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RPGNet Newsletter #8; Ford Street Publishing has been busy; Harper Collins places new releases on sale; Heroes & Heartbreakers; Radio Archive News; John Rhys Davies & the SF Museum
SPECIAL NOTE: The proposed rules changes to Hugo Award nominations has been formally submitted. It is complicated and difficult to explain easily – but there’s still plenty of time before the WSFS Business Meeting to give it a good couple of once-overs. Amazing Stories urges all those who plan on attending the BM to go over it well before the meeting. This year’s Business Meeting is expected to be long and complicated itself, so all advance preparation will be appreciated. You can read the proposal here (scroll down to B.1.4 Short Title: E Pluribus Hugo (Out of the Many, a Hugo) and read the FAQ as well!)
Be sure to check out our own Shannon Appelcline’s “Interview with Greg Stafford, Chaosium”. The rebirth of Chaosium is some of the biggest news to hit RPG-land in a while, and Shannon’s interview gives a solid, concise overview of the most pertinent facts related to it.
Other – also fantastic – new columns from last week:
Shannon Appelcline’s review of “12 Realms” (Board/Co-op game)
Threads You Might Have Missed
We had two great new threads in Other Games Open last week; rather than choose between them, I’ll just flag them both for you. First, if you’re a Magic: The Gathering player, check out “[MTG] Magic Origins is starting to be spoiled”. The game has changed a lot since yr. humble editor stopped playing, but if you’re interested in the ins-and-outs of the newest set, stop by here for some analysis.
Speaking of outer space, head over to Tangency Open and take a read of “[Whew] No Galactic Superpowers”. The thread is chock-full of great discussion on the nature of scientific discovery, SETI, the Drake Equation, and lots of related issues.
Ford Street has been busy . . .
We’re almost halfway through the year and Ford Street Publishing has been busy bringing you some of the best children’s and YA books of the year. Already we’ve released several new titles, with many more to come.
But of course Ford Street doesn’t just bring you books. We run literary festivals and host seminars, and don’t forget our partner Creative Net Speakers’ Agency where our extensive list of authors and illustrators is constantly growing.
Our latest addition to Creative Net, Michael Hyde, also launched his latest book Footy Dreaming at the Ford Street warehouse last month.
Paul Collins, Phil Cleary, Gemma-Dean Furlong and Michael Hyde.
We have already organised our next ‘An Evening With’ event, to be held on the 6th July and featuring Gary Crew and Judith Rossell.
Gary Crew’s talk will be: The Castaway in Literature: Nurturing the contemporary teenager’s curiosity into the anxieties of an extraordinary 19th century fascination. Gary will also cover issues arising from his latest YA novel, Voicing the Dead.
Judith Rossell will be talking about the inspiration behind her hugely successful novel Withering-by-Sea, her fascination with Victoriana and the experience of working on the words and the illustrations together.
For full details see here, and to register for this event email us at . RSVP is June 29.
Contact us at if you would like us to organise a literary festival for your library or school — anywhere in Australia! Here is a testimonial from Robyn Donoghue:
Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School has had the great pleasure of holding two Ford Street Literary Festivals and is looking forward to hosting many more in the future.
With so many activities on offer, the students are thoroughly engaged. Each student attends three different author/illustrator run workshops, a book launch, participates in a literary quiz and has the opportunity to meet all 11 highly acclaimed Australian authors/illustrators and have them sign their Ford Street created souvenir signature booklet. Each student receives a complimentary show bag containing a Ford Street book, book marks and other goodies.
After attending a Ford Street Literary Festival the students have become more aware and engaged with Australian literature and identify with many of the authors and illustrators on a more personal level. During the YABBA nomination process, the students chose more Ford Street Festival authors’ and illustrators’ books than any other titles. In fact The Burning Sea by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen obtained more votes than The Fifty-two Storey Treehouse!
To celebrate the first three books of The Warlock’s Child being released, Ford Street Publishing is running a competition for readers fifteen years and younger.
For full details and the list of PRIZES please see the competition page on our website.
Review From A Student
Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde • Rating 9/10
The saying is ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover,’ however for this book you can, it has an amazing cover and story.
When it comes to football season all eyes are turned to the two stars of the town, Ben and Noah who share a dream of playing at the MCG. Noah is aboriginal and the book is not shy of sharing the reality of racism with the readers.
The book takes you on a journey with the boys who are trying to make it into the Bushrangers Squad. Footy fan or not, you will feel hope, disappointment, sadness and excitement within this story.
I would recommend this book to children aged 12+
Ashley, aged 11
Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School, Victoria
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We can still hardly believe it, but E.L. James’s Grey, Christian’s perspective of Fifty Shades of Grey,is out tomorrow. In anticipation, we polled our bloggers about whether they’d be reading and, if so, what they wanted out of the book. Where do you stand, dear readers?
Summer of Love, here we come! From books to movies to TV, our Summer 2015 Can’t-Miss Calendar will help you keep track of your romance social schedule, like the releases of Shelly Laurenston’s and Lisa Kleypas’s latest, as well as Amy Schumer’s rom-com Trainwreck.
Team H&H is asking our favorite authors the tough questions–like, “what’s the last great book you read?” and “who is your current favorite couple?”–and delivering their answers to YOU, exclusively in the newsletter. Today we’re gabbing with Katy Evans, whose new novel Manwhore +1 will be released next month. Welcome, Katy!
What book introduced you to romance and what do you remember about it?I have always been an avid reader. I grew up reading about the Wakefield sisters and devouring every single release in Sweet Valley High. It was reading those books that I realized the most exciting parts usually were those when one of the Wakefield twins had a love interest. It made me crave more. That craving eventually led me into the romance section of a bookstore. I scanned the titles and was especially caught by a thick historical by Judith McNaught titled Whitney, My Love. I devoured it in twenty-four hours.I still remember the characters’ names, how they met, how much I felt for them. I specifically remember the hellion Whitney was, and how Clayton Westmoreland once, after a particularly reckless act on Whitney’s part, spread her over his lap and spanked her. It was very taboo and the way Judith McNaught handled the scene was so very sexy and emotional too. By that point in the book, I was already deeply in love with both characters and I was just dying for them to realize what they were magically finding in the other: passionate raw love. It’s still the best kind of love, and Whitney, My Love is still my favorite book to this day.
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Jungle Jim! The very name conjures up images of exotic locales, wild beasts and hostile natives. Jungle Jim braved these with the aid of his faithful Hindu companion Kolu as he traveled the wilds of southeastern Asia in search of adventure.
Jungle Jim is best remembered as the star of sixteen Columbia B-movies starring Johnny Weissmuller, fresh off his twelve-year stint as Tarzan, beginning in 1948. But Jungle Jim’s history goes back more than a decade.
Produced by Jay Clark and often written by Gene Stafford, The Adventures of Jungle Jim was on the air weekly from 1935 to 1954. A combination of jungle danger and colonial politics, the show brought listeners tales of slave traders, pirates, foreign spies, wild beasts, poachers, hostile tribes, and, during World War II, the Japanese, as Jim often served as an Allied operative. Armed with his trusty .45 automatic, the adventurer searched for lost treasure and investigated such mysteries as ghosts and unknown islands. Throughout it all, Jungle Jim maintained a cool head.
Beginning with Tarzan, the pulp era was full of jungle characters. Jungle Jim is one of the unique ones, in that he wasn’t a barely-literate loincloth-clad tree-dwelling wild man, but rather Jim Bradley, a hunter – a “great white hunter” in the mold of heroes of earlier popular fiction such as H. Rider Haggard’s Allan Quatermain and Lord John Roxton from Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. Jungle Jim was everything one could ask for in a pulp protagonist – handsome, brave, resourceful.
Matt Crowley, who originated the role, played Jim for the entire run of the show, except for a brief period in 1938, when Gerald Mohr, who had a long career in radio, film and television, took over the part. Joined by his faithful aide, Kolu, a powerful Hindu giant (played by Juano Hernandez), Jungle Jim often encountered Lille DeVrille and served as Jim’s femme fatale (played first by Vicki Vola and later, Franc Hale).
This volume contains forty fifteen-minute episodes from 1941, including the conclusion of “The Panama Canal” (#281-288) and the beginning of “Thorson’s Island” (#289-320), for ten hours of exciting and intelligent adventure.
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June 6th is the 71st anniversary of D-Day. Our restoration team spent four months getting these 72 hours of NBC and CBS coverage restored. These two sets are the most important restorations that Radio Archives has ever done and we are proud to be able to offer them to you!
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted — and radio was there to cover it.
D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous CBS network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
Hear President Roosevelt, the BBC feed of Communique #1, General Eisenhower from SHAEF headquarters, King George VI speaking from London via the BBC. Bill Henry in Washington interviews Congressmen Moss, McCormick, Rogers, Voorhees, Mundt, Herbert, and Gore.
Regular CBS shows were included in the broadcast, “The Passing Parade”, “Columbia Presents Corwin”, “Burns & Allen”, “1st show of “The Doctor Fights”, “Perry Mason”, “Valiant Lady,” “Light of the World,” “The Open Door,” “Bachelor’s Children”, “Kate Smith Speaks”, “Big Sister”, “The Romance of Helen Trent”, “Life Can Be Beautiful”, “Ma Perkins”, “The Goldbergs” among them.
Hear the events of the day as reported by Irwin Darlington, Robert Trout, Maj. George Fielding Elliott, Ned Calmer, Quentin Reynolds, Alan Jackson, Merrill Mueller, Douglas Edwards, Quincy Howe, William Shirer, John Daly, and Edwin C. Hill with “The Human Side of the News”. Reporting from London are Edward R. Murrow, Wright Bryan, John W. Vandercook, David Anderson, Arthur Mann, and Charles Shaw reports from the BBC in London.
Herbert Clark reports from the invasion fleet off the coast of England, an eyewitness account of the first parachute drop, James Willard from SHAEF headquarters in London describes the invasion fleet from the air. Richard C. Hottelet describes the invasion from a plane over the beaches, French Colonel Morrison who describes the area of the invasion landings, Stanley Richardson eyewitness account of the invasion fleet, Charles Collingwood aboard an LST in the invasion fleet, and George Hicks from the invasion fleet, describing the shore bombardment before the landing.
These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The CBS broadcasts — containing 34 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection.
Normally priced at $101.98 Audio CDs / $50.99 Download, Specially priced through the month of June. 34 hours – $25.49 Download / $50.99 Audio CDs
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted — and radio was there to cover it.
D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous NBC network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
Noted inspirational author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, King Haakon VII of Norway, Premier Gerbandy of the Netherlands, Premier Pierlot of Belgium, and US Senators Clark, Barkley, White, Hill and Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce speak, as does the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. General Eisenhower speaks from SHAEF headquarters.
Regular NBC shows were included in the broadcast, “The Bob Hope Show”, “Fibber McGee & Molly”, “The Guiding Light”, “Vic & Sade”, “The Red Skelton Show”, “The Road of Life”, “Today’s Children”, “Ma Perkins”, “Pepper Young’s Family”, “Mary Noble, Backstage Wife”, “Stella Dallas”, “Lorenzo Jones”, “Young Widder Brown”, “When A Girl Marries” and “Front Page Farrell” among them.
Hear the events of the day as reported by Ben Grauer, Cesar Saerchinger, Charles F. McCarthy, David Anderson, Don Goddard, Don Hollenbeck, Ed Hocker, Edward R. Murrow, Elmer Peterson, George Wheeler, H. V. Kaltenborn, Herbert M. Clark, James Willard, John W. Vandercook, Louis P. Lockner, Lowell Thomas, Merrill Mueller, Morgan Beatty, Ralph Howard, Richard Harkness, Robert McCormick, Robert St. John, Tommy Traynor, W. W. Chaplin and Wright Bryan. Alex Dreier, in Chicago, recalled his experiences as the last western correspondent in Nazi Germany while Stanley Richardson offered an eyewitness account of the invasion from the Channel boats, and George Hicks reported from the beach-head itself!
These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The NBC broadcasts — containing 38 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection.
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By what strange twist of Fate did the fearful menace which was to shadow every man and woman in New York City first rear its venomous head in the distant Caribbean? When terror suddenly boarded a little tramp steamer and left crimson havoc littering its narrow decks a spluttering wireless flashed the doom of every living thing aboard. Within a week, the same ghastly fate struck a gigantic new ocean liner, its luxurious cabins occupied by the elite and powerful of a dozen different nations! Death — swift and terrible — rode the ocean lanes. And the Spider — taken for once off guard — was supposedly dying in a hospital room on the very day when that terror from the seas first showed itself in all its terror above the city skyline. How can the Spider, fighting death himself, help the nation he loves in her hour of greatest need?
The great pulp magazines of the 1930s and 40s produced a number of heroes, but none as action-oriented as the Spider. For almost exactly a decade, from October 1933 to December 1943, the Spider was the scourge of the Underworld, doling out his own particular brand of justice and imprinting his dreaded red Spider seal on the foreheads of those he has killed for the good of mankind.
The Spider followed the established pulp pattern of a wealthy man-about-town, Richard Wentworth III, master of disguise, dilettante of the arts, in perfect physical condition, and completely devoted to the pursuit of justice for the down-trodden, no matter what the cost to himself or loved ones. Secretly donning a decrepit black hat, a tattered black cape, a false hunch to his shoulders, a lank wig of stringy hair, an application of sinister face makeup and a pair of .45 automatics, Wentworth prowls the streets of New York as his alter-ego the Spider, chasing down criminal masterminds bent on enslaving or destroying humanity. Much of the action takes place in the tenements and slums, the poor and lower classes victimized as readily as the rich.
Nick Santa Maria reads Builders of the Black Empire with all the intensity you have come to expect of his superb talent. Originally published in The Spider magazine, October, 1934.
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Operator #5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday’s Pulp today!
Dare-Devil Aces #96 March 1940 The Brave Will Come Back
There is no greater glory than comes to a man like this. Lon Pedrick lives a story that you never will forget! Dare-Devil Aces was another of the many pulps that rode the wave of popularity of World War I aviation tales in the decade after the conflict. It made its debut in February 1932 and lasted for an astounding 135 issues. It finally closed after World War II ended, with the November 1946 issue. During its run, it presented a wide assortment of high-flying aerial series, including The Red Falcon, The Vanished Legion, The Three Mosquitoes, Molloy and McNamara, The Black Sheep of Belogue, The Mongol Ace, Chinese Brady, Captain Babyface, Smoke Wade and others. Strap on your flying helmet, toss that scarf about your neck and get ready for some soaring action in the skies over France and Germany during the Great War. Dare-Devil Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Horror Stories! The dark companion to Dime Mystery Magazine. Created to showcase stories too horrible for Terror Tales. The third of the triumvirate of fear pulps. This brand of fiction came to be called Weird Menace. The mystery-and-menace formula proved so successful that publisher Popular Publications produced Dime Mystery Magazine, Terror Tales and Horror Stories. These three dominated the Weird Menace genre all through the 1930s. Blurbed as “mystery-horror” stories instead of “mystery-terror,” Horror Stories was formulated differently that its companion titles. Damn the plot. Pour on the menace! This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Horror Stories magazine, all written by Wayne Rogers, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBooks to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
The Knight of Darkness journeys from Chinatown to the Canadian North Woods and to Manhattan society haunts to combat criminal conspiracies in two pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” The Shadow follows a trail of counterfeit money in “The North Woods Mystery” from the back allies of Chinatown to the uncharted Canadian wilderness in pursuit of Mongol smugglers. Then, in “Death About Town” serial killings at a posh New York gentlemen’s club become even more baffling when the murderers themselves are slaughtered! BONUS: a classic adventure from the Golden Age of Radio! This instant collector’s item showcases both original color pulp covers by George Rozen and the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Paul Orban, with original commentary by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulps’ legendary Man of Bronze returns in action-packed thrillers by William G. Bogart and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, in “Tunnel Terror” a deadly fog envelopes men and transforms them into mummified corpses, threatening the construction of an important engineering project. Then, in “Once Over Lightly,” the owner of a California resort is murdered, but the victim’s own will could provide the clue to the mystery, in a rare adventure narrated in the first person! This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by Emery Clarke and Walter Swenson, and also features the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era’s longest-running supersleuth returns in two novels edited by longtime Superman and Batman editor Mort Weisinger! First, newspaper editor Frank Havens installs a rooftop signal device to summon The Phantom to combat“Dealers in Death” in the classic pulp novel that inspired the Bat Signal. Then, Muriel Havens is kidnapped by The Bat, a cowled and cloaked mystery man, while investigating “The Yacht Club Murders,” in a thrilling pulp novel by Batman scripter Charles Greenberg! Bonus: a classic Phantom Detective illustrated story from Thrilling Comics! This double-novel collector’s edition showcases both classic color pulp covers and the original interior illustrations, with historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When William Harper Littlejohn unearths a shadowy figure transfixed in ice, the renowned archeologist understands that he has made the most momentous discovery of his brilliant career. For inscribed over the frozen form is this chilling warning:
“IF I STILL LIVED, MANKIND WOULD TREMBLE!”
Who is this monster? Why does his name strike terror into the hearts of brave men? Can even Doc Savage control him once he breaks free of his icy tomb?
From the Gobi Desert to war-torn Free China, the Man of Bronze and his fighting crew battle a threat so terrifying that it could change the course of human history…. Softcover $24.95
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