It seems to me that it is a long time since we have been in the state where of my 'big 3' authors, only one has an announced forthcoming book - Coupland with jPod next year. Both Gibson and Stephenson (yes, Virginia, despite my revisionism and lack of interest in the Baroque cycle he is still on the list) are still being described as authors of their last works rather than their next weeks - in the case of Gibson this was true even in the latest Wired. At least the new Fforde is out, which came as a pleasant surprise to me as I had forgotten about it when I happened upon a pile in Blackwells. Not as big a pile as the piles of Harry Potter and the Half Arsed Prince sitting rather forlornly I thought in Blackwells, Borders and Tescos. Despite its alleged enormous success I predict deep discounting.