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Real-Time World + 2

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: GrimGrin Studios (30 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955973538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955973536
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,769,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Many fans of CP have been wondering why this new paperback edition of 'Real Time World' has two extra stories not present in the handsome hardcover reissue of 2008. Well, the fact is that CP simply forgot about the existence of the two tales, only recalling them after the hardcover was printed (serious fans will know of his period of retroactive amnesia in childhood that inspired 'The Glamour', so this lapse has all of the enigmatic resonance of the man's work). Completists will want the new paperback (it has a different cover design and slightly extended new introduction too) as both stories only appeared in fairly obscure anthologies and have never previously been collected. I'll cover them at the end of this review.

Here's what I said about the hardcover edition:

'Real-Time World' was the first collection of Chris Priest stories. It was issued in 1974 as a hardcover by NEL, followed by a paperback from the same firm and has been out of print for at least thirty years. Scarce even in paperback, it's a really rare book in hardback (every copy I've ever seen - and I've only seen a few after decades of collecting Priest -is in a hell of a state). Therefore, this hardcover reissue, which features all the original contents including the introduction plus a new updated essay from the author, is very welcome indeed.

These are the early Priest SF stories that made print in various magazines (the companion volume, 'Ersatz Wines', also from Grim Grin Studios, features mostly previously unpublished stories). Some are admittedly the work of a writer finding his voice and place in the world of late sixties-early seventies British New Wave SF, but most are important in allowing devotees an insight into the emergent career of one of Britain's most gifted and original writers.
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