James Treadwell

author • pedestrian • misanthrope

The Final Instalment

Thank you to everyone who’se written in via this website to ask when the third book in the Advent trilogy will appear.

I’m sorry I can’t give a more helpful answer than “I don’t know.” I can tell you that it’s complete in a revised draft, and with the publishers. The rest is up to them. I think the plan is for UK/Commonwealth publication some time in the winter of 2014-15. I’m not sure what the plans are in the US.

Wovon Man nicht sprechen kann, darĂ¼ber muss Man schweigen, and all that

I can’t really pretend that I know my Wittgenstein from my Castle Wolfenstein, but still … If this famous principle (“About what cannot be spoken of, one can only remain silent”) means anything like what it appears to mean, then I can — unexpectedly, utterly inexplicably — vouch for its truth.

Or rather I can’t, because I can’t actually vouch for anything: “one can only remain silent.”

One way of saying it might be thus: it’s almost hilariously ironic that having written a book in which the protagonist experiences events which he knows to be impossible, I should now find myself in effectively the same situation.

Nevertheless, it happened. (Is still happening, in fact.)

As for what “it” is … Silence is the only sensible option. Fortunately I’m a writer of fantastic fictions, so I’ll be able to write it down and no one will be required to believe a word.

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