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Newsletter #62 June - August, 2003

Award News

        The nominees for the Hugo Award for Best Novel are Kiln People by David Brin ($7.99), The Scar by China Mieville ($18.95), The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson ($25.95, $7.99 paperback due early June), Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer ($7.99), and Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick ($7.50).
        The nominees for Best Related Book are Dragonhenge by Bob Eggleton & John Grant ($29.95), Spectrum 9: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner ($35.00 hardcover or $27.00 trade paperback), The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril by Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Merril ($24.95), and Ray Bradbury: An Illustrated Life by Jerry Weist ($34.95).

        The Nebula Award for Best Novel went to American Gods by Neil Gaiman ($7.99). The other finalists were Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge ($24.95), The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin ($13.95), Picoverse by Robert A. Metzger ($6.99), Perdido Street Station by China Mieville ($18.95), and Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick ($7.50).

        The Philip K. Dick Award for best U.S. paperback original science fiction novel went to The Mount by Carol Emshwiller ($16.00).

        The Edgar Award winners include:
        Best Novel to Winter and Night by S. J. Rozan ($6.99);
        Best First Novel by an American Author to The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King ($6.99);
        Best Paperback Original to Out of Sight by T. J. MacGregor ($6.99);
        Best Critical/Biographical to The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley ($12.95);
        Best Fact Crime to Fire Lover by Joseph Wambaugh ($25.95, $7.99 paperback due early June).

        The Anthony Award nominees for Best Novel are Murder in the Sentier by Cara Black ($13.00), City of Bones by Michael Connelly ($7.99), North of Nowhere by Steve Hamilton ($6.99 or $23.95 signed hardcover), Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos ($6.99), and Winter and Night by S. J. Rozan ($6.99).
        The nominees for Best First Novel are The Devil's Redhead by David Corbett ($24.95, $6.99 pb due early June), An Eye For Murder by Libby Fischer Hellmann ($6.50 or $24.95 signed hc), Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King ($6.99), The Distance by Eddie Muller ($25.00), and In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming ($6.99).
        The nominees for Best Paperback Original are Black Jack Point by Jeff Abbott ($6.99), Fatal Truth by Robin Burcell ($6.50), Six Strokes Under by Roberta Isleib ($5.99), Paint It Black by P. J. Parrish ($6.99), and A Killing Sky by Andy Straka ($5.99).
        The nominees for Best Critical are The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley ($12.95), They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels edited by Jim Huang ($13.00), and Intent to Sell: Marketing the Genre Novel by Jeffrey Marks.

        The Agatha Awards are voted on by the members of the Malice Domestic mystery conventions. The nominees include:

        Best Novel: The winner is You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews ($6.50); other finalists were Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen ($24.95), Blues in the Night by Rochelle Krich ($23.95), The Body in the Bonfire by Katherine Hall Page ($6.99), and The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters ($7.50).
        Best First Novel: The winner is In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming ($6.99); the other finalists were Not All Tarts Are Apple by Pip Granger ($24.95), Six Strokes Under by Roberta Isleib ($5.99), Beat Until Stiff by Claire M. Johnson ($24.95), How to Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin ($6.50), and Shadows at the Fair by Lea Wait ($24.00).
        Best Non-Fiction: The winner is They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels edited by Jim Huang ($13.00); the other finalists were The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley ($12.95), Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction by Colleen Barnett ($16.95), Kitchen Privileges: A Memoir by Mary Higgins Clark ($24.00), and Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America edited by Sue Grafton with Jan Burke and Barry Zeman ($16.99).

More Signed Books

        Since our last listing, Uncle Hugo's has added the following signed hardcovers: Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake ($26.00); Raymond E. Feist's Talon of the Silver Hawk ($24.95); Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures ($21.95), Obsidian Butterfly ($21.95), Narcissus in Chains ($22.95), Cerulean Sins ($22.95), A Kiss of Shadows ($22.95) and A Caress of Twilight ($23.95); Greg Keyes' The Briar King ($24.95); Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Plan B ($30.00) and The Tomorrow Log ($30.00); Richard Morgan's Broken Angels ($43.95, British hc); Joshua Ortega's ((Frequencies)) ($24.00); Joel Rosenberg's The Guardians of Time ($25.00) and Home Front ($23.95), and after May 22 we should have signed copies of Margaret Weis' Mistress of Dragons ($25.95).

        Uncle Edgar's has added the following signed hardcovers: Bruce Alexander's An Experiment in Treason ($24.95); Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday ($22.95); Nevada Barr's Flashback ($24.95); C. J. Box's Winter Kill ($23.95); Andrea Camilleri's The Shape of Water ($19.95); Harlan Coben's The Second Chance ($24.95); John Connolly's The White Road ($25.00); Joanne Dobson's The Maltese Manuscript ($24.95); K. J. Erickson's The Last Witness ($24.95); Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book ($24.95); Margaret Frazer's The Bastard's Tale ($22.95); J. M. Hayes' Prairie Gothic ($24.95); Libby Fischer Hellmann's An Eye For Murder ($24.95); Tony Hillerman's The Sinister Pig ($25.95); Claire M. Johnson's Beat Until Stiff ($24.95); Jonathon King's Visible Darkness ($23.95); William Kent Krueger's The Devil's Bed ($24.00); Michael Ledwidge's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead ($23.00);Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island ($25.95); John Lescroart's The First Law ($25.95); Sujata Massey's The Samurai's Daughter ($24.95); Kyle Mills' Sphere of Influence ($24.95); Theresa Monsour's Clean Cut ($23.95); Barbara Parker's Suspicion of Madness ($24.95); Elizabeth Peters' Children of the Storm ($25.95); Mary Reed and Eric Mayer's Four for a Boy ($24.95); Joel Rosenberg's Home Front ($23.95); John Sandford's Naked Prey ($26.95); Susan Slater's Flash Flood ($24.95); Les Standiford's Havana Run ($24.95); P. J. Tracy's Monkeewrench ($23.95); Minnette Walters' Fox Evil ($24.95); Betty Webb's Desert Wives ($24.95); Edward Wright's Clea's Moon ($23.95); and after May 17 we expect to have signed copies of Erin Hart's Haunted Ground ($24.00) and after May 20 we expect to have signed copies of Anthony Bourdain's The Bobby Gold Stories ($19.95).

Gordon R. Dickson Books

        When Gordy Dickson died, his house and garage were filled with cases of his books, both U.S. and overseas editions. There was a big estate sale, which many of the local fans went to, that made a dent in the mass of books. A few months later, Dave Wixon called to say that he had to clear the rest of the books out of the house and garage before putting the house up for sale. Some money changed hands, and 2 van-loads of books were hauled to the store, where they are taking up a huge amount of space in the back room and basement. We've now put out for sale a bunch of the foreign language editions (all new copies, some mass market size, some trade size, and a few are cheap hardcover-but all marked at $5.00 each). Most have covers you haven't seen before (which may or may not have anything to do with what is in the book), while some of the German editions have covers from U.S. Dickson books put on different titles. Some titles we only have a single copy, while we have up to a dozen copies of other titles. We may find more titles as we find time to dig through the boxes.
        France: Dorsai, Dragon & the George, Dragon on the Border, The Pritcher Mass, Soldier Ask Not
        Germany: Alien Art, Alien Way, Ancient My Enemy, Danger-Human, The Dragon & the George, The Dragon & the Gnarly King, The Dragon & the Djinn, The Dragon at the Border, The Dragon at War, The Dragon Knight, The Dragon on the Border, The Dragon The Earl & the Troll, Earthman's Burden, Far Call, Lost Dorsai, Master of Everon, Outposter, R-Master, Sleepwalker's World, Soldier Ask Not, Spacepaw, Tactics of Mistake, Timestorm, Wolf & Iron, Wolfling
        Italy: Alien Way (hc), The Dragon & the George (hc), Final Encyclopedia Part 1, Final Encyclopedia Part 2, Genetic General (hc), Lost Dorsai, Mission to Universe, Naked to the Stars, Necromancer, Outposter, Soldier Ask Not (hc), Space Paw, Spacial Delivery, Tactics of Mistake (hc), Way of the Pilgrim
        Japan: The Dragon & the George, Dragon Knight Part 1, Dragon Knight Part 2, Hoka, Lost Dorsai, Necromancer, Soldier Ask Not, Spirit of Dorsai, Star Prince Charlie, Time Storm Part 1, Time Storm Part 2
        Poland: Dragon Knight Part 1, Dragon Knight Part 2, The Last Dream, Necromancer, Soldier Ask Not
Portugal: Dorsai, Forever Man Part 1, Forever Man Part 2, Genetic General, Lost Dorsai, Necromancer, Soldier Ask Not Part 1, Soldier Ask Not Part 2, Tactics of Mistake Part 1, Tactics of Mistake Part 2, Wolfling
        Spain: Alien Way, Dorsai, The Dragon & the George, Dragon Knight, Lost Dorsai, Soldier Ask Not, Spirit of Dorsai

Neighborhood Update
by Don Blyly

        The city has been so busy trying to figure out how to deal with the budget cuts from the state that the Request For Proposals for the Sears site went out about a month later than originally hoped, but there was a big press event on April 23rd at the Sears site to call attention to recent developments and announce the RFP. Initial proposals should reach the city by early June, so that a few finalists can be selected (and only the finalist will have to go to the expense of producing architectural drawings to support their proposals), and the city hopes to name a new developer around the end of August.

        I've been complaining for the last 9 months about the plan to replace the one bridge next to the store with three bridges. Just before the newsletter went to the printer, I was told that the city has finally agreed to hold a public meeting sometime next week to give people a chance to express their preference between one bridge or three bridges.



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