The website has long been in need of a major overhaul and has
received a slight one, although at present we have no plans to
publish further Ansible E-ditions titles. If we had some laurels
handy, we'd be resting on them.
We are sad that AE author David I.
Masson died in February. Added to this site in memoriam:
his essay "Some Thoughts
on Language in Science Fiction" (1970), giving personal
insight into several of his own stories.
All John Sladek's collections are now available from
Cosmos/Wildside. In chronological order:
The Steam-Driven Boy,
Keep the Giraffe Burning,
Alien Accounts and
The Lunatics of Terra
are co-published by Cosmos and Ansible E-ditions, as is the short
book Wholly Smokes.
In addition, Cosmos/Wildside is also the current publisher of the
Uncollected John Sladek, edited and typeset by David
The Cosmos Books/Ansible E-ditions co-publishing scheme
continues. John Sladek's collection Keep
the Giraffe Burning became available in late 2004. Then
came long delays while Cosmos moved to new American premises, with
attendant disasters and the loss of their (our) regular jacket
designer. Now we have caught up: the remaining Sladek collections
The Lunatics of Terra
and The Steam-Driven Boy
have all been (re)delivered to Cosmos for imminent publication....
After extremely unsophisticated comparisons of Ansible E-ditions
sales in the e-book and POD formats (the latter as part of our
co-publishing arrangement with Cosmos), we are shifting our
emphasis to printed books. Feedback is very welcome.
For some time we had been preparing new editions of all four
story collections published by John Sladek in his lifetime:
The Steam-Driven Boy
with its famous sf parodies, Keep
the Giraffe Burning, Alien
Accounts, and The
Lunatics of Terra, which has never before appeared in
paperback. All but the first have now been digitally typeset,
allotted ISBNs, and delivered to Cosmos Books.
Print-on-Demand editions. This is
good news for readers who prefer books as physical objects rather
than electronic texts. We have arranged a co-publishing deal with
Cosmos Books, an
imprint of Wildside Press
– perhaps America's most prolific publisher of SF and
fantasy in print-on-demand format. Ansible E-ditions supplies
Cosmos with books in fully typeset electronic form –
designed for print. Both our initial e-books, David I. Masson's
The Caltraps of Time
and John Sladek's Wholly
Smokes appeared as Cosmos print editions in 2003.