I was recently interviewed by the Plain Text Project website. It was a fun interview to do as it gave me a chance to talk about my writing workflow and my use of plain text for initial drafts.
Scott Nesbitt has been running the website for the past three years and has done a great job putting together a set of articles on all things to do with working with plain text. One of his sources of inspiration was an article of mine called "Living in a Single Text File" which recounted my experiences doing all my work (notes, articles, planning, etc.) in just one EMACS file. I wrote the piece originally in 2006 and republished it, on a whim, on this website when I launched it, almost five years ago. It continues to both amuse and surprise me that to this day it ranks at, or near, the top of my visitor traffic each month!
Anyway, Scott's website is well worth taking a look at. I thoroughly recommend having a browse there.
P.S. And yes, a plain text version of CHRONOS is available for all you die-hards!
The latest edition of the Crypto Asset podcast features an interview with me talking about the latest speculation concerning the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. It's available via all the usual sources of podcast material, including Apple Podcasts.
A big thank you to George, Greg and Dave for having me on their programme.
The video of my CoinFest UK talk on the mysteries surrounding Satoshi Nakamoto is now available. It's always a fun presentation to give and I would like to thank all those who came along to listen, despite the relatively early hour.
It's now confirmed that my CoinFestUK talk will take place at 10.15 AM on the first day of the conference, Thursday April 4th. It's always a great buzz around CoinFest events and I'm looking forward to spending a couple of days in Manchester.
I'm delighted to have been invited to present my Satoshi Nakamoto talk at this year's CoinFestUK in the wonderful city of Manchester. The complete programme hasn't yet been published but I'm due to talk sometime on the first morning, Thursday April 4th. Last year's event was great fun and I'm sure that this year will be just as good.
This is a recording of the presentation that I gave at CoinFest UK back in April. Thanks to all those attendees who turned up to listen, despite the early starting time, and a particular thank you to those who asked all the great questions at the end.
A couple of people have contacted me today about an issue with my electronic store. If PayPal is selected as the means of payment, when the "Continue to PayPal" button is clicked the web page hangs, endlessly displaying a "Please Wait" message.
I investigated the issue this evening and think that I've found the cause of the problem - it was the way that the chronosthenovel.com domain was being forwarded. Fingers crossed, everything should now work.
So, if you have been having problems using the store, please try again now - you should find that you're now able to complete your order. If you're still running into difficulties, get in touch and I'll do some more investigation.
Thanks for your patience with this matter and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Just a quick note to say that "CHRONOS" is now available as a hardback book. You can purchase an autographed copy through my electronic store.
As a thank you to those who buy the physical version of my book, I've added an appendix to the book with exclusive content that is not available in any of the ebook versions. See what my original design for the front cover looked like! Take a look at the diagrams that I drew to help explain Cube's operation!
About a third of the way into CHRONOS, there's an important scene set in the Computer History Museum, located about half an hour's drive away from San Francisco. More than a few readers had visited the real museum but had never heard of the Visual Storage room. Was this an invention of my imagination, they wondered?
My answer is that the room not only most definitely exists, but it's the highlight of the whole museum! I visited in 2009 and spent far more time in there, perusing through the rows upon rows of historical computers, than I did in the rest of the place!
The doorway to it used to be rather tucked away but I'm told that it is better signposted since the museum's new entrance was opened. As you enter the museum, look to your left and you'll see the corridor that leads to it.
You can get a sense of the wide range of computers on display in the room via the Museum's website.
It's been great fun interacting with CHRONOS readers over the past six weeks. I'm delighted that so many have taken the time to write to me and let me know how much they enjoyed reading my story.
A question that I get asked time and time again is whether or not there will be a sequel. Some readers interpreted the epilogue in Chapter 50 as creating the opportunity for a follow-up novel.
The short answer is no.
The slightly longer answer is, well of course if someone were to offer me a million pounds for a sequel, I would sit down and do my best to come up with one. But, aside from that unlikely scenario, I have no plans to revisit the CHRONOS world or its characters.
I'm not a big fan of long, drawn-out multi-volume sagas and so, right from its inception, I wanted CHRONOS to be a self-contained, stand-alone story. I feel that I have told the story that I set out to tell in this universe, with these characters, and have no plans to return.