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Out of Blue Six: a lost gem

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Jan Vanek jr.
08-11-2005
07:30 AM ET (US)
Actually, he claims he hates it; or something to the same effect.
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michael_wardPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
02:18 PM ET (US)
My erroroneous assumption, and my bad phrasing.

How's this for a restatement? "There's no reason a book should ever have to go 'out of print' today."

Of course, actually, there are. Ian may be actively trying to re-sell the book and not want to have a Wildside edition out there getting in the way of the resale. He may be planning to revise it. He may have decided that the potential earnings are not worth the hassle of dealing with a specialized publisher. And he most likely doesn't want to try to do it himself.

Plus, there are those used copies readily available for sale everywhere.

Mike
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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
02:00 PM ET (US)
I am in no way qualified to speak on Ian's behalf. I don't even know him.
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michael_wardPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
01:52 PM ET (US)
Bdon't have to go "out of print" in this modern Future we're living in.

John Betancourt could republish it as a print-on-demand book from Wildside Press.

Hidden Knowledge (!) could publish it as an e-book.

Next Thursday, Cory, at Worldcon, at this panel we're on on, um, e-books, we can discuss why Ian isn't doing this.

Michael Ward
Hidden Knowledge
www.hidden-knowledge.com
Edited 08-22-2003 02:00 PM
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InoxPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
09:36 AM ET (US)

   I think my favorite Ian book is "Terminal Cafe", which deals with a world transformed by nanotechnology. I paste:

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Watson's Postulate: Never mind turning trash into oil or asteroids into heaps of Volkswagens, or hanging exact copies of Van Goghs in your living room, the first thing we get with nanotechnology is immortality."

Tesler's Corollary: The first thing we get with nanotechnology is the resurrection of the dead.
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   --Inox
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CanisPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
07:17 AM ET (US)
I don't really know Ian but he seems like a nice guy -- he emailed me once out of the blue, because when I was still a student, a friend & I made a videogame loosely inspired by his Recording Angel short story and credited him in the docs. Despite us blatantly nicking the Chaga name, he seemed pretty happy about it =)
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Charlie StrossPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
06:19 AM ET (US)
Let me just plug Ian's most recent book here -- "Ares Express" rocks. It's a sort-of-sequel to "Desolation Road", his first novel, only better, and it's only published in the UK as far as I know.
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Dan GeiserPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
11:30 PM ET (US)
"Sorry, searches expire an hour after they're run; please try your search again."
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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
08:50 PM ET (US)
Yup! That's the one.
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CazWaxPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
08:47 PM ET (US)
Is this the one with the enhanced raccoons running around in the underworld?
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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
08:42 PM ET (US)
Because I've re-read them till they fell apart.
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bcwintersPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
08:38 PM ET (US)
There are loads of copies available on amazon.com from 59 cents, too. Question: why do you have so many copies of the book yourself? Just curious.

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