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[IRTF] Coming Soon: How I Met My Blurbers

Yesterday, Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications posted the blurbs that we've received for my upcoming collection I Remember the Future. Over on the Apex blog, he noted that the company is Blowing the trumpet for Burstein, and on the Apex Publications LiveJournal, he noted his own amazement at the names lined up in support of the book in his post Horn, meet Toot.

I have to admit that I've been in a bit of a quandary on how to present these blurbs here myself. On the one hand, I'm obviously delighted by the abundant praise I've received. On the other hand, posting all six blurbs at once in my own blog rather than elsewhere seems a tad over the top.

So having thought about it, I've decided to make the blurb posting a little more interesting than just saying, "Look! A blurb!" Over the next few weeks, when I have a moment, I'll write up a series of posts under the overarching title of "How I Met My Blurbers." Rather than just presenting the blurb, I'll explain who the blurber is, how I got to know him (it so happens they're all men), and why this particular person means so much to me.

Of course, for those of you can't wait and want to see what they said, the link on the book title above will bring you to the order page, which is now updated with all the advance praise. And I would be remiss if I didn't at least thank them all by name. So thank you to Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog; Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo-Award winning author of Hominids; Gary K. Wolf, creator of Roger Rabbit; Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author; Barry N. Malzberg, Locus Award-winning author of Breakfast in the Ruins; and Paul Levinson, Locus Award-winning author of The Silk Code.


I like the idea, looking forward to reading them. If any of the blurber's have blogs or web pages would you be so kind to include them?
Of course! In fact, what I've already done with the names at the end of this post is made each one a link to the blurber's web site or a web site about him. So if you want to find out more about any one of them, just click the link.
Gosh I should have realized that. Sigh I miss my brain meds. I know I have to wean off them for next week, but I liked my brain.
Wow! Those are not just your run of the mill blurbs. "...An Isaac Asimov for the new millennium..." alone is worth its weight in gold! Of course, they are all well-deserved. As I've said before elsewhere, the stories in your collection appeal to all audiences. For those new to science fiction, they provide an excellent introduction to what science fiction is all about. For long-time s.f. fans, it they demonstrate unequivocally that short science fiction is alive and well. For s.f. writers, it provides something for us to drool over and mutter, "How'd he do it?"
Say, can I hire you to talk to the media? :-)
I think that's a great way to have people get more familiar with these really fine blurbers. New word - ask Nomi if it's kosher. Anyway, Abba and I are looking forward to reading them. I like the cover design - it really grabs your attention.
While I can't find many uses of "blurber" as "one who blurbs," and it's not even in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, it does seem to be an understandable enough construction.
That's a great line-up of blurbers. May they attract even more readers for your collection.

I'd have suggested that Resnick and Malzberg do their blurbs as a dialogue, but since they are obviously in agreement on your talent, it wouldn't have the same feel as their usual. :)
I just had time to read through the blurbs. They are so very impressive, and shows how well thought of you are as a person as well as a writer. May the book sell well so that many others will get an opportunity to hear your voice.
It might also help encourage people to provide blurbs...

December 2016

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