Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm done with Rollback

Yes, I know, you thought I was done ages ago, when I finished final revisions on the manuscript. But there are many stages in bringing a book to market, and, for the author, the last one is going over the page proofs (advance printouts of the typesetting). Today, I finished going over those pages, looking at large-scale formatting issues and the fiddly bits dealing with a few equations. I've now turned the pages over to Carolyn for a final proofread; the next time I'll see the text is when the book is published in hardcover in April 2007 by Tor.


At September 15, 2006 10:39 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Congratulations! Really enjoyed the first segment. Can't wait to read the next installment in Analog.

At September 15, 2006 11:42 PM , Anonymous Judy said...

Hurray!!! I really enjoyed the first installment in Analog and I can't wait for the rest!

At September 16, 2006 9:08 PM , Blogger Louis Gaulin said...

Hi Rob!

I noticed the Old Sully Select (I think) in the 2nd installment of Rollback. So, does this mean that Rollback occurs in the same "universe" as Mindscan?

At September 17, 2006 12:10 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Louis. Not really; it's just a cute littel reference for those who know my work. There's no sign of consciousness uploading in the ROLLBACK universe.

At September 17, 2006 8:27 PM , Anonymous Robin said...

...and the fiddly bits dealing with a few equations.

Congratulations, Rob. And thanks for the new phrase (new to me) "fiddly bits." I plan to use it on every possible occasion in the near future.

Oh, this comment writing! It's okay, except for the fiddly bits involving codes and tags and, you know, figuring out what to say. :~)

At September 17, 2006 10:00 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Robin. "Fiddly bits" comes from Douglas Adams's THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Slartibartfast, the engineer who designed Earth said his favorite part was doing the fiddly bits around the fjords. :)



At September 18, 2006 12:27 PM , Anonymous robin said...

Geez, I loved Hitchhiker's Guide. Now I'm worried about what else didn't stick.

I guess it's time to read it again, though I might've dismissed 'fiddly' as a made-up word (not much of a stretch with a character named Slartibartfast).

I was surprised when spellcheck didn't spit it back at me.

What's not to love about tasty new words? :~)


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