Time Travel Kickstarter Enters Last Two Weeks; “Tombs” Book in Future?

“It’s only time travel, what could go wrong?  . . .  No, seriously, you tell me.  When things don’t go as planned, what’s Plan B?  What’s the contingency?  Who cleans up the mess?”

So started the original guidelines for SINGULAR IRREGULARITY, twenty-plus answers to these questions as time has gone by, including mine, “The Master of Time” (cf. May 9, April 27).  The book is scheduled to be out for an Indianapolis, GenCon debut in early August.  But before that happens comes the kickstarter, in this case to help pay the authors more which means, among others, me.  At about halfway through it’s not doing too badly, and as of tomorrow will be entering its final two weeks.  And this means that, while there are some tasty incentives still left, if you had been thinking of taking a lootimetravel4CharlieChaplink at the offers yourself — or just plain pre-ordering now rather than later — this is a good time to check it out.  One need but press here.

Meanwhile, the weekend has brought some exciting news.  I’m downplaying it here a bit to wait for a few details, but for those who’ve seen one or more of my (mostly) prose collections, you might recall a few stories therein set in the far-future world of the “Tombs”; in THE TEARS OF ISIS, for example, “The Ice Maiden,” “Mara’s Room,” and “River Red.”  For the last few years I’ve been pitching, as a sort of back burner thing, a novelization linking sixteen stand-alone story-chapters (including two of those noted above, as a sort of preview) within a continuing narrative frame, similar to the Ray Bradbury novels THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES and THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, or Amy Tan’s THE JOY LUCK CLUB, etc., under a tentative title TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH.

And so Sunday’s email included a contract from one of the publishers I’d sent it to, not one of the international giants, but not the smallest of small press either.  And maybe not with every detail I might have liked, but still a good one at least at first glance.  I’ve already sent back a couple of questions, but in all probability, after I’ve gone through the seven densely packed pages of clauses, there’ll be no problems.  And so, as more becomes known, look for more here.


  1. Wonderful news, Jim! Hope you have no problems with this one!

  2. Marge, thanks! Let us hope. . . .

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