I am just starting my third day of
tour, waiting for my ride to the Salt Lake City airport on my
way to Reno, Nevada, for a library conference. So far, I've
signed at nine stores in the Denver area and four in the Salt
Lake City/Provo area. (Generally, the bookstores have had as
many copies of
SANDWORMS OF DUNE as they have of KRYPTON, so the book is
still quite popular.) Some stores have also received their
copies of the new release of all the "Seven Suns" books
featuring the new cover design.
Brian has sent me the file for Draft 2 of PAUL OF DUNE,
which currently runs 188,000 words long. After much discussion,
we have decide to tighten up the "young Paul" sections of the
novel and concentrate more on the Emperor Muad'Dib storyline. We
hope to get the book down to a more manageable 150,000 words
(about the length of CHILDREN OF DUNE).
With THE LAST DAYS OF KRYPTON I'm getting quite a few
questions asking which continuity does the novel fit into. Now
that's always a tricky question (and let's not even talk about
defining "canon," especially in something as tangled as the DC
Universe). Since the creation of the character, Supeman has
existed in a lot of different versions.
SMALLVILLE, for instance, has a very different version of
Jor-El from the Marlon Brando depiction in the Christopher Reeve
movies, which is also quite different from the varied portrayals
of Superman's father in the comics. The character of Brainiac,
especially, has been through numerous incarnations in the
comics, and James Masters gave us a new one yet in SMALLVILLE.
No single novel could take all these independent continuities
and fuse them into a comprehensible plot, without playing an
impossible game of literary Twister. Fortunately, DC encouraged
me to take the best parts of the Superman mythos and develop the
best story in a fresh continuity that all fans can enjoy --
Jor-El's discovery of the Phantom Zone, his romance with Lara,
his brother Zor-El and the marvelous Argo City, the rise of
General Zod, Brainiac stealing the city of Kandor, and so on,
including plenty of treats for the die-hard fans as well.