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By Adam Roberts | July 21, 2011
Categories: Book News

Adam Roberts, Anticopernicus (2011). £0.86p, or equivalent. Available for Kindle download on Amazon now.

Update: also available for download in EPUB format from Wizard Tower books (same price). While you're there, you may want to check out their other many excellent books.

A tentative dipping of one of my toes into the world of e-publishing, this: a Dwarf Novel called Anticopernicus: four chapters (about 15,000 words) never before published, and not to be made available in any other way, yours for the low-low price of eighty-six pence, or equivalent prices in cents, American or European. And yes, that is the proper terminology: it's the same across the world -- in French (roman nain), German (Zwergroman), Russian (карликовая роман), Arabic (كوكب قزم), Chinese (矮行星) and so on.

The book is a brief but I hope readable and thought-provoking Alien First Contact/space flight yarn, and it also happens to contain the answers to the following two questions, which have been tormenting modern science -- (a) what, precisely, is dark energy? and (b) what is the solution to the celebrated Fermi Paradox? I think I'm right in saying that the answers to both questions proposed in Anticopernicus are new and original; and I hope they have some dramatic effectiveness, although I can't claim they're necessarily right. But you never know. If you have a Kindle, or have downloaded the (free) Kindle app to your smartphone or iPad, then I ask you politely to go to amazon and spend 0.86p on this short tale. I'll be very grateful if you do.

At any rate, this is my first endeavour in the world of auto-ePublishing. I don't expect to the book to sell enormously or make me much money; but if it does reasonably well (and 'reasonably' means: anything that isn't catastrophically badly) I may publish another dwarf novel via the same route at some point in the future. (Remember: 30% of that 86p goes straight into my pocket! Alternatively you could just give me 28p when you see me next).

One final note: the splendid cover art you can see there was done by the very talented Bruce Asher. If you're looking for cover- or poster-art for any reason, I recommend him: he works quickly, to a high standard, and his rates are very reasonable.

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15 Responses to “Anticopernicus”

  1. Ian Mond Says:
    July 22nd, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Hi Adam,

    The ebook is only available, as far as I can tell, on the UK Amazon site which means only people living in the UK can buy it.


  2. Adam Roberts Says:
    July 22nd, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    It should be available on too, Mondy (here); although it's not available to buy from that site by UK-based readers. Unless I'm completely wrong: if any US-based person can let me know whether it's available pondside, I'd be very grateful.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:
    July 22nd, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    The US price is $0.99c.

  4. Opally Says:
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I bought it on the US Amazon site for 99c. haven't read it yet! I'm hoping your other books will be available in Kindle format.

  5. Adam Roberts Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Thank you, Opally. I think more of my books should be being made available in e-form soon.

  6. Ian Mond Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for the link Adam. Now purchased.

  7. Rob Says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Will it ever be available in dead tree media?



  8. Adam Roberts Says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Rob: I'm not planning on killing any trees to put it out in that form, no.

  9. Adam Roberts Says:
    September 28th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    My first royalties have come in from Amazon: a little over £15 -- I'm not planning on giving up the day job just yet.

  10. Trent Walters Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Stunning. Mind-blowing. Loved it. I'm reviewing it for SF Site. I hope to spread the word.

  11. Adam Roberts Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Trent -- thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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