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I was looking at the 'Any C. J. Cherryh Fans Out There?' topic and saw where you said you don't read ebooks because you don't own a kindle. You don't have to own a kindle to read ebooks in kindle format, you can get kindle for PC from amazon for free! Plus places like Project Guttenberg have their ebooks listed in several different formats, like PDF, which you read using Adobe Acrobat which you can also get for free.
Congratulations, Ian, on the BSFA nomination for Adrift on the Sea of Rains, now rocketing to the top of my TBR!
Hi Ian, Almost finished the Alexandria Quartet. Would like to discuss it with you some time. It will need to sink in. It made me wonder who Durrell was writing for - readers, or himself? I'll let you know when I get to the end. It is having a very strange effect on my writing.
Ian,

I have not read your novella yet. My situation isn't ideal for looking at it on the computer. Luckily it's nice and short, so I can get through it easier. Can't say when, but I would like to get around to reading it. Alas, TBR piles just keep getting bigger and bigger these days.

Karl
Got it, downloaded, will read it.
Ian,

I'd be happy to look at your novella. Send me the PDF forthwith. As Monty Python said in the lifeboat sketch, "How long is it?" Just wondering, because then I can print it out. (I'm not one for reading lengthy things on the computer screen ... and I'm a total Luddite for not owning a Kindle, and also a cheapskate.)

Best,
Karl
Thanks for the info.
Hello,
Michael Bishop wrote A Little Knowledge, Catacomb Years, and Under Heaven's Bridge. One source shows them as a series called Urban Nucleus, but LT doesn't show them as part of a series.

Do you know if they are connected or stand alones set in the same universe?

Thanks,
Lanson
Been reading your posts on the SF group list and just wanted to peek at your profile. great blog/webpage btw!
Some, but not a lot of it. I have a story that was published in Taboo with Moebius art, and a few Metabarons odds and ends. I've also seen the concept work that Moebius did for Jodowrsoky's aborted Dune movie.
Thanks for the recommendations on SF comics.
Have you laid your hands on the new Iain M. Banks offering? Thoughts on SURFACE DETAIL? Is it a worthy contribution to the Culture cycle? This inquiring reader wants to know...
I friend requested you because I'm absolutely blown away by your Shepard collection.
Hi Ian--Just wanted to stop by and say Hello! since you popped up on my thread. Nice to meet you. :) I am off to peruse your library. I already see we share several of my favorites...
Hi Ian, I think I left a comment on your thread in the 75 Book group but I'll be damned if I can find the thread again. I've tried twice now. Maybe I'm losing my LT ability (Women Who Stare at Books...) Lois
Ian -- Richard said it! I was coming here to say exactly the same thing! (cutest profile pic...)
tis true!

Thx for the visit :)
That is the cutest profile picture I've ever seen, bar none.

A comment you left in Chatterbox's 75-Books Challenge thread led me to wonder if you'd ever encountered Mars 1999? It purports to be a non-fictional account of the US-Soviet joint manned expedition to Mars, and was written in 1987. I've often thought, since first encountering it in my wife's late mother's library, that it would be a wonderful starting point for a story of some sort.

If you would like to have it, please PM me with a shipping address and I'll send it to you.

Cheers
RMD
Ian
Our 75 challenge group is growing by leaps and bounds. I'd like to check your thread and see what you are reading. Can you please send the link to me.

Many thanks.
Linda
I just checked out your blog on Overlooked Classics. Found a few to add to my collection.
Thanks, Ian.
G'day Ian,

I noticed on your blog that you have recently(?) read Howarth's The Desert King dealing with Ibn Saud. Apart from comparisons to Dune (which we both love), how was it?

I'm currently reading Brown's Treason in the Blood more for my interest in Kim Philby than his father H. St. John Philby, but I would be interested to know how much St. John Philby features in The Desert King.

Do you think reading The Desert King would be worthwhile for me given that my interest is more in the Philbies than the Saudis?

Thanks for your time.

Jim
Don't be worrying, sure you have to review it as you see it! I try very hard to plug my ears and whistle past the graveyard when it comes to reviews, so fire away!

I'm kinda worried about the market it's being pitched at too. But it's always been one of my problems: publishers, thought they seem to love my work, have never known what way to market me. Moorehawke has been pitched to a different audience in every territory so far. Aus and Ireland and Spain, who pitched at YA crossover, have been the most successful and I suspect that's where the most receptive audience lies ( most of my fanmail comes from teens - and from women too actually)Germany pitched to the Eragon/high-fantasy market, which I don't think is quite on the mark either. But then the book is so odd - I'm amazed and grateful my publishers took a chance on it in the first place! Perhaps it'll settle into it's own place eventually :0)

I've been enjoying your blog, btw. I notice you don't like Neil Gaimann or Ray Bradbury! Must confess, I love those guys!

OK. I'll leave you to it. Best of luck, and thanks again!

Celine
Thanks for reading and rating The Poison Throne, Ian!
Sorry you didn't like it, but thanks for taking the time :0)

All the best
Celine
Hi Ian, good to see you here!
Cheers
Larry
I had posted that song on one of the snobs music pages (I think) and just thought maybe you remembered it from that. Oh, well.
Hi, I am just clicking around and came across the fantastic picture at the top of the page. Is that you or someone you know? The child looks like someone from a fantasy with those big eyes!So precious!
Thanks.
Ian
What is the BEACON series?
http://www.librarything.com/series/Beacon
I hope you don't mind me adding you to my interesting libraries. I've recently become very interested in the sci-fi genre and you have a very large collecting of sci-fi books that I would like to reference in the future.
AsYouKnow_Bob is my new hero, but I have just made you New Hero #2 and will use your library for reference if that's O.K. with you.
Thanks,
Peggy
umm.. i wasn't, particularly. Between Iron John, M. Scott Peck and (imo) Joseph Campbell, our local church while good and responsible in matters social, went head first into the shallow end in terms of "literary guidance."
Iron John- god save us - one of the major issues i had w/ our local episcopalian church (other than i couldn't stop being an atheist) was the "men being men support group." wtf. That was 20 yrs ago. They were v. big on drumming, iirc (so i was told). Yeah. More than bad poetry can be blamed on Robert Bly.
Ian,

Just had the latest PR for the Eastercon and I see you're a member. Are you planning to be there?
Ian:

Invite accepted.

However, with friends like me...
thanks for leaving the comment on the conservative mindset. I more or less stopped posting anything on vaguely political sites long ago..Sometime,back in the stone age, (1992 iirc) when NPR (Nat. Public Radio) first set up a bulletin board where people could leave comments about the show, i left a note to the effect that i'd thought that NPR's commentary had become increasingly slanted to the right as the Reagan admin. kept threatening to pull funding from such leftist swill. (We had such pleasures as a general who'd been involved in setting up Iran/Contra and training central American "para-military" forces on the news as an "expert" commentator on things Latin American). As we shared a dial up line w/ one email name..ours was bobadampjb which combines our adam and my name w/ my Patty's initials. I got this incredible screed, laced with ill-spelling and profanity, telling Adam and me to take our homosexual selves out of the country and that this fellow had had a prof. at some fine uni send him out into the world w/ the inane adage about being heartless if one's not a liberal in youth and a fool if not a conservative when old. I politely pointed out that he'd written a note to a family..father, mother and son..all of whom were fully literate and that it WAS useful to have his note as an introduction to the American conservative mindset for a 9 yr old boy. Never heard back.
Hi, I saw your comment on the "Book Swap" thread - who are you on BookMooch?

- Bob (My identity on BookMooch is "asyouknow_bob" )
Ian - the original question (as i'm reading it) did NOT ask as best i can tell about the 1st mention - it asked about the ubiquitous nature of these technologies being predicted..
:"Are there any examples of proto-internets in science fiction, or predictions for the widespread use of cell phones?"

bob
If you add the author (Philip Birtles) to 'DeHavilland Vampire, Venom and Sea Vixen' you can connect with my copy and obtain a cover.
Hi, welcome to LibraryThing!
Many thanks for the skinny on the SF & FMW series. Do you have a contact at Orion, or did you read this somewhere?
Ian:

Thanks for the scan of the Dune Calendar! Check out my catalog from time to time (wait about six months and I'll have a over a thousand sf covers, mostly 50s and 60s).

The Dune Calendar came around again last year. I certainly enjoy this one.
I thought Angel Stations had a quirky, dreamlike, intriguing quality to it. And my personal preference is not for novels with endless shoot-em ups - although I realise this is the current fashion.
Hello Ian! I have just started this malarky so I've got a few library entries to go yet.....
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