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  02:19:12  28 March 2014
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BobBQ
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Yes, but what is the name of the book? Is it available on Kindle?
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Pretty sure it's not out yet, though I don't think snorkbait has posted a progress report in a while.
  11:01:43  28 March 2014
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PCDania
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Oh! I understood you as it had been published. Ah well.

*Returns to waiting mode*
  14:50:10  31 March 2014
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snorkbait
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Sorry for the silence, folks.

@ D Money: It's not dead, as BobBQ pointed out (cheers, Bob!), GSC are/were going to publish it as a 'proper' book, so I had to revise what was there and finish it off. A lot was cut, some things were added, and I still need to write a sequel to address other story arcs, etc.

@PCDania: The title changed to STALKER: Strange Horizons. That will probably need to change again, though, to avoid confusion with 'Strange Horizons' online spec-fic magazine.
The title change came about to make a distinction between what had been posted here and what appeared in the book. It's not 100% the same, certain events have changed, as have character paths.

The intention was to publish via Amazon (CreateSpace for the book, Kindle for the ebook). I asked about other platforms via Smashwords and was told an explanation would be forthcoming re: the delivery strategy (sounds a bit high-flown to call it that, but it'll do).
That was back in October/November, and was the last I heard.
I've sent mails since, but...zip. If or when I find out what's happening (or has happened) at the GSC end, I'll post an update here.
If I've still heard nothing or have been unable to find out WTF is going on now by the end of April at the latest, I'll check on the legality of releasing it as a freebie and do that if I can. The sequel would then come out the same way.
It wouldn't be an official STALKER release, so I'd have to lose that from the title at the very least, and I'd have to see what I could do about a cover (I'm no artist and I can't/am not going to fork out a wad for artwork, so it'd be something fairly generic)...but you'd finally get it.
  11:27:10  8 May 2014
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Inlesco
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Take your time, mate. This looks like an interesting read. But not on a monitor, I'd spare my eyes so far. Hope you'll provide a release on Amazon kindle and such.
  13:38:06  9 May 2014
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snorkbait
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Take your time, mate. This looks like an interesting read. But not on a monitor, I'd spare my eyes so far. Hope you'll provide a release on Amazon kindle and such.
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The 'When' isn't up to me at this point. If it were, it'd have been released to coincide with that of Lost Alpha. I tried to make it happen, but ultimately...it didn't.
I could - and some would say should - take it back into my own hands. It's possible, since nothing has yet been signed. The problem with releasing it that way would be that there'd be no Kindle release.
  16:42:18  17 August 2014
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Don Reba
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How about a quick status update?
  09:02:35  2 September 2014
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100RadsBar
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If the Amazon/Kindle etc. does not work out.
Perhaps we could pay for the electronic version (PDF) via PaPayl, to you directly?

And people: Pay, don't spread it around on the Interwebs!!

A lot of time & work goes into writing a book.
  03:47:59  3 September 2014
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snorkbait
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How about a quick status update?
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There's not much to report, really.
I had to ask for a new contract form as a computer screw-up 'lost' the one I had. The reply was along the lines of 'Sure. Working on it,' then nothing.
I've sent a couple of mails since but haven't heard anything back.

The thing now is, the zeitgeist is gone. An ebook retailing on Amazon at, say, £4.99 would generate ~£3493, at a 70% take for GSC based on 1,000 copies being sold (and that was the high-end sales estimate way back when, with optimism set to Full).
At the current rate of exchange, that'd work out to ~77,625 hyrvnia, max. Back when the rate was roughly 1:12, it would have been about half that. Pretty small potatoes.
And that was all at peak interest. Now...I don't know. It might bring in enough for the remaining bods at GSC to get the bus fare home for one night.

@100 Rads Bar: If it's an unofficial release (i.e. there's no deal with GSC anymore), legally there's no way I can take anything by way of payment. It'd have to be made available for free with absolutely nothing coming my way (which is fair enough; I started writing the story with no expectation of anything, beyond hopefully providing people with a decent read and a bit of entertainment. If I've done that then I've achieved what I set out to do).
If I do end up releasing it for nothing and it then appeared elsewhere as a monetized thing, neither I nor GSC would have anything to do with it and it'd be 3rd parties trying to scam you.
  05:06:41  3 September 2014
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BobBQ
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This makes me sad.
  12:08:51  3 September 2014
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Don Reba
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That's pretty awful. Sorry it worked out this way.
 
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