Powers, Tim

One of the greatest science fiction/fantasy novels ever published, 'The Anubis Gates' takes literary history, lycanthropy, the Knights Templar, and a bizarre cast of characters into one of the most original and memorable time travel stories ever published. It won the 1983 Philip K. Dick Award for best original science fiction paperback.The book is seen as one of the founding novels of the steampunk genre (the term is dated to a 1987 letter to Locus Magazine by SF writer K.W. Jeter, who wrote that "Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like 'steampunks', perhaps").

Powers himself, though, seems to resist this sort of categorisation; he "seemed a bit bemused about the term", according to Steampunk Scholar, who met him last year, "although he's not dismissive of being included within the steampunk umbrella, or parasol". He continues: "Powers is a superior writer; he just happens to have no higher agenda, exemplified best by his comment at the Eaton conference regarding Dracula. He related how people often tell him Bram Stoker's novel is about the situation of women in the 19th century, to which he replies: 'Really? I thought it was about a creature who stays immortal by drinking blood.'"

So along come Centipede Press to attempt to give 'The Anubis Gates’ the ultimate edition, and it truly must rank as one of the most sumptuous editions ever done:

This edition features 10 full page, full color illustrations by David Palumbo. These are exceptional paintings and perfectly compliment the text. Palumbo wrote: "I was new to Powers’ work when approached about this edition, but became instantly hooked. There was so much rich visual material to choose from it was actually difficult to narrow down the scenes that I wanted to paint. I think I easily had ideas for twice as many as I could use. In the end, many choices were made based on the narrative flow and overall story which the images would make as a whole. The chosen scenes tended to be mostly night or otherwise dark, often torchlit, which seemed to be the setting for most of the key moments and I love the mood which it communicates. Doyle’s adventure is full of mystery and shadows and there’s certainly never a dull moment."

The book is designed by Jacob McMurray, and he also created a fold-out map of London and an infographic regarding the exploits of Dog-Faced Joe. These inserts are simply astonishing and complement the text and book design. Each copy is signed by Powers, Palumbo, and McMurray in a handsome four-page signature insert. The book is bound in imported cloth and housed in a slipcase that can only be called unique.

The book is typeset in Monotype Bulmer, designed in London by William Martin in the early 1790s. It is a period typeface that perfectly captures the time and setting of the novel. It is printed in two colors throughout. The book is bound in Suedeluxe with a lenticular image on the front board. Other extras include a top-edge stain, printed endpapers, ribbon markers, reinforced binding, and a gorgeous, heavy paper. 

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Dust jacket and interior illustrations by J. K. Potter

The last will of their suicide aunt requires that Scott and Madeline Madden return to Caveat, the vast old Hollywood Hills house they grew up in—and they soon learn that what they had thought was a shared childhood nightmare twenty years ago is in fact all too real.

Their strange, reclusive cousins, Claimayne and Ariel, are deeply involved in using a form of the Medusa—living two-dimensional psychoactive patterns known as “spiders”—to prolong their own lives and even hijack the lives of others…

Scott and Madeline are tumbled into the Medusa's web, and find themselves struggling in a tangle of lives and deaths extending back to the earliest days of Hollywood, fracturing timelines in the past and fleeing from predators in the present, inexorably bound for a showdown with the voracious ghost of their aunt and the entity which is the oldest and most powerful of the spiders.

The Subterranean Press edition of Medusa’s Web will be oversize, with a dust jacket and number of illustrations by J.K. Potter, housed in a custom slipcase.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies

  

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