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Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 22. Jan 2012 at 15:34
This is the publisher's description of Aylesford Skull...

The first full-length steampunk novel in twenty years from James Blaylock, considered to be one of the founding fathers of the genre. Professor Langdon St Ives, brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer, is at home in Aylesford with his family. Not far away a steam launch is taken by pirates, the crew murdered, and a grave is possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of St Ives, and when Narbondo kidnaps his son Eddie, St Ives races to London in pursuit.

The book was listed prematurely on Amazon, and is at least a year from publication, so disregard the publication date of March 2012 that appears on Amazon and some other retailers.
Posted by: Mike Posted on: 31. Dec 2011 at 22:54
The Aylesford Skull... is this the long awaited Langdon St. Ives novel?
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 28. Nov 2011 at 21:15
Thanks.  I should have hit the dictionary before I hit the enter key on that posting!  
That science fiction writer of whom I wrote did in fact mention how much work it was, and time it took, to get their website up and the publishing rights back, and the works formatted appropriately, and the all the other labors that go into self-publishing.  And there were three of them working on it together.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 28. Nov 2011 at 10:19
Authors usually retain copyright to their work - what they do is licence specific publishing rights to publishers (for example, world-wide print rights for a novel, or serial rights to publish the novel in parts in a magazine, etc). In Blaylock's case, his agent handles the licensing side. It's generally preferable to do it that way, because the business side of writing is so time consuming that it can significantly cut down on the time left for writing.

A lot of his back-list titles have been licensed for e-book publication in the UK; I believe his agent is working on something similar for the US.

Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 28. Nov 2011 at 05:56
That's great.  I wonder if Mr. Blaylock would ever consider offering his stuff under his own copyright.  There is a science fiction writer whose blog I sometimes read, and she and 2 of her mates created their own website from which they sell works to which they hold the copyright: new stuff that's not appetizing to Big Publishing, as well as older, out-of-print novels that they've managed to recover from publishing houses that have no intention of ever reprinting them.  Seems as if it might be a lot of work, but on the other hand, selfishly, I'd be happy to pay directly to Mr. Blaylock for copies of Zeuglodon, the Magic Spectacles, and other hard-to-find works.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 27. Nov 2011 at 17:03
Haven't heard any news of the Zeuglodon book, but The Aylesford Skull is listed on Amazon as coming out in March [UPDATE: the March 2012 is incorrect... Summer 2013 is the likely date for The Aylesford Skull].

UPDATE: Zeuglodon will be published in August 2012:
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 26. Nov 2011 at 12:16
I was just flipping through an older Blaylock link that led to an interview fragment (from Locus magazine) in which he mentioned Zeuglodon.  I know this has been mentioned before, on a different thread, but as that interview is a year and a half old, and hopefully long enough for something to have happened to that work...has anyone heard any new news about this particular book?
Posted by: brufrog Posted on: 18. Sep 2011 at 23:25
That is such great news!  I may have to reread an old one just to prepare... Still haven't read my copy of Chalk Cliffs (which makes me think of XTC) yet. Saving it for a pub day.
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 14. Sep 2011 at 06:39
No problem with waiting.  Anticipation is a wonderful thing.
Posted by: Chris Burdett Posted on: 11. Sep 2011 at 22:16
Hey, check this out:

It's kind of a long way off, but surely worth the wait!