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Change in comment policy

July 12th, 2017

(This is literally just some housekeeping)

This site now automatically closes comments on new posts after 56 days – I’ve been batting away hordes of spambots trying to post on some of my more popular posts, and this seemed to be the easiest and most painless way to kill the bots dead. I’ve run it in the background for a week, and it hasn’t seemed to have adversely affected the site’s operation, so I’m making the change permanent.

If you’re a real person and you want to comment on something that’s old, I don’t have much issue with you tagging it to a newer post!

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates by Simon Morden on July 12th, 2017
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At the Speed of Light, six months later

June 26th, 2017

When I mentioned a few months ago that At the Speed of Light was still selling, I was expecting the drop-off in sales to happen any day soon, and for the title to sink into a well-deserved obscurity. June 23rd marked the six month mark after publication, and … it’s still going. Not quite as quickly as as it was before, but still decent, still up there, still finding its audience.

Which is both incredibly gratifying, and oddly confusing, because I’d never have predicted that this slim, somewhat technical volume, would become probably my best-selling book of recent years. And because I didn’t predict it, and don’t really understand the reasons behind it, I can’t learn any lessons from its success, and I won’t be able to replicate any kind of ‘formula’ for future stories.

It hasn’t had the best reviews, either: on Goodreads (which gets more volume of review-data, as opposed to written reviews), several people have said WTAF and marked it accordingly, although I’ve escaped the ignominy of a 1* review so far. But those who’ve quietly appreciated the story have given it their stars, and have clearly, if inexplicably, recommended it to their friends.

So a book, that was partly written in a shed in a Scottish forest, that is all about special relativity and the technicalities of manoeuvring at light speed, that features a minimal cast and a lead character called Corbyn… Hell, I don’t know. It’s clearly chimed for some. I literally have no idea why. And perhaps, at some point I should try to get him home, or at least to somewhere he can call home. I’m busy till the end of the year, but perhaps after that? Who knows? I don’t, except that I should really try and get a copy into the hands of the other Corbyn, just to say an elliptical and improbable thank you.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, Reviews by Simon Morden on June 26th, 2017
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Third One Way map

May 30th, 2017

Gah, almost forgot to post the third map – so here’s Mars Base One in all its hand-drawn glory.

Click for big!

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, One Way by Simon Morden on May 30th, 2017
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Second One Way map

May 17th, 2017

Traditionally, if you supply a map in a book, the characters have to go to every damn place marked on it. It didn’t happen for Arcanum, and I’ll be damned if it’s going to happen here. This is a close up of Rahe crater on Mars. Marvel at the detail, and quail at my leet drawing skillz0rs. Or something.

(as before, click for huge)

Posted in: From the Author, One Way by Simon Morden on May 17th, 2017
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One Way map fresh off the drawing board

May 10th, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve had to draw technically accurate maps of other planets. But here you go – this is the stage for One Way.

Click for huge!

See that oval-shaped crater just on the northern flank of Ceraunius Tholus? That’s where we’re going.

Posted in: From the Author, News and Updates, One Way by Simon Morden on May 10th, 2017
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