By Adam Roberts | July 21, 2011
Categories: Book News
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.No tags for this post.