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Sunday, May 04, 2014

If you don't mind

We are going to be announcing a pair of John C. Wright books this week, although only one of them is going to be of interest to the many of you who have already had the good fortune to read his previous release. As you may have noticed on the sidebar, Castalia is releasing AWAKE IN THE NIGHT as a stand-alone novella for the purpose of raising awareness of the excellent AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND via the KDP Select program.

However, since it is a different listing with a different ASIN, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT presently lacks reviews. So, I'd like to ask those of you who reviewed the complete collection to copy the relevant aspects of your review to the listing for the single novella as well, if you don't mind. The sooner the better, if you happen to have the time.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel May 04, 2014 1:17 PM  

Yes, I have had that temp image problem twice at Amazon. It went away within a few hours for one, and in 24 hours for the second. I did nothing: not even notify Amazon.

Anonymous VD May 04, 2014 1:43 PM  

Mm, that's good to know. Thanks.

Anonymous Ostar May 04, 2014 3:40 PM  

Done, and 5 stars as it deserved.

Anonymous scoobius dubious May 04, 2014 5:38 PM  

I have a question about the "Night Land" world. (I've only read the first part of "Awake in the Night" that was posted on Amazon, so perhaps the other stories attend to this, and if so, apologies). Why, when people exit the Last Redoubt to travel over the landscape, do they do it on foot? We are talking about an incredibly advanced civilization. From the parts I read, I got no notion that they considered aircraft or some sort of heavily armored vehicle, both of which they're certainly capable of producing. Also, no community in space where it might be safer. Is there a reason why they don't employ these solutions? Sorry if the other stories mean that this turns out to be a stupid question.

Anonymous Ostar May 04, 2014 6:01 PM  

As far as aircraft, air pressure is so low that it can no longer support their existing planes.

For ground travel, they travel on foot to avoid attracting the attention of the Night Land denizens. Being inside a vehicle would not protect humans against the mental and/or spiritual dangers many of the more dangerous beings.

Anonymous Ostar May 04, 2014 6:06 PM  

As to space, the "Last Redoubt" depends upon the "Earth Current" to keep out the dangers of the Night Land, so any space habitat would be a death trap.

above; dangers OF many

Anonymous VD May 04, 2014 7:00 PM  

From the parts I read, I got no notion that they considered aircraft or some sort of heavily armored vehicle, both of which they're certainly capable of producing.

The Night Land was published in 1912. The first flight was 1903. I don't think there was much cognizance of flying machines on the original author's part.

Anonymous Tyrasis May 04, 2014 11:37 PM  

I've only read about five pages, but it was evocative enough that I stopped and got a copy of The Night Land so I could fully appreciate it. Then I got bogged down by something else.

But those first five pages were dynamite stuff.

Anonymous Bozu May 05, 2014 12:01 AM  

5 stars. Pleasure to review. I just hope I did it justice. I read Titans of Chaos and the Golden Age trilogies a few years ago, but couldn't comprehend how he wasn't more well known.

VD, thank you for getting his work out there.

Blogger John Wright May 05, 2014 10:19 AM  

"The Night Land was published in 1912. The first flight was 1903. I don't think there was much cognizance of flying machines on the original author's part."

Not so. One of the many eerie and memorable scenes in Hodgson's THE NIGHT LAND was when the narrator comes across the wreckage of an immense, million-year-old flying machine, grounded on a hilltop, overgrown with moss. The author says the air is too thin to support aircraft.

This strikes me as unrealistic: much more likely is that travel through the air exposes the travelers to too much danger, especially if one comes across the fell voices that scream and laugh in the darkness.

In my stories, I assume humans at one time in the immense past attempted to colonize other worlds, and failed, and were thrown back to Earth. The idea is admittedly stolen from Arthur C. Clarke's Diaspar ('Against the Fall of Night') and from THE DREAMQUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH by H.P. Lovecraft -- Randolf Carter's flight on the back of a horrid Shantak bird outside the atmosphere exposed him to the blind and vile larval forms of the Outer Gods than nuzzle and wallow in the blind darkness of outer space.

We can assume any astronauts of their remote far past (our future) spending too much time in space become oddly and unspeakably altered, slowly growing less and less human.

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