Monday, March 31, 2008

AI War Reversion Letter

I got my reversion letter from Bantam finally. I should have rights to the book back within a couple weeks. :-)

23 comments:

Bruce said...

Awesome mate. Have you thought of offering your books for sale through BAEN webscriptions or some such? I for one would be more than happy to renumerate you for your efforts - The Long Run is still my favourite book of all time.

Regards,

Bruce

Howard Nugent said...

That's simply awesome. Great news!

I don't know if I should be happier for you, or for us...

Peter said...

Ditto, here.

I was in college when I first came across your books, and spent many, many, many iterative bookstore visits looking for The AI War.

Your themes and characters have sustained, entertained, and inspired me through med school, residency, marriage, children, private practice, first house, fellowship, and medical IT work. As well as altogether too many martial arts, and the rise and fall of the Star Wars empire.

Bring it on. Craptastic or terrific, we're all of us, ready.

T.J. said...

Sweet! In the meantime, as bruce mentioned, offering it for sale or even accepting donations, isn't a bad idea. With any luck maybe you'll make enough to avoid the next MySQL job you're offered ;)

Sean Fagan said...

Yay!

Michael Brand said...

Great news!!

Anonymous said...

WOOHOO!!!

If I weren't sitting at my computer I'd dance a jig. :)

Anonymous said...

Now that is some great news to start my morning. Thanks for the update.

Chris H

Jeff Mott said...

Fantastic! And I must agree with the earlier poster - a contribution button would be most welcome. For all the material you've been so good as to share with us, but most particularly for AI War when it comes along :)

Anonymous said...

Wow.

I have been waiting fifteen years for this book.

eain said...

AWESOME.

Steve Perry said...

About damn time.

Dann Cutter said...

You know... if the date didn't say the 31st, I swear I would say 'Hah, April Fools.' to this. :-)

I read Long Run when I was 18ish. I remember actually calling and bugging my local bookstore about what exact time of day the UPS truck would drop off Last Dancer. I remember, with hope and excitement, reading about the the coming stories, and the text 'AI War' which held so much great promise.

And then my 20s came and went. Time went flittering along... I served my country, I found a career, I found love, I had (or my wife thus) a child. So FAR in the distant past seemed this fain hope I had once held for the book.

Only recently did I notice the traffic on a DKM listserv I had subscribed to in the 90s mention a new blog. An author I had essentially written off as having moved on with life... and many children... was speaking, as if from the great beyond. And again, this mythical text was mentioned.

So again, I wait. With a baseball bat. Not for Dan, as he has responsibilities and can frankly do whatever he wants or needs. No the bat is for me. As I have hope again. I have this slightly pressing expectation now in the back of my head.

And for the life of me, after so many years, I should know better. I may need to beat it out of me. Again.

Dan Moran said...

I'm currently writing 4 hours a week, roughly -- which doesn't sound like much and isn't, but is much more than I've written for years and years previous to this, and I've been pretty steady at it. The 2nd half of the book still has some issues --

-- but I'll tell everyone what I told Dann in e-mail last night; when I get the rights back, I'll post the first half for free, as an rtf/pdf, as soon as the readers/proofers have had a look at it. And the remainder will be hammered down as quickly as I can manage it ... while sending my first daughter to college, raising five children, working full-time and then some, fighting the never-ending court battle with indescribable people ... and trying to get in cuddle time with my gorgeous wife.

I'm writing as fast as I can, but I do have bandwidth issues. Steve Perry sent out a fat fantasy which I volunteered to read a month or so back now -- I've been in the last quarter of it for well over a week.

So don't hit yourself in the head with a baseball bat. There's text coming. If it's craptastic, well, shit, them's the risks you take, even after fifteen years. :-)

Dann Cutter said...

Well that is a dumb idea (however pleasant for us).

Dan... if it is worth publishing, it is worth being paid for. You yourself told me this 15 years ago :-). You had real costs in getting this back, and frankly if we are interested enough in your time to get this out, we should compensate you for this (tuition = expensive, and you have a few more kids to go).

I would rather wait til you are happy with it. If that means it falls by the wayside while real life gets in the way... well, as a father there is just about nothing I wouldn't drop in a heartbeat for my kid. You don't owe us anything, and most certainly not any feelings of guilt or explanation over the delay. Being hopeful is OUR problem, not yours.

So go cuddle with Amy... though my gods, use protection as any more kids and we'll never see any more writing.

Sean Fagan said...

"Anything worth publishing is worth being paid for" isn't exactly true. Sending something out now, instead of spending productive time working on it and with other people to make a small amount of cash, can mean that you lose money going that route.

Also... tastes and styles change. People who fondly remembered you from 10 years ago may read your stuff and think it's horribly dated -- and, as per above, updating the text may simply not be economical.

Not that I'm trying to tell Dan what he should or shouldn't do :). But I really do understand how you can lose money by trying to sell something. (Admittedly, in my case, it's almost always getting rid of junk. Yeah, I could sell a lot of it... but I'd have to deal with it. Just paying someone a few bucks to haul it away gives me a bunch of time to do other things with. Which might include making some real money. :))

Brad said...

If this is some sort of April Fools thing, you're a sick, twisted individual.

God, I hope it's not.

Dan Moran said...

Posted March 31.

I may still be a sick, twisted individual, but not because of this.

Deadford said...

That's fantastic news!

Anonymous said...

HELL to the YES!!! Trent, I have missed thee verily...

somsackt said...

I've been waiting for more of Trent for the last 15 years. The Long Run caught my imagination since I was in high school, and every few years I'll try to look up Daniel Keys Moran to see what happened to him, or if any more books were published by him. I just looked again, and I'm glad to see you online, and continuing on with the series. I'm privileged to explore your Great Wheel of Existence.

NYCFord said...

Great news but I'll believe it only when I walk into a bookstore and see it on the shelf.

david said...

Awesome! I can't wait until you publish more. You are my favorite author bar none.