may be interesting; at 6:30 Alex James is in conversation with a Mystery Rocket Scientist (Colin Pillinger?), and at 8:00 you can see Justina Robson, China Mieville and Liz Williams, although whether this latter event is discussion or readings is unclear.

But the big question everyone is asking today is this: could Goran Visnjic be a dorkboy?

Most recently read: 'Tracks', at Strange Horizons, an atmospheric almost-ghost short-short-story by Stacey Gruver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gig looks interesting...

... although it would be nice if PS could come up with a publishing model where the £35 limited hardback isn't the cheapest edition available.
---Mark
Yes, I agree. Although they are at least really, really nice hardbacks; the quality of the binding and paper in my copy of Fuzzy Dice is streets ahead of your normal mass-market hardbacks.
Pity that Fuzzy Dice is such a self-indulgent mess of a book that doesn't really merit the quality of the production ...

And PS is certainly pricing an awful lot of people, including me, out of the book-buying market. I suspect the books are priced to make a profit even if they don't shift huge numbers. Fair enough in terms of keeping a small publisher in business (small hurrah!); not so fair in terms of making books accessible. It's a dilemma - but not one I think PS have solved sensibly.
Pity that Fuzzy Dice is such a self-indulgent mess of a book that doesn't really merit the quality of the production ...

Ah, see, I really like it. If anything I don't think di Filippo indulges himself enough - the structure forces him to keep moving on, when most of the time I wanted more detail on the cosmology of the moment. But I suppose that's also part of the point, and I had enough fun reading the thing to overlook any flaws.

It's a dilemma - but not one I think PS have solved sensibly.

I don't mind paying UKP10 for a paperback novella a few times a year, if only because the stories are usually excellent. And I think Postscripts, at UKP6 an issue, is probably good value (although with a sample size of exactly one issue to go on, admittedly that may be premature). I think it's the novels and collections where it all goes a bit wrong - they definitely need either a paperback edition or a cheaper hardback edition.

It's a real shame there aren't going to be more 'foursight' anthologies, though...
The stuff from PS that I've read has been either given to me (eg. Christmas presents or to review) or temporarily loaned to me (eg. by you). Apart from Postscripts, which I bit the bullet and subscribed to.

I would dearly love to buy some of PS's short story collections, but they do cost too damn much. The thought of a new Macleod collection from PS is horribly tantalising, as is the forthcoming collection of Lucius Shephard shorts Trujillo. There is no way in hell that I can afford to buy such books at £35 a go, however much I'm dying to.

And that's only the 'absolutely must read' stuff. The 'looks interesting' stuff won't even get considered at those prices. Stop linking to them; it's safer just not to look at it! ;)
The thought of a new Macleod collection from PS is horribly tantalising,

On the upside, I wouldn't expect it to be available for at least 12 months, so you're safe from temptation for a while. On the downside, I wouldn't expect it to be available for at least 12 months. ;-)

as is the forthcoming collection of Lucius Shephard shorts Trujillo. There is no way in hell that I can afford to buy such books at £35 a go, however much I'm dying to.

I expressed an interest in reviewing Trujillo for Vector. It's a definite 'fingers crossed' situation...

Stop linking to them; it's safer just not to look at it! ;)

If I have to exercise willpower, I'm gonna make damn sure you have to exercise willpower too. :-p
I want Best Short Novels: 2004. I want it badly. Unfortunately, it's only available to Science Fiction Book Club members, which is a problem, because you can't be a member unless you're American. I don't suppose anyone on my friendslist can help me out?

Sure. What do I get in exchange?

(email me at sharyn at sharyn dot org)
Has anyone else read this, and is this the first book since Perdido Street Station to be set in New Crobuzon?

Well, bugger the Bookslut reviewer, they didn't like PSS either. ;-)

Actually, come to think of it, that reviewer is probably some sort of ficfan, and abhors not having the book they wanted to read.
Has anyone else read this, and is this the first book since Perdido Street Station to be set in New Crobuzon?

No, because it isn't published in the UK until September so you get it first, and yes, although I hear it also ventures outside the city somewhat, respectively!
But the big question everyone is asking today is this: could Goran Visnjic be a dorkboy?

Feh.
Frankly, I'm disappointed that nobody else picked up on that. :)
I imagine they were ignoring it. Since it's not true.
The man likes Stargate SG-1! That's one dorky show.
Dorky? Stargate? I couldn't possibly comment.