The Week Ahead 09.07.12

Rose FoxAndrew AlbaneseA ruling in the e-book price-fixing case comes sooner than later, even as publishers tally up e-book sales and find hefty gains. But equally hefty legal bills and settlement costs cut deeply into the bottom line.

“For all the public comments, and for all the filings by interested parties, this settlement was always going to happen,” Andrew Albanese, features editor at Publishers Weekly, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “In her ruling, Judge Denise Cote makes clear that she believes the law instructs her to defer to the settling parties, which she has done. And, don’t forget, this is what the settling publishers wanted.”

Upon his recent death, Neil Armstrong was celebrated around the world as the first man on the moon. In PW’s forthcoming focus on Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Rose Fox has the verdict on a novel that counts Armstrong not as first , but the fifth to take a lunar stroll.

“It’s 2019, fifty years after Apollo 11,” Fox says of the setting for Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick’s The Cassandra Project. “Nebula-winner McDevitt and Hugo-winner Resnick mix conspiracy theories into classic SF ideas pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and Poul Anderson, producing what our reviewer calls a somewhat rushed spacesuit-and-dagger yarn that reads more like 1969 than 2019.”

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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