Today’s post is rather different to all the other posts I’ve made. For it has audio in it. The audio is a short interview with SFF writer Paul Cornell (that guy I do Hammer House of Podcast with) about his brilliant new novella, Rosebud. I had the chance to read an advanced copy and I was embarrassingly flaily over how much I adored it. (Really, it was quite excessive, but if the author didn’t want to listen to my flail, then he shouldn’t have written such a good story.) And so I wanted to do a little something extra to help promote it so that others too might flail (or enjoy it in a dignified way, that also works.)
For more evidence of awesome, here’s what Tamsyn Muir, author of The Locked Tomb series, had to say:
Also, it might be helpful to know what it’s actually about. Here is the blurb:
The crew of the Rosebud are, currently, and by force of law, a balloon, a goth with a swagger stick, some sort of science aristocrat possibly, a ball of hands, and a swarm of insects. Digitally speaking, that is. The ship has assembled its crew of sentient artificial intelligences to discuss an unusual object picked up by its sensors. They have no idea what this encounter will mean for the fate of all existence. Nor will they remember. The story is a humorous tale in the vein of Douglas Adams with lots to say about choice, reality, programming, and what it means to be a person.
And now, with all due apologies for my Very High Degree Of Interview Professionalism, I present Episode 1* of Follow That Trebuchet (that’s the name of the blog, I didn’t just make it up just now…I made it up about a decade ago):
More details, including how to order Rosebud from US bookstores, can be found here. If you wish to pre-order from Amazon UK, you can do that here. And it’s out on the 26th of April this year. That’s practically now!
*Calling it episode one implies there will be more episodes. There will not.