Doughnuts: An Original Short Story by James P. Blaylock 1st LTD Signed Powers Copy
Authors: James P. Blaylock
Location: Royal Oak, Michigan
Publisher: An Airtight Seels Allied Production (ASAP)
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: As New
Features: Tim Powers' personal copy. Signed and inscribed upside down on the title page, "(My personal copy of this book) Tim Powers". Marked "P.C. 2" on the limitation page. Signed on the limitation page by James P. Blaylock, Viki Blaylock, Phil Parks, Lewis Shiner, Tim Powers, Lucius Shepard, and Lewis Shiner. Black leather binding with gilt lettering and illustration plate to cover. Signed photo, and signed original handwritten page, framed and mounted to the inside covers of the leather folding slipcase. Gilt lettering and mounted illustration plate to the case cover. No dust jacket as issued.
Tim Powers is best known for his work in the style of “secret histories.” This literary genre expresses an alternate, or revisionist, interpretation of a historical event that has been ignored or intentionally suppressed by scholars. These events may be real or fictional, but the motive of a fresh interpretation is to enlighten the audience to a perspective they would have otherwise been ignorant. For Tim Powers, a secret history novel would include supernatural elements, creating a piece that sits happily among other works of fantasy and sci-fi. Powers had close relationships with other significant authors of the sci-fi community, including Philip K Dick. In Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was later produced as the Bladerunner series, the character “David” was based on Powers. In Power’s novel Declare he explained his view on history and the way that he engaged with it in his works, “I made it an ironclad rule that I could not change or disregard any of the recorded facts, nor rearrange any days of the calendar – and then I tried to figure out what momentous, but unrecorded fact could explain them all.”
James P. Baylock is best known as one of the pioneering authors of the steampunk genre of science fiction. Along with Tim Powers, Blaylock was mentored by Philip K. Dick, whose influence is significant to the genre of science fiction. At Cal State Fullerton, the young Powers and Blaylock created a fictional poet, William Ashbless, who made appearances in Powers' The Anubis Gates, and Blaylock's The Digging Leviathan. Blaylock and Powers collaborated on many other stories including "The Better Boy", "On Pirates", and "The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook."