O frabjous day! Anthropocene Rag is loose in the world! Thanks to everyone on the Tor.com publishing team for making it all happen, and thanks in advance to everyone who will read it. I’m grateful to be able to do this for a living, and that gratitude and excitement is renewed every time a new book finds its way into the world.
Given world events, this is a hell of a time to launch a book, but I’m proud of Anthropocene Rag and I think it will reward your attention. Need some encouragement? Read on…
A “wondrous, playful, but still weighty science fiction odyssey.” –Publishers Weekly
“Somewhere between the hallucinatory worlds of Philip K. Dick and the alien exploration of human culture’s remains in Samuel R. Delany’s The Einstein Intersection.” —Booklist (starred review)
“The notion of a self-replicating tech that is both fascinated by stories and utterly unable to discern between fact and fiction is so clever and cleverly realized; the stretches when the book really leans into that disparity are gleefully, gloriously, evocatively weird. Seriously – it’s just so cool.” —The Maine Edge
We’re flying a bit under the radar with this book, so every reader can help. If you read the book and like it, please tell your friends! Leave a review at the outlet of your choice!
Buy from your local bookstore! — or Powell’s, Amazon, Books-a-Million, or Barnes and Noble. And if you cannot be satisfied by anything less than a copy signed just for you, Print: A Bookstore has got you covered.
If you are the sort of person who likes signed books, and you want me to write something in a copy of Anthropocene Rag for you, here’s what you do:
Contact Print: A Bookstore and let them know. I’ll go over there and inscribe your book in a safe, socially-distanced manner. They will ship it to you. Everybody wins!
(PS this goes for all my other books too.)
The Chicago Review of Books features a monthly column on literature and climate change, called Burning Worlds. This month editor Amy Brady features Anthropocene Rag and asks me some thought-provoking questions about the book. Check it out, and if you don’t already read her column, definitely check out previous editions.
Anthropocene Rag is out in two weeks (actually 13 days!). Be the first on your block to get a copy by preordering now!
Mark your calendars! If you’re in or near Portland on March 31, the day Anthropocene Rag is unleashed into the world, please do swing by the launch party at Print: A Bookstore. There will be books. Maybe beer too!
Also keep an eye out for other events in the next couple of months…more as the dates get firmed up.
Not gonna lie. I will never get tired of seeing my name on the cover of F&SF. I love this magazine.
If you read my earlier F&SF stories “Wizard’s Six” or “Dragon’s Teeth” — or the PS novella Mare Ultima, which is an expansion of both — you’ll recognize the milieu of “Chisel and Chime,” but the characters and the story’s setting are all new. Hope you enjoy it!
We’re about four months out from Anthropocene Rag appearing in the world on March 31, but you can save yourself the worry and hassle of having to remember that date. How, you ask? I’ll tell you: by pre-ordering now!
IndieBound will route you to your closest independent bookstore.
Macmillan lists a variety of ebook sources and bookstore links, including Amazon, Powell’s, B&N, etc.
And if you want a signed copy, order it through Print: A Bookstore here in Portland and let them know what inscription you’d like!
The new podcast series DUST: Horizons is live! Check out my contribution, “Peter Skilling” — and give the rest a listen, too.
(“Peter Skilling” was originally published on Salon.com in 2004, and reprinted in F&SF shortly after that. This version is slightly revised.)