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Luis
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 10:52 pm:   

Circus of the Grand Design


You're looking at the offset dustjacket. There's a POD version made to get the novel out in time for WorldCon that has a different spine (it's thinner and the text is arranged vertically). Both cost the same, but if you're a collector, bear in mind that the POD is/will be the real first printing.

Best,
Luís
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:09 am:   

That's a pretty damn book. And I want me a hardcover.
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 09:22 am:   

Hey Luís, thanks for posting that here. I'm waiting for one of the POD versions so I can run around the house holding it.
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 09:39 am:   

...naked and laughing maniacally?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 09:54 am:   

Which is the front and which is the back?
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 10:40 am:   

"..naked and laughing maniacally?"

Maybe.
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 10:43 am:   

You have to scroll to the right to see the front. It's got the picture and the title on it. What you're seeing is the whole thing, like if you took a jacket off a book and laid it out flat on a table.
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JV
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 10:46 am:   

Really really beautiful cover.
I'm buyin' the limited.

Jeff
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 10:50 am:   

It was joke, Robert! :-)
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 11:19 am:   

I always knew Lucius was funny.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 11:55 am:   

And now you have personal experience to back up that knowledge....:-)
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JV
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 11:59 am:   

I'm still hung up on Deborah's "naked and laughing maniacally." Maybe Deborah's funny too?

JeffV
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:22 pm:   

You mean all of y'all don't do that with your new books?

Oh.
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JV
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:24 pm:   

Lord no. I can't speak for Robert, but I have a formal high tea in my spiffiest suit, followed by hiring marines to fire off a 21-gun salute, followed by the release of the doves, followed by fondue.

JeffV
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:28 pm:   

Maybe it's just me, but I sit with the new case of zines and personally sniff each one.

JK

PS--I have the limited on order already, can't wait to read it.

PPS--And sniff it.
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:41 pm:   

Jeff, it occurs to me that my suggested celebration and your fondue might be the appropriate compromise.

Just a thought.
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JV
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:45 pm:   

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(What the heck is the Poly party gonna be like?)

Robert--you are one hell of a designer, by the way.

JeffV
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 12:48 pm:   

:-)



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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 01:21 pm:   

Luís did the cover design! Not me not me. He did some research on old circus posters and found the great illustrations for the back, toiling on despite broken blood vessels in his eye.
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 01:24 pm:   

The combination of doves and marines would probably give the cats both heart attacks, so I'll stick with Deborah's method. Or I'll take it out for sushi.

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Deborah
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 04:27 pm:   

Webcam?
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Luis
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 06:57 pm:   

Robert, thanks, but Jeff's right, you are one hell of a designer. For example, the interior layout for _In Springdale Town_ is absolutely gorgeous.

The combination of doves and marines would probably give the cats both heart attacks, so I'll stick with Deborah's method.

What makes you think Deborah's method won't give your cats heart attacks? An animal that sleeps through 3/4s of its life span can only stand so much excitement.

John: The _Circus_ ARC smells great, and the final version will smell even better.

Best,
Luís
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Luis
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 07:03 pm:   

Bookmark


Oh, and by the way, this is a bookmark I did to go with the book. I think Sean printed a bunch to give away at WorldCon, but I'll gladly provide a high-res version that people can download and print at work home. (I'll mail it to you if you want to host it at your site, Robert.)

Best,
Luís
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mike bishop
Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 06:17 am:   

I like the author photo on the back. I mean, I've never seen Robert look quite so writerly and extinguished. (How did the photog get you inside that old-fashioned cameo, though?)

No kidding, though, great-looking book. Heartiest congratulations.
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JV
Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 06:34 am:   

Oh, geez, Luis. Sorry!! Then--YOU are a great designer!

JeffV
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 04:46 pm:   

Nice looking cover. I'll be looking to get a copy once I get back to the US again.
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rwexler
Posted on Sunday, August 22, 2004 - 02:16 pm:   

Thanks Robert. I'm glad Luís posted the final jacket here. It's really a stunning painting, and he did a nice job with the typography.

Hey MikeMike, the cameo was constructed from old styrofoam packing material by disinterested elementary school students. They didn't make it tall enough so I had to lean forward, propping myself with a stack of unsold Springdales.
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mike bishop
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 04:06 am:   

Well, Robert, that's good to know, 'cause at first (I wasn't going to say anything) I thought the cameo was a grommet from the engine head of an abandoned Stanley Steamer. Sounds to me, tho', as if you guys who did this cover may be in violation of the Child Labor Laws.

Unsold Springdales? You don't mean Clydesdales, do you? (Oh, yeah, your book.) (Well, I'll have to remember your technique the next time somebody asks me for an author photo-cum-cameo, 'cause I've got lots of unsold books.)

Hang in there.

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rwexler
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:35 am:   

POD version is here.

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rwexler
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:38 am:   

POD2

POD version is here. Sushi tonight.
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rwexler
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:42 am:   

It's smells quite nice. And I did scare a cat by running around with it.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:02 am:   

You look quite tall with that book, and you're not even standing on a stack of Springdales.... I can't wait to get mine and raise it in the air towards the ceiling...I think we should all post photos here of when we receive our copies of your book, Robert.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

To be slightly serious, I love your satisfied grin as you flip through the book for the first time. "It's real! It's real!"

JK
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:24 am:   

What about the fondue?
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mike b.
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 12:56 pm:   

Hey, thanx for the great pix. (Wow. I feel like I'm writing for Variety.) And, again, congratulations on the publication of your novel.
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rwexler
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 01:28 pm:   

Hey Mike, if you look closely you'll see the spines of some of your books sitting on my shelves.

I don't know about the fondue, Deborah. All that chocolate-covered paper wouldn't be good for digestion.

John's right about the satisfied grin. We might have to start a new thread for everyone's book photos though.
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 04:07 pm:   

Robert, you're probably right about the fondue, but I have a more serious matter to take up with you...I don't see any Polyphonys on those shelves. Can I assume that you keep them in the glass case in the other room?
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:57 pm:   

i thought you were suppose to be running round naked?

cover is certainly cool looking, btw.
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:25 pm:   

Ben, I think these are the free teaser shots. We have to pay for the good ones.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:30 am:   

it's always the way, isn't it? you take the tour, you get excited, you imagine what the videos will be like, and how much noise he'll make...

then they ask you for a credit card.
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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:34 am:   

Indeed.

So which cards do you take, Robert?
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Jay Lake
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:45 am:   

I'd pay money not to see him naked. Can we reverse-auction this?

But then I'm wearing a viking helmet and a Betty Grable aloha shirt at the moment, so my fashion judgment is probably suspect.

(Awesome cover, dude...)
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rwexler
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:54 am:   

Deborah--the Polyphonies are close by and highly regarded. I promise.

I'm sorry about the nudity misunderstanding. I'll see what I can do. Might have to change servers, set up secure transactions. It's a lot of work. But anyway, it sounds like pictures of Jay would be more appealing.
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rwexler
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:56 am:   

And for more silliness. Starving...and sated.

sushi book
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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:59 am:   

Brilliant! I see you really know how to show a book a good time!

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mike b.
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 12:33 pm:   

More great pix, and thanx (more words ending in "x") for pointing out my bookx on your shelves, as I actually located Brittle Innings, Brighten to Incandescence, Blue Kansas Sky, and maybe At the City Limits of Fate. Neat. But these photos are neat, too. In fact, I'm hungry . . .
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Tamar
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 01:24 pm:   

Robert, you're clearly a man of taste - I see you cleaned up all the wasabi sauce!

Many congrats on the book.
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neilw
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:26 pm:   

Robert - disappointed as I am to miss out on pictures of you naked... I am quite excited to see your book before and after the celebratory sushi meal. In particular, i'm impressed with how satisfied the book looks in the second picture.

It looks so *content*.

If I'm ever so lucky to be in your position right now I'll be sure to buy *my* book a black pudding supper.

neil
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rwexler
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 06:00 am:   

Thanks Tamar!

Neil. I might have to ask someone to delete your post. Black pudding.... I just don't know what to say. Is that what you're going to subject me to if I come to Glasgow? Shudder.
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 06:02 am:   

Robert:

Now I can't say if I'm more excited about the book or that amazing looking sushi dinner. And you got to experience both.

I am so jealous of you right now.

JK
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rwexler
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 07:29 am:   

Well go get you some sushi, Mr. Klima! I live in Ohio. Every time I eat sushi think about how much better it was when I lived in NYC. So if you want jealousy...
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neilw
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 08:43 am:   

Black Pudding for you Robert?? Heaven forfend!!

No I was intending to save for your delicate palate the culinary delight of the deep fried pizza supper.

Is that enticing enough?
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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 02:43 pm:   

Don't forget the deep-fried Mars bar for dessert!!!!

And I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Great looking book!
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Bob K.
Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 11:02 am:   

You just knew Howard had to work the word "swell" into his quote. I like the sushi before-and-after. Anyway, congrats again.

Bob
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rwexler
Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2004 - 08:20 am:   

Hi Bob. Being granted a "swell" by Howard has been one of my goals for many years.
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montmorency
Posted on Monday, September 06, 2004 - 06:14 am:   

I've been waiting for Circus for almost two months. Is it already released?
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rwexler
Posted on Monday, September 06, 2004 - 07:57 am:   

Montmorency-- thanks for asking. It's at the printers. Because it wouldn't be ready in time for Worldcon, Prime had some POD copies made to sell there (which is what you see me waving around and taking out to dinner). The real thing should be ready in early Oct.
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montmorency
Posted on Monday, September 06, 2004 - 08:36 am:   

Thanks for the advice. Loved In Springdale Town and The Tales of the Golden Legend enormously, and I'm looking forward to reading your full-length novel.
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rwexler
Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 03:50 pm:   

Glad you liked the other stuff. And glad you pre-ordered the book based on the others!

Robert
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rwexler
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 12:09 pm:   

Well my copies arrived today. Very nice. Very very nice. I like it. I'm not running around naked with it though, sorry.

Robert
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JV
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 01:26 pm:   

Thank god
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GOD
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 01:30 pm:   

You're welcome
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 06:27 pm:   

Robet,
Just got a copy from Sean Wallace over the weekend and the cover is gorgeous!! Congratulations --you lucked out.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 06:46 pm:   

I hear my copy is being put in the mail...I can't wait to get it!

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 08:05 am:   

My copy arrived in the mail yesterday. Robert, could you send me a few extra days in which to read this? Just something I can squeeze in between today and tomorrow. That would be perfect. However, if you can only manage a few hours, I would appreciate that, too.

JK
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 01:08 pm:   

Hi John...your extra day is on it's way (sorry, all I could scrape together was just the one).

Robert
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JV
Posted on Saturday, October 23, 2004 - 06:57 am:   

Lord Wexler has been cross-examined for the VanderBlog...Justify Yourself!

http://vanderworld.blogspot.com/2004/10/justify-yourself-in-which-we-hold.html

JeffV
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StevenJorgenson
Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 05:45 am:   

Dear Robert;



I'm currently reading "Circus of the Grand Design". I was checking out your website and stumpled upon the bookmark that Luis made to go with the book. Is it possible to to get a bookmark from you?



Sincerely,
Steven Jorgenson
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rwexler
Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 07:06 am:   

Hi Steven,

I think the publisher made some to give out at World Con, but I never saw them. I'll ask. Might be able to get them to make some more.

Robert
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StevenJorgenson
Posted on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 11:46 pm:   

Robert - Did you have any luck finding the bookmark?



Steve Jorgenson
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 01:43 pm:   

Last few days to gaze upon the Wexler interview:

http://www.sfsite.com/01b/rw192.htm

Before it gets archived. Gaze in wonder and awe...

JeffV

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