Following his stint as writer in residence at the Science Museum in London last year, Tony White has now published his ‘Albertopolis Disparu’ short story book, which is available online as a PDF and in the museum while stocks last. In ‘Albertopolis Disparu’, Tony says:
I tell of my discovery in the Museum’s collection of papers ‘by author unknown’ that form a draft introduction to a hitherto uncatalogued work by the late science fiction author James Colvin. This now lost work of Colvin’s tells of a top secret telegraphic ‘listening post’ that was situated in museum buildings during World War One, and of its destruction in a mysterious zeppelin raid in 1916. James Colvin was a pseudonym created by the celebrated author Michael Moorcock when he was editor of the hugely influential New Worlds magazine in the 1960s.
He adds: “What this blurb doesn’t say is that the museum have revived their classic 1960s imprint ‘A Science Museum Booklet’ for the purpose, and that as well as being available in the listening post gallery it’s also being given away free with every purchase from the Science Museum branch of Waterstone’s. Cab drivers only can pick up a free copy from the Cabmen’s shelter opposite the V&A by the junction with Thurloe Place SW7, reviving the old tradition whereby “The shelters were also provided with [...] books and newspapers, most of them donated by the publishers or other benefactors.”
First posted: Wednesday, April 1st, 2009.