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Getting Naked: An American Werewolf in London Revealed Getting Naked: An American Werewolf in London Revealed: an interview with David Naughton
conducted by Sandy Auden
On getting his first movie role:
"The object of those campaigns was to convert people to being Dr Pepper drinkers and the whole four year experience of those commercials really put me on the map and gave me national exposure in the US, because they were successful and aired a lot. I was under a standard contract with Dr Pepper -- which basically meant I couldn't do commercials for other soft drinks -- and I was doing personal appearances for them out on the west coast when this whole werewolf thing came up. Hey, there's a movie being directed by the fellow who did the Blues Brothers and Animal House."

Oracle's Queen Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling
reviewed by Sherwood Smith
Tamír is now a girl, and a queen -- but she's not left to sit idly on a throne and charm all who see her. Instead, she has to get used to being a girl while coping with the detritus of battle, and of a war-torn kingdom. Under threat from beyond its borders. She also has to deal with Korin, who was once her friend. He cannot believe in her transformation -- a decision fostered by the mage Niryn, who has his own motivations for doing what he does.

The Twisted Root of Jaarfindor The Twisted Root of Jaarfindor by Sean Wright
reviewed by Jakob Schmidt
In line with royal traditions, young Princess Lia-Va has killed her much despised father. But she holds no interest in the throne that is rightfully hers now: an inner voice drives her onto a journey in search of a legendary root, the last piece of a magic puzzle which has been her sole obsession for years. Unfortunately, the roots that are the pieces of this puzzle are also a highly addictive and sought after drug, and Lia-Va's quest itself is turning more and more into a search for the next fix...

The Painted Bride The Painted Bride by Stephen Gallagher
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Frank Tanner's wife, Carol, has disappeared. He claims the woman has deserted him and their kids, leaving without notice for who knows where with who knows whom. But Carol's sister, Molly, a former drug addict, thinks she knows better and tries to convince the police that Frank is responsible for the disappearance, hinting that he may have murdered the woman. On the other hand, Molly appears to be so clumsy and unreliable that her accusations remain not only unproven, but very unlikely.

Feeling Very Strange Feeling Very Strange edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This may be the most self-conscious anthology to come along since Mirrorshades, the definitive cyberpunk anthology. And despite Annie Savoy's self-awareness observation in Bull Durham, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Creative expression requires some degree of self-consciousness, an artist needs at the least an internal idea from which to work. What sets it apart is the proclamatory nature of its self-awareness, the editors and writers contained within are consciously searching to create something new, something that doesn't fit within the usual publishing conventions.

Jack of Ravens Jack of Ravens by Mark Chadbourn
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Jack 'Church' Churchill, hero of the Age of Misrule series, has been thrown back in time by the enemy of Existence, to Celtic Britain. He has a sword of the gods in his hand, but no knowledge of how he got there, and only sketchy memories of his past battles. The one thing that is crystal clear, is his enduring love for Ruth Gallagher, who is now 2,000 years into the future from where he stands. Abducted into the Far Lands, Church plans to wait out time there, until the age where Ruth can be found rolls around. Unfortunately for him, but happily for readers, Existence and its enemies have other plans.

New Arrivals New Arrivals
compiled by Neil Walsh
Some of the highlights passing through the SF Site office at the moment include the latest from Raymond E. Feist, Whitley Strieber, Jennifer Fallon, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, plus new editions of classics from Carol Emshwiller, Howard Waldrop, Robert A. Heinlein, and new collections from some of the best anthologists in the business, like Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, Stephen Jones, and Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers his thoughts on some of the new and returning TV shows for the first part of the 2006-2007 season. He also gives us a list of what to watch on TV in October.

Second Looks

A Maze of Death A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick
reviewed by Martin Lewis
In this universe of empirical theology, a small group of colonists wait on an alien planet. They do not know why. They all believe that as soon as the final colonist joins them they will at last discover why they have been sent there. This is not to be. Just like the Telephone Hygiene Officers in Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide, the reader is left with a nagging feeling they have simply been selected for this mission because no-one else wants them.

The Magic Ring The Magic Ring by Baron de la Motte Fouqué
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The book, eruditely and seamlessly mixing elements of Arthurian and later chivalric romances, Norse/Germanic myths, Gothic trappings, and Christian-chivalric ethics, is a clear precursor to William Morris' mediaeval romances, George Macdonald's spiritual fantasies, and to Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung. Macdonald's fantasies and particularly his works on literary theory, along with and Morris' early fantasy works are known to have been an influence on Tolkien, and some more extreme views argue that Tolkien's distaste for Wagner and what his work represented led him to write The Lord of the Rings as an cultural antidote to that of Wagner.

The Lord Of Terror The Lord Of Terror by Marcel Allain
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Thought to have sunk with Fantômas on the S.S. Gigantic, Juve and Fandor suddenly find themselves alive and well in c. 1925 Marseilles. When diplomat Léon de Vautreuil serves as courier for millions in diamonds, strange things begin to happen around Paris, his sister, known to be on a ship to South America, mysteriously returns home unable to speak, and the family's clearly dead dog has come back to life.

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