More personal stuff about Rob and Thomas

I have been disappointed by the repeated set-backs of the release date of Albatross and Shimmer, but I understand the WordFirePress is a developing company, and Kevin J. Anderson is a very kind and funny man when I write to him personally. (With his schedule, I wonder how he can answer at all.)

I feared that having set the novels about 25 years in the future, the long delay would make them irrelevant. In my last proofread, (Nancy being discommoded by a hurricane,) I found they were even more relevant than when we started. Unfortunately.

Again, let me be clear that the action set in Britain wasn’t supposed to be about Britain. There is simply less danger of getting shot for saying something which might be offensive to a person in Britain.

Now some personal stuff: I had thought of the books as a sort of double act, with Rob MacAulay and Thomas as equal characters. Nancy made it clear in her enthusiasms that Rob was a more important character. I had a bit of internal difficulty accepting this, because a lot of Thomas is based on myself. But, she was right. Collaboration can open one’s eyes.

I do hope, after all this, that someone reads these books.