A Pleasant Surprise – It’s in the British Library

The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart sells few copies, probably due to high price.  But it’s made its mark.  In an interesting exchange of messages with, David Waldock, a Librarian in the British Library (about the threat to the Archives of the Imperial War Museum from Tory funding cuts), I mentioned I’d heard there was a copy in the Library.

David did some quick checking, and sent these messages:

Awesome, and yes we have a copy, 

It’s in Basement 3, so about 50 metres away from me at the moment

Straight down!

David Waldock, The British Library

Here’s the link to the book in the Library catalog – just in case you’re in England and want to check it out.

A nice review, and a price drop

A nice review of the biography was posted on Amazon by “Linda L.”  Since I don’t know her, the review is especially appreciated.

And Amazon is now discounting the book — it’s now $48 and change.  So if you’ve been waiting to buy it, this is the time.

I’ll be back with more about George R. Stewart — including some news about the Western Literature Association conference in Berkeley in October — as soon as the tendons in the wrist get healthier.



2013 begins with good news

Best wishes for a good New Year to all of you.  I hope you enjoyed a Merry Christmas.

The George R. Stewart/Earth Abides Project has some good news to share:

The George R. Stewart Biography is being reprinted after only 4 months.  I have a limited supply of friends and family, so this means the book is selling to a general audience.

And it’s been reviewed, again.  The review is simply a brief description, but since it’s been done by Reference and Research Book News, it will likely get some attention from libraries and scholars interested in Stewart.

The Western Literature Association is to meet in Berkeley this year.  If resources permit, I hope to present a paper about George R. Stewart at the conference.  I’ll post any information here.

Now that the holidays are over, There should be time to get back to my reviews of Stewart’s books.


The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart in eBook — the good, and the not-so-good

The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart is now available as an eBook.   Here’s a link to one site, although I’m sure it’s also available on others:


That’s good news.  The not-so-good news is that the price is the same as it is for the paper version.  So for most of you, the regular version probably makes more sense.

However, the other good news is that you can now preview the first twenty pages of the book to see if you’d like to buy a copy.  Follow the link from the ebook page above to get to the preview.

McFarland does not expect to sell thousands of copies of the book, printed or e version, since their market is libraries and universities.  So they must charge a high price for the book.  On the other hand, this price is about a third that’s charged for the first biography of GRS, a fine work by Dr. Fred Waage.  So perhaps the next biography of GRS will be priced more reasonably.  Or, hopefully, the book will prove popular enough to find a trade publisher who might release it at a lower price.  Stay tuned.

But in the meantime, please take a look at the preview on the eBook page.

The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart is published

According to McFarland (I spoke with their marketing person today)
The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart: A Literary Biography of the Author of Earth Abides   is now shipping.

If you’ve ordered one, it should be on its way to you.


It’s been quite a ride.    Now to see if the book sells.