Apollo Quartet status update

The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself has been available now for just over a fortnight, and reviews are slowly starting to appear online. Sales have been… robust. January was an especially good month for Adrift on the Sea of Rains – that mention in the Guardian resulted in more Kindle sales in January than in the previous nine months. The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself can’t match that, though it’s sold more in its first two weeks than Adrift on the Sea of Rains did. It would be interesting to know how many readers of Adrift on the Sea of Rains go on to buy The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself

The limited hardback edition of The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself has been doing well, but there’s a way to go yet before it’s sold out. The limited hardback of Adrift on the Sea of Rains, however… I have half a dozen copies left. When they’re gone, it’s paperback, ebook, or nothing, I’m afraid.

The Whippleshield Books control centre

On Amazon (UK), The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself has so far managed five 5-star reviews. I particularly like the one which starts “So good it’s hard to know where to begin”. People tell you to avoid self-published books with only 5-star reviews – but these are all genuine. Honest. There are also reviews on Upcoming4.me and SF (365), and a couple on GoodReads. Thanks to everyone who has written a review. Copies are still available for review for those who haven’t, by the way.

Adrift on the Sea of Rains has ten reviews on Amazon (UK), over half of which are 5-star. There are also a lot of reviews around and about on the internet – and more will likely appear, now that it has been shortlisted for the BSFA Award. The latest review I’ve seen, in fact, was in Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association. I was quite taken with the line, “packed with invention and fleeting displays of true literary grace”, though there was a caveat. Anyway, see here for links to all the reviews so far. Again, thanks to everyone who’s reviewed the book.

I’m going to delay starting on Apollo Quartet 3: Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above for a few months. I’ve already begun collecting research material, and thinking about the plot; but I don’t plan to put pen to paper (so to speak) until April/May. I have other projects I’d like to complete first. Including a short story, which doubled in size last weekend, and I’ve been told now it deserves to be much longer…

I also have a submission to Whippleshield Books, which I need to read and make a decision on. Submissions remain open, and I plan to write something here soon about the guidelines. Whippleshield Books may be a micro-press, but it’s a micro-press with a very specific taste in fiction.

(The photograph above, incidentally, is not the Whippleshield Books Control Centre but Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, taken from here, and the original caption reads “Laurie Turner and Andrew Tupalski”.)


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