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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 Frank R. Paul

Wonder Stories Quaterly,
Summer 1930. Art by
Frank R. Paul
From: Bill Meier

I was told that there was some information on the great SF artist Frank R. Paul on the Science Fiction website. I am unable to find such information. Could you please direct me to this area or someone who has this information?

Thank you.

You're right, we don't have much about Paul -- one of the greatest illustrators in SF history, and a major influence on the pulp era. There are some terrific resources out there you could try, though. You could start with the art links at the SF Site, which appear at or artdept1.htm. One or more of them may provide the info you are looking for.

Just How Big is BIG?

From: James Van Pelt

My lord! I don't know if it means I've just noticed it or if this issue is a change of format, but the SF Site is HUGE. The listings of nearly all the books in 1998, the ability to get to all the SF Insite articles, the pictures of the staff, the links, the connections to so many of the major magazines in the field (the addition of SF Chronicle this month) -- I'm blown away. You've almost made it redundant to link anywhere else.

How does one go about nominating an electronic site for a Hugo?

We wish we knew, James. We wish we knew.
Thanks for all the kind words, and for your constant support over the last year.

Of Rant and Ravey

From: Holly Fairclough

Rant and Ravey Yay! Good timing guys. At last someone who not only knows his English shows, but who's willing to poke fun at smug Lucas and other 'giants' of genre. Still not enough Daleks though, and I can't wait for the rest. I bet you've had a lot of ticked off Trek fans though!

It reminds me of Bill Bryson, but kind of in reverse.

Thanks, Holly. Colin Ravey's new UK video reviews column, Rant and Ravey, has been well received. This issue he does double duty with an extended look at Dr. Who in his Brief Beginner's Guide To Dr. Who. No ticked off Trek fans yet, though.

Searching for Maggie Nadler

From: Lynne Gaetz

I am an author of ESL books for Prentice Hall, and I am trying to track down Maggie Nadler, or her heirs, in order to request permission to reprint her short story: "Latest Feature." This story appeared in the anthology 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories. (Published by Doubleday.)

Doubleday's permissions editor has no record of Ms. Nadler and suggested I contact Ultimate Publishing, which no longer exists. I was then told to contact Science Fiction associations.

I would appreciate any help as I will be unable to reprint her story without permission. If there is someone else in this organization that I should be contacting, could you let me know?

We'd suggest contacting SFWA (the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), or perhaps some of these writers' organizations:
World SF
The Horror Writers Association (HWA)
The National Writers Union
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
Each of these sites have email links. The bottom two links are the most likely to be able to help you. Good Luck!

Some Words on

On December 15th, the SF Site launched FictionHome, a brand new website dedicated to the best in SF and Fantasy magazines. Here's some of the reaction from the industry.

Science Fiction Chronicle

From: Paul T. Riddell

Do I approve? Hell, I'm absolutely ecstatic over the work you're doing. Obviously, I'm thrilled beyond words that Tangent is in the flock, but I also kvell over SF Chronicle joining in. (At the very least, we're keeping Dave Truesdale off the streets and out of trouble, but don't tell him that.)


Paul T. Riddell
The Healing Power of Obnoxiousness: The Paul T. Riddell Essay Archive

From: Andy Heidel

I meant to give you a call to let you know I read the release and think it's great! I'm very excited for you! Not only a big deal for you but for the SF community as a whole. I think you are doing something very important here that will have long lasting implications. Good luck!

Andy Heidel
Avon Books

From: Kent Brewster

Thanks, John. What a nice site ... we'll drop in a link to you guys in our next Site Upheaval, due February-ish. In the meantime, should we be sending a copy for review? If so, where?

Um, hang on... why does it say that SF Chronicle is a bimonthly magazine in the text of when the text on sfclogo.jpg says it's a monthly? (Neither are actually close to the truth; SFC comes out more like once or twice a year, but that's quibbling.)

Kent Brewster

From: John Cullen

Hi, John. Hey, the new site is great. I can't help but think it's only a waystep to something even greater, though I'm not sure what. I expect explosive growth in our new medium, especially as ebooks and emags (appliances) become common.

Thanks again for sharing your wonderful news. We do indeed regard yours as the finest resource site for SF on the Web, and we'll welcome any future opportunities to work together. Note: it's interesting that we launched the same month, July 1996. Boy, things were a lot different back then, huh? Someone introduced me recently to the concept of Web-years -- kind of like dog years, you know, 7 dog years in a human year? July 1996 is two and a half years ago -- at least 10 Web-years, or more, it seems.

John Cullen
Clocktower Fiction

From: Steve Algieri

What a great idea and a long time coming. I hadn't heard about this before and I'm wondering why. First, how can Pulp Eternity become involved?

Second, you may know that we're doing Best of the Web '98, an anthology which will present the best dozen stories on the web this year. Janice at Cybling was going to contact you about this but I might as well. First are you interested in cross-promotion efforts surrounding the effort and second will you be a final round judge?

More information about both is available.

Steve Algieri

Next issue

In the February issue of the SF Site we'll finally reveal your choices for the top SF & Fantasy titles of last year with our annual SF Site Reader's Choice Awards for 1998. We'll also have plenty of reviews of exciting recent releases, including:

The Crown and Court Duet by Sherwood Smith
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
Vigilant by James Alan Gardner
Dog Eat Dog Jerry Jay Carroll
Stardust Neil Gaiman

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 February 1st. We'll be here.

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