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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.


Looking for Dave Truesdale

From: James Van Pelt

John,

Dave Truesdale

The SF Site continues to be my favorite spot to stop on the web. I've bought several books now because of interesting reviews about them on the site.

I miss Dave Truesdale's reviews of the short stuff in the current version of the site. Will he be back soon?

Best, James Van Pelt


From: Raul Sulbi

I have read from several places that there should be Mr Truesdale's short fiction review column in the SF Site. Anyway I failed to find it in your huge site.

Could you please give me some guidance?

Dave never really left -- he took a lengthy break from our pages while preparing the massive Tangent Online site, but his column has returned and is more comprehensive than ever. Like much of our other Magazine and short fiction content, it's now showcased at our brand new FictionHome.com website. Due to the number of requests, we've also made up a linked list of all of Dave's columns at http://www.sfsite.com/dave98.htm. Hope that helps!

A New Short Fiction Market

From: William Sanders

You definitely need to include my site in your author listings. I may not exactly be a household word (even in my own household) but I have committed a few books in my day - been writing professionally for 25 years now, that's a pretty long day - as well as short stories (I notice your guy who reviewed the 13th Year's Best SF [John O'Neill, 'way back in 1996] referred to me as a "new writer", obviously unaware not only that I had been a Campbell finalist as long ago as 1989, but - less forgivably - that I had had a story in the preceding YEAR'S BEST SF.) One of my stories was a finalist this year for the Nebula, the Hugo, and the Sturgeon, as well as winning the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. I have a new book coming out next month which has already received advance praise from such prominent authors as Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove and Mike Resnick. I am an Active member of SFWA and something of a notorious character in certain SF circles.

My site is at http://www.sff.net/people/sanders/index.htp, and I invite you, and your readers, to check it out.

William,
Thanks for the correction, and our apologies for the oversight -- both of them. We've added your site to our Author List, and Mr. O'Neill has been taken out back and lashed with both copies of Gardner Dozois' anthologies. I assure you, it won't happed again.


Where are the Daleks?

From: Holly Fairclough

Hi guys.

I'm a great fan of your site, but have a teeny weeny complaint. I've been a devoted follower of England's shows for years, and I'm totally obsessed with the Daleks, (you know, from Dr Who). I expected at least a book review - but your search engine has nothing at all on Daleks, Dalek, or Dr Who!

Apart from that, your doing a cool job!

Holly, editors dream of timing like this. Your letter arrived the same day we received the final version of Colin Ravey's new UK video reviews column, Rant and Ravey. It's a loving look at Dr. Who and other BBC genre productions. By all means, let us know what you think.

A Little Correct-Ing

From: Valerie Ing Miller

Skins of Dead Men
I was just reading the review of my dad's latest book on SF Site (The Skins of Dead Men by Dean Ing {Reviewed by Georges T. Dodds in our Mid-November issue), and I thought I should correct a few small errors in his biographical information (call me nitpicky...got that from the paternal side of my family).

My father's doctorate degree was from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Also, I wouldn't exactly say he collaborated with Mack Reynolds, since I believe Mack had already passed away when my father did some serious re-writing and completion of several novels. I remember it well, since I proofread & typed most of them.

Also, I noticed that while you listed Systemic Shock and its sequel Single Combat, you failed to mention the 3rd in the series, Wild Country. I probably wouldn't have even realized it except that I always make it a habit to take one of my dad's novels with me on vacation to read (I had a hard time relating to some of the more technical novels when I was younger, so I've been making a real effort to read them again now that I'm older). Wild Country was the latest in my vacation reading. Anyhow, I just thought I should correct some of the info, even though it's pretty minor stuff! I also would like to say that the review, while giving away more of the plot than I would have liked if I was a potential reader, was the most accurate I have read so far.

Thanks for the e-mail, we've forwarded it on to the reviewer, Georges T. Dodds. We've also updated the bio material as per your suggestion. Sorry for the errors!

Next issue

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The Mid-January issue of the SF Site is our annual Best of the Year issue, when we'll finally reveal our choices for the top SF & Fantasy titles of 1998. We'll also have plenty of reviews of exciting recent releases, including:

The Radiant Seas by Catherine Asaro
Eyes of Silver by Michael Stackpole
Mossflower by Brian Jacques
The Atrocity Shop by Kurt von Trojan
Northern Stars edited by David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant

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



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