Latest in the new Tim Powers releases comes in the form of novella entitled "Salvage and Demolition" which will be published in December 2012 by Subterranean Press. Novella will have some 160 pages and will come as trade hardcover and limited, 350 copies signed numbered edition.
Here's the synopsis:
Salvage and Demolition, the astonishing new 21,000 word novella by Tim Powers, begins when Richard Blanzac, a San Francisco-based rare book dealer, opens a box of consignment items and encounters the unexpected. There, among an assortment of literary rarities, he discovers a manuscript in verse, an Ace Double Novel, and a scattering of very old cigarette butts. These commonplace objects serve as catalysts for an extraordinary--and unpredictable--adventure.
Without warning, Blanzac finds himself traversing a "circle of discontinuity" that leads from the present day to the San Francisco of 1957. Caught up in that circle are an ancient Sumerian deity, a forgotten Beat-era poet named Sophie Greenwald, and an apocalyptic cult in search of the key to absolute non-existence. With unobtrusive artistry, Powers weaves these elements into something strange and utterly compelling. The resulting story is at once a romance, a thriller, and the kind of intricately constructed time travel story that only the author of The Anubis Gates--that quintessential time travel classic--could have written. Ingenious, affecting, and endlessly inventive, Salvage and Demolition is a compact gem from the pen of a modern master, a man whose singular creations never fail to dazzle and delight.
Salvage and Demolition will be printed in two colors throughout, copiously illustrated by J. K. Potter.
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