Saturday, September 21, 2013

Open Thread

It's been a while since I've done one of these. Play nice please ... well, at least keep your abuse coherent and to the point.


Any subject you fancy, any self-promotion, interesting links.
Whatever. 

23 comments:

JD said...

So glad that you are vapping. I'm just selfish as I want you to have a long and healthy life, that way you may get around to doing another book or two lol, thanks a bunch for your work so far, I've grabbed all your hard cover and soft for the last few years. Had an idea for you though, as you are seldom in my area signing (Liverpool) how about a signing service! I'm sure some fans like myself would pay the extra for pre signed work, also your proofs ( yes I'm that geeky ) I know you have flogged your foreign language vie the blog but a few copies signed would be a nice addition and maybe side line. I realise maybe a bore but just a suggestion, anyway looking forward to my copy of Jupiter wars I buy two hard copy and two soft, all stay on the shelf, I read the kindle version and admire one hard copy and one soft from a distance as they look and feel so good but are too heavy for the train, I'm also a collector so want your work to remain mint. Cheers. Ps few years back you posted that you popped over Chester way and left a couple of signed books in waterstones they now reside on my book shelf. Anyone else geeky enough to think a few signed books via the blog sale a good idea ? Sorry Neal.

Sandra Louise said...

I too want you to keep on vaping! Fans are selfish that way, I guess.

I can tell you from my own experience, that the longer you vape, the less attractive smoking tobacco becomes.

My husband has not completely switched over and she still sucks on the "analog" stuff.

A couple of months ago, I tried one of her cigarettes because I got caught out without my kit.

I took one puff and I was coughing and hacking and the taste of it was very disagreeable. I gave it back to her and I just roughed it until we got back to the house.

I was very happy to get back to my e-cig.

I've been vaping for just over a year and I have no urges at all to go back to the other stuff.

So, please, Neal, keep on vaping!

As far as a signing service goes, I'd opt in too! If for nothing else just to hold a book that you once held. I doubt you'll make it over here to Chicago anytime soon so I'd go for a signed copy.

I have read all your stories on my Nook e-book. It's nice that way because I have several dozen books available to me to read as well as my subscription to Analog and Asimov. And they all fit nicely in my purse.

I seem to remember some author offering a signature in ebook format for a small fee. That way you could have it as a screen saver. An interesting idea

Anyway, a bit of a ramble. I hope all is good with you and yours, Neal.

-Sandy

Neal Asher said...

JD and Sandra, well I have been selling off some, signed: http://theskinner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/book-sale-31.html

Also, for anyone interested, I have signed bookmarks and photos I can send. I may also get round to getting in some book-plates if anyone is interested. All I would want for these is the cost of postage.

Neal Asher said...

Oh, and in respect of vaping ... how are those who 'quit with Asher' getting on?

bascule said...

Still vaping, no fags for nearly 2 months I think. I'm not getting much flavour any more, plenty of "throat" though. Have dry burned the coil/head and thoroughly cleaned the tank etc. but little taste. Think I need a VV spinner, but all my pocket money has been spent on a certain hard back book. :)

bascule said...

On and the "Aro Pyrex Tank" I got is a bit crap. It's big and well engineered, but the windows are useless as they are slightly smaller than the diameter of the breather tube running through the centre. So seeing liquid level is difficult at best. Plus, the kanger coil/heads I have won't fit, the flange which makes up the widest part of the coil, is about 0.1mm to wide. Which pisses me off no end. But it functions.

JD said...

Hi Neal,funny I had noticed that you do sell books via the blog, but missed that you signed them! Oh and any Hardbacks? You also mention that we need to email you direct via the email address on bottom right of blog, but on my iPad I don't see the address, I'll check via PC in case it's an apple thing, just updated os and getting used to the new interface etc... Or I'm I being a bit thick? Cheers

Alex said...

So, just out of curiousity...

What nets the author the most profit in terms of book formats between Kindle sales, paperback and hardback?

Neal Asher said...

I've lost count now, Bascule. It's 60 or 70 days I think. And yes, the VW Spinner is great!

JD, no hardbacks left I'm afraid. My email is at the bottom of the biography ins this form: ndotasheratvirgindotnet

Alex, I've no real idea. Depends on percentages - which I only check on when about to sign a contract - and sales of each.

Andrew said...

Neal,

Will the Penny Royale books feature any reifs or the hive minds from The Skinner? Two of my favorite characters/ideas.

No need to comment-it's none of our business-but I hope your wife is doing well. Sending positive thoughts her way. Best to both of you.

I enjoy your books greatly and wish you more success to come!

Andrew

admin@windmeup.org said...

Hi Neal,

I've been a big fan of your Polity series, and your technical breadth and understanding as one the stand-out new breed of UK SF writers. I really wish I could ignore your stance on climate change denial, however I just can't get over it... how can a man of such scientific literacy and understanding take such a position? Particularly when scientific literacy is at such a low point in the media, you should be using your influential position for encouraging the understanding and debate of the science - rather than tabloid sensationalism of any form of scientific error being proof that it doesn't exist. It's like an alter ego that I can't come to grips with, and has turned me off the rest of your writing.

Neal Asher said...

Andrew, no reifs and no hive minds, but plenty of other weirdness abounds.

Maybe this SF writer of such "technical breadth and understanding" has been seeing lies and shifting goalposts for 20 years, smelled a rat, and started reading?

Neal Asher said...

And, just to be sure everyone knows. All but a very few of these people called 'deniers' believe in global warming. It is a physical fact. Where they disagree on is on how much, to what effect and on what should be done, or not. A doubling of CO2 gives a warming of 1 degree, which is nothing. The alarmists claim that water vapour, and other factors, acts as a positive feedback multiplying this warming to as much as 6 degrees. All of this is only in computer models that have failed to get anything right for a quarter of a century.

Miles Campbell said...

Hi Neal,
Haven't had a cigarette for over a month now and haven't had a vape for a couple of weeks. I was laid low by a virus a couple of weeks ago and didn't vape for four days. So far i've managed to resist the temptation to go back.

Slightly annoyed that i spent 20 squids on a vape kit and only managed to use it for 2 weeks but quite pleased that i seemed to have knocked it on the head completely.

Looking forward to Jupiter War tomorrow and best wishes to Caroline for a speedy recovery.

Miles

Neal Asher said...

Nice one Miles. Perhaps you should pass on (or sell) your kit to another smoker. Or perhaps as with me and my supply of tobacco, you'll hang onto it just in case...

Dean Frisby said...

3 weeks vaping without a single drag on a roll up which I used to smoke. Not even had any urge whatsoever to smoke. I can now smell a smoker even if they just walk by me and in all honesty did not realise how strong a smell tobacco smoke has!! Also not had a drink for 3 and a half weeks. Going to Corfu for a week next week and I think that will be my testing period.

Neal Asher said...

Well done, Dean. I'm finding that with a drink I just vape more, so you should be okay. Remember to take your charger and e-liquid!

Neal Asher said...

Well done, Dean. I'm finding that with a drink I just vape more, so you should be okay. Remember to take your charger and e-liquid!

admin@windmeup.org said...

Understand your point about the changing goal posts, healthy scepticism is essential - particularly for SF readers. You've got a lot of fans commenting on this in the blogosphere, fans like me that see you as a role model. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment :)

Neal Asher said...

I think, deep in this blog, there might be an article that explains where my skepticism started. At one time I read everything about global warming with wide-eyed belief because, of course, the scientists said so. I then read an article about the massive sea-level rises we faced, smelled a rat and did some calculations with the figures given. Turned out our cities would be under water in something like 3,000 years. Since then I did more and more checking. Stuff like Al Gore's claim of a historical correlation between CO2 and temperature rise (him neglecting to mention that CO2 rose on average 800 years AFTER the temperature rose) started to really get up my nose.

Justin said...

Keep vaping. I chewed nicotine gum for 6 months, made a mess of my bowels. Think long term.

I hope you got some money for Elysium.?

lubertdas said...

Neal,

I would definitely be interested in some signed book plates and bookmarks.

lubertdas said...

Neal,

I LOVED the audiobook versions of the Spatterjay Trilogy.

Are there any plans for more audiobook versions of your novels? I travel frequently, and they are simply wonderful on a long drive.

Cheers,

Lubert Das