From The Desk of Steve Englehart II
But when I decided to quit comics a fourth time or whatever it's been, I had an idea. What if Max himself had learned the art of being Timeless, say in 1985, and had not aged since then? Stories about immortal guys are almost always about guys who are 500 years old, but what about a guy who was now just twenty years into it, forever in the prime of his life, as his friends began to age or even die? What about a guy who was just 20 years into it and was really understanding that he could well be around in 2050, in 2100, in 2500? How would a guy like that view the world and the people in it? I think he would care very deeply about the world's survival and its people's freedom, because he'll be living in that world with those people.
So I wrote The Long Man. It takes that guy and puts him in the here-and-now, once again up against the people who threaten the world. In 1980 that was the international Communist conspiracy. Today it's the Neocon conspiracy, which is not going to end with the election next week.
And so we get to the news. The Long Man was bought by Tor, who will publish it in a little over six months, just in time for your summer reading. But beyond that, Tor liked it well enough to ask for two more books, and to decide to reissue The Point Man. That reissue and the third book, The Plain Man, will be out in 2010, and the fourth book, The Cubic Man, in 2011, and then we shall see what we shall see.
I can also announce that the cover art will be by Tomer Hanuka. You can see samples of his work at http://www.thanuka.com/, which will tell you why I'm so excited about that. If you're a comics guy, which you probably are if you're getting this, you can appreciate his art as great modern comics - and if you're not a comics guy, you can see it as New Yorker-type illustration. Win/win.