8/15/2009

New Design

All right, that's the new-look template up. You'll also find a new short story added on the right - well, not exactly new, since it was first published in Interzone in 1994, but new to the blog anyway. I've also placed links to excerpts for all the books now, and all *should* work. But if some things still manage to go wrong, I won't be too surprised. I've also included in each excerpt page a download link for a .rtf file. This is a text file that should be readable on just about any computer in existence. It had been my intention to put up various flavours of ebook format - .lit, epub, Sony and the like - but trying to get it right was starting to take up way too much of my time. If you own a Sony Reader or a Kindle or some such, you probably already have a way to convert basic 'rtf' files into other formats, should you so choose. If you don't, then download Calibre, a freeware ebook library and conversion program I've often found extremely useful. You can get it for Mac, PC and even, so I believe, Linux. If you happen to convert one of the excerpts or stories and are feeling charitable, you could always email me a copy and I'll put it up here.

I was a wee bit nervous about putting up an older short story like Touched by an Angel since I think my writing has improved immeasurably since then, but as its author I'm probably inclined to be perhaps too picky about it. It did make Gardner Dozois' 'recommended reading' list in the Year's Best SF, so it does have its merits.

(Edit: Well, what do you know, the download links for the .rtf files don't work. Sigh. I'll get them sorted, but I'm bang in the middle of the line-edits for Empire of Light. So that'll get sorted out ... let's say, soonish.)

6 comments:

gary gibson said...
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Anonymous said...

new design looks nice

PaulB

mike.harknett@kaiatea.org said...

Hi Gary, was going to do the lrf and a pdf on this but I get a zero byte size when trying to download the rtf...


And now for something completly different.....have you seen District 9 yet?

gary gibson said...

Mike - that's weird. The files are hosted in the 'public' folder of my Hotmail storage space. I'll check out the downloads and see if it's still working (or not). If not, I'll have to think of somewhere else to store them. If anyone else has a problem, let me know.

District 9 ... *thinking* about it, but I'm feeling burned by seeing so many genre movies the past couple of years where I found i had serious problems with the script or the internal logic. So not sure yet.

mike.harknett said...

Got it now thanks, I'll email you back some different formats sometime in the next couple of days..

As for D9...I don't watch that many movies --atrophied attention span or something...but this was one that, despite a couple of logical holes or hiccups, I thought was one of the best I've seen in a long while...but then I go to a movie and am looking to be drawn in and nothing in it actually spoilt my trance...and definitely one for the big screen unless you have a projector and can do a true home theatre

andy said...

hey gary
just thought i would let you know i have pre ordered your next book on fishpond.co.nz and i cant wait till it arives!!!