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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.


Links on the Blink

From: Diane Duane

Hi there!

[Cover]
I stumbled across what looks (from the blurb) to be a very nice review of Book of Night with Moon [in our February 1998 issue]... but I can't *read* it. Either the file isn't there, and keeps throwing me back to the main homepage for the month, or else my browser is having some kind of nervous breakdown.

Any chance you might e-mail me that page?

Many thanks! -- Diane

Urk. Well, that was what professional DJ's call "a technical glitch." Sorry to frustrate you like that. The real URL is "http://www.sfsite.com/02a/nite26.htm", and the link from our February issue has been corrected. Thanks for letting us know.

A Voice From Krondor

From: Neal Hallford

Hello!

I discovered your website, and thought I'd give you a heads up about an author sadly missing from your index, namely me... [grin]

Krondor the Betrayal
I've been working in the computer gaming industry since 1990, and have worked as a writer and designer on a number of highly successful role-playing titles including Might & Magic III: Isles of Terra, Planet's Edge, Betrayal at Krondor, and Return to Krondor. All of these titles were award-winning products; Betrayal alone was given 7 awards, translated into four languages, and was inducted in the Computer Gaming World Hall of Fame in 1996. Four years after it's initial release, New York Times Bestselling Author Raymond E. Feist novelized my story and dialogue for Krondor as the bestselling Krondor the Betrayal (currently the #2 selling hardcover science fiction and fantasy title at Barnes & Noble).

Krondor the Betrayal
Currently I'm writing and designing the world of Elysium, a groundbreaking serial project now under production by Cavedog Entertainment in Bothell, Washington (makers of the hit real-time strategy title Total Annihilation). "Elysium" will feature storytelling in a way never attempted before, told in a fantasy universe set beyond the limits of our dreams. I'm also currently in talks to develop and write tie-in Elysium novels as well.

If you would like to know more about me, please feel free to look at my "fansite" at:

The Many Worlds of Neal Hallford
http://members.aol.com/nealiios/nealhome.htm

Thank you!

Many thanks for the note, Neal. You've had a hand in some of our favourite computer gaming titles, especially Planet's Edge and Betrayal at Krondor. The work you, Ray Feist, and John Cutter did on Betrayal at Krondor especially helped bring real storytelling to computer role-playing. We'd be proud to list your site among our author pages.

Adding a Convention

From: Ray Shobby

Just wondering how to get a con listed on your site...

Believe it or not, the SF Site Conventions Listing -- the most complete of its kind -- is the product of the efforts of one man: Contributing Editor and convention hero Alex von Thorn. We're always glad to receive updates and info on new cons. Please feel free to e-mail us at editor@sfsite.com, and we'd be glad to pass the information along to Alex.


Any News on Perry Rhodan?

From: Paulo Andre

Hi

I love your site.

How about publishing something about the Perry Rhodan Series?

Do you know this series?

Know about it? We wouldn't miss it! In fact, John O'Neill did a lengthy piece on the English language version for his SF Insite column back in August -- something about Perry Rhodan practically introducing him to science fiction. Sure, it's not Shakespeare, but it is one of the finest examples of pure space opera ever conceived. The series has been continually published in Germany for some thirty years, and has recently been revived in North America as well by Vector Enterprises. For subscription info, check out the article.

A Gateway to Known Space

From: Edwin A. Scribner

On your author's page you make reference to the Larry Niven Known Space web site. The url you give is long out of date and, although it automatically forwards you to another site, this site too is now not the Known Space page, but the home page of Duncan Galloway, who created the Known Space page, but gave it up earlier this year due to pressure of work. The url of the "Known Space" page is now

http://www.larryniven.org

and it is maintained by three persons (I am one) who can collectively be reached at

knownspace@bigfoot.com

The description you have of the Known Space page is fine.

I have also looked at your bibliography of Larry Niven. Doing a bibliography of Larry Niven is a very difficult task, and there are a few minor errors and omissions, some of which (the ones I can identify) I hope to document for you soon. Nevertheless it is still a very good bibliography and probably the best one on the net.

Stalking the Deathstalker

From: HDFSMF@aol.com

Does ANYBODY know of any Simon R. Green tribute sites, preferably focusing on the Deathstalker series? I haven't found any with certain search engines, but that doesn't mean that the sites aren't out there.

Suz

Good question. Frankly, at the moment we're not aware of any, but we'll keep looking. Anyone out there with any suggestions?

Next issue

Stinger
In the mid-December issue of the SF Site we'll have reviews of several exciting recent releases, including:

The Lady of the Loch by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Stinger by Nancy Kress
Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Hel's Crucible Duology by Dennis McKiernan
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

Plus the next installments of Mark Sumner's Unfinished Tales and our Mark V. Ziesing Book List, and our usual columns and detailed New Arrivals features. Be sure to join us on December 15th. We'll be here.



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