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Mostly, though, we enjoy hearing what you have to say about the SF Site. No publishing enterprise can survive long without paying close attention to its audience, and we're no different. If you've got a comment or thoughtful suggestion, or if you just want to complain about that durned dead link, we want to hear about it.


The Truth about Donnerjack

From: Kevin Whitmore


Your review of Donnerjack [by Neil Walsh, August, 1998] was basically great, but since you indicated that you were interested in knowing about any errors, I thought we'd tell you about one. Roger didn't leave a detailed outline of Donnerjack. He never outlined. Not ever. Donnerjack was no exception. Jane [Lindskold] told us that they did discuss the book at some length, but she did have to plan out what wasn't there all on her own. Anyhow, thanks.

Kevin,
Thanks for the illuminating note, and for putting us in touch with Zelazny's posthumous co-author, Jane Lindskold, to confirm it. Our comments on the outline were taken directly from the press release that acompanied our review copy. And while we can understand Avon's reasons for making those statements -- as dedicated Zelazny fans, the existance of a detailed set of notes concerning the end of the book was exactly what we wanted to hear -- we've since found that, as is often the case, the truth is vastly more interesting.

Lindskold's courage and dedication in completing the novel on her own were quite inspiring, especially considering the finished product made the SF Site 1997 Year's Best List. As Neil Walsh put it after hearing the tale, "I'm even more impressed with the work Jane Lindskold did to make this read like a Zelazny novel"

Welcome to SharpWriter.com

Hi, this is John Cullen of Clocktower Fiction/Outside. How are you? Just thought I'd let you know that a new website is born today:

http://www.sharpwriter.com

that should be a help to all writers everywhere. Don't know if you have a spot to post it -- maybe you do, or maybe you can just use it yourself. Later!

John,
Very sharp indeed! I'm certain that we can find a prominent place for it in our writer's resources lists. Nice work all around, by the way -- it went right into our bookmarks, and we're sure we'll be using it often.

A Word from Tachyon Publications


My name is Jacob Weisman, and I am the Editor and Publisher of Tachyon Publications, a small science fiction and fantasy press based in San Francisco, CA. The SF Site is one of our favorite sites, and we have listed it on the "links" page of our web site. We were hoping that, since the SF Site has such an extensive collection of publisher, author, and SF links, you would be interested in including our website and/or my personal link in the list.

You can check us out at

http://www.tachyonpublications.com

and check me out at http://www.tachyonpublications.com/weisman.html. We publish such authors as Peter S. Beagle, Avram Davidson, Jack McDevitt, Stanley Weinbaum, and others.

Sincerely,
Jacob Weisman
Editor and Publisher

Jacob,
No need to introduce yourself -- we're very well aware of Tachyon, and the terrific work you've done in the last two years. We'd be honored to include both you and Tachyon in our various lists at the SF Site -- Tachyon on our publishers page, and you with our writers.

Your website, incidently, is magnificant. It's one of the most cleanly designed and graphically impressive sites we've seen in a very long time. My compliments to both you and Michael Dashow, the designer. We're sorely tempted to hire you both to help out with our upcoming site re-design, but we strongly suspect we couldn't afford you. :>.

Adding a Convention

From: Jocelyn Dague

How do I get a convention on the SF Site convention list?

Jocelyn
The best way is to bombard our conventions editor, Alex von Thorn, with info, vague threats, and small untraceable bribes. You can reach him at alex@worldhouse.com.


A Canadian Conspiracy

Hi, I'm Linda Reames Fox, 50% of Jocelin Foxe the author of The Wild Hunt Vengeance Moon. The review [by Regina Lynn Preciado; September] was wonderful, and we're both very pleased with it.
The Wild Hunt: Vengeance Moon

However, I felt I should mention that Joyce and I are not Canadian. I'm from Southern Indiana, and she's from Northern Indiana. (I suppose that means Jocelin Foxe is from Central Indiana.) So, in the interests of anyone who might try and reach us in Canada, or Indiana, could you please make a change to the biographical note on the side?

And thank you for reviewing our book.

Linda,
Sorry for the error. Our fact checker has been taken out and shot. Oddly enough, he was Canadian (like most of our staff), and we're now investigating the possibility of a wider conspiracy.

The Campbell Awards

From: Jim Van Pelt

I've been working on a project that you might be interested in:

The rough draft version of the Campbell Award Eligible Authors web site is now available for your perusal. Comments are welcome. Advice on how to disseminate the info about it as far and as wide as possible would be great.

http://www.sff.net/campbell-awards

In a couple of weeks it should be totally functional. If the site builds the way I hope, and actually lists most of the eligible authors, and if you decide your readers might be interested, would you consider a link to it from the SF Site?

Jim,
I think the concept behind the site is a particularly good idea. And of course we'd be glad to link to it. Since you sent us this note, your site has already made a number of improvements, and we're certain it'll be heavily used around Award time. Congrats on the site, and please be sure to keep us updated.

A Gap in the Riftwar

From: Ledward Kalani

I like Raymond E. Feist's books and have read the first three in his Riftwar Saga. I was wondering if you could tell me in what order the other books fall into. Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master and Silverthorn are really good, and I would like to continue to read such greatly written works of art. If you could, please forward a list of the books in order. A list of his newer collections would be great as well.

Gladly. Raymond E. Feist's books are, in order:
The Riftwar Saga: Magician (published in paperback as Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master), Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon.


The Empire Series (with Janny Wurts): Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire.

The Midkemia books: Prince of the Blood, The King's Buccaneer.

The Serpentwar Saga: Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, and Shards of a Broken Crown.

The Riftwar Legacy: Krondor the Betrayal (forthcoming)

More David Gemmell

Just wanted to say excellent job on the SF Site. David Gemmell is my favorite heroic fantasy author, and I was glad to see his name appear sometimes on the SF Site, but not overwhelmingly. In fact, the website/tribute site list for him (iol.ie.~something) is a dead link. I have a gemmell fan site if you are interested in updating that area. The URL is:

www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/5025/gemmell.html

There are no frames or pop-ups or anything severely annoying about it.

Anyways, Great job... it looks like a hard thing to create, but I love the outcome.

Jaye

Thanks for your email. David Gemmell is one of our favorites, too, ever since his modern classic appeared on this side of the Atlantic. We've added your link to our Author's section, at www.sfsite.com/scribe/scribe07.htm.

Next issue

Armageddon Summer
In the October issue of the SF Site we'll have reviews of several exciting recent releases, including:

Bloodlines by William R. Burkett, Jr.
Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville
Silicon Sunset by Scott T. Grusky
What Rough Book: Dark Poems and Light by Keith Allen Daniels

Plus, our usual columns and detailed New Arrivals feature. Be sure to join us on October 1. We'll be here.



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