ONLY SUPERHUMAN: It’s a book — well, it’s an ARC!
The folks at Tor sent over some uncorrected advance reading copies of Only Superhuman. These are paperback printings of the second-pass galleys (so despite the “uncorrected,” they incorporate all the edits I asked for, except for a few bits in the appendix which should be fixed in the final book), intended for sending out to reviewers and such for advance publicity. I gather they’re mainly for sending to book reviewers in magazines that have a publishing lead time of several months, so that they can get reviews published in a timely fashion.
Aside from being in paperback (and having a cropped version of the cover painting, presumably because the hardback cover is a bit larger), it’s apparently representative of the look and feel of the finished product. So it’s pretty cool to get to hold it in my hands and page through it. It’s the next best thing to getting the actual book come October.
I put a copy on my science fiction bookshelf, as I’ve been waiting to do for a very long time. It’s sitting between Timescape by Gregory Benford and The Stars, My Destination by Alfred Bester. A pretty cool place to be.
It’s actually a thinner book than I expected, though that could be due to the paper stock or something. And I guess it’s not that long a book; the final draft came out to around 115,000 words, and of course a hardcover or trade paperback can fit more words per page. And no doubt the hardcover’s, uh, hard cover will add more thickness.