************************************************************** * * * R E A D I N G F O R P L E A S U R E * * * * Issue #1 * * * * May 1989 * * * * * * Editor: Cindy Bartorillo * * * * * * Published monthly and initially distributed * * the weekend before the first of each month. * ************************************************************** CONTACT US AT: Reading For Pleasure, c/o Cindy Bartorillo, 1819 Millstream Drive, Frederick, MD 21701; or on CompuServe leave a message to 74766,1206; or on GEnie leave mail to C.BARTORILLO; or call our BBS, the BAUDLINE II at 301-694-7108, 1200/2400 8N1. NOTICE: Reading For Pleasure is not copyrighted, but excerpts from copyrighted material are contained within. When copying or otherwise reproducing any part herein, please give appropriate credit, whether it be to Shakespeare or Reading For Pleasure. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: Literature was not born the day when a boy crying "wolf, wolf" came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels: literature was born on the day when a boy came crying "wolf, wolf" and there was no wolf behind him. --Vladimir Nabokov :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: TABLE OF CONTENTS Line # How To Use This Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 What's News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 What's Selling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 The 1988 World Fantasy Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Books I'm Supposed To Like, But Don't . . . . . . . . . . 234 Pronunciation Guide To Author's Names . . . . . . . . . . 337 May Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383 Random Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1188 Good Reading Periodically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1255 Fiction Into Film: Christie Characters on Film . . . . . 1325 Featured Author: Richard Matheson . . . . . . . . . . . . 1395 Richard Matheson: A Partial List . . . . . . . . . . . . 1459 Mystery: Baseball & Cricket Mysteries . . . . . . . . . . 1544 Horror: Stephen King Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1600 Nonfiction: Weiser's Spring List . . . . . . . . . . . . 1663 SF: Time Travel Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1739 Trivia Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 Answers to Trivia Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1786 :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: CONTRIBUTIONS: No money changes hands anywhere at Reading For Pleasure -- no one makes any, no one pays any. If that sounds OK to you, we'd be delighted to receive anything you'd like to contribute: articles, news, letters, etc. See masthead for our various addresses. Let us know how you like Reading For Pleasure. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: How To Use This Magazine Reading For Pleasure is provided in straight ASCII format in order that it may be used by various computers with various text- manipulation software packages. We will always err on the side of including too much rather than too little, knowing that the reader can easily access the material in any way s/he chooses. One idea for readers with IBMs or compatibles is to get Vernon Buerg's LIST program, a great program that you should have anyway. LIST can be used to read Reading For Pleasure, to go to any particular place in it (RFP conveniently gives its Table of Contents listings in line numbers), or search for any string to find just the bits you want. Go to your favorite BBS for more text-manipulation software (word processors, text editors, search/sort/filter utilities, etc.) to help you get the most out of your reading time. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: WHAT'S NEWS * Stephen King has signed a contract with Viking for 4 books, the first coming this fall (see Stephen King Checklist). The best guess, according to Publisher's Weekly, about King's pay for these four books is $36 million. SK's former long-time CPA and now his agent for new sales has stated that an earlier $33 million rumor was definitely too low. * Speaking of the big numbers, Clive Barker has signed a 4-book deal of his own with William Collins, for 2 million pounds (as in sterling, you know, British-type money). That's just for British and European rights, not the U.S. publishing rights. The four books will all be horror and are now referred to as CABAL #2 and #3 and THE ART #2 and #3. * The only 3 fantasy titles on the top ten best-sellers for 1988 (this is according to the New York Times) were: THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED by Anne Rice was #9 on the hardcover list, and MISERY and THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, both by Stephen King, were #7 and #8 on the paperback list. * Anne Rice (THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED) will be creating characters and overseeing scripts for a new Fox network TV series called "Hello Darkness", about an Irish policeman who lives with a sexy and wicked female ghost. For some reason, every time I read about this I picture Elvira as the ghost. Wouldn't THAT make a show! * Thomas Harris (RED DRAGON and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) has just signed a two-novel deal with Dell. They get the North American rights to his next two books for $5,750,000. * Speaking of Whitley Strieber (huh?), Edward and Frances Walters have written a book called UFO -- PROOF POSITIVE: A True Story of the Gulf Breeze Sightings. Seems the Walters and others in their Florida town have been visited by UFOs and they even have pictures and, yes, a videotape. I haven't heard whether these are the same as Mr. Strieber's aliens, but the Walters are just about as successful: the book sold immediately, as well as the miniseries rights. Watch for it. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: CATEGORIES: Never forget that the category, or genre, of a book (whether it be mystery, horror, western, science fiction, fantasy, romance, or whatever) is a label applied by the marketing department to make it easier to "package" and sell the book. It's almost always applied AFTER the book is written and has left the author's hands, and thus it is inappropriate to think that the label has any meaning for the story. While categorization is a natural organizing function of the human brain, we should restrain ourselves from the prejudging of a work by its genre. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: WHAT'S SELLING HARDCOVERS Stephen W. Hawking's A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME continues, after one year, to sell very well in hardcover. If you enjoy good science reading, be sure to try this one. While we're on the subject of nonfiction, THE 8-WEEK CHOLESTEROL CURE is still selling well, as is Robert Fulghum's ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN. And true crime buffs are making best sellers out of Joe McGinniss' BLIND FAITH and Joseph Wambaugh's THE BLOODING. Also, the huge coffee-table art-and-text book, THE WAY THINGS WORK by David Macaulay, is so good even the $24.95 price tag doesn't discourage people. When it comes to hardcover fiction, the leader continues to be Salman Rushdie's THE SATANIC VERSES. Otherwise, the best seller lists continue to be dominated by the usual names: John Irving (A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY), Danielle Steel (STAR), E.L. Doctorow (BILLY BATHGATE), Dick Francis (THE EDGE), Garrison Keillor (WE ARE STILL MARRIED: STORIES AND LETTERS). Douglas Adams' THE LONG DARK TEA-TIME OF THE SOUL is very popular, and Anne Tyler's BREATHING LESSONS is still selling briskly. THE CARDINAL OF THE KREMLIN by Tom Clancy and THE SANDS OF TIME by Sidney Sheldon are just beginning to trail off (just in time for the upcoming paperback releases). PAPERBACKS The big draws in trade paperbacks are comedy and self-help. Best sellers in the first category right now are THE ESSENTIAL CALVIN AND HOBBES and YUKON HO!, both by Bill Watterson. And, of course, the latest Garfield collection by Jim Davis, which is GARFIELD CHEW THE FAT. Popular self-help volumes are Melody Beattie's CODEPENDENT NO MORE: HOW TO STOP CONTROLLING OTHERS AND START CARING FOR YOURSELF and M. Scott Peck, M.D.'s THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED. The scientifically inclined are buying CHAOS: MAKING A NEW SCIENCE by James Gleick. Best-selling mass market paperbacks also tend to have well-known names on the cover: Robert Ludlum (THE ICARUS AGENDA), Isaac Asimov (PRELUDE TO FOUNDATION), Larry McMurtry (LONESOME DOVE), Tom Wolfe (THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES), Dick Francis (HOT MONEY), and Elmore Leonard (FREAKY DEAKY). Also doing very well are: TAPESTRY by Belva Plain, THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamunde Pilcher, PEOPLE LIKE US by Dominick Dunne, and TEXAS FURY by Fern Michaels. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: 1988 WORLD FANTASY AWARDS Life Achievement: Everett F. Bleiler Novel: REPLAY, Ken Grimwood Novella: "Buffalo Girls Won't You Come Out Tonight", Ursula K. LeGuin Short Story: "Friend's Best Man", Jonathan Carroll Collection: THE JAGUAR HUNTER, Lucius Shepard Anthology: THE ARCHITECTURE OF FEAR, David G. Hartwell, editor Anthology: THE DARK DESCENT, David G. Hartwell, editor Artist: J.K. Potter Special Award -- Professional: David G. Hartwell Special Award -- Non-Professional: American Fantasy, Robert and Nancy Garcia Special Award -- Non-Professional: The Horror Show, David B. Silva We here at Reading For Pleasure particularly enjoyed REPLAY by Ken Grimwood. Who hasn't wondered about living your life over again? This book is a particularly fascinating exploration of this theme. Also, we can easily recommend David G. Hartwell's mammoth anthology, THE DARK DESCENT. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: BOOKS I'M SUPPOSED TO LIKE -- BUT DON'T You know what I'm talking about. "It's a Classic" said with solemnity (and aural capitalization) about some (to you) piece of boring junk. Or "You'll love it, Everybody does." So, Everybody worships and reveres this literary masterpiece, but it really does nothing for you. This really shouldn't surprise the sophisticated reader. The experience of reading any work is made up of 50% the author's mind and 50% your mind. When you change 50% of the chemical solution, you've got to expect that the results might be different. Sometimes you get a powerful explosion, sometimes you get a wet fizzle. Don't be surprised when the book your best friend couldn't put down is something you can't seem to pick up. Let's all stop feeling guilty about not liking everything that everyone else does. Here is some of my personal deadwood: JOHN IRVING -- Getting through GARP was nothing less than agony. The people weren't recognizable as people, the plot was not recognizable as a plot, and none of it made any sense. I've been told, "that's the point, idiot, life is a crap-shoot". Seems like that point could have been made without forcing me through thousands of pages of nonsense. TONY HILLERMAN -- This mystery writer is very IN right now. He writes about Native Americans with compassion and realism. For my taste, though, there's not enough Indian lore to be educational and too much Indian lore to be a good mystery. JUDITH KRANTZ -- Why does she seem to feel that wealth automatically makes someone interesting? DONALD E. WESTLAKE -- I've read interviews with this guy that were very amusing, and I've seen movies he wrote the screenplay for that were very amusing. So I know he can be amusing, like everybody always says. However, his "amusing" novels don't strike me that way; just ho-hum. JOHN FOWLES -- Getting the plot out of him is like pulling teeth. Why should I have to play games? Does he want us to know what he's writing about or not? The few books that I made it through turned out not to be worth it (to me), anyway. ROSS THOMAS -- His biting satire just doesn't seem that special to me. Interesting, yes. Cute, yes. Worth the time it takes read? Almost, but not quite. WILLIAM FAULKNER -- America's greatest writer, at least according to some people. His stuff never said much of anything to me, though. Maybe you have to be southern. DASHIELL HAMMETT -- I know hard-boiled dicks were supposed to be very "macho". But stupid is stupid, and any guy who consistently leads with his chin and gets beaten up on a regular basis is not getting my sympathy. STENDHAL -- I tried reading THE RED AND THE BLACK three times and never made it. The characters (including the lead) are stick figures, and the motivations of these stick figures are obscure. After three or four hundred pages of characters I don't care about doing things for no discernible reason I give up. EDGAR ALLAN POE -- True, his story ideas were classic and some of his poetry was very effective (and affective). But his prose style was so leaden! The content is exciting, but the sentences are plod, plod, plod. I think that's enough crabbing for now. We all have our own lists. Let us know some of your "Books I'm Supposed To Like -- But Don't". :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: TRIVIA QUESTIONS (1) What famous British literary character is honored by a large bronze statue in downtown Lima, Peru? (2) Voltaire found the works of this prominent English writer so deplorable that he referred to him as a "drunken fool". (3) In what mountains was Rip Van Winkle lost? (4) Who wrote THE BOURNE IDENTITY? (5) Whom does "Shavian" refer to? (6) What animals were the ruling class in ANIMAL FARM? (7) What was Lewis Carroll's real name? (8) Who was the wizard in THE HOBBIT? (9) SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE ( ? ) (10) Who was Quasimodo? :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so. --Sydney Smith :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE by Steven Gilbar, in THE BOOK BOOK, St. Martin's Press, 1981. Sholom Aleichem: SHO-lem Ah-LAY-kem Louis Auchincloss: AW-kin-claws Karel Capek: KAH-rel CHAH-pek William Cowper: KOO-per Michael Crichton: CRY-tuhn Isak Dinesen: EE-sahk DEE-nuh-suhn Alain Robbe-Grillet: AH-LAN Rohb-gree-YAY Nathalie Sarraute: Nah-ta-LEE Sah-ROTE Lawrence Durrell: DUR-ul (as in "girl") Vladimir Nabokov: VLAH-duh-meer Nah-BO-kof Thomas Mann: TOE-mass MAHN Bertolt Brecht: BER-tawlt BREKT Anais Nin: AH-nah-EES NEEN Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: GER-tuh Samuel Taylor Coleridge: KOHL-er-idj Peter Handke: PAY-ter HAHNT-keh Evelyn Waugh: EEV-lin WAH William Makepeace Thackeray: THACK-ree Jorge Luis Borges: HOR-hay Lew-EES BOR-hays Arthur Rimbaud: Artur Ram-BO Rainer Maria Rilke: RYE-nahr Ma-REE-ah RIHL-kuh Lytton Strachey: LIT-ahn STRAY-chih Larry Woiwode: WHY-WOOD-ee Herman Hesse: HARE-mahn HESS-eh Elie Wiesel: AY-lee VEE-zl Jerzy Kosinski: JER-sey Koh-SIN-ski John LeCarre: Luh-car-RAY :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: Have you ever wondered how much cover copy writers make? These are the wonderful people who write all that garbage on the outside of a book that makes you want to buy 10 copies. Well, according to an article by Edwin McDowell, about $75 - $100 per book. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: MAY RELEASES Before we get started, let me remind you to pick up Richard Nixon's 1999: VICTORY WITHOUT WAR if you've been meaning to. Pocket Books released an $8.95 paperback edition last month. Just didn't want you to forget. Remember Larry Bond? No? He was Tom Clancy's collaborator on RED STORM RISING. Now he's got a book out all on his own and the reviews are calling it a winner. It's called RED PHOENIX and it's from Warner at $19.95. The paperback edition of Arthur C. Clarke's 2061: ODYSSEY THREE is out this month for $4.95 from Del Rey. Some reviews have called it the best of the three. Shirley MacLaine does it again, this time the book is called GOING WITHIN: A GUIDE FOR INNER TRANSFORMATION. All you SM fans (or is it addicts?) can get this volume from Bantam for $18.95. For horror fans, Berkley is releasing a paperback version of Dean R. Koontz's LIGHTNING for $4.95. Bill Cosby has another book out this month, LOVE AND MARRIAGE. Doubleday has it in hardcover for $16.95. Mystery fans know about Sue Grafton already. If you don't, now's your chance: Henry Holt is publishing her latest, "F" IS FOR FUGITIVE and will let you have a copy for $15.95. It stars her Kinsey Milhone, the private investigator who's worked her way through "A" IS FOR ALIBI, "B" IS FOR BURGLAR, etc. Oh, yes, her last mystery, "E" IS FOR EVIDENCE, is being released as a $3.95 paperback this month by Bantam. Sammy Davis, Jr. has finally written a a sequel to his bestselling autobiography YES I CAN. It's called WHY ME? and Farrar, Straus, Giroux has it in harcover for $18.95. Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE COLOR PURPLE, has finally got a new book out. It's called THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR, and she says it's a "romance of the last 500,000 years". It's $19.95 from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Have you ever wondered what would happen if a mother switched her baby for another while still at the hospital? Eileen Goudge explores this theme in GARDEN OF LIES, coming this month from Viking at $19.95 in harcover. Ever thought that Napoleon and Hitler had a lot in common? Well, you're more right than you know, and Desmond Seward will explain it to you in his new book NAPOLEON AND HITLER for $19.95. From Viking. PARENTS WHO HELP THEIR CHILDREN OVERCOME DRUGS by Barbara Cottman Becnel (Lowell House, $18.95) is a very compassionate and helpful book for those in need. An appendix has a state-by-state survey of treatment programs and support groups. The book we've all been waiting for: BRAZILIAN BOMBSHELL: The Biography of Carmen Miranda by Martha Gil-Montero. It's $18.95 from Donald I. Fine. Ballantine has a trade paperback edition of Gerald Clarke's popular and much-admired biography of Truman Capote called CAPOTE: A Biography. It'll cost you $12.95. THE FIFTH CHILD by Doris Lessing is being published this month by Vintage for $6.95. Tastes vary, but many are finding that this brief novel is well worth the time. Remember LUCKY JIM by Kingsley Amis? Oh well. If you'd like to remind youself just how much fun Amis' black comedy can be, try ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN for $8.95 from Summit. Roger visits an American college called Budweiser. Need I say more? Andrew M. Greeley's ANGEL FIRE is being reprinted in paperback by TOR for $4.95. It is "a wonderful, electrifying novel with charm, enchantment and suspense" (according to TOR). Also on publishers' lists this month: Format (to the best of our knowledge): H = Hardcover P = Paperback Ace: CALLAHAN'S LADY by Spider Robinson (H); LIGHT RAID by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice (H); QUOZL by Alan Dean Foster (P); THE FLEET #3: Breakthrough edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett (P); THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS by James Morrow (P); THE WHIM OF THE DRAGON by Pamela Dean (P); DEMON BLUES by Esther Friesner (P); WINGS OF POWER by Lillian Stewart Carl (P); THE GODA WAR by Jay D. Blakeley (P); LAKE OF THE SUN by Wynne Whiteford (P); KING'S BLOOD FOUR by Sheri S. Tepper (P); BROTHER ASSASSIN by Fred Saberhagen (P). Andrews & McMeel: SIX-POINT PLAN FOR RAISING HAPPY, HEALTHY CHILDREN by John K. Rosemond (P); BREAKING PATTERNS by Catherine Chapman Pacheco (H). Arkham House: THE HORROR IN THE MUSEUM AND OTHER REVISIONS by H.P. Lovecraft edited by S.T. Joshi (H); CRYSTAL EXPRESS by Bruce Sterling (H). Atheneum: NIGHT MAGIC by Charlotte Vale Allen (H); RESONATING BODIES by Lynne Alexander (H). Atlantic Monthly: YAMANI: The Inside Story by Jeffrey Robinson (H). Avon: A DARK TRAVELING by Roger Zelazny (P); BLOODFANG by Michael D. Weaver (P); THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. LeGuin (P); INFOCOM #3: ENCHANTER by Robin Bailey (P); TIGER'S EYE by Karen Robards (P); WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DIDN'T LEARN IN MEDICAL SCHOOL by Stuart M. Berger, M.D. (P); ISLAND by Thomas Perry (P); GANGS! by Ed McBain (P); THE LONG KILL by Patrick Ruell (P); MAIGRET'S MEMOIRS by Georges Simenon (P); A WOMAN RUN MAD by John L'Heureux (P); SEALS #13: Crisis! by Steve Mackenzie (P); DESERT STAKE-OUT by Harry Whittington (P); THE STAMPEDE KID by Norman A. Fox (P); PASSION SONG by Catherine Fitzgerald (P); VIOLET FIRE by Brenda Joyce (P); WORLDLY INNOCENT by Joanna Harris (P); ESCAPE INTO ESPIONAGE: The True Story of a French Patriot in World War II by Roland Rieul (P); FROGMEN: First Battles by William Schofield & P.J. Carsella (P); WELCOME, SILENCE: My Triumph Over Schizophrenia by Carol S. North, M.D. (P). Baen Books: CRISIS OF EMPIRE II: CLUSTER COMMAND by David Drake and Bill Dietz (P); PIPER AT THE GATE by Mary Stanton (P); THE LANTERN OF GOD by John Dalmas (P); ALTERNATIVES edited by Robert Adams (P); A SEPARATE STAR edited by David Drake and Sandra Miesel (P). Ballantine: FALLS THE SHADOW by Sharon Kay Penman (P); FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: The Bechtel Story by Laton McCartney (P); THE CHRISTIAN SOURCEBOOK by Carol Ward (P); BABES AND BULLETS by Jim Davis (P); KALKI by Gore Vidal (P); RUSH TO NOWHERE by Howard Lewis Russell (P); SUMMER HOUSE by Cynthia Blair (P); TEEN ANGEL: And Other Stories of Young Love by Marianne Gingher (P); THE MOONCHILD by Kenneth McKenney (P); B.O.L.O.: Be On The Lookout by Dave Pedneau (P); HOW THE DEAD LIVE by Derek Raymond (P); INNOCENT JOURNEY by Shizuko Natsuki (P); A MULTITUDE OF SINS by M.K.Wren (P); KILLING TIME by Robert J. Conley (P); CHALLENGE TO SCIENCE: The UFO Enigma by Jacques & Janine Vallee (P); DIMENSIONS: A CASEBOOK OF ALIEN CONTACT by Jacques Vallee (P); FLIGHTS OF FANCY? 100 Years of Paranormal Experiences by Lynn Picknett (P); LET GO & LIVE by June Graham Spencer & Jim Spencer (P); LIFEBALANCE by Linda & Richard Eyre (P); THE PASSING OF THE NIGHT: My Seven Years As A Prisoner Of The North Vietnamese by General Robinson Risner (P); PROVING THE UNSEEN by George MacDonald (P); QUALITY PARENTING by Linda Albert & Michael Popkin (P). Ballantine Del Rey: THE DIAMOND THRONE: BOOK I OF THE ELENIUM by David Eddings (H); WIZARD AND DRAGON #1: THE FORGING OF THE DRAGON by Robert Don Hughes (P); THE ARMAGEDDON CRAZY by Mick Farren (P); THE GIFTS OF THE GORBODUC VANDAL by Paul O. Williams (P); 2061: ODYSSEY THREE by Arthur C. Clarke (P); 2010: ODYSSEY TWO by Arthur C. Clarke (P); PELMEN THE POWERSHAPER #1: THE PROPHET OF LAMATH by Robert Don Hughes (P); PELMEN THE POWERSHAPER #2: THE WIZARD IN WAITING by Robert Don Hughes (P); PELMEN THE POWERSHAPER #3: THE POWER AND THE PROPHET by Robert Don Hughes (P); THEIR MASTER'S WAR by Mick Farren (P). Ballantine/Ivy: THE GREENLANDERS by Jane Smiley (P). Bantam: THE JAGUAR HUNTER by Lucius Shepard (P); KATHRYN: In the Court of Six Queens by Anne Merton Abbey (P); TO BE THE BEST by Barbara Taylor Bradford (P); WAGONS WEST #23: Oklahoma! by Dana Fuller Ross (P); THE ULTIMATE SEX MANIACS JOKE BOOK by Larry Wilde (P); PASSAGE TO QUIVIRA by Norman Zollinger (P); WHITE MOON, BLACK SEA by Roberta Latow (P); HOT WIRE by Randy Russell (P); MAY'S NEW-FANGLED MIRTH by Mary Jo Adamson (P); MURDER SAILS AT MIDNIGHT by Marian Babson (P); SKYWATCHER by Winona Kent (P); THE SPY WHO WOULDN'T DIE by Stuart James (P); SHALAKO by Louis L'Amour (P); STAGECOACH #41: Red Buffalo by Hank Mitchum (P); TIMBER CREEK by Cameron Judd (P); ENEMY AT THE GATES by William Craig (P); HELMET FOR MY PILLOW by Robert Leckie (P); SECRET ARMIES: The Explosive Inside Story of the World's Most Elite Warriors by James Adams (P); SILENT SEA by Harry Homewood (P); SUBMARINE COMMANDER by Ben Bryant (P); TO LIVE AGAIN: Rebuilding Your Life After You've Become A Widow by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, M.S. (P); MEDITERRANEAN LIGHT: Delicious Recipes from the World's Healthiest Cuisine by Martha Rose Shulman (H). Bantam Skylark: THE LAMP FROM THE WARLOCK'S TOMB by John Bellairs (P). Bantam Spectra: ROSE OF THE PROPHET VOL. 2: THE PALADIN OF NIGHT by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (P); OUT ON BLUE SIX by Ian McDonald (P); THE NEXUS by Mike McQuay (P); PHASES OF GRAVITY by Dan Simmons (P). Bart: THE PLANET EXPLORERS by Murray Leinster (P). Beacon: SPIDER WOMAN'S GRANDDAUGHTERS: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women edited by Paula Gunn Allen (H). Berkley: FULL MOON by Mick Winters (P); LIGHTNING by Dean R. Koontz (P); THE SENSITIVES by Herbert Burkholz (P); DREAMS by David Ritz (P); COUNTERFEIT OF MURDER by Ray Harrison (P); SISTERS IN CRIME: Dazzling New Tales of Mystery & Suspense edited by Marilyn Wallace (P); DEADLY FORCE #6: Battle Zone by Mark Dixon (P); JAKE LOGAN #125: Slocum And The Tong Warriors by Jake Logan (P); MYSTERY RANCH by Max Brand (P); RAIDER #23: Badlands Patrol by J.D. Hardin (P); SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE #462: Absolute Beginners by Courtney Ryan (P); SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE #463: Heart Song by Mary Modean (P); BEGINNINGS: The Story Of Origins-- Of Mankind, Life, The Earth, The Universe by Isaac Asimov (P); CATFISH: MY LIFE IN BASEBALL by Jim "Catfish" Hunter & Armen Keteyian (P); THE OAT BRAN WAY: The Natural Method to Lower Cholesterol by Josleen Wilson (P); THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: Dramatic First-Hand Accounts Of Daring Escapes To Freedom by Charles L. Blockson (P); VOICES by Dr. Trula Michaels LaCalle (P). Black Lizard: LOW BITE by Sin Soracco (H). Black Sparrow: HOLLYWOOD by Charles Bukowski (P). Blackwell: LA PISCINE: The French Secret Service Since 1944 by Roger Faligot & Pascal Krop (H). BOA Editions: ROXA: Voices of the Culver Family by William B. Patrick (P). Breitenbush: REFUSING TO BE A MAN: Essays on Sex and Justice by John Stoltenberg (H). Bridge: FINAL BLACKOUT by L. Ron Hubbard (H); L. RON HUBBARD PRESENTS WRITERS OF THE FUTURE, VOLUME V edited by Algis Budrys (P). Cane Hill: THE HOTTEST NIGHT OF THE CENTURY by Glenda Adams (P); GAMES OF THE STRONG by Glenda Adams (P). Carroll & Graf: GALAXIES by Barry Malzberg (P); THE JEWEL OF THE SEVEN STARS by Bram Stoker (P); VICTORIAN GHOST STORIES BY EMINENT WOMEN WRITERS edited by Richard Dalby (P); THE BLESSING by Nancy Mitford (P); DEADLY HALL by John Dickson Carr (P); PAPA LA-BAS by John Dickson Carr (P); WALK A BLACK WIND by Michael Collins (P). 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Zebra: DARK SOULS by Barry Porter (P); THE WITCHING by Fritzen Ravenswood (P); TWINS by Katherine Stone (P); A LONG TIME FROM HOME by Michael Costello (P); BLACK MAIL by Doris Miles Disney (P); DEADLY GROUNDS by Patricia Wallace (P); CONSPIRACY OF ASSASSINS by Gene Garofalo (P); WINGMAN #6: Final Storm by Mack Maloney (P); GUNSMOKE AT HANGING WOMAN CREEK by Robert Kammen (P); POWELL'S ARMY #8: Rio Renegades by Terence Duncan (P); SHOWDOWN AT SIX-GUN MINE by John Legg (P); ELUSIVE ENCHANTMENT by Rochelle Wayne (P); FALLEN ANGEL by Elizabeth Thornton (P); MISTRESS OF FALCON COURT by Charlotte Lammert (P); STORMFIRE by Carol Finch (P); VIRGINIA VIXEN by Kay McMahon (P); WANTON BRIDE by Rosalyn Alsobrook (P); SPENCER TRACY, TRAGIC IDOL by Bill Davidson (P). Zebra Heartfire Romances: DESERT SLAVE by Miranda North (P); SHAMELESS ECSTASY by Thea Devine (P); TEMPTATION'S TOUCH by Linda Andersen (P); YANKEE MISTRESS by Ashley Snow (P). Mark V. Ziesing: THE STATE OF THE ART by Iain M. Banks (P). :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. --Sherlock Holmes :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: RANDOM RECOMMENDATIONS This is where I get to wander around a bookstore and reminisce. For any reader there are a lot of great memories contained in a bookstore; here are a few of mine-- CONTACT by Carl Sagan is still found on the bookshelves of many if not most stores. Some people thought the book was overlong and draggy, but I found it intellectually thrilling. The book has an ending that left me chilled for days. The implications were simply enormous. You could do a lot worse than to try this one. RED DRAGON by Thomas Harris is turning up in paperback again because of his recent sort-of sequel, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. RED DRAGON is the psycho killer novel to top all psycho killer novels. Mr. Harris has the ability to put you into the mind of a psychotic personality -- inside all the hurt, the rage, the shame, and the confusion; a mighty uncomfortable place. This book is well worth the price. You know how some books have a shock element that's so surprising that you want to run around telling everyone about it? But of course you don't because that would ruin the story for them. Well, if you haven't heard about THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD by Agatha Christie, you'd better read it quick before someone spoils it for you. It's a classic, found in the mystery section. I don't read much fantasy, but TAILCHASER'S SONG by Tad Williams lured me by being about cats, a weakness of mine. It turned out to be marvelous, very dramatic and suspenseful, and not at all "cute", as you might suspect of an animal fantasy. If you'd like to give this one a try, look in the Fantasy or Science Fiction section of your bookstore. Don't forget to check your local used-book store for any book mentioned in this column. Have you ever heard of Cecil Adams and his column, THE STRAIGHT DOPE? Apparently it appears in newspapers all over the place, just not in my town. Well, luck is with us because there have been two book collections: THE STRAIGHT DOPE in mass market paperback and MORE OF THE STRAIGHT DOPE in trade paperback. People write to Cecil with questions, you see. About ANYTHING. And he answers them. His sources of information are a deep dark secret, but the questions and answers are almost always fascinating. Why don't you ever see any baby pigeons? Why do pigeons bob their head? What is a mojo anyway? Here's another science fictional novel of ideas -- SPHERE by Michael Crichton. An absorbing story of shifting realities, with an ending that allows for different interpretations. Like CONTACT, a good book to discuss with friends. Speaking of shifting realities, if you ever see a copy of THE LAND OF LAUGHS by Jonathan Carroll, buy it. I found my hardcover in a used-book store, and I've never seen a paperback edition. Someday, people are going to discover Jonathan Carroll, and then we'll have convenient paperback copies of all his stuff. Until then, you have to hunt it down. I haven't said anything about it, have I? Quite frankly, there's nothing I can say. My vocabulary simply doesn't stretch this far except to say -- it's unforgettable. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: GOOD READING PERIODICALLY TWILIGHT ZONE Magazine has ceased publication with the June issue. Circulation never reached an acceptable level, and the magazine consistently operated at a loss. As far as the content of the magazine went, many feel it had been on a downhill slide since T.E.D. Klein resigned as editor. What a shame. HORRORSTRUCK ceased publication last fall. It was the only nonfiction horror magazine that I'm aware of, and it was really splendid. Fascinating columns by top names too. This was a big blow to horror fans. THE HORROR SHOW magazine is not long for this world either. What's going on here? David B. Silva, as I understand it, plans to publish the Summer 1989 issue, then have a big double issue next Spring (1990). And that'll be it, unless he can find someone willing to take it over. And with magazines dropping like flies lately, I can't imagine anyone wanting to jump into the business (unless it would be a disk-based magazine, of course). PUBLISHERS WEEKLY -- This is the ultimate news source for books in general. Great coverage of industry news, best-seller lists that are considered at least as important as the NY Times lists, a superb review section, and Spring, Summer, and Fall Announcement issues that are invaluable for avid book buyers. The down side? The cost: currently $97 a year. To subscribe, call 1-800-669-1002. Since horror magazines seem to be disappearing lately, David B. Silva (managing editor of The Horror Show) recently provided horror fans with a list of good horror magazines and addresses: New Blood, 540 W. Foothill Blvd. #3730, Glendora, CA 91740 Grue, P.O. Box 370, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10108 2 AM, P.O. Box 6754, Rockford, IL 61125-1754 Cemetery Dance, P.O. Box 189, Riverdale, MD 20737 After Hours, 21541 Oakbrook, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 Eldritch Tales, 1051 Wellington Road, Lawrence, KS 66044 Noctulpa, P.O. Box 5175, Long Island City, NY 11105 To his list we would add: Midnight Graffiti, 13101 Sudan Road, Poway, CA 92604 UTNE READER: The Best of the Alternative Press -- This is a great magazine to really curl up with and READ. These people must read unbelievable numbers of newspapers and magazines, to find all this interesting material. The March/April 1989 issue's cover story is "What's So Bad About Being Single? Finding Your Place in a Couples-Crazed World". It's an engrossing series of journalistic pieces analyzing the hassles of being single in a married world (that also has AIDS and herpes). Terrific reading. One year (6 issues) will cost you $18 to Utne Reader, Subscriber Services, P.O. Box 1974, Marion, OH 43306-2074. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: An ordinary man can...surround himself with two thousand books... and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. --Augustine Birrell :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: FICTION INTO FILM DEPARTMENT: MISS MARPLE & HERCULE POIROT Any fan of Agatha Christie mysteries has sampled the film translations; some with approval, some not. Recently, over the past couple of years, you can see Joan Hickson's Miss Marple on MYSTERY (PBS), and Hercule Poirot has been Peter Ustinov for some time now. Of course, before Joan Hickson, the elderly sleuth was played by Margaret Rutherford in the 1960s, and in more recent times by Helen Hayes and Angela Lansbury (on TV movies). Austin Trevor, Tony Randall, and Albert Finney have all interpreted Poirot in the past. Which were your favorites? And which did you feel were most faithful to Christie's version? I have always felt that Christie played Hercule Poirot as much for laughs as for mystery-solving, so Peter Ustinov's version seems closest to the original (however, I've never managed to see any of Austin Trevor's films). And while I don't specifically recall Tony Randall's interpretation (in THE ALPHABET MURDERS in 1966), I would imagine he made a decent Poirot, unless of course the producer and/or director went for farce. Albert Finney's version was a more serious Poirot; admittedly a more believable detective, but not nearly as much fun. Of course, ORIENT EXPRESS was one of Christie's more solemn, portentous (pretentious? certainly the film was, at least a little bit) novels, so it's not really fair to judge Finney's Poirot on the basis of this one film. Similarly, I think Joan Hickson's Miss Marple errs on the side of seriousness. And I think this humorless personality is even less appropriate here. Not that Miss Marple should be funny, but I've always seen her as the kindly grandmother type -- an effective detective because everyone underestimates, or simply ignores, her. Yes, she is referred to as an malicious old biddy or a busybody in the books, but that's by people with a skeleton in the closet. According to my interpretation, Helen Hayes was the PERFECT Miss Marple. Always smiling and pleasant, she invited confidences from the other characters, which is Miss M's stock in trade. Compared to the Helen Hayes version, the Joan Hickson version is completely humorless and obnoxious. I find it very hard not to actively dislike the character. Of course, this is the fault of the interpretation, which is not necessarily Joan Hickson's at all. It could be the the director's or the producer's. I must confess that I don't remember the Margaret Rutherford version of Miss Marple. So far I haven't found any videotapes of her four movies, but I'm still looking. Now, where does the Angela Lansbury version fit in? Out in left field, actually. Her version of Miss Marple was remarkably similar to her Jessica Fletcher character in MURDER, SHE WROTE. Certainly a popular and likable sleuth, but hardly Miss Marple. Her character is too young, for one thing. And too forceful. Too vigorous. Miss Marple was always so unobtrusive; that's how she witnessed so many private scenes, getting valuable information that the cops were too insensitive to see. It's a shame someone couldn't persuade Helen Hayes to have finished out her career by playing Miss Marple over and over. We could have had a great series of TV movies that way, hopefully better written than the current series of Perry Mason atrocities. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: FEATURED AUTHOR: RICHARD MATHESON [The following is from the catalog of Scream Press, one of the finest of the horror specialty presses.] Over 900 pages... MATHESON COLLECTION NEARS COMPLETION After four years of slow but steady work, the oft-mentioned COLLECTED STORIES by Richard Matheson is FINALLY approaching the end of the production process. The author is going over the final galleys just one last time (his third), making sure that the versions presented in our mega-tome will represent his final and definitive text. William Stout has completed all of the interior decorations (fifteen different designs); and all of the various guest introductions have been assembled (from nine different authors, including Bloch, Bradbury, Finney, Ellison and King). Opening the eighty-six story collection is a lengthy (over 21,000 words) autobiographical essay Matheson penned especially for this project, the first time he has discussed in detail his work, his career and himself. COLLECTED STORIES will also contain a complete bibliography of first publication data. Unfortunately it's simply too late to include two recently written stories that he found time to do during the five-month long Writers Guild strike last year. "They're probably the last short pieces I'll ever write," Matheson told us recently. "If it hadn't been for the strike I couldn't have done them." Sad, but not surprising, as he is working on a lengthy new novel and finishing up a screenplay with his son, Richard Christian. The first story, "Shoo Fly", was published in the November issue of OMNI and the second (we forgot to ask the title) will appear shortly in TWILIGHT ZONE. [That second short story is "Person to Person", from the April 1989 issue of Twilight Zone magazine. --RFP] The first printing of COLLECTED STORIES will consist of only 1250 copies, of which one thousand will be sold in three different editions: 500 signed, unslipcased and un-numbered at $50.00; 400 signed, numbered and slipcased for $100.00; and 100 signed and numbered leatherbound copies in a special presentation box for $250.00. (The contributors will not be signing, only Mr. Matheson.) This project is Matheson's first signed limited edition ever published, though it will be quickly followed by three more omnibus editions of various novels, namely DARKER (three early suspense novels), a ghost story trilogy (as yet untitled) and a special edition of his two major fantasy novels, BID TIME RETURN and WHAT DREAMS MAY COME. (Details at a later date.) We are shooting at a June pubdate for COLLECTED STORIES. [End of Scream Press catalog excerpt.] :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: RICHARD MATHESON: A PARTIAL LIST Novels & Short Stories: "Born of Man and Woman" was his first attempt at fiction, and he sold it to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. Like many of his early short stories, it still shows up in anthologies. Since 1950, here's a partial list of what Richard Matheson has been up to: Born of Man and Woman (1954) -- short story collection I Am Legend (1954) -- novel of a vampiric virus, even more frightening in this era of AIDS Third From the Sun (1955) -- short story collection, apparently an abridgment of the 1954 collection The Shrinking Man (1956) -- novel The Shores of Space (1957) -- short story collection A Stir of Echoes (1959) -- novel of clairvoyance and psychic phenomena Ride the Nightmare (1959) Shock I - III & Shock Waves (1961-70) -- Four short story collections Hell House (1971) -- novel of parapsychology and haunted houses Bid Time Return (1975) -- novel of time travel, won a Howard award What Dreams May Come (1978) -- semiautobiographical novel of the afterlife Earthbound (1982) -- published under the name Logan Swanson TV Series: Richard Matheson wrote for a number of detective and western TV shows (sometimes in collaboration with Charles Beaumont), but it is certainly his scripts for TWILIGHT ZONE that are his most famous series TV work. Among his TZ scripts are: "A World of Difference" -- Howard Duff can't distinguish between his acting roles and reality. "The Invaders" -- Agnes Moorehead is terrorized by tiny creatures. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" -- Is William Shatner insane, or is something on the wing of the plane? TV Movies: The screenplays of Richard Matheson have provided us with some of the finest TV movies ever made. Among them: Duel -- The VERY young Steven Spielberg directed and Dennis Weaver starred in this famous film of highway terror. It was released as a theatrical feature in Europe. The Night Stalker -- Matheson's version of Dracula (based on a story by Jeff Rice) was so popular that it became a series (Kolchak). Dracula (1974) -- This version starred Jack Palance, and is usually considered one of Palance's (and Matheson's) lesser efforts. Trilogy of Terror -- Written with William F. Nolan. No one who saw this will ever forget it (or Karen Black's performance). Films: During the 1960s, Matheson wrote screenplays for American International Pictures, among them a whole series of films based (at least sort of) on Edgar Allan Poe's stories. These last included House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum. Also: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) -- adaptation of his novel that won a Hugo The Devil's Bride (1967) -- A Hammer film starring Christopher Lee and based on Dennis Wheatley's novel THE DEVIL RIDES OUT. Hell House (1973) -- adaptation of his novel Richard Matheson's son, Richard Christian Matheson is a master of the short-short story -- see his collection SCARS AND OTHER DISTINGUISHING MARKS (1987). There are 25 of his short stories, 1 collaboration with his father, and 1 screenplay for Amazing Stories. There's a foreword by Stephen King, and introduction by Dennis Etchison, and the whole thing'll cost you $3.95 from Tor. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: What's the difference between a collection and an anthology? A collection is a group of stories by one author, an anthology contains stories by various authors. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: THE MYSTERY DEPARTMENT: SPORTS MYSTERIES I don't know about you, but I'm just settling in for a nice long baseball season. When you can't watch a game, why not read a baseball mystery? Here are a few titles with our National Pastime as a theme or background. Oh, yes, I've included some cricket mysteries as well, in case you're sympathies are more British. Baseball Avallone, Michael DEAD GAME Avallone, Michael LITTLE MISS MURDER (aka THE ULTIMATE CLIENT) Bagby, George THE TWIN KILLING Ball, John JOHNNY GET YOUR GUN Benjamin, Paul SQUEEZE PLAY Curtis, Richard STRIKE ZONE DeAndrea, William L. FIVE O'CLOCK LIGHTNING Engleman, Paul DEAD IN CENTER FIELD Fish, Robert L. & Henry Rothblatt A HANDY DEATH Fitzsimmons, Cortland DEATH ON THE DIAMOND Guthrie, A.B. WILD PITCH Holton, Leonard THE DEVIL TO PLAY McBain, Ed THE HECKLER Parker, Robert B. MORTAL STAKES Platt, Kin THE SCREWBALL KING MURDER Rosen, Robert STRIKE THREE YOU'RE DEAD Spencer, Ross THE STRANGER CITY CAPER Tapply, William G. FOLLOW THE SHARKS Wade, Robert KNAVE OF EAGLES Wolff, Miles, Jr. SEASON OF THE OWL Cricket Alington, C.A. MR. EVANS Arlington, Adrian THE AMAZING TEST MATCH CRIME Creasey, John A SIX FOR THE TOFF Dexter, Ted & Clifford Makins TESTKILL Gilbert, Michael THE CRACK IN THE TEACUP Household, Geoffrey FELLOW PASSENGER Lamb, Lynton DEATH OF A DISSENTER Marric, J.J. GIDEON'S SPORT Meynell, Lawrence HOOKY AND THE PRANCING HORSE Mills, Osmington NO MATCH FOR THE LAW Newman, Bernard DEATH AT LORDS Sprigg, C. St. John THE CORPSE WITH THE SUNBURNED FACE Symons, Julian BLAND BEGINNING Witting, Clifford A BULLET FOR RHINO Worsley-Gough, Barbara ALIBI INNINGS :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: THE HORROR DEPARTMENT: STEPHEN KING A CHECKLIST OF MAJOR WORKS (Dates are first known publication) CARRIE (1974) 'SALEM'S LOT (1975) RAGE (1977) -- as Richard Bachman THE SHINING (1977) NIGHT SHIFT (1978) -- short story collection THE STAND (1978) THE LONG WALK (1979) -- as Richard Bachman THE DEAD ZONE (1979) FIRESTARTER (1980) ROADWORK (1981) -- as Richard Bachman DANSE MACABRE (1981) -- nonfiction CUJO (1981) THE RUNNING MAN (1982) -- as Richard Bachman THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER (1982) CREEPSHOW (1982) DIFFERENT SEASONS (1982) -- four novellas CHRISTINE (1983) CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF (1983) PET SEMATARY (1983) THE TALISMAN (1984) THINNER (1984) THE EYES OF THE DRAGON (1984) SKELETON CREW (1985) -- short story collection IT (1986) MISERY (1987) THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE (1987) THE TOMMYKNOCKERS (1987) NIGHTMARES IN THE SKY (1988) -- SK provided the nonfiction text to go with f-stop Fitzgerald's photographs of gargoyles. DOLAN'S CADILLAC (January 1989) -- unknown MY PRETTY PONY (early 1989) -- short story. 280 copies were printed (beautifully, with extraordinary artwork and binding) and sold for $2200. A more accessible printing will be done Fall 1989 to sell for $50. It's about a dying grandfather and his relationship with his grandson, and the nature of time. THE DARK HALF (Fall, 1989) -- novel UNTITLED (1990?) -- 3 or 4 novellas, two of which will be "Secret Window, Secret Garden" and "Sun Dog" NEEDFUL THINGS (????) -- novel DOLORES CLAIBORNE (????) -- novel :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. ... It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. --S.I. Hayakawa :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: THE NONFICTION DEPARTMENT: SAMUEL WEISER, INC. Samuel Weiser publishes books on parapsychology, magick, consciousness, Eastern religions, etc. Whether you are a believer or not, there's bound to be something of interest in their list for spring 1989. Samuel Weiser, Inc., Box 612, York Beach, ME 03910. THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST: The Life, Work and Influence of Aleister Crowley by Gerald Suster Many modern teachers have been influenced by the brilliance of this man. Here the author traces the roots of Crowley's ideas, producing a much-needed reappraisal of the man and his work, as well as his continuing influence for those people who are searching for the spiritual self. ISBN 0-87728-697-3 Trade Paper $9.95 THE PRACTICE OF PREDICTION by Nancy Anne Hastings A complete home study course for advanced students and astrologers. Using progressions, solar arc, transits, and all aspects between planets, the author shows you how you can accurately predict events for your clients. Well written, easy to understand instructions for all calculations and interpretation. ISBN 0-87728-684-1 Trade Paper $12.95 GAMES OF THE GODS: The Origin of Board Games in Magic and Divination by Nigel Pennick Shows how such innocent pastimes as chess have their origins in divination practices, which for thousands of years were the exclusive domain of priests and shamans. From cards and dice games to rune games, we touch an ancient heritage of lost knowledge and religious practice whenever we play. ISBN 0-87728-696-5 Trade Paper $12.50 UNINVITED GUESTS: A Documented History of UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters, and Coverups by Richard Hall "Uninvited Guests is the most comprehensive book yet written on the subject of UFOs." --Bud Hopkins (INTRUDERS AMONG US). Information revealed includes: Close encounters of a vehicular kind, the humanoids, bodies in the morgue, the big secret, extraterrestrial psychology, and government UFO documents. Aurora Press, distributed by Samuel Weiser, Inc. ISBN 0-943358-32-9 Paper $14.00 Other titles from Samuel Weiser's spring list: THE RAYS AND ESOTERIC PSYCHOLOGY by Zachary Lansdowne $8.95 RUDOLF STEINER AND HOLISTIC MEDICINE by Francis X. King $9.95 WHAT YOU NEED IS WHAT YOU'VE GOT: Rediscovering, Developing and Using Your Inner Resources by Larry & Valere Althouse $9.95 LIFE-CHALLENGE ASTROLOGY: Karmic Indicators in the Birthchart by Richard Strauss $8.95 JOURNEY INTO CONSCIOUSNESS: The Chakras, Tantra, & Jungian Psychology by Charles Breaux $12.95 HEALING THE HEART: Opening and Healing the Heart with Crystals and Gemstones by Daya Sarai Chocron $7.95 THE BOOK OF LILITH by Barbara Black Koltuv $9.95 :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: What does "Trade Paper" mean? It's a paperback that is larger than the normal "mass market" size. I always think of it as a Deluxe Paperback. :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: SCIENCE FICTION DEPARTMENT: BOOKS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL Aldiss, Brian FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND Anderson, Poul BRAIN WAVE Bester, Alfred EXTRO (aka THE COMPUTER CONNECTION) Blish, James MIDSUMMER CENTURY Brunner, John QUICKSAND Davies, L.P. GENESIS TWO DeCamp, L. Sprague LEST DARKNESS FALL Edmondson, G.C. THAT SHIP THAT SAILED THE TIME STREAM SAIL THE CENTURY SEA (sequel) Fearn, John Russell THE INTELLIGENCE GIGANTIC Finney, Jack TIME AND AGAIN ABOUT TIME Gerrold, David THE MAN WHO FOLDED HIMSELF Gordon, Rex FIRST THROUGH TIME Harrison, Harry THE TECHNICOLOR TIME MACHINE Hoyle, Fred OCTOBER THE FIRST IS TOO LATE Kipling, Rudyard PUCK OF POOK'S HILL Laumer, Keith THE GREAT TIME MACHINE HOAX Lewis, Hilda THE SHIP THAT FLEW Matheson, Richard BID TIME RETURN Moorcock, Michael Dancers at the End of Time series BEHOLD THE MAN Moore, Ward BRING THE JUBILEE Nesbit, E. THE STORY OF THE AMULET Pearce, Philippa TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN Priest, Christopher THE PERFECT LOVER Saberhagen, Fred, ed. A SPADEFUL OF SPACETIME (anthology) Shaw, Bob WHO GOES HERE Silverberg, Robert THE MASKS OF TIME UP THE LINE Silverberg, Robert, ed. TRIPS IN TIME (anthology) Taine, John SEEDS OF LIFE Tucker, Wilson THE LINCOLN HUNTERS THE YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN Weinbaum, Stanley G. THE NEW ADAM Wellman, Manly Wade TWICE IN TIME Wells, H.G. THE TIME MACHINE Yulsman, Jerry ELLEANDER MORNING :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: TRIVIA ANSWERS (1) Winnie-the-Pooh (2) William Shakespeare (3) Catskills (4) Robert Ludlum (5) George Bernard Shaw (6) The pigs (7) Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (8) Gandalf (9) FISH (10) The Hunchback of Notre Dame :=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=:=: COMING NEXT MONTH: Next month will be our special Beach Bag Books Issue. Get hundreds of ideas for your summer reading right here. Initial delivery is scheduled for May 26/27/28.