Thursday, January 12, 2012

Video Clips

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those video clips. I’m told by various people that they like them but, unfortunately, I’m not getting enough questions. Here are the questions in the comments of the previous clip:

ChrisW: You've probably answered this before somewhere, so feel free to ignore, but, what's up with "The Departure"(the HB not the eBook) not being available/published in the USA? Is it going the way of "The Line of Polity"?

Still annoys me that when I look at my Asher shelve that there is no Line HB. Bloody publishers! :)

Spaceoperaghost: Will you ever expand on the story of The Quiet War?

Taylor Preston: When you write, do you revise/edit as you go or do you just hammer out the first draft before you put pen to paper and start making changes? I know you've said before you don't normally outline, so I'm wondering how much revision you end up doing and how you go about it.

Huan: What size are Amistad and Sniper?

arj209: Have you reached the lofty heights of stardom of being recognised in the streets?

Friso: Your Wikipedia article mentions "runcible" is an homage to ansible. Is that how you intended it?

Thezzphai: In an interview you talked about your next Polity book possibly being called "Penny Royal". Can you already tell something about the content (pretty please) and when it will be released approximately? Are you already working on it or is it just an idea for the time being?

The last one here has been answered and is being answered on the blog but I suppose I can go over it again a bit, and the first one here is just a ‘don’t know’ but I guess I could waffle on about the subject for a bit. But I could do with some more questions. Please append some in the comments below. Oh, and I’m saving this one from the last post for the next clip too:

Chrish: ‘I’m finding the writing ridiculously easy (which is worrying)’. I'm puzzled, why worrying?


Phil M said...

As you had said earlier, you are well ahead with your writing so is it the publisher that limits you to one book per year, discounting any you self publish on Amazon.
Is their intention to maintain quality and avoid you "burning out" or are they too mean to print more

Conan the Librarian™ said...

You have a wonderful mental playground with the Polity universe; will you invite others in to play?

Jan Harald said...

You may have said something about this before, but I can't remember, so I ask... ;) Is there any link between the Owner-universe and the Polity-universe? Like, is the Ownerbooks very early prequels to the Polity? Or are they totally seperate? I was just thinking, maybe there is some Owner left in Cormac... :-D

Best of luck getting rid of the stye (??) on you eye, so you can get back 100% to "Penny Royal"... :)

With regards, Jan Harald, from Norway

robann said...

A question -

The existance of the "alpha-class dreadnoughts", and the fact that they are referenced but never central to the current Polity books, indicate that the Polity considers there to be an potential threat well beyond those described in the current books. What is on the other side of the Galaxy? Will future books explore way beyond the line?

Gary said...

Forgive me if this has already been asked, but are you ever half way through writing something only to pick up another authors work and discover a similar idea/technology/gadget to the one you have just dreamt up? Ever had that "bugger, he/she beat me to that!" moment?

Neal Asher said...

Some good questions here. Keep 'em coming. It would be nice to end up with a backlog of them.

Neal Asher said...

I'll do the video clip when my eye doesn't look like someone poked a stick in it.

Friso said...

In Hilldiggers, the Brumallians are referred to as "Frazerworldlers" at some point. Is that an earlier name for them, which you decided to change?

Phil M said...

apologies for sticking a Daily Mail link on here but it should be just your sort of story

Laszlo said...

This is relating to your "worrying as it's getting ridiculously easy" comment. One of the reviews I've read about the Departure, while positive, said it's the same old Asher. Every once in a while i hear a tune on the radio and i can guess from a few chord changes, that that's gotta be U2 or Coldplay even if I've never heard it before. Just like reading Stephen King or Richard Morgan, very distinctive prose and style, but book after book the same in a sense. Do you ever plan to change up your style a bit or try to step outside of yourself? Is it even possible? Or is it something inherently part of the way our brains work and what comes out will always be recognizable, as good as it is, as an Asher?