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St Ives Returns!

St Ives Returns!

As I near the end of Lord Kelvin’s Machine, which holds up very well on re-reading, I thought I would mention an upcoming addition to the Langdon St Ives oeuvre: The Ebb Tide.  Here is what the publishers have to say:

A flaming meteor over the Yorkshire Dales, a long-lost map drawn by the lunatic Bill “Cuttle” Kraken, and the discovery of a secret subterranean shipyard beneath the River Thames lead Professor Langdon St. Ives and his intrepid friend Jack Owlesby into the treacherous environs of Morecambe Bay, with its dangerous tides and vast quicksand pits. They descend beneath the sands of the Bay itself, into a dark, unknown ocean littered with human bones and the remnants of human dreams. In this tale of murder, infamy, and Victorian intrigue, the tides of destiny shift relentlessly and rapidly as the stakes grow ever higher and the pursuit more deadly….

Dashed intriguing, what?

I googled ‘G Smithers of Brompton Village’, curious to know whether the worthy gentleman had his own site, (maybe I should have cuiled it) and I found this page dedicated to Blaylock’s work.

On reflection, Smithers is almost certainly too ‘old school’ to run a blog or web-page, though  wonder what he would come up with.

William Ashbless is another matter…

One of my favourites

One of my favourites

Great interview with James Blaylock here. Some insightful questions and typically thoughtful and amusing answers from the man himself. Pleasingly, he seems to like the same books of his that I do, namely The Last Coin, All the Bells on Earth and The Digging Leviathan. He also says that his new novel The Knights of the Cornerstone may be his best yet. I can hardly wait to get my hands on it.

So I’m building up to my Amazon pre-order for his new stuff, as well as for the Vance tribute volume Songs of the Dying Earth. Sorry Subterranean, but it’s so much cheaper there…


I did a search on James Blaylock to see what would come up. One of the links was this ‘map’ projecting what else his readers like and the interrelationship. Great idea and can see myself messing around on this site obsessively.

The only thing is, I couldn’t see Tim Powers on there… Oh no, there he is!


I did a search on James Blaylock to see what would come up. One of the links was this ‘map’ projecting what else his readers like and the interrelationship. Great idea and can see myself messing around on this site obsessively.

The only thing is, I couldn’t see Tim Powers on there… Oh no, there he is!

James Blaylock seems to have two new titles in the pipeline.

Well, one of them is not exactly new. It is an anthology called The Adventures of Langdon St Ives, classic steampunk novels chronicling the exploits of the eponymous hero. The volumes collected have mostly been long out of print and the collection is being published by Subterranean Press in November 2008.

The other looks like a new addition to the loosely entitled ‘California Sequence’, where Blaylock spins supernatural yarns into closely observed novels set in modern day urban California. I have loved all of the set so far and the new one seems promising. The Knights of the Cornerstone will be published in December 2008 by Ace.

They’d make great Christmas gifts…

James Blaylock seems to have two new titles in the pipeline.

Well, one of them is not exactly new. It is an anthology called The Adventures of Langdon St Ives, classic steampunk novels chronicling the exploits of the eponymous hero. The volumes collected have mostly been long out of print and the collection is being published by Subterranean Press in November 2008.

The other looks like a new addition to the loosely entitled ‘California Sequence’, where Blaylock spins supernatural yarns into closely observed novels set in modern day urban California. I have loved all of the set so far and the new one seems promising. The Knights of the Cornerstone will be published in December 2008 by Ace.

They’d make great Christmas gifts…

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