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Issue Number : 8 - May, 2000 Update
May, 2000 Update
Issue # 8 - May 1, 2000
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CRADLE OF SATURN
The mass-market paperback edition of Cradle of Saturn is being released by Baen Books as a May title.
ISBN 0-671-57866-9, 544 pp. $6.99 U.S., $9.99 Canada
For more information, including sample chapters and on-line ordering links, see the web site here.
Baen rerelease scheduled for August, 2000. (Original Bantam edition, 1995.) Further details on web site here.
Baen first edition hardback scheduled for release October, 2000
A lot of people have asked over the years if I had any plans for an Earth-versus-aliens story, and since it turned out that Jim Baen and I appear to have been thinking along similar lines, I've decided this is the time for it. We both wanted something different from the cliche of aliens showing up and promptly starting to bomb cities for no reason that ever makes sense. Instead, we begin at a point where the aliens have had a presence here for some time, and the line dividing the "good guys" from the "bad guys" is more complex. Some of Earth's powerful commercial and political interests have aligned themselves with the foreigners as agents to keep the natives in line and controllable, in return for wealth, prestige, advanced weaponry, and protection; other sections of the native population are getting indignant about being sold out and want to preserve their own ways. So the conflict begins between opposed Terran factions, and the aliens get sucked deeper in as things escalate. You're not going to beat them in a straight, standup firefight, of course. But . . . there are other ways.
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- Light Bulb jokes from the writer's side
- Lawsuit against manufacturer of gun owned by victim of fatal police shooting.
- The other side of the media hysteria on African AIDS
- Word games
- The nitrates scare revisited
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James P. Hogan