By Lawrence Watt-Evans
Back when eBooks first started coming out (after Project Gutenburg, but before the Sony Reader devices, I think – the early noughties perhaps?), fictionwise made quite a stir by publishing out of print works from lesser known or genre authors, and a lot of short stories (way before the Kindle shorts), at very decent prices. I went through buying works by W.T. Quick, Walter Jon Williams and Lawrence Watt Evans, for about £3 each (less with bulk buy and subscription discounts, if I recall). I even put a web page together about what devices I used and what tools (this was long before Calibre came along and made eBook conversion easy (reminds me, must donate).
I bought all the Lawrence Watt Evans books they had, but didn’t get round to reading any of them. My recent rediscovery of one of his books in the loft though, reminded me, and I’ve been working my way through them since.
I think I avoided this one originally because I didn’t fancy the premise, but it took a turn I hadn’t thought of, and got me interested in the whole Esthar world again. It turn out I’m reading them slightly out of sequence, so I get tantalising hints of back story from other characters.
I’m going to read through the others I have and then buy the rest (via fictionwise if I can buy them without DRM, via Kindle if not..