Crystal Rain is Out!
Posted on February 7, 2006 Posted by John Scalzi 10 Comments
Congratulations to Tobias Buckell, whose debut science fiction tome Crystal Rain is officially out today. The inside is as groovy as the cover art (look! Parrots!), but you don’t have to take my word for it, as Toby’s got the first third of the book up for you to check out for yourself.
Toby’s been writing short science fiction for some time now — indeed, he co-wrote a piece I’m publishing in the Spring 2006 edition of Subterranean magazine — but as most authors will tell you, the day your first book or novel comes out is like your birthday come early. Enjoy it, Toby.
Also, Toby, some of us will be ’round about 7pm to pick you up for your “published novelist” initation ceremony. Now, I know you told us that you bruise easily, but we have ways to keep from leaving marks. Well, mostly. There’s not much you can do hide the branding, I suppose. But then, that’s why we brand you… well, where we do. And you can certainly handle sleeping standing up for a week or two, right? Right. And you have memorized that list of Brazilian state capitols? Excellent. And you’ve practiced your hand grip on that goat we lent you? Perfect. I need that goat back, by the way.
So, anyway, 7 o’clock! Be sure to wear something we can hose down afterward.
Actually CR has been on the shelf at my local Borders since last week. I’ve been running behind, but I anticipate posting the review tomorrow night. In the meantime, you might want to give a shoutout to another Tor stablemate of yours, Paul Levinson, and his fiendishly clever The Plot to Save Socrates.
Oh, cool! I like Paul quite a bit, so I’m happy the book works for you. Having a philosophy degree, I am weel nigh bound to pick up the book.
I think this cover is a perfect example of the seductive nature of good cover art. I’ve never read Toby’s work before, but in a bookstore, I’d definitely pick it up and read at least the back cover.
Then you get to the other half of the one-two punch, good back cover text that doesn’t give everything away. Preferably a unique and interesting sounding storyline too, not one of these “Prince so-and-so, exchanged at birth with his evil twin, must ride forth to save his kingdom in peril and prove his worthiness to rule…” or the sci-fi equivalent.
Congratulations, Toby, and may your future books have the same cover artist!
John, thanks for the link props, much appreciated!
Anne: I got so lucky on the cover it’s bewildering. My private joke with others is that the book may well just do well not because of anything I wrote between its covers, but because of the cover ;-)
The good news is that yes, we do have the cover artist back for book 2.
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You mean that writing fiction eventually leads the goat-lending? Funny, my copy of Fiction Writing for Dummies doesn’t mention that part.
Who IS that cover artist? Went up and down the sites looking for a name or at least a larger image – it has a Charles Vess/Michael Kaluta look to it (or Kent Williams imitating either one) and I’m very curious.
Ah, never mind. Found it (had to go waaaaay back on the book’s site to find it). Todd Lockwood.
Hey, you and Tobias both got two Magic: The Gathering alums for your cover art.
Led the nerd-dom continue:
Also in the just out February/March newsletter-catalog of the Science Fiction Book Club.
I also note that The Ghost Brigades appears on the SFBC website, but can’t be ordered yet.