[ExI] POST MORTAL chugging on

Jonathan Meyer erathostenes at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 22:59:50 UTC 2007

I just read through what is published up to now. It has been a quite
interesting read and I am looking forward to see how it turns out..
There are a few small portions I would like to comment on.
You overdo it a bit when Alex is already building such elaborate
toys with the means he is expected to find at the home of a lawyer.. This is
one of the parts that hit me as most unrealistic, even in a SF-Story...
I think the strength of the story is being very close to the real now, build
on that.
On the part of publishing it this way, I am someone who likes to read
through good books in one seating, maybe it would have been a better ride if
I had catched up after the end of the story, without having to wait to
But as an experiment I really think this is a great idea.. Its reminding me
of the early start of novels like Dickens who was also published in
newspapers at first... Or of Webcomics like Mega Tokyo..
If you can use the chance this has, good luck.
Just keep an eye on the internal
consistency. Dont get to fantastic to soon. Keeps up the suspense a bit^^
Whatever, thanks for a good read.


On 6/10/07, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> At 10:48 AM 6/10/2007 -0700, Jef Allbright wrote:
> >I'm ... frustrated by the inefficiency
> >and "gappiness" of the experience, like listening to a good piece of
> >music in short segments
> Yes, I feared that might be the case. at least for some readers
> (luckily I've heard the contrary as well). It's hard for me to
> evaluate it, but I do read through each segment as it appears, and
> I'm pretty sure I'd be irritated by the lags. I'm glad we made sure
> that COSMOS agreed to leave all the chapters accumulating there.
> >I've nearly persuaded myself to wait and read it when completely
> >released
> That'd be fine with us. I understand that the on-line editor is
> seeing an interesting hit pattern, in which many readers appear to
> trail behind and catch up in flurries of episodes. If today's chapter
> shows N hits immediately, it will accumulate to 3N or 4N a few weeks
> later.
> (By the way: although I'm the fiction editor of the glossy pop sci
> print magazine COSMOS, I didn't buy this book from myself, which
> would be tacky; it was acquired by the original on-line editor and
> the chief editor [my boss], and edited/formatted  for the web by the
> current on-line editor.)
> >a price I'm willing to pay to keep up with your
> >writing.
> Well, mostly Barbara's writing, tweaked and edited by me, but we
> worked out the storyline closely together, starting in Australia and
> continuing internationally by email and finally combining forces
> again here in the States. Some stretches are largely by me, but I'll
> never tell which. :)  Strictly speaking, it would be more just to
> give the top billing to Barbara Lamar, but publishers like to keep
> the better-known name up the front.
> Damien Broderick
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