Three Works Fly Free

by wjw on April 10, 2012

So I’ve received word that Harper has reverted, Metropolitan, City on Fire, and The Rift.

Actually they were reverted last autumn, but the notification was sent to my late agent, Ralph Vicinanza, who passed away in 2010, and whoever is in that office now did not forward the news.

But in any case ebooks will soon be forthcoming!

DensityDuck April 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

Cool! Maybe now I can get legit versions instead of the ones I found on Scribd and keep having to re-upload.

DensityDuck April 10, 2012 at 5:51 am

PS if you’ve got a third book in you, I’d certainly pay $40 for it. *this* is where the Kickstarter money ought to go.

James April 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

Yes! I seem to recall that you held off on a sequel to City on Fire due to the publisher not being interested. I would love to see that book, and will also get in on the kickstarter…

Alex Baxter April 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

Can I third that sentiment! I’ll be getting Metropolitan and City on Fire as soon as they become available, and would shell out for the 3rd one on Kickstarter or otherwise.

Tim April 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

I, too, would pay $40 in a heartbeat (well, or UK equivalent) for a third book in the Metropolitan series, and I suspect my wife would double that.

Hildo April 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

I, too, would pay $40 and up for a third Metropolitan book – even an ebook.

Erich Schneider April 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Ditto on the Metropolitan book!

Mat E April 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I’m in for $40!

Ralf T. Dog April 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

While Metropolitan and City On Fire were the better of the three books, I feel Rift was the most groundbreaking. One of the advantages of digital literature , I tend to loan out books from good authors to get others started reading them. For some reason, your books don’t come back. I have purchased Rift three times. The beginning of Metro tends to be a bit strange for some readers. (It was given a 7.3 on the open ended WTF weirdness scale.)

DensityDuck April 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

It had a more lyrical and less literary style. I could see someone being put off by the unexpected. But I read “Metropolitan” right on the heels of “Hardwired” (got ’em both used) so I was used to the slightly-poetic turn of phrase

Brad DeLong April 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

In for City on Fire sequel for $100

wjw April 11, 2012 at 3:29 am

I’m encouraged by the enthusiastic response here!

If sales of the first two books show a wide enough interest, I’d certainly consider a Kickstarter campaign for the third book.

Also, my agent hopes to resell the entire series, including a third book, to a new publisher.

And FWIW, I’ll probably write the third book anyway, but money up front would certainly make me write it sooner.

John Appel April 11, 2012 at 4:17 am

I would also gladly support a Kickstarter or similar effort for a third Constantine & Aiah book! And Rift is one of your few works that I don’t already own, so I’ll be keen on picking it up in electronic format.

Ralf The Dog. April 11, 2012 at 5:11 am

I created, perhaps the worst pun in human history (Rift, Groundbreaking…). Has anyone thrown vegetables well past their expiration date at me? Has anyone threatened to ban me from this board, this internet or this universe? Have I even gotten a, “Ralf, this board is for adults, please go play someplace else?”

Somehow, I feel quite dejected over not being dejected.

C K Derrick April 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I’m in for $40 for a third of City on Fire. I’ve been waiting for that since, like, the millenium and it’s worth at least $40.

wjw April 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I finally got the revision letters for Metropolitan, City on Fire, and the Rift. They were dated December 2010.

I had to wait a year and a half for something I’d owned for a year and a half.


John F. MacMichael April 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Please allow me to add my voice to the chorus calling for a sequel to Metropolitan/City on Fire.

DensityDuck April 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm

“[M]y agent hopes to resell the entire series, including a third book, to a new publisher.”

“I had to wait a year and a half for something I’d owned for a year and a half.”

That publisher deal better be a damn good deal. Like, “free pizza every day for the rest of your life plus a car” good.

wjw April 12, 2012 at 3:32 am

Sadly, this is typical of the glacial pace at which the publishing industry moves.

Bruce Arthurs April 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

Add my name to the list of people willing to shell out $40 for the third Metropolitan book.

Francis Spufford April 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

And add mine too, please. I won’t be buying ebooks of the first two, but that’s only because I already own them both in hardback. So please don’t take the ebook sales as representing an exact picture of the pent-up, tsunami-like demand for Vol 3 of Aiah and Constantine.

DensityDuck April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Was there an international version of Metropolitan, or something? Because the most recent copy I found on Scribd is…different. It sure ain’t what’s in my print copy.

wjw April 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

DD, the Scribd copy is pirated. So if it’s different, it’s nothing to do with me.

Henry Farrell April 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Count me in for $50, and for merciless pimping of any third book on a reasonably prominent blog (I imagine that Brad and Francis above could both be pressed into service too).

Francis Spufford April 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm


Mike Schilling January 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

I’m quite late to the party, but definitely in for $100 for the third coming of Miss Aiah. And I could blog-pimp it too.

pixlaw January 28, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Way way late to this conversation, although I’ll certainnly buy any sequel to Miss Aiah’s story, but what caught my eye was the comment by Francis Spufford. FRANCIS SPUFFORD? S

pixlaw January 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Way way late to this conversation, although I’ll certainly buy any sequel to Miss Aiah’s story, but what caught my eye was the comment by Francis Spufford. FRANCIS SPUFFORD? Same guy who wrote Unapologetic? How many F Spufford’s are there in the world ? If it IS the same guy, man, am I impressed. I mean I like your work Walter, and I keep buying it, but jeez, having Francis Spufford be a correspondent truly agogs me.

there. I’ve squeed enough.

wjw January 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Sometimes the world of the Internet just gives you a lovely present.

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