Rocket 88



Rich Wilson





The first in-depth investigation into one of England’s most enigmatic and engaging bands, Time Flies is the second book by Rich Wilson, the author of the acclaimed Lifting Shadows, the Authorised biography of Dream Theater. Drawing on original interviews with former band members, friends and colleagues, Rich has compiled a fascinating history of Porcupine Tree.

Time Flies describes the genesis of Porcupine Tree from founder Steven Wilson’s bedroom through their entire existence, reviewing their seventeen year career and ten studio albums. Drawing on original and archive interviews with band members, friends and people connected to Porcupine Tree, this unauthorised biography offers a perfectly complete critical look at arguably the UK’s last great prog rock band.

One book, two editions

The book is available in two versions, both produced to the highest standards. The Classic edition is a 272-page hardback presented in a choice of four different cover designs. The Signature edition includes the Classic edition in a specially designed presentation box, which is signed by the author and comes with 3 unpublished 10×8 photographs exclusive to the book.

Feature Classic edition Signature edition
Jacketed hardback 

272 pages

Specially commissioned jacket illustrations
Choice of jacket from 4 new and 
original artworks
Presentation box
Signed by Rich Wilson
3 unpublished b/w 10x8 photographic prints
PRICE £30 £60
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Key points

  • Choose the jacket design of your choice

  • Available as a special first edition with exclusive unpublished photographic prints

  • Choce of jacket designs only available here

  • DISCLAIMER: Time Flies: The Porcupine Tree Story has not been endorsed, authorised, approved, or licensed by Porcupine Tree, their management, or any affiliated entities or companies. This is an unofficial publication.


Time Flies is available in a choice of four specially created cover designs for the Classic edition.
The Signature edition is only available with the black cover, but comes in a special presentation box.

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Books with extra thrust

Based in London, Rocket 88 are a small team of believers. Believers in music, in art, in history, in stories and in rock ‘n’ roll. But don’t take our word for it – here’s a sample of what artists, fans and reviewers are saying about our previous books. You’ll find even more on our main site.

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“I have read the book cover to cover within 2 weeks. Once I started, I could not put it down.”


brandon manchego
on Lifting Shadows
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“Beautifully packaged, eruditely written and full of insight … Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art”

Mojo on Barrett
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“The story of Opeth as told by the band, illustrated with rare and previously unseen photos.”


Got questions? we’ve got answers

We’ve posted the answers to the most frequently asked questions below, but you can also ask us something via email, Facebook or Twitter.


Who is publishing the book?
The book is published by Rocket 88, you can see some of our other books here
When was the book published?
The book was published in December 2017 in the UK.
Where can I get the book?
The book will only be available from Rocket 88 initially.
Will I be able to get the book anywhere else?
It will be available to order from book retailers in a short while, but it will always be available at the lowest cost from Rocket88—you will not see it discounted on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


Where do you ship to?
We have warehouses in the USA, the UK and the EU and ship to most countries around the world.
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This page has not answered my question. Now what?
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