The Walls of the Universe is out today. Oh, joyous day! Book Release Day, if you ask any author, is like Christmas, Halloween, and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. The celebrations have already begun here at Chateau Melko. The children greeted me dressed in Editor Clause suits, though Claire refused to keep the beard on or the cigar in her mouth for more than a minute. The walls were papered with rejection letters and the Book Release shrub had been decorated with popcorn balls and ornaments shaped like proofreader symbols. We've sung a number of Book Release Day carols, including our favorites "The Twelve Days of Royalties," "Do You Read What I Read?" and "We Wish You The Merry Film Rights." Later we'll gather around a roaring bonfire and burn the pages of the uncorrected proofs one by one.
Yes, Happy Book Release Day to one and all!
And the books is available on Amazon. ;)
I'll be near Detroit this weekend for Confusion. This is one of my favorite conventions, as I attended it when I was in Ann Arbor for grad school. My schedule is as follows:
Saturday 10am - What turns great ideas into short stories or novels?
Saturday 11am - Did Captain Kirk own a wallet?
Saturday 4pm - Reading from The Walls of the Universe
Saturday 5pm - Mass Author Autographing
Sunday 11am - Wuffies? Total meltdown? Libertarianism?
Notice how all the panels are questions?
The January Locus arrived in Ohio, amidst the largest daytime snowfall in, like, forever, with two reviews of The Walls of the Universe. First Paul Witcover says, "It's a scrappy, character-driven multiversal romp that stands on its own... but also tips its hat to classic time-travel paradox tales...." and "Melko is not an especially graceful writer but he is an efficient one, and he knows how to build suspense and drive a narrative forward."
Gary K Wolfe says in his review, "In the end, The Walls of the Universe... is as compelling as it is unchallenging, and exactly the sort of thing you can hand to a non-SF reader with confidence."
I'll live with those assessments. ;)