So, the wheel of time has ground to a stop.
Robert Jordan died yesterday, having lost his fight against amyloidosis.
Back in 1990 his UK publishers rep came in to the shop I was running to go through the new titles for the next couple of months.
One of them was a big new fantasy hardback, nice dj, map printed on the inside covers – looked very nice, but it was an almost completely unknown author. I ordered one copy! There was no mention of a sequel.
The next year the rep came in to sell me the sequel saying that it was going to be a trilogy.
The year after that he came in to sell me volume three of a series…
Around about then I started winding people up by claiming that a ‘wheel of time’ was obviously like a clock face and that therefore there would be 12 volumes – this seemed really unlikely back then and people assumed I was joking but now it seems like time really has been called an hour early.
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Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to selling science fiction, fantasy & related books, together with a limited selection of other merchandise.But really, it’s about books. Transreal Fiction opened in April 1997 in Cowgatehead and moved to it’s present location nearby in June 2011. The owner, Mike Calder, first sold sf & f books many years ago and has worked in the business either part- or full-time since. For years he also had a respectable job as well, but that’s another story…
The shop is named after the term coined by Rudy Rucker to describe his fiction and I thought it an apt name for a shop specialising in speculative fiction. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, Rudy Rucker was happy to allow me to use of the term as a name for my shop.
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