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Issue Number : 30 - Fifth "Giants" Novel Released - Reissue Of First Three "Giants" Novels - Third Mixed Collection - Web Site - Heretics' Bookstore - Bulletin Board - Neighbors


Fifth "Giants" Novel Released - Reissue Of First Three "Giants" Novels - Third Mixed Collection - Web Site - Heretics' Bookstore - Bulletin Board - Neighbors

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Issue #30 - April 14, 2005
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FIFTH GIANTS NOVEL RELEASED

Mission to Minerva, the much-requested fifth book in the "Giants" series, is now finding its way into bookstores as a May title. Giants' Star. Broghuilio and the fleeing Jevlenese leadership were transported back fifty thousand years to Minerva at the time of its habitation by the Lunarians, before the war that culminated in the planet's destruction. The ensuing research produces some bizarre experimental results but leads eventually to an understanding of Multiverse physics that opens up the possibility of traveling into alternate realities. From the a project is born whereby the ancient Ganymean starship Shapieron, with our friends Garuth and his crew, is modified to become the vehicle for sending back a mission with the curious objective of finding out if a new line of history can be created in which Minerva is saved. The complication, of course, is that Broghuilio is already there with several thousand of his followers and five heavily armed starships. And they have a score to settle.

Writers sometimes encounter a problem with characters that get out of control and start doing things that the writer wasn't expecting. In this book I introduced Mildred, a mildly eccentric European writer cousin of Professor Danchekker, as a lighter touch to be another of the neurotic middle-aged females that plague Danchekker's life. But she turned out to be a lot smarter than I imagined, pretty much taking over the book in places. Even though she never quite realizes it herself, it is she who sets Gregg Caldwell's mind thinking along the lines that eventually result in the mission becoming a reality.

REISSUE OF FIRST THREE GIANTS NOVELS

Good news for those people who have had difficulties finding the first three Giants books (Inherit the Stars ; The Gentle Giants of Ganymede ; Giants' Star ) Baen Books have acquired the rights and we have concluded a contract to reissue all three novels. This will probably be in the form of an omnibus 3-in-1 edition. Publication date to follow.

THIRD MIXED COLLECTION

The third collection of mixed short fiction, nonfiction, and biographical pieces, Catastrophe, Creation, & Convolution is scheduled as a December, 2005 release by Baen Books. Details of the content, along with some sample extracts, are now posted on the web site.

WEB SITE

We have the remodeled web site running as a test system, now at the stage of cleaning up odds and ends. So the change over should be fairly soon now. (I actually feel confident in saying it this time.) One of the most impressive features is a Site Search combined with an Index by keyword that makes finding anything from the years of archiving fast and simple. We also have a discussion thread capability -- widely requested -- that set up to handle any of the Bulletin Board categories, plus whatever new topics anyone wants to introduce. The cunning part about this is that it carries the promise of redirecting correspondents with axes to grind away from my mail box and pitting them against each other.

HERETICS BOOKSTORE

I've held off adding more titles to the list while the web site remodeling was in progress -- it would just have meant more to be converted. However, the new site will combine the former Heretics' list with the JPH titles to form a new combined catalog. This will make it possible for us to stock selected Heretics' titles ourselves, and also to handle third-party drop-ship titles, instead of directing everything to Amazon as at present.

BULLETIN BOARD

Once again, I've been trying to keep activity low while the remodeling was going on. However, the additions that I couldn't resist included:

  • Some wonderfully illustrated views on how the future was pictured in days gone by.
  • Sealed underground nuclear reactors and the potential for synthetic hydrocarbons and their relevance to diesel hybrids.
  • Students in support of the progress in implementing a fully Orwellian society.

NEIGHBORS

Sheryl from Atlanta stayed at the farm for a couple of months over the holiday period. One night brought a sudden blizzard of fierce snow and hail, in the course of which we managed to slide off the road that winds up the hill and get the front wheels of the car in mid-air over the ditch, unable to back out. Although it was gone 2:00 A.M., Tommy-John, who lives along the lane was there within ten minutes to pull me out. The only trouble was, in trying to get past me to a point where we could tie a line he managed to go off himself into the ditch on the other side, with the result that between the two of us we had the road blocked completely. Enter Tony, who drove his van in reverse all the way from his house lower down below the scene of the comic opera to pull me out, after which I was then able to pull Tommy-John out from above. Maybe next time I should consider buying a 4WD.

As part of the work of renovating the cottage last year, the contractors cut away some of the hillside at the back, spreading the diggings across the grass slopes below the house and giving it something of a lunar look for a while. But when it greened over again, result was a stepped slope leading down to a shady area that could be made into an attractive lawn one day. In the meantime, Sheryl decided it needed a line of rocks to ornament the step. I was in the throes of finishing CC&C and said I'd look into it when I was free. But this is an American female. She drives to a local quarry, talks to the boss, and two days later a tip-truck is unloading what looks like the tailings from Mount Rushmore on one side of the driveway. But the rocks look nice -- white, and kind of craggy. I need two more days to print out the manuscript and FedEx it from Sligo to the States before I can get out there to move them. But, oh no. The next thing I know, she's out there with a six-foot pry bar and a porter's dolly. Too bad. I have a book to get finished and on its way. But her heroic efforts attract the attention of Tommy-John, who arrives with his tractor, followed the next day by Frank, from a half mile or so in the other direction, coming in to give her a hand with positioning them. Since then, everyone has been remarking on how nice they look.

Sheryl's back in Atlanta now, but she made a point of giving them each a bottle of good Irish whiskey before she left. In the local pubs, they're still talking about this American woman who was over, outside in muddy boots and jeans, heaving rocks around, while the man of the house is inside in the warm, drinking coffee and tapping away on his laptop. Some of the farmers ask me curiously over their pints of Guinness if, perhaps by chance, there might be anymore like that where she came from.

Thanks again to all for your ongoing interest.

James P. Hogan
 
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