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Stalin's Hammer Complete. Audio and eBook

Posted January 25 into Books by John Birmingham

The audiobook of the Stalin's Hammer sequence is out! As a big consumer of audiobooks this makes me very happy, and not just for the royalties coming my way. I had a quick listen to the sample, and it seems pretty fucking schmick.

I've also released the complete series in one volume which I've made free for a couple of days so anyone who bought the individual titles can grab a copy without feeling they've been double-charged.

The ebook is everywhere.

The audiobook is exclusive to Audible.

I've also just pulled the lever for a print on demand copy, so that should be available in a couple of weeks. A Girl in Time has done better than I expected in print, especially given the price, so that's an experiment that seems to be working.

If you're not an Audible customer, you can sneakily get the book for free by trying the service via this link.

I'm mostly working on AlienSideBoob and The Cruel Stars at the moment, but a good result for the Stalin's Hammer collection will set up WW 3.1 nicley.

And you know what garauntees a good result?

Reviews.

You know what you must do.

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Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted January 25
OK, I think I've reviewed the shit out of it all now. And signed up for the booby project thingy.
But a question about the audiobook business. By the sound of it, you have no input into the voice of your books nor anything else? Just sign on the line and watch the bucks roll in?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted January 25
That's exactly how it works.

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jl would have you know...

Posted January 25
Ha. I've been waiting for this moment.

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Surtac has opinions thus...

Posted January 25
Yeth, marthter. We knowth what to do.

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SAS reckons...

Posted January 26
5 star review left on UK site, as usual.

Will pick up the audio version next month, will this mean that the rest of AOT will be available on Audible UK soon?

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted January 26
IN fact, yes! My agent has been pushing this forward since late last year. I don't know why the rights were never done in the UK/ANZ region, but it's being taken care of now.

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 26
Doneburger

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 26
Grazie

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Dirk ducks in to say...

Posted January 26
The total Hammer is as of yet not available here, but I gave the Girl a five star thumbs up here: https://www.bol.com/nl/p/a-girl-in-time/9200000072733978/

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted January 27
I did the audible thing. I hadn't got around to getting the hammer collection yet (yes yes i know, bad boy). So the audio book is perfect timing. Although i'm not sure how i'm going to go switching from 70 plus hours of listening to sword and sorcery with Steven Pacey pronouncing grimACED to a guns and fists with a US accent. Any tips out there on audiobook change over? Go cold turkey and jump straight in or ease into with something else?

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted January 27
I think if you're going from one poorly pronounced subject to an unknown reader and a different subject you should be ok. Your biggest problem would be a similar reading style and/or accent, but then my only experience is going from Crime and Punishment to Cryptonomicon via an hour of some piece of crap chosen by ms insomniac.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted January 27
I worked today like chump in an empty office. Subsequent bus trip requires reading Bill Gammage's The Greatest Estate on Earth or doing the audiobook. I may have to drown out fellow passengers with earphones :)

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Don Bagert swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 29
It's Saturday and I'm surprised that I actually haven't been on Cheeseburger Gothic since Wednesday, thus missing the freebie days. Oh well...

Just curious JB: Did you change "Harry Windsor" to "Harry Wales" in Stalin's Hammer: Rome to line it up with the other parts (as well as events that occurred in OTL between Parts 1 and 2)?

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DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted January 30
reviewed.

I staretd listeing to the audiobook on Saturday on my run. Even better when read to you by someone else!

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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted January 30
I still can't leave reviews, because I haven't spent $X.
I call this out as rank discrimination against tightarses.

NBlob mumbles...

Posted January 30
I pimped the hell out of it & ASB on the Farcebook tho.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted January 30
This is why you're my cheapest favourite.

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted January 31
NBlob's alive?

NBlob reckons...

Posted January 31
Barely comrade, barely.
The reign of Xmas Derp has been punishing.
Had a big boatyboat ride out of Gladstone over New Years. Bad new for scallop fans.

Brother PorkChop would have you know...

Posted February 1
I hear potato scallops are in trouble as well. White Spot?
Out of Gladstone where the harbour fish are somewhat extreme?

NBlob mutters...

Posted February 4
No white spot [to date] has only been detected in Logan River. If one doesn't look, one will never find.
Scallops are down to ~%6 biomass. The shell that is being caught shows sign of having been through sizing tumblers at least once. [Think a tube of security screen expanded aluminium mesh, used to sort size, like a sieve.

NBlob reckons...

Posted February 4
*no, white spot...*

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Legless swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 1
I'm fascinated by your attempts to grope your way forward in the new publishing paradigm. You're doing so much better t

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Blake would have you know...

Posted February 4
Picked up the audiobook. My written word consumption has been terrible this year, but i'm burning through the audiobooks and podcasts like noones business. I've got a backlog of JB which goes back to the second Dave and includes the entire Stalins Hammer Series - and yet I've listened to the Nick Earls collection. (It was good, but generally not where my allegiances lie)

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The Interstellar Valley

Posted January 19 by John Birmingham

Jason Lambright has started a blog. Go bookmark it and read regularly.

Go on.

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DarrenBloomfield mutters...

Posted January 19
Done. I really enjoyed his two books. Can't wait for the conclusion.

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DaveC is gonna tell you...

Posted January 19
Done too. Cool az.

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Gutz mumbles...

Posted January 20
Schwing!

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jason would have you know...

Posted January 23
Highly recommend this blog. Particularly the detail on weaponry and military issues. JL. Has some great stuff to share.

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jl mumbles...

Posted January 24
Hey all, thanks for stopping by and checking it out! Thanks to JB as well for making the crew here at the 'burger aware of this.

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I think we should all win a Hugo

Posted January 18 into Writing by John Birmingham

Is anyone eligible to nominate works, or to vote in the Hugo's? It occurs to me that not only should Cady and Smith try their luck (granted, they have zero chance), but the Hugos have categories for fan writing and everyone in Buttecracke is eligible! I don't see why that crazy Vos or Vox or whatever the fuck his name is should be the only one gaming this system.

I'm not a member of WorldCon or any of the baby cons that would afford nominating rights, but maybe somebody here is.

The relevent link is here.

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Ceramic has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
Ha, certainly not mine though.
I'd like for the stories to be updated with new edits first! I'm changed the ending a bit for example. Very glad the book is doing so well!

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted January 18
Yeah. I have an attending membership for Worldcon in Helsinki this year.

But I won't be going. The original plan had me and Eldest Daughter going, but she has decided she wants to go back to Hong Kong instead at a similar time of year. So no Finland with a side trip to St Petersburg for me this year.

And no more US based Worldcons for me either while the Trumpenfuhrer is in charge. I'll have to wait and see whether Dublin or New Zealand get up in 2019 or 2020.

But happy to use my nomination powers for good as suggested. Hmmn. Haven't seen nominations actually open yet - it must be soon though.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted January 18
ALL HAIL SURTAC.

Stephen puts forth...

Posted January 18
Surtac,

nominating has opened - I got my email about it on the ninth of January. Check your mail and spam folders - it should be from hugos@worldcon.fi

There is no pin this year though, you get a unique URL to go to instead. If you can't find the email, send a message to hugohelp@worldcon.fi

Nocturnalist would have you know...

Posted January 18
Surtac, if you're not going to use a full membership I might know some people who'd be interesting in buying it off you, or in doing a part buy/part trade for an associate membership. Let me know if you'd like me to ask around.

Surtac asserts...

Posted January 18
I want to keep at least a supporting membership so I can nominate and vote. My daughter's youth attending membership may be available - I don't think she wants to follow through with actual voting. I'll check with her and advise in here later.

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
A Hugo for fan fiction?...wow
something to shoot for (Q7S) :D

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Nocturnalist has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
Pretty sure the Fan Writer category is not actually for fan fiction, but for the sort of thing that goes into the fanzine and newsletter community that that particular convention circuit grew out of - reviews, critical writing, news from the genre scene. Writing about the stories rather than the stories.

The parade, I rains on it.

Surtac puts forth...

Posted January 18
Yes. The Night Manager is correct. It's not for fan fiction, but for other fannish activities. It's also not a category I usually pay much attention to.

But there's nothing to stop me nominating Girl for best novel, right? I mean it was was one of my fave books of the year after all.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted January 19
I would not stop you.

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Abe Frellman ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
Slightly off topic, but who's doing your PR these days, Nick Earls??

http://blog.booktopia.com.au/2017/01/16/vote-finals-favourite-australian-author-2017/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=_20170118_VoteNowInPoll_amgroupa

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted January 18
Meh, I just couldn't be fucked organising The 10000

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Kristophr reckons...

Posted January 18
I wish you luck.

The "truefans" have made it clear that anyone who is politically incorrect in their eyes will be no-awarded.

They even no-awarded Butcher, the Dresden Files author, because people not in their little club like got him nominated.

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted January 18
Lost cause trying to push that narrative. Just wait five seconds for someone to tie it all to Gamergate.

Kristophr is gonna tell you...

Posted January 19
The no-awards happened. Simple as that.

I wish you all luck. I would like to see this anthology hugo-ed. I rather liked it.

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jason is gonna tell you...

Posted January 19
At the risk of sounding like I am sucking up something savage...

I think the best thing about Butte Crack was the ability to fully engage people in a fantasy world and let them be a real part of it with the participation of the author. Is there a category which would recognise the new model for fan interaction, so the model rather than (or as well as) the book?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 23
I doubt it. Eric Flint is very encouraging of fan writers and baby authors in his 1630s world, but that's still a very controlled trade publishing project.

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Legless has opinions thus...

Posted January 19
I can't fucking believe it! You only went and included my monster trucks story.

I'm a cocking published author!

I'm so chuffed I could lay an egg!


Thank you. Thank you a million times

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Kristophr puts forth...

Posted January 20
Go for it, John.

Real fans should be able to nominate good work without having a clique of holier-than-thou "trufen" no awarding them.

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ShaneAlpha swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 20
Is it wrong to dream of beating Adam Baldwin to death with my Hugo?
Yes.
But it's oh so enjoyable.

Murphy_of_Missouri is gonna tell you...

Posted January 21
Have you actually seen what Adam Baldwin looks like? I suspect that contest would not go the way you might imagine.

Sudragon would have you know...

Posted January 22
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the man and he gave him what for.

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Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted January 23
I'm with Legless. Astonished and egg laying. But more than ever amazed by what authors create. Go on, someone nominate it for the award. A nomination would be amazing in itself.

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Where should Smith and Cady go next?

Posted January 17 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

It occurs to me I haven't run a proper spoiler thread to discuss A Girl Time, so I might cheat and have this entry do double duty.

Having figured out the basic mechanisms of The Watch by the end of GIRL, they're now set up to adventure through the 29 alternate realties Titanic Smith created every time he jumped.

We know from the text that some are in the future, some in the wilderness and a surprising number are located in narratively convenient European settings.

He's been to London a couple of times. And Rome obviously. I can't help feeling they'll end up in ancient Greece and Nazi Germany.

But where else would a couple of good looking time travellers be likely to find themsevles in a long running franchise?

Assume it's a spoilerific free fire zone in the comments.

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Matthew McNeill ducks in to say...

Posted January 17
Altamont 1969. Counter culture, violence, confusion. The Stones
Hell's Angels.
Really enjoyed the first one. Cheers Matthew

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Surtac mutters...

Posted January 17
Interesting question. Somewhere medieval? Or back to Calvary Cross? Too brave?

Anyway aren't you supposed to be writing a space opera right now?

I don't care. Just sell me new words to read.

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Jo MacD mumbles...

Posted January 17
Early colonial Australia?
What a pain having to write a time travelling woman though. Constantly wearing the wrong clothes or speaking out of turn. I wonder if there could be a future time that's similarly restrictive for Smith? Seems impossible to even imagine.

Ceramic asserts...

Posted January 17
I think both Smith and Cady would be considered an anomoly in Mesopotamia.

Sumerians of Mesopotamia invented minutes and hours.
Maybe the watch makers could have started there, or a rogue agent could've settled there?

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Sumerian Civilization: Inventing the Future
Before the Sumerians, a day began with the sunrise and ended with the sunset. People went to work from when the sun was positioned at a certain height in the morning sky and returned to their homes when it set. It was the Sumerians who divided the day from the night by time, by increments of sixty-second minutes and sixty-minute hours which made up twelve hours of night and the twelve hours of the day.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted January 18
The first place Smith landed, which he did not recognise, was Australia, but before human settlement. Abut 50K years ago.

Ceramic asserts...

Posted January 18
I did wonder if it was Australia. Cool.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
Far future where their immune systems aren't up to scratch (although Smith is already at a disadvantage for future bugs). Or alternatively somewhere in europe during the plague.

Although it is a massive cliche they can always get caught in ancient mayan culture just when the spanish arrive or about to get sacrificed at an eclipse (even though those guys were meant to be good with calendars and probably had eclipses covered)

insomniac would have you know...

Posted January 17
Didn't Mel Gibson cover the latter in Apocalypto?

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted January 18
Hmm, I somehow have this feeling that the watch is a magic aspirin that cures all ills.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon is gonna tell you...

Posted January 18
I was wondering about disease etc.

And yes Gibson did do this. As well as Mark Twain iirc, and TinTin and Enid Blyton. And a quick google search reveals that Columbus apparently pulled this in real life with a lunar eclipse! I guess the cliche has to start somewhere.

How about a stop over in the far future. Would love to see a bit of speculation. No morlocks though . . . or is there?
Or they drop in (or possibly out) and need to hang out with Dead Heads for 24hrs. Everyone loves a bit of counter culture reference and psychedelic drugs : )

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insomniac reckons...

Posted January 17
Smith might get a thrill being at the birth of Jebus.
Will he get to see Chester again? That would be nice.

Ceramic swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 17
Oh Jebus I hope he gets to see and pat Chester again.

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she_jedi mumbles...

Posted January 17
France during the reign of terror. Ancient Egypt in the time of Akhenaten, or Tutankhamen. The Abrolhos Islands during the Batsvia shipwreck :D

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Vovchara swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 17
Russia 1917, somewhere around Petrograd. :) Or couple years earlier, to help Stalin rob the Bank.

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
Europe around 1666 is nice period... Madeira in the 1860's meeting empress Elizabeth of Austria or Paris around 1900. Take your pick

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jl puts forth...

Posted January 17
France, Hundred Years War. Berlin, April 1945. The Pan-American Federation, 2342. Wow, so many directions to go here. Or, speaking of the Hundred Year's War, you could get a double hit of plague and ruinous conflict- Calais, 1347. For something nice, agree with Dirk above, Paris 1900-10.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted January 18
If they land anywhere in the US post 1860, Cady should set up trusts with future investments laid out in envelopes with dates. LOL.

Therbs mumbles...

Posted January 18
I was also thinking along the lines of 'Back To The Future" style sports betting cash grabs when they need funds. Mmmm. there'd have to be something stopping them from going crazy with that stuff. Maybe Titanic has a set against gambling and forbids it.

Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted January 21
Get stock in Carnegie Steel and Standard Oil.

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Jeats swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 18
Maybe mention the Rum Corp in our very early colonial history. It would be a bit of a laugh and I doubt many people know about it.

Maybe they could run into Kolhammer and the like before the transition...

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted January 18
This is the second Rum Corps vote. I might have a look at them stopping over in Sydney, however briefly.

jason ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
If you need some good research check out Leviathan. Should save you a stack in research.

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jason is gonna tell you...

Posted January 18
I love a good cross over, World war 2 just after the transition.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted January 18
This.

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Dave W would have you know...

Posted January 18
18 April 1930. The day there was no news. Cady and Smith just wander around bored for 24 hours. ;-)

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted January 18
This is also a good idea.

Vovchara puts forth...

Posted January 18
Can never happen, Cady will find troubles by her very own in the middle of the desert ????

MickH would have you know...

Posted January 19
yeah, sometimes they need a break or PTSD will set in

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WarDog swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 18
Hanging Rock to pick up some extras.

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Abe Frellman reckons...

Posted January 18
Deadwood - feels like home to Smith, but something's not quite right. I, too, would put in a vote for Australia. Either Rum Corps Sydney or WW2 Brisbane, with the latter also providing crossover opportunities: HMAS Havoc gets a reprise.

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Lulu would have you know...

Posted January 18
Vienna 1913: Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Stalin in the same city. Also Freud, Klimt, etc etc.

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MickH ducks in to say...

Posted January 18
Keen to answer this but I'm only half way through the book, so I didn't read all of the spoilers.
I have to say JB that I'm really enjoying this story. IMHO your best yet. Waaay better than Dave

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Therbs mutters...

Posted January 18
In a visit to 15th Century Holy Roman Empire they see one of the new fandangled printing presses being demonstrated by Johannes Gutenberg. Next bounce is late 1990's and Cady notices one of the first e-readers in a store window.

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DaveC asserts...

Posted January 18
The two of them arrive in a barren landscape with strange alge along the coastline. Then long, strange fish (tetrapods) crawl out of the water to eat bulbs of stringy kelp.
Famennian era in the Devonian period. 375 million years ago-ish. They'd feel a bit light headed from the oxygen levels, but would be fine for 24 hours - except for being weirded out. Admittedly nothing much would happen here. Character development oppertunity?

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MickH would have you know...

Posted January 19
If they are bouncing around inside the same realities, can they move up and down inside those same realities?
If this is the case they you can have fun with them changing the future in each and having to deal with the issues that come out of it. Like, say, coming into a later future after Cady saves the day in a primitive society, only to find she is now a Goddess!

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DarrenBloomfield puts forth...

Posted January 19
Hobart, NYE 1989. They can bail me up on Constitution Dock and tell me no matter what, don't hook up with the Rebecca chick, coz she's going to cause nothing but years of grief and bitterness.

Perhaps less selfishly, how about 1921 (not sure of date). I reckon Cady would love to nudge this momentous development in women's emancipation.

"Margaret Sanger and Katharine Dexter McCormick meet for lunch, New York One was an Irish-American anarchist rebel, the other a fabulously wealthy member of America’s industrial aristocracy. But they shared, by smuggling contraceptives and, much later, by funding research into the Pill, this strange alliance which did more for women than any conventional political movement. Sanger (above) wasn’t exactly an admirable woman – a bully, a eugenicist and at times a liar – but then big historical change-makers, I’ve noticed, are rarely nice"

link here. https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2012/sep/15/ten-history-moments-andrew-marr

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted January 19
Nice!

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Nocturnalist mumbles...

Posted January 19
There have been some really cool suggestions for particular moments or events for the two of them to get caught up in, but I can't help thinking that's a card that can be overplayed. If their travels turn into a Forrest Gump-style exercise in "you won't believe which historical even they're going to witness/be a catalyst in next!" it's going to get a bit twee.

Which isn't to say they can't go to cool, dramatic times in history, just that the episodes of "they go to $FAMOUSPOINTINHISTORY and meet $FAMOUSPERSON and accidentally give them the idea to do $THINGTHEYREFAMOUSFOR" need to be carefully rationed.

Like DaveC, I'd be interested in seeing them just end up in some very strange time period and just... soak in its strangeness for a bit. One of my favourite bits of Moorcock's End of Time trilogy, in amongst all the psychedelic zaniness, was Jherek and Amelia just taking a picnic hamper to primordial Earth, kicking back and trilobite-watching.

In terms of big dramatic incidents, I'll nominate the Halifax Explosion of 1917.

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 20
While I agree with the comments about this shouldn't turn into a history lesson, i do think that the major events in history generate an energy which draws time travellers to them, much like the brightest star in the sky draws your eye.

Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 20
But there's also a risk that it turns into Dr Who, always major events and always running.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted January 19
I enjoy a sea tale. Cady and Smith find themselves on a boat: Carribean pirates, smugglers in Asia (pick your century), Ancient Egypt riverboaters, or maybe the Mississippi, or an Ancient Greek trireme.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien reckons...

Posted January 20
In no particular (not even chronological) order:
1) The Balkan Wars of 1912
2) The Battle of Kursk, summer of 1943
3) The Santorini Eruption, c.1650 B.C.
4) The Salonika Front, 1917
5) Fall of Constantinople 1453
6) Cochinchina Campaign, 1858-1862
7) ice free Antarctica, c. 35,000,000 yrs ago
8) Byzantine-Norman wars 1040-1185
9) Tunguska, 1908
10) 5 billion yrs into the future, when the sun burns out

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Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 20
I think they should go to late 80s Brisbane and meet a guy who has way too many flatmates, smokes way too much weed, can't decide which degree to finish and wants to be a writer.

she_jedi asserts...

Posted January 20
THIS! And Cady can tell him all about her years eating rice and sleeping on the floor to get her game off the ground, and how not to give up on his dream of owning a gold plated hovercraft :P

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted January 21
I think they should visit Alexander Hamilton and have him give them a long lecture about what he really meant in the various Federalist Papers he wrote during the effort to ratify the Constitution. That way there will not be the same heartburn over Federalist No 68 that we saw recently.


They might also either aid or block the Aaron Burr conspiracy to set up his own country. Saving Hamilton from getting killed in a duel is optional.

MickH reckons...

Posted January 22
And then maybe they shouldn't. That's far to american and most others would fall asleep from boredom after reading a couple of paragraphs. Particularly after it would make no sense when America voted in trump.
Maybe a lecture on how an oligarchy works would be more relevant?

Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted January 23
I don't know. Everyone seemed pretty fascinated with Federalist No 68, enough so that they probably sent sales of The Federalist Papers through the roof. Seems to be the perfect thing.

MickH puts forth...

Posted January 31
i have tried responding to this twice now. they just arn't sticking (or they're being deleted) see how this one goes

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PuffinMuffin puts forth...

Posted January 22
They land in our reality, find you and ask if you can send them somewhere else?

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Mac Twain mumbles...

Posted January 22
Putting in my Two Cents:
Has anybody heard of Jesus Christ? Have Cady and Smith show up in time to prevent the Crucifiction! Give us the "real" story of what happened. Save this man who is just trying to teach the populous about love, compassion, and faith in God. Start a new timeline where Jesus escapes Crusifiction and the story of a timeline without the influence of the most influential person the world has known. Smith gets shook in his belief in Jesus as Savior and Cady picks up a (little) bit of humility and belief in God from her interface with Jesus.

Or, opposite track. Jesus as a young jew is conscripted into the Roman Legionaires. He is trained in Rome and eventually becomes a Roman Senator. Here comes Cady and Smith to the rescue. Gets Jesus Romanis to get back to Judea to raise the dead, heal the cripple and discovers his true Heavenly Father and Cady and Smith tearfully watch the Crucifixion. Smith has saved the day for his Lord and Cady begrudgingly picks up some belief in Jesus. Oh, and they fight off Pontius Pilate troops single handedly

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted January 23
This idea is well suited to the next reader fiction collection, I reckon. I'd get howled down if I attempted a JC story.

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted January 23
Had my say over the other place but Shogunate Japan around 1605 and the Tunguska event

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DaveC reckons...

Posted January 24
Battle of Omdurman, between the British and the Dervishes (Sudanese Mahdist Army) in 1898 outside Khartoum. One of the large major Cavalry charges in history. Might bring back Smith's Civil War PTSD. Perhaps a young Lieutenant, Winston Churchill, could yell at them from horseback. 'What the blazes are you playing at?' He'd take to Cady because his Mother was an American...

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ronS has opinions thus...

Posted January 24
the penny dropped - just saw Kate and Leopold

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Erko King is gonna tell you...

Posted February 6
Sorry late reading book.
How about 1946 alternate reality and King George the VIII does not abdicate and becomes allied to Hitler?
EK

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Unpossible would have you know...

Posted February 10
The Hopi indigenous Americans of arizona, around the 1700s. You have got to, got to, see how things play out between them in a matriachal society because Smith is gonna have to do some learning if he is gonna have a chance with cady. Also, playing out a few chapters in post contact but pre 'wild' west is gonna do Smiths' head in, in a major way. Cady is gonna be sorely tempted to step off the train at this station.

Smith: Boy howdy, how do these them here squaw fellas put up with this ma-tri-a-chy?
Cady: Oh, hell, no.

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So, I'm thinking of doing fan fiction collections for AoT and The Disappearance

Posted January 13 into Writing by John Birmingham

Could be a long lead time. Six months for submissions.

Anyone interested?

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insomniac puts forth...

Posted January 13
Anyone interested? What sort of question is that? I think you'll be overwhelmed with submissions.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted January 13
Absolutely yes for both.

Dear god, the possibilities are just mind blowing.

There is a bar fight in Honolulu that I've been imagining for years. Years. It is what brought me into your orbit in the first place.

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted January 13
I think there will be a lot of interest in this. A lot.

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trib mumbles...

Posted January 13
Up for it. Totes.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted January 13
There is already a significant amount of fan fic out there pertaining to the Disappearance universe. I wrote two. The one about the kid alone in Calgary is dear to me. Will we be allowed to submit these previous efforts?

Therbs mumbles...

Posted January 13
Just don't tell anyone.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted January 13
Resubmission is fine.

Therbs mutters...

Posted January 13
I'm editing one of my old ones. Lots of red pen scribbles and marks. Very messy.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted January 13
Paul, that Calgary one is definitely worthy of publishing in an anthology.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted January 13
Grand idea.

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Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted January 13
I'm in.

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Peter Bradley swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 13
Yep, already sketching out ideas!
Yes PNB I am way behind some in that respect!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted January 13
I have a hunch you gonna catch up fast.

Word to the wise: stay away from graphic descriptions of gay sex. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with it, but I can tell you from experience that JB tends to edit the hell out of it. I'm not complaining. I admit being a bit upset that JB edited all of the gay sex out of my Butte Crack County anthology contribution, but I am man enough to admit it made it a better story.

Peter Bradley has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
What!!!!! I have just mapped out a magnificent scene of a cavort involving cat masks, peacock feathers and giant cream sponges.

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Aaron reckons...

Posted January 13
Don't forget the zombie section

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Surtac mutters...

Posted January 13
Yeah. I'm in.

I'd started an AoT thing some years back but never got around to finishing it.

Sounds like a perfect opportunity to drag it out again and have another go.

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Gilligan has opinions thus...

Posted January 13
And my axe!

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DaveC asserts...

Posted January 13
Yhup, and yhup.

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jason mutters...

Posted January 13
Any brief for the stories?

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Vallon Davis would have you know...

Posted January 13
You've read my mind. I'm in, where do I send my submission once it's completed??

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Josh is gonna tell you...

Posted January 14
I'd be interested maybe doing something about the Mediterranean theatre of operations in the AOT universe. I feel like that is quite a blank slate seeing as 3 AOT novels didn't really mention North Africa, Malta, Scilly, Italy etc. However, it could be quite difficult to come up with feasible military operations seeing as now the sides are aware of what happened originally & new tech isn't going to play a big part as it's too soon after the Transition to really get new toys to the front line.

An easier alternative would probably be to cover the battle of the English Channel from the view point of the pilots to fit in with the second AOT novel.

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Edward Osman ducks in to say...

Posted January 14
Stille not able to get Angels of Vengeance in german, need someone for the translation?

P.s. I was asking this years ago.

Greetings

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 14
Hmm.
Need to have a little think.

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted January 14
Btw,
Carriage
Returns
Now
Work.
Thanks
Dan

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Don Bagert reckons...

Posted January 14
Oh, yes! I've been begging for an AoT flashback/short story set near the end of Final Impact, which would have Roosevelt, Kolhammer and other higher-ups arguing about whether or not the U.S. should be unloading their nuclear arsenal after the Soviets emptied theirs by dropping their remaining three on Tokyo (which of course, they didn't), so I guess I just better write it myself LOL

I'd also like to write about impact the Transition had on sports in post-war North America.

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AuntyLou ducks in to say...

Posted January 14
Ok...I hate you all...with your writing skills and clever ideas! I can't manage to successfully submit a postcard. JB if you want a rough edit process, I'm your girl. Ready and willing to serve.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien has opinions thus...

Posted January 15
Yes. Yes. Yes. I will transfer my mental notes to paper/screen and wait for the day!

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Michael Papagermanos would have you know...

Posted January 15
Absolutely.

When can I start?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted January 16
Why haven't you started yet?

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HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted January 15
FKN BANZAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



FK YES!

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 16
So, what you are really saying is that I need to dust off my Rhino, Agent of Echelon work?

DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 17
*like*

Peter Bradley asserts...

Posted January 17
Can I please request a scene that involves the petting of kitty cats?

Rhino mumbles...

Posted January 18
Well, duh. Of course.

Rhino would have you know...

Posted January 18
Also, it is meant to be tongue in cheek. Pink Pantherish in fact.

I hope that I can pull it off. LOL.

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MickH mutters...

Posted January 16
Im going to look through the archives and pull out some of the stories I wrote and had posted on the mini burger

I think I lost my "Skip" story though :(

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DarrenBloomfield mumbles...

Posted January 17
I so have a story in my head scaled up from some smart alec comment i posted here when they came out - about one thing that would take off downtime would be Twitter - and could you imagine what Stalin's Tweets would look like? Put the Donald to shame!

I'm willing to give it a (butte) crack!

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
I'm pondering a small social economic piece on the situation in Europe. Maybe from the perspective of Willem Drees, for all intents and purposes the Dutch PM in the 1950's. With a few cameo's blended in maybe. I'll pump it over the wires when it's ready JB ...

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Rhino reckons...

Posted January 18
Oh, shit, the heavy hitters are weighing in.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 18
I want to do a tender story of a young girl's coming of age - and then the wave hits! It will be hilarious in a raunchy, sophomoric sense.

Rhino puts forth...

Posted January 18
She should see him driving up to get her so that they can elope ... and she sees him driving up and the wave hits ... and it stops before it gets her.

DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted January 18
man, that's all poignant and shit. I'd read it.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted January 18
Let me think about it. I adore cosmic practical jokes.

Rhino would have you know...

Posted January 19
do eeeeet

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted January 18
Is it possible for the wave to just get part of you? Say you had your hand out and the wave came up and turned it to goop but the rest of you was unscathed.

Nocturnalist swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 18
From memory that'd be a little tricky - it undulated in and out, and wasn't there a report of someone who got too close and it sort of arced out and caught them?

Then again, there are plenty of observations that the Wave was horribly hard to study and draw hard and fast conclusions about, so it might behave differently in different places or under different circumstances.

That or perhaps someone gets just close enough for it to whip out at them and clip their hand but they get away before it gets any further up their arm?

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Surtac asserts...

Posted January 18
I'm gonna go back and revisit the AoT thing I did for the original FanFic Festival all those years ago (if I can find the file - it's at least three PCs ago) and my second piece will be the one I have started but not finished. I can at least remember the basic story for that one.

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Rhino mutters...

Posted January 19
My fanfic from back in the day would be too risque. It had gang dolphin rape.

Therbs puts forth...

Posted January 19
I have one which I'm tidying up that includes your character as a key player. I'll forward it to you for clearance prior to submission.

Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted January 20
I'm sure that it will be a dignified and significant role as befits my status.

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Legless asserts...

Posted January 19
I'm up for it.

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Oldy has opinions thus...

Posted January 20
Hell yes!

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MuddyRunner puts forth...

Posted January 21
Just finished Butte Crack and was hugely impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of all the contributors. No details because SPOILERS. I wouldn't normally consider attempting to write fiction - tech docs are more my forte - but after BC I would definitely have a go trying out for AoT. In fact, I have the germ of an idea already - something set in Blighty - but no more on that in case someone steals my idea and does a much better job of it :-)

MuddyRunner puts forth...

Posted January 21
Two ideas now. God I love the JBverse.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted January 23
Go for it.

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Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted January 23
Yip, on it.

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Butte Crack open for business

Posted January 6 into The Dave by John Birmingham

The retail copy popped up on Amazon overnight. I'm not going wide with this one. Not expecting to see much in the way of sales activity either, since there's a big warning at the front of the book that it can be had for free at the bookclub.

But, if anyone is inclined to drop a review on it, that will help with discoverability.

It's right here.

Or cut and paste this bad boy: http://amzn.to/2j9wUMx

If it should sell a few copies I'll try separate the specific amount from the rest of my operations and maybe see about getting some Amazon vouchers for the contribs. Don't count those Bezos bucks yet, though.

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nick reckons...

Posted January 6
about half way thru at the moment , props to all the contributors , favorite so far is the dog chapter !

Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted January 9
I thought the dog chapter was tops. He needs to be Dave's super dog. https://youtu.be/MDVLiuto5Ec

Ceramic has opinions thus...

Posted January 10
Yep, the dog was pretty cool. Fire-breathing was a nice touch.

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Peter Bradley puts forth...

Posted January 6
Count those Bezos bucks?!?!?!!? Are you kidding me. I am so chuffed to have been included. I felt sure my story would not make the cut. Thanks for the opportuity JB! That is all! Thanks!

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jason asserts...

Posted January 6
With reference to Bezos bucks; I am happy to forgo any largess on this occasion. Please contribute my share to the JB Hovercraft restoration fund. I hear the gold plating is starting to tarnish.

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insomniac reckons...

Posted January 6
but ... but I already quit my job

Rob puts forth...

Posted January 6
Oh me too.

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jl mumbles...

Posted January 6
Reading through the book in addition to writing like mad (up to about 70k words on latest), fun, good stuff. Congrats to all the contributors!

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted January 6
Review done. Boylan beat me to it this time.

A sincere thanks, JB, for taking time to put this together. It really means a lot.

Of course, rereading my entry, I'm cringing. Can I get a do-over?

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 6
I don't think a do over is required. I thought your entry was most excellent.

Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted January 6
Thank you, kind sirs. That is much appreciated.

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Spanner has opinions thus...

Posted January 6
Mutter mutter, something about Greybeard, terrible vengeance, mutter, I've been slandered, mutter.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted January 7
My suggestion would be to make the entrance to the buffet via bollards set 1m apart. That'll stuff him.

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Sparty2 ducks in to say...

Posted January 6
Everything I've read in John Birmingham's Butte Cracke so far has been excellent (loved the Millwall story), really chuffed to be in.
(sorry just watched Deadpool and started speaking like him...)

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Morrrie asserts...

Posted January 6
JB you are cunning. Grinding out the good works to keep us hooked! Being a minion has some perks.

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ShaneAlpha mutters...

Posted January 7
So Butte Crack is currently #132 on Kindle fantasy anthologies.

Which, I presume, is kind of like being in the top 10 for poetry, "Dude! you're in the top 10 for poetry books?" "Yeah, Mum bought a copy."

ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted January 7
Only 33 more places to go and we can push https://www.amazon.com/Five-Magic-Spindles-Collection-Sleeping-ebook/dp/B01GIJBMRG/ref=zg_bs_158577011_100?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M9EPV2CT1WDWYR3HT639

out of #100

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 8
We are now 55 with a bullet ( bullet may be fictitious). At what point are we allowed to affix the "best selling author" tag to our business cards?

jason has opinions thus...

Posted January 8
21st position as I type. I would seriously love to have a #1 best seller. Sure there will be an asterisk at the end of the sentence but I can liquid paper that out at a later date.

ShaneAlpha reckons...

Posted January 8
Ok, need to clarify here.

Currently #99 on amazon.com and #26 on amazon.com.au in the fantasy/collections and anthologies.

And nowhere on U.K or Japan

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted January 8
I said I'm on it. But don't push me. I've got enough aggravation.

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 10
Well bugger me we are now at #12. Keep working your magic Prof.

jason is gonna tell you...

Posted January 11
Just broke into the top ten best sellers*







insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted January 11
How does that other crap get to be number 1? I'd like to know how it stacks up against our magnificence except I don't think it's worth the 99c to find out.

ShaneAlpha has opinions thus...

Posted February 3
Aaanndd. the Boylan magic has worked.

Butte Crack is now #1 in Collections and Anthologies on Amazon.com.au

https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/2537821051/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kinc_1_5_last/354-7670961-4949565

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted January 8
Just finished reading the collective effort. Some good storifying in there.

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John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted January 8
The thing I'm most enjoying about this is the feeling that we're somehow getting away with serious fraud.

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted January 9
Ern O'Malley and Helen Dimedenko showed us the way.

Peter Bradley has opinions thus...

Posted January 9
Maybe "not so serious" fraud. Is there a category called flippant fraud?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted January 10
In California there is an infarction called "perceptive fraud" that has the following elements: (1) the perpetrators believe they may have defrauded a third party; but (2) this belief is based on low self-esteem engendering the feeling they didn't deserve success that wasn't earned meritoriously.

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Surtac would have you know...

Posted January 9
I've just been grinning like a loon all weekend at being described as a 'minty-fresh published writer'.

I'm sure I'll get over it at some point. Eventually. :)

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 9
Sic transit gloria mundi, mate.

Peter Bradley mumbles...

Posted January 9
So do we need to refer to you as "His Holiness" now?

Therbs would have you know...

Posted January 9
That's a fart joke, innit Paul? Something about gloriously passing wind?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted January 9
Therbs - exactly.

Peter - "His Holiness?" Heavens, no.

Call me "Sir."

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Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted January 9
Fantastic work, it was great to read all those contributions and marvel at just how much talent there is here.

In terms of multiple first-person narratives, I was reminded very much of World War Z, and I thought it was very much equal to or beyond that standard.

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DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 9
(Butte) cracking read! Well done to all concerned.

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Ceramic mumbles...

Posted January 10
Congrats to you all.
I really liked the Kurdaitcha Man. That grandpa was kickass.
Boylan, your truck story made me smile with satisfaction. Nice to have some resolution, no matter how offbeat.
Stuck in my mind still are the stories of the monster truck rally and the man-vacation.
Nice to read your stories :)

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jl mutters...

Posted January 11
Hey everyone, finally had a chance to read the entire book (I just finished writing my latest, the final book in the Paul Thompson series, "Immolation"). I left my review on Amazon. Some really excellent stuff in there. Congratulations, all authors!

Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted January 11
Looking forward to that one. When should it be out?

jl puts forth...

Posted January 11
Hey Therbs, thanks for your review. I appreciate it. Been looking for an opportunity to say so for a while.

I'm in the beta/refining phase now, the book is on track to be released in June.

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Pete puts forth...

Posted January 11
I'd just like to let you all know that I have resisted reading ebooks for years. Always preferred ink on paper, for a whole bunch of reasons (not the least of which was spending a coupla decades in the print industry breathing deeply of the isopropyl alcohol laden atmosphere every single day). Finally relented to read this bad boy. Now I'm a convert. Thoroughly enjoyed Every. Single. Story.

Give yourselves a pat on the back. JB give yourself two.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted January 14
+1
Ludditism has its drawbacks

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted January 14
Yeah, but the social life of a Luddite is spectacular. They had that going for them.

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Peter Assfalg would have you know...

Posted January 12
Morning John,
Just started The Demons of Butte Creek County - not by way of criticism, but by way of observation - Sheriff Robertson would have a tough time locating a safety catch on a Glock pistol let alone releasing it - safety is in the trigger only. Equally, muscle memory from training would make a rookie mistake very unlikely, especially from someone who graduated 3rd in their class! Just sayin.

Peter

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 12
Just dropped my review. Respect people's. Bad-ass tales brilliantly told. Im'a gunna wade through my responsibilities, crack open the keyboard, and endeavour to join your illustrious company. On ya JB, for sharing tides in the hovercraft!






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DaveC puts forth...

Posted January 12
Rides on the hovercraft, damn you again spell chucker!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted January 12
Oh. I rather hoped it wasn't a typo.

DaveC has opinions thus...

Posted January 12
I shouldn't complain about auto-correct. You've gotta love all the fangtastic technology (except for that overly effective CSI shit, am I right?).

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Peter puts forth...

Posted January 12
John,

Why is Ann Coulter any scarier than Hillary Clinton or Gloria Steinem? Why do negative references to conservative figures feature so heavily in your books? Whilst everyone has an opinion, some balance may be nice.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted January 12
Peter, do you really imagine two New York gay guys are gonna find Hillary scarier than Coulter?

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted January 16
That Milo guy might.

Peter has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
I don't think I'm alone in finding Hillary scary! I suspect the New Yorkers would be scared of this behaviour and attitude!

View of Secret Service Agents:
BILL & HILLARY CLINTON: Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy — he was nice because he wanted everyone to like him, but to him life is just one big game and party. Everyone knows of his sexuality. She is another phony. Her personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated with open disdain the military and Secret Service. She was another one who felt people are there to serve her. She always tried to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.
View "Clinton Cash" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LYRUOd_QoM

The mystery of Hillary Clinton, milk-carton missing on election night, appears solved.
A Tuesday of catharsis for Donald Trump voters turned into an evening of rage for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic presidential nominee, anticipating the postelection reaction of many of her supporters, began shouting profanities, banging tables, and turning objects not nailed down into projectiles.

“Sources have told The American Spectator that on Tuesday night, after Hillary realized she had lost, she went into a rage,” R. Emmett Tyrrell reports. “Secret Service officers told at least one source that she began yelling, screaming obscenities, and pounding furniture. She picked up objects and threw them at attendants and staff. She was in an uncontrollable rage.”

The appearance of campaign chairman John Podesta at Manhattan’s Javitz Center, and the dematerialization of his heretofore ubiquitous charge, perplexed in the first hours of Wednesday.

“They’re still counting votes, and every vote should count,” Podesta declared to a sad and stunned hall. “Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

As Podesta recalcitrantly refused to recognize reality early Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to offer congratulations. The juxtaposition of the campaign chairman publicly vowing to fight around the time the candidate privately conceded the election left observers scratching their heads.

Tyrrell’s reporting indicates that Mrs. Clinton’s mental state made it impossible for her to address her supporters on election night as custom requests. So, instead, Podesta gave a rah-rah speech on a boo-hoo night to cover for the absence of the first woman president, her fireworks, and her victory speech shout-outs to the mothers of the Black Lives Matter martyrs.

“She is not done yet,” Podesta claimed. Tyrrell’s reporting indicates that, indeed, Clinton remained far from done.

“Her aides could not allow her to come out in public,” he writes. “It would take her hours to calm down. So Podesta went out and gave his aimless speech. I wish we could report on Bill’s whereabouts but we cannot.”

Bill appeared the following day at Hillary’s belated concession speech wearing a purple tie but, thankfully, no purple marks about his face, suggesting experience dictated avoidance the previous evening.

“People say they’re amazed Bill’s marriage survived,” Tyrrell noted to Breitbart. “I’m amazed Bill survived his marriage.”

Tyrrell’s reporting remains a thorn in the side of the Clintons more than two decades after the American Spectator published its Troopergate stories detailing Bill Clinton’s escapades as told by his Arkansas security detail, stories that first referenced Paula Jones and pushed the president on the road to impeachment. Nearly 19 years after Hillary Clinton imagined a “vast, right-wing conspiracy” out to get her husband, the cabal’s charter member again relies on the accounts of the Clintons’ long-suffering security to unmask the public faces worn by the power couple now out of power.

“In the ’90s, we published several pieces that documented her throwing lamps and books,” Tyrrell tells Breitbart. “This happened pretty often. She has such a foul mouth that the Arkansas state troopers learned a thing or two from her. She has a foul mouth and a good throwing arm.”

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
Nothing published by or affiliated with Breitbart is credible. Same is now true for Huff Post, and for the same reasons.

Peter ducks in to say...

Posted January 17
Paul,

That seems a little judgemental! It seems the liberal left is full of love, acceptance and tolerance until you disagree with them and then you become a gun toting, racist, denier, homophobe and antithesis of political correctness - that highly deluded and mistaken theory championed by the popular press and left wing chardonnay sipping intelligencia and associated bleeding hearts in society who believe that it is actually possible to pick up a steaming turd from the clean end!

Therbs mumbles...

Posted January 17
Chardonnay sipping? Pfft. So 90's. Try pinot grigio or an artisanal pear cider. Keep up with the times.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted January 17
I only drink distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol.

Lulu is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
Peter, if the 'left' has a lot to learn about 'love, acceptance and tolerance' (particularly in the face of disagreement), perhaps you could point us to some role models on the 'right' side of politics.

Dave W is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
Credibility is objective, not judgemental. Check the sources, then check the sources' sources. Why assume that some people sip chardonnay- where are the references for that?

Personally, I prefer an organic barbera or temperanillo, but hey, live and let live, right?

jason puts forth...

Posted January 17
This has seriously strayed from the trivialities and foolishness that I am used to. On the bright side I will now be able to make semi intelligent commentary when next surrounded by people who have actual knowledge of things rather than opinion based facts like I normally use.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted January 17
I regret the comment that invited Alt-right discussion. Won't happen again.

Pete has opinions thus...

Posted January 17
I'm just looking forward to seeing the awfully long wall Donald Trump promised to build. Because when the revolution starts, an awfully long wall is always useful to have around ...

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foreverwar reckons...

Posted January 13
Excellent book - well done to all contributors/editors/reviewers.

First review on bezos.co.uk just gone up.

Come on, fellow Brits, let's make Australia great again...

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she_jedi reckons...

Posted January 16
Finally finished it; there was some amazing writing in there, congratulations to everyone who contributed, I loved all the stories.

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unpossible is gonna tell you...

Posted February 6
Hi JB - i havent commented in years. Remember when that crazy lady bailed you up in Hurstville, NSW on that book signing?

Anyway loved Butte Crack, inspired me to write my own story if theres any follow up. I'll keep an eye out for casting calls. Thanks for fan support!

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jason reckons...

Posted February 10
Well folks, I have been keeping an eye on it and Butte Crack is still in the top ten* on Amazon Aust after (with my bad math) 6 weeks of release. Made it as far as #2 as far as I could tell.
Perennial best seller.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted February 10
This is somewhat amazing

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Bleeps001 reckons...

Posted February 14
It looks like the issue at Butte Creak is much bigger than we thought. It is going to become Butte River is things go pear shape.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-14/california-crews-rush-to-relieve-dam-before-new-storms-hit/8268374

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jason is gonna tell you...

Posted February 27
And the periodical check in on the greatest fan fiction anthology ever shows:
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Collections & Anthologies
#47 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Urban

Holding on to that top ten spot.

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jason mutters...

Posted March 27
Well after languishing in the 40s and 50s for a while the Demons of Butte Crack has rocketed back into the charts at #2*.

Go figure?

insomniac puts forth...

Posted March 27
This may be too sensitive to answer, so please forgive me, but what magnitude of sales are we talking here?

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted March 27
Probably about 10-15 a day. I swapped it's categories a while ago, which gave it a bit more visibility.

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