Buy paperback

There are four handsome trade paperback editions from, each with a cover by a different artist, all priced at $14.50:

Rudy Rucker
(ISBN: 978-0-557-94307-4)

[Buy in Australia/New Zealand]
Frank Wu
(ISBN: 978-0-557-94306-7)

[Buy in Australia/New Zealand]
Rick Lieder
(ISBN: 978-0-557-94308-1)

[Buy in Australia/New Zealand]
Pablo Defendini
(ISBN 978-0-557-94305-0)

[Buy in Australia/New Zealand]

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  9. Robert Milson says:

    There are numerous font-related misprints in by paperback. Also, the print on a couple of pages is very faint. This is not a professional quality print run. I liked the stories but the physical package was a Big Turnoff!

  10. Robert Milson says:

    Hi Cory,

    Just so we are clear: I loved the stories. Some are better than others, but there a definitely some keepers in this collection!

    I loved the cover art and the idea of multiple covers. I was thrilled and enthuzed by the publishing experiment. Some these comments are coming from a fan. I chose to post rather than send an email with the hope that if the print problem is wide spread, others would chime in and help fix the problem.

    OK now the details. I have Rick Leider softcover. There are 2 issues with the printing

    1) page 58 is very very faint, barely readable. It’s the only page where this occurs, so my guess is that this is a sporadic problem with the Lulu printers.

    2) the more serious problem is font related. Here is one example. Power Punctiation story, Page 189, last paragraph. I see

    “He was reading the papers before putting them into the shredder! What are you doing? I said, you aren,\”A\^ot allowed to do that!”

    So instead of the apostrophe I see 3 characters: a comma, followed by a capital A with an umlaut, and a lower case o with a circumflex!

    I’ve seen similar artifacts in emails, where extended font encodings are rendered in a funny way by text-based clients.

    The funny accented characters occur numerous times in the book, on the order of 1 dozen times.

    Here is another instance, on page 206, line 18. I see
    “… I thought you were na**ve enough to do the job…”

    where ** is a square root radical followed by the empty-set symbol (no kidding!)

    I am guessing a Naïve with the accented i was supposed to go there, and the accented letter was typeset incorrectly

    It’s a font issue of some kind

    This is just a couple of the mistakes. I didn’t think to mark them down during my reading, but they are pretty easy to spot. It’s always funny characters that don’t belong in a fiction narrative.

    These mistakes with the funny characters are surprising irritating. I hope you can work this out. Good luck with the self-publishing effort and with all of your creative work in general.

    • Thanks, Robert! The p58 issue turned out to be my idiocy — I fat-fingered a setting in InDesign that hosed that page. It’s fixed now — my apologies.

      The punctuation issues you list all look like they got fixed in December, according to the changelog — did you order your copy a long time ago?

  11. Robert Milson says:

    Yes, I ordered it the week you announced it. I didn’t know you had a changelog! Makes sense; I will look for it next time. No need to apologize — just keep it coming.

  12. Colin Helmer says:

    I’m not sure if this is the right place for this, but here goes. I bought a copy through Amazon (I’m hopelessly old school). Before I was even halfway through the plastic film started peeling away from the cover. Is this supposed to be a temporary protective film, like the one covering the screen of a new cell phone? Or is the book just badly made? It’s driving me nuts, like a scab that you want to pick at. I’d like to just rip it off, but I don’t want to harm the book.

  13. Justen Robertson says:

    The hardcover version is -so- cool! If you could do something of similar awesomeness at a slightly more affordable level I would love to buy it. Like, in the sub-$100 range. I love the SD card embedded in the cover. Was that an original idea, or something that the binder offered as a service?

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