Confession: I have a tendency to use the “gift book” get out of jail free card quite a lot. It beats fruit cake. And the truth is, today’s online-searchable world opens up a buffet line of keywords to help you with complex family members. Aunt who loves dogs and knitting and Halloween? Yes. There is a book for that. Uncle with a passion for do-it-yourself and cheap wine? A book for that, too, as it happens. But maybe you have that most-feared of all acquaintances, the HISTORY BUFF. You know the sort: the one who stands up at the back of every single holiday movie to remind you that ‘it did not happen that way’–the one who corrects your anachronistic jokes, the one who wants to tell you how it USED to be. I know that type because, well, I am one. (TESLA DID NOT SAY THAT, she shouts at the television. Again.)
Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has put the company in crisis—and destructive tremors have reached a 2017 Oscar hopeful. Following the horrifying expose of Weinstein’s behavior (longstanding and devastating in reach), the company announced that The Current War release would be pushed into 2018, leaving its future in doubt. Chris Evangelista, writing for FILM, aptly summarized the plight in an October 15th article, suggesting that only “time will only tell when The Current War sees the light of day.” In fact, time, and light, operate at the center of film’s story…and the more interesting history behind its script.
CONTENDERS IN THE CURRENT WAR, HuffPost, Oct 17, 2017, by Brandy Schillace
A full month has transpired since the launch of CLOCKWORK FUTURES, so it’s time once again for Review and Share, your chance to gift a copy to a friend (or get a signed one for yourself!)
How it works:
1. Write a review for Amazon and Goodreads in the month of October.
2. Post to my FB page comments that you have done, with links
3. The first 10 will receive a free signed copy to be sent to any address (yours or a friend’s!)
Bonus Round: If, having done the above, you also post to another review site, post the same and win a copy of Death’s Summer Coat in the bargain for yourself, signed, sealed, and delivered.
“Schillace recounts the fascinating history of the real scientists and inventors who laid the foundations for our modern-day technology (such as Edison, Tesla and Volta), along with such fictional practitioners as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes. In a way, the book stands as a companion to Richard Holmes’s popular history “The Age of Wonder.” Entertaining and illuminating. […] It answers some questions I never even thought to ask.”—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
In #Cleveland? Come to the Clockwork Futures book launch! The night will start at the Dittrick Museum from 5:30-6:30 for a reading, then the party begin at 7 at Happy Dog with a costumed author presentation, a visit from Mr. Edison himself, and live music from JP and Friends! Books will be sold in both venues–come to one, come to both! Attendance is free, but please register for tickets so we know if there are enough seats!