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Lee Battersby
Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 03:20 am:   

Just in case anyone's interested, the Table of Contents from my upcoming Prime Books collection (currently entitled "the Divergence Tree", but Sean Wallace seems to hate the title, so wait for announcements on name changes soon :-) )

Introduction by Geoffrey Maloney
Father Muerte & the Theft
Silk
Carrying The God
Pass The Parcel
Through The Window Merrilee Dances
Elyse (Previously unpublished)
The Divergence Tree
Jaracara’s Kiss (previously unpublished)
The Hobbyist
Mikal (previously unpublished)
Letters To Josie
A Stone To Mark My Passing
Vortle
Ecdysis
A Very Good Lawyer
Goodfellow (previously unpublished)
Stalag Hollywood
Brillig
His Calliope (previously unpublished)
Father Renoir’s Hand (previously unpublished)
Through Soft Air
Dark Ages (previously unpublished)
Tales of Nireym
Father Muerte & The Rain
Pater Familias


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AT
Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 03:23 pm:   

Interested? Of course! Good to see this.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 03:53 am:   

The release date is a little unknown at the moment: Prime have a lot of content at the minute, and release dates are up for negotiation as they do their best to plough through all their proofs, but I'll be sure to let you know when it arrives just as soon as I know myself.
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Ben Payne
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 07:44 pm:   

Looks like a good list... I'm getting nostalgic just reading it...
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 12:48 am:   

Ah yes, the good old days: last Tuesday through to about Thursday at 2.30pm. We shan't see their likes again.

Jesus, I'm the subject of nostalgia. Next thing I'll be past it, and then I'll be a guest star on a soap opera...
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 12:04 am:   

I'm still waiitng for your appearance in that cop show, "Assault and Battersby".
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 01:41 am:   

Da-da CHING!!! :-)

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Lee Battersby
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 05:31 pm:   

I can hear Hu Weldon now: "Lee Battersby, you had no life..."
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des
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 05:23 am:   

Hu Weldon? I remember him doing a children's talent-type show on UK TV in the Nineteen Fifties. It was called ALL YOUR OWN. Is that the same HW? Probably not, but a strange coincidental name.
des
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 07:55 am:   

I'm pretty sure he did 'This Is Your Life', although I'm having to cast my mind back to the early 70s of my childhood before I left for Australia. It wasn't Magnus Magnusson: he did Mastermind, didn't he? And Bamber Gascoigne was University Challenge, I think. So it's becoming rather a process of elimination.

I should have just said Mike Munro, and then only Australians would have known what I was talking about :-)
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des
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

Eamonn Andrews, I think you mean.
des
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 08:33 am:   

Aha! That's 'im!

Sigh. I've been away from the mother culture too long. Of course, it meant I was out of the country when East 17 and The Spice Girls happened (now there's a "What if they bred?" scenario) but still....

Puppetry Of The Penis and Sir Les Patterson is no replacement for, well, anything, really.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 03:13 pm:   

Bit of news: Sean tells me that the book is definitely due out in February, under the title 'A Stone To Mark My Passing', with a Garry Nurrish cover. I have fingers firmly crossed that I shall have copies to launch at Swancon (3-6 Martch), otherwise those attending the launch will get an hour of me telling dirty jokes.

As usual :-)
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 02:19 am:   

That's very welcome news.
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Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 03:56 am:   

Great news!

Personally though, I much preferred 'The Divergence Tree' - it has a SF/magic realism vibe, whereas 'A Stone To Mark My Passing' feels more like a collection of ghost stories. I know your stories tend to the dark side, but I don't know if the new title captures the gonzo/SF aspect inherent in many of your stories (IMO of course).

I'm looking forward to the cover art. I was never much a fan of Cat's cover (it's just not my thing), I just hope they don't give you a gothic-type horror cover to match the new title.

However, I'll take a copy no matter what the cover looks like!

Shane
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 05:56 am:   

I'll admit to preferring 'The Divergence Tree', and preferring even more my original title 'Through Soft Air', but Sean had significant problems with them on a saleability level, so I'm happy to bow to his superior knowledge. At this stage, I'm just hoping the book comes out. Whilst it's probably run of the mill for book-pimping veterans, it feels like a hell of a long time to me.

Personally, I still wish he'd gone with "Virgin Sacrifice for Beginners' :-)
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 03:12 am:   

"Through Soft Air" was it in my opinion, because it kind of captured somthing about Lee's work in general. Sorry, we didn't get that title. Glad I got "Solid Air" into the intro and hopefully that intro will still stand. I can be as grumpy and irritating as all hell at times but the intro I did for this collection was from the heart. At the same time I think that "A Stone to Mark My Passing" is just such a great title, one of Lee's all time best for a short story. And the beauty of it is that it isn't a ghost story.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 02:28 pm:   

Your introduction blew me away when I read it, Geoff. I still don't feel worthy of such respect.

"Stone..." is a title I can live with. It's not a dud by any means.

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