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Seriously, though, we enjoy hearing what you have to say about the SF Site. If you've got a comment or thoughtful suggestion, or if you just want to complain about a dead link, we want to hear about it.


Dear Sir:

I noticed a lot of the books in the December edition of SF Site were published under the Millennium imprint. Can you tell me which larger company this imprint is a part of? Is this only a reprint series for classic SF?

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wegierski

Millennium is an imprint of Orion, a UK publisher, whose other imprints include Dolphin, Orion Media, Phoenix and Gollancz. Last year they bought up Victor Gollancz and the Vista imprint and folded them into the Orion Publishing Group.

According to their editor, SF Masterworks is a series of classics (done as 2-3 titles each month) that deserve to be in print and kept there rather than languishing as OP titles. It has proven to be sufficiently successful that they plan to launch Fantasy Masterworks in mid-2000.

Rebecca Bradley

I just read your reviews of Rebecca Bradley's books (Lady in Gil and Scion's Lady) at the SF Site and am curious to find out where I can get them. I just checked Amazon and they don't list her, or her books. Can you help me out by telling me where (and possibly how) to get her books?

Trey Palmer

Bradley's books are available in Canada and in the UK from Victor Gollancz (hc)/Vista (pb). If you're somewhere else, you can try ordering them from According to the author, Ace has bought the US rights so they should be available in the US starting sometime in 2000.

Ralph W. Slone, aka Ralph Williams

I guess you never know what you'll catch while surfing. I put in "Ralph Williams Science Fiction" in my search engine as a lark and came across this site. Ralph William Slone was my father who died in a fishing accident in 1959. My father was never college-educated, but he was a brilliant man, a renaissance man, the kind they don't make much of anymore. He was the father of 13 children, living in Homer, Alaska, when he went down with my brother in a severe storm in the Kachemak Bay.

He worked for the C.A.A. as a station manager and earned as much gill-netting for two weeks in the summer as he did the rest of the year on government pay. He was a multi-talented author of science fiction, humour, outdoors action, philosophy and communications theory. He was a hunter, a fisherman, could fix nearly anything, and could argue about anything with just about anybody -- particularly his supervisors. He also had adult-onset diabetes.

He had long-running correspondence with John Campbell, who published his first story, "Emergency Landing," in 1939. My father wrote SF because he found he could do it rather easily and he could make pretty good money at it. His agent was Scott Meredith. He died at age 45 and there is no doubt in my mind that he had many productive years ahead of him, which he would have used to spin stories for the enjoyment of SF fans.

David R. Slone

Thanks for the sharing your memories with us, and for the insight into the man.

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter

Dear editor,

I would like to know if Laurell Hamilton is writing a new book for her Anita Blake Vampire stories. I have read the first 4 and am a bit worried that she may not write many more. If she is writing a new book I would gladly like to be informed of it because I seem to go through her stories like water.

HH Bornfree

As you probably know, you've got 4 to go. As well, she has a book titled Obsidian Butterfly scheduled for release in hardcover in January 2000. No word yet on whether it is an Anita Blake novel. Either of these tribute sites may have more info:
Laurell K. Hamilton Tribute Site
Laurell K. Hamilton Tribute Site

Looking For...

Journey Into Space

Clint I am looking for CDs of Journey Into Space, Broadcasted by the BBC Home Service circa 1958. Can you help me?

Sorry, we can't help directly, but maybe one of our readers can point you in the right direction... or you could try posting your query to the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written.

Happy Pills

A long time ago I read a wonderful science fiction book of which I no longer recall the title nor the author. It was about some people who escape from a worldwide dictatorship and hid in caves, I think. In this futuristic story humans were controlled by giving them a happy pill which also acted as a contraceptive. Children were born to selected parents but taken from parents and reared separately. The people who escaped had secretly stopped taking the happy pill which made them realize that they were not being allowed to live normally. I would really appreciate it if you let me know the author and the title. I read it around 1971 or so.

I remember this now... It was a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It appeared in a collection called Welcome to the Monkey House and, if I'm not mistaken, it was the title story.

Cat Story

My mother-in-law is looking for a SF story, probably from the 70s: aliens come to earth, evaluate all they see, and come to the conclusion that cats rule the earth (cat owners feed them, open doors for them, etc.). Any help will be appreciated.

Bill Singer

Nothing in my memory banks about that one. Any intrepid readers of SF cat stories out there...?

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