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Topic: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: George Michaelson
Location: Australia
Date: 11/28/2012

A big thank you to Greg, and his publisher for getting 'the Infinity Concerto' and 'the Serpent Mage' to ebooks.

Not only did you do it inside 2012, as promised, but the publisher contacted me by email to alert me, as asked.

So, well done, and thanks. I've just bought them both for kindle.

Re: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/29/2012

Excellent! And since these are based on my files, any typos and other errors are entirely my own! Let me know how you find the e-book versions.

Re: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: near Pacific islands
Date: 11/30/2012

Very nice news that these are in e-print, Greg.

I was quite nicely surprised to find how much I enjoyed them, reading a couple of years ago, thinking I wasn't big on fantasy. Certain images and imaginations also really stick.

As told to Astrid a bit ago, I keep returning to your books, both as places I can learn from, and as friends of place, time, and speculative life. My quiet impression is that you're ever a more serious novelist than often is allowed to seem.

Thanks for these things, and I hope all goes well in the game-related and so forth, which I have only dipped into for passing moments so far, but will probably find to appreciate just as well. I certainly see that a lot of people do.

Best, as you know, from those desert-ocean climes.

Re: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: George Michaelson
Location: Australia
Date: 12/31/2012

'The Infinity Concerto' I read a bit more like proofing, and noticed a couple of places where it has 11 (one one) instead of ll (ell ell). That, and a minor typo. I found the one/ell thing interesting: you said its from your own files, but these kinds of things are usually from OCR transliterations. Did they actually OCR scan off page proofs rather than use e-markup?

Also, the conversion of both had some oddities in the font size selection, which may be about how kindle behaves more than your inputs. they tended to smaller font sizes as the default, and jumped to bigger with few in-betweens.

I didn't notice anything in 'The Serpent Mage'. And, to be absolutely clear, nothing detracted from the prose. They were a great (re)read.

Having placed Mahler and Mozart back in the clutches of west-coast grand dames, how can you leave us high and dry? Surely they re-enact cheech-and-chong in some route-66 saga with orchestration?

Re: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

Thanks, Roald! Even serious writers crack a smile now and then. Where in the desert ocean are you now?

Re: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/03/2013

Thanks, George! I've corrected the 11 oddity, which was indeed from my own OCR scan, which I did about twenty years ago... However, I found only one instance! So if you could send me the other instances and the typo, I can correct those as well!

Re: Infinity Concerto/Serpent mage make e-books

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: that place with the ocean's voice in evenings
Date: 02/12/2013

Hi Greg, and agree, smiles are worth a lot. If that's part of the attraction with your fresh areas, good on you ;). I've thought it also has to do in more than one way with your children, and to degree so, other smiles surely...!

Where am I? Where I have been for a few years, and getting in certain ways usefully used to the idea, if imagination is quite consistently on the far roam. As you were local, you'll know of IB, and I am in an area with many families and their varied decent lives, enjoyed, while the house actually is owned by a Russian and often enough has lodgers from Europas past, so conversation can be interesting.

Greetings up there in the land of slow grays...probably very useful for writing.

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