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Issue Number : 29 - Kicking the Sacred Cow: Missing References - News - Web Site
Kicking the Sacred Cow: Missing References - News - Web Site
Issue #29 - February 19, 2005
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KICKING THE SACRED COW -- Missing References
It looks as if about a page and a half of material somehow got lost from the Hardback release (July, 2004) of Kicking the Sacred Cow.
On Page 354 of "References and Further Reading," the last entry that
appears is "Ransom, Steven, and Phillip Day, 2000 . . ." A further
seven entries should have followed this to complete the entries for
Section 6, on AIDS, and a further twelve entries for the "Afterword"
Section. There's little we can do now apart from making sure that these
are included in the mass-market paperback -- release date to be
announced. However, we have posted the omitted references for anyone
needing them. Click here to see the list.
Apologies to all. And thanks to those who drew our attention to this. We blame the computer, naturally.
This is a good time to mention that the paperback edition of The Anguished Dawn, the sequel to Cradle of Saturn was released last month and is getting good responses. Starlog enthuses that "it is more entertaining than the prequel," by which I hope they don't mean that Cradle
wasn't. Landen Keene and the survivors after Athena's close encounter
with Earth return from the Kronian colony at Saturn five years after
the devastation to reconnoiter and assess prospects for rebuilding.
Amazingly, there are survivors, though already reverted to savagery and
dominated by a younger contingent with no memory of the world that
existed before. The potential exists to found a new civilization based
on different values, guided by the knowledge and sciences that have
been preserved at Kronia. But the survivors also include Terrans
accustomed to the taste of wielding power, who know only the old ways.
As a February release from Baen we have Cosmic Tales: Adventures in the Far Future,
an anthology of hard SF tales edited by Toni Weisskopf, who is doing a
splendid job in this department, reminiscent of the collections put
together by Judy-Lynn Del Rey. (For those who missed it, the previous
volume in this series was Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Sol System,
June, 2004.) The current collection includes a story of mine called
"The Tree of Dreams," which I quite like. A mission to bring "cultural
advancement" to the planet Lydia arrives from Earth, which means being
"developed" and exploited for the benefit of profit-hungry investors
back home. It seems that the happy inhabitants and their idyllic world
are defenseless in the face of determined organizational power
deploying technologies far in advance of their simple agricultural ways
and quaint religion. But it turns out that the natives have dealt with
this kind of thing before.
Mulligan and Declan Glynn have been doing a terrific job of remodeling
the web site, which we now have running on a test URL. Sheryl and I are
just back from the Capricon convention in Chicago, where sons Alex and
Joe, and Sheryl's daughter Lyndsey were able to make it too, along with
the site administrator Tim Gleason, accompanied by Sally Bunnell. We
had a wonderful time and met some great people -- very much recommended
for con-goers, especially those who like parties -- and once the more
immediate demands are attended to, I'll be able to take a closer look
at the new site. But from what I saw before we left, there will be an
impressive discussion thread capability for those who have been asking
for means of discussing site (and any other) topics and maybe getting
to know others with similar interests. All Bulletin Board posts will
potentially become starting points for discussion threads, and that
facility is linked in turn into a wider "Forum" (we're thinking of
calling it "Hogan's Irish Pub") that subsumes and replaces the former
Guestbook. More soon, when we are ready to open it up.
Thanks again to all for your ongoing interest.
James P. Hogan