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Alert reader Laura _ sent me this copy of The Reefs of Time that she bought from Barnes and Noble online. Anything look wrong to you?
As you can see from this shot, I am holding just the cover open. The first page inside the cover is Prologue Two. Missing are all the front-matter pages, including title page and copyright, dedication, “Previously in The Chaos Chronicles” synopses, and Prologue One. Yikes! How many other people got defective books like this, and didn’t trouble to get in touch with me to let me know?
The book, as far as I have been able to determine so far, was printed by Ingram, a usually solidly reliable producer of books. I’ve asked for an investigation, but I don’t expect to have an answer anytime soon.
If you, or anybody you know, received a defective book, please let me know! Thanks!
Oh, and ditto if you get a copy of Sunborn with the cover type skewed to the side (which happened to me).
You know what makes a great gift? Books! Books books books! Get that Christmas and Hanukah shopping done ahead of time for once! I even have a suggestion for books you could give: The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time! It’s a no-brainer, when you think about it.
For the valued reader in your circle, you could order the trade paperback editions. For the truly discerning, hardcovers may be the best choice.
In the old days, I used to sell autographed copies myself by mail. But that was before all the states got compulsive about collecting sales tax, and it became unworkable. So, if you’d like your copies autographed, the best way is to bring them to a con and ask me to sign them in person. That’s so much nicer, anyway.
If you use these purchase links, I’ll get a little something extra in the way of referral fees:
At last, Crucible of Time is now live and burning a hole in pockets everywhere fine ebooks are found! And many of the places fine paper books are found, as well! If you’re just tuning in, Crucible of Time is the second half of the story begun in The Reefs of Time, bringing The Chaos Chronicles one giant leap closer to completion.
You may have heard that the new Margaret Atwood book, The Testaments (a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale), is also being published today! I am honored that Ms. Atwood’s publisher decided to join me in picking Sept. 10 as a good day to die—I mean, as a good day to publish. If modesty didn’t forbid it, I would note that perhaps they were riding my coattails just a little… yes, I’m sure that’s it. Well, I’m happy to give them a boost; it’s undoubtedly a fine book, too.
But back to burning a hole in your pocketses, may I suggest, plead, cajole, that you tell everyone you know about Crucible? Ask your local library to order a copy? Suggest that your brick-and-mortar neighborhood bookstore order it? Stock up on copies to give for Christmas and other holidays? Turn your loved ones into book addicts—I mean, onto a good read? Yes?
It’s in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. (The hardcover is loose in the wild, but it may take a few days to show up in listings. I’m still waiting for my own copies to arrive.)
To buy your copy, start here. You guys are the best!
Yes—the hardcover is finally out! I made it live just before I left for Dragon Con, and by now it should have trickled into all the store catalogues. I think it came out great!
If you would like to ask your local library to order a copy (Please do! Ask nicely, but ask!), you can tell them it’s available from Ingram, and the ISBN is 978-1-61138-834-3. Same info applies to your local bookstore.
Way back in the late 1980s when the rocks were still cooling, I wrote a pair of novels, From a Changeling Star and Down the Stream of Stars, that proposed an interstellar highway (sort of a modified wormhole) created by the joining of two black holes with a long strand of cosmic hyperstring. That same starstream features prominently in my new work, The Reefs of Time / Crucible of Time.
Now, I read here that real scientists have proposed that one could create a real wormhole, using—are you ready?—two black holes and a couple of strands of cosmic string. Seriously, is that cool or what? God, I love science!
For those of you who have been waiting patiently for the hardcover edition of The Reefs of Time, it’s almost ready. I’m waiting for a seemingly endless review process at Ingram, the company that will be printing them. Once they approve it, I’ll get a proof printed to make sure everything is done right. When I approve it, then I can make it available.
Here’s the gorgeous new cover for Crucible of Time, the second of the new books! Art by Chris Howard. I really should do a post on all the back and forthing we do to come up with an image that works for me. The man has the patience of… wait, who’s the dude with all the patience?
Coming September 10th! I’m proofing the print layout now!
This photo and the following review landed in my inbox, from someone calling hirself “The Porg Apprentice” (or “Poppy Bunsen”). Seriously.
The meeting of the Porg Book Club is called to order!
Ingrid: “Today we are discussing The Reefs of Time, a new book by Jeffrey A. Carver. It is the story of friends who work together and make a good team. In previous episodes, I mean, books, they have saved the Earth and other planets from being wiped out by meteors and evil civilizations that try to reprogram people’s minds with nanotechnology. In this book, the friends are split up to fight the nanobots, which are trying to infect hyperspace. I liked it. I finished it in a weekend. What did you think?”
Sherie: “I liked the theme that friends can become found family. It reminded me of the Rebels and the Resistance who are a team that become family, and how sad they were when they were split up after Hoth and Crait. But they still had hope.”
George: “I thought it was funny that the people in the retro 1950s spaceship were somebody else’s UFO on a different planet!”
Lucky: “Because my friend Tag will ask, there are no porgs in this book.”
Snowy: “But there is a cat that exists in different dimensions! I wonder if Loth-cats and gokats can learn from each other?”
Sherie: “I liked that this book can stand alone, and I didn’t have to read the other books to understand this one. I missed the last book because I had a nest of porglets to take care of.”
Ingrid: “So I think we’re agreed, two wings up?”
Lucky: “Yes! Two wings up! You can find it on pretty much any bookseller, or ask your librarian nicely to order it from Ingram. They’ll know what that means.”
We have a launch! The Reefs of Time is riding a pillar of fire into the sky, shooting for the Moon! We are on our way!
You’ve been waiting for eleven years. I’ve been waiting for eleven years! This new chapter of The Chaos Chronicles, Part One of the “Out of Time Sequence,” is now available in all major ebook stores, and in print from Amazon and other booksellers*! Grab your copies while you can. The price is reduced for Launch Day. It will go up soon.
Please help me spread the word!
(Part Two, Crucible of Time, will launch on September 10.)
*Regarding print copies: On sale now are trade paperback copies (a nice, hefty-but-comfortable 5.5in by 8.5in trim size). Thanks to cover artist Chris Howard and cover designer Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, both talented writers themselves, it’s a great-looking book! Regarding availability in bookstores and libraries, it is available to all through the major distributor Ingram. But that doesn’t mean it will magically appear in your local bookstore. You might have to request it. I encourage you to do so! Ask them nicely if they would consider stocking it. If they want to know the ISBN, you can give them this: 978-1-61138-799-5.
I still plan to release a hardcover edition, and hope to have it ready in a few weeks. I’ll let you know.
Celebrate with me! Please let the far corners of your social media know, and let’s shoot for the Moon together!