Free Jules Verne novel to download

In case you missed it, here's a reminder that we now have a very special free download on the main Solaris website. The book that inspired Adam Roberts' superlative Splinter was Jules Verne's obscure late novel Hector Servadac aka Off on a Comet. The mighty Adam has prepared a new translation of the Verne novel, the first for over a hundred years, and even reinstated some chapters excised in the original English edition. All this, together with a swathe of learned and pithy footnotes from Professor Roberts, is now up for free download as a PDF file.

That natty cover, meanwhile, is for the physical edition, which we made in a 1000-only, signed and numbered, slipcased edition together with Splinter, exclusively for UK bookchain Waterstones. Yes, they do international mail order. And yes, you better hurry.

5 comments:

Niall said...

Has the slipcased edition actually, definitely been published now? My local Waterstone's has told me several times that it will be in by day x, and then pushed day x back. (Originally they said August 27th, IIRC).

marco said...

I have a copy in my hands right here (lovely it is too), so you should have yours any moment.

Mark Chitty said...

I asked my girlfriend to pick this up the other ready for my birthday as I found the idea very interesting. I'm just hoping that she picked up this limited edition one rather than than normal one - I can only hope!

Niall said...

Marco -- is that definitely the limited slipcased edition? My local Waterstone's still didn't have the copy I ordered today, and phoned the distributor (HarperCollins, apparently) while I was standing there; they said publication has been delayed again, this time with no date forthcoming. But there were copies of the regular edition on the shelves ...

Niall said...

It arrived today! And is, indeed, terribly terribly lovely.