How much did Steven Brust like the cover of his forthcoming collaboration with Skyler White, The Incrementalists? This much: he wrote a song in persona as the author who’s head-over-heels about their cover art.
Current project is miserably failing
Can’t figure out what happens now.
I don’t know to whom it should happen
And I haven’t a clue as to how.
Romantic sub-plot is a problem
Cuz I just killed off the guy’s lover.
It’s a failure as lit
But I don’t give a shit
BECAUSE I JUST SAW MY NEW COVER
The Incrementalists are a secret society of two hundred people; an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about just how to accomplish this is older than most of their individual memories.
Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste—and argued with her—for most of the last four hundred years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules—not incrementally, and not for the better.
Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world.
The Incrementalists will be published as a Tor hardcover on September 24, 2013. The cover was designed by BaseArtCo.