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Newsletter #77 March May, 2007

33rd Anniversary Sale

        Uncle Hugo’s is the oldest surviving science fiction bookstore in the United States. We opened for business on March 2, 1974. To encourage you to help us celebrate Uncle Hugo’s 33rd anniversary, we’re having a big sale. Come into either Uncle Hugo’s or Uncle Edgar’s and get an extra 10% off everything except gift certificates. A discount card will save you even more–you’ll get both the 10% savings from the sale and the 10% sales from the discount card. (Sales prices apply to in-store purchases, but not to mail orders.)
        The 33rd Anniversary Sale lasts Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 11–giving you two weekends to take advantage of the sale. (Uncle Edgar’s recently received over 100 cases of used mysteries from an estate. Please come take some away!)

Award News

        The Preliminary Nebula Award Ballot for Novels consists of From the Files of the Time Rangers by Richard Bowes ($24.95), Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell ($24.95), The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford ($13.95), The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner ($14.00), Counting Heads by David Marusek ($24.95), To Crush the Moon by Will McCarthy ($6.99), Seeker by Jack McDevitt ($7.99), A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park ($7.99), Remains by Mark W. Tiedemann ($14.95), and Spin by Robert Charles Wilson ($7.99). This list will be reduced for the final ballot, and there might be one more title added by the jury.

        The nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award (for best paperback original science fiction) are Recursion by Tony Ballantyne ($6.99), Carnival by Elizabeth Bear ($6.99), Idolon by Mark Budz ($6.99), Mindscape by Andrea Hairson, Catalyst by Nina Kiriki Hoffman ($14.95), Spin Control by Chris Moriarty ($12.00), and Living Next Door to the God of Love by Justina Robson ($13.00)

        The Aurealis Award Winners from Australia include K-Machines by Damien Broderick ($14.95) best science fiction novel, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier ($16.99) for best fantasy novel, Monster Blood Tattoo by D. M. Cornish ($18.99) for best young adult novel.

        The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2006 Edgar Allen Poe Awards. The nominees for Best Novel are The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard ($24.95), The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin ($25.00, some signed copies available), Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris ($24.95), The Dead Hour by Denise Mina ($24.99), The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard ($23.95), and The Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer ($24.95).
        The nominees for Best First Novel by an American Author are The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson ($24.95), Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn ($24.00). King of Lies by John Hart ($22.95), Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith ($22.95 hc or $12.95 tr pb), and A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read ($22.95).
        The nominees for Best Paperback Original are The Goodbye Kiss by Massimo Carlotto ($14.95), The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson ($14.95), Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara ($12.00), The Deep Blue Alibi by Paul Levine ($6.99) and City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate ($14.00).

        The nominees for the North American Hammett Prize are Ghost Dancer by John Case ($25.95), The Prisoner of Guantanamo by Dan Fesperman ($24.00), Dark Companion by Jim Nisbet, The Crimes of Jordan Wise by Bill Pronzini ($23.95) and Four Kinds of Rain by Robert Ward ($22.95, some signed copies available).

        The nominees for the Lefty Award for most humorous mystery are Murder Unleashed by Elaine Viets ($19.95), Go to Helena Handbasket by Donna Moore, 47 Rules of Highly Effective Robbers by Troy Cook ($14.95, some signed copies available), Monkey Man by Steve Brewer and No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews ($23.95).

        The nominees for the Dilys Award, the book chosen by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as the one they most enjoyed selling, are Billy Boyle by James R. Benn ($23.00), Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith ($22.95 hc or $12.95 tr pb), The Mournful Teddy by John J. Lamb ($6.99), Still Life by Louise Penny ($22.95), The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard ($23.95) and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ($26.00).

Upcoming Signing

        Quite a few years ago the publishers seemed to cut back on the number of science fiction authors they sent on tours, and after 9-11 they tended to cut back on all author tours. But this spring we have a lot of science fiction/fantasy authors coming through, many being sent by the publishers, and we’re delighted by this change.
        On Saturday, March 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, we’ll be seeing Walter H. Hunt and Joel Rosenberg. Walter is the author of a four-book military sf series: Dark Wing, Dark Path, The Dark Ascent, and The Dark Crusade ($7.99 each). Joel has also written some military sf (all currently out of print) and two mysteries (Home Front ($23.95) and Family Matters ($24.95)), but is primarily known for his fantasies. His two most recent are Paladins (which was on our paperback bestseller list for November and December, but we ran out, the publisher ran out, and the national wholesaler ran out) and Paladins II: Knight Moves ($25.00).
        On Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 7 pm, we’ll be seeing Tad Williams, world-famous author of (primarily) fat fantasy novels. His latest is Shadowplay ($26.95), sequel to Shadowmarch ($8.99 pb or $25.95 signed hardcover). Tad always has interesting stories to tell, including a signing tour of Australia where most of the signings were in pubs instead of in bookstores.
        On Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 2 pm, we’ll see Dave Wixon, who assisted Gordon R. Dickson for decades. Dave has used Gordy’s notes to continue the Childe Cycle with Antagonist ($27.95). The publisher is promoting Antagonist as the conclusion to the Childe Cycle, but Dave says it will take at least 2 more novels to finish this story arc. It might take good sales on this book to convince the publisher to let him continue the series, so please drop by and buy a copy.
        On Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 3 pm, we’ll be seeing Kim Harrison, author of the fantasy series that begins with Dead Witch Walking ($7.99), about a witch, a vampire and a pixy setting up a private investigating service near Cincinnati. The series continue with The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, and A Fistful of Charms ($7.99 each). Her newest book is the first hardcover in the series, For a Few Demons More ($21.95).
        On Monday, April 9, from 5 to 6 pm, we’ll be seeing Jim Butcher, who is best known for his Dresden File series, which is the basis for the new Sci-Fi Channel TV series of the same name. White Night ($23.95) is the eighth in series about wizard Harry Dresden who works as a PI in modern Chicago. Jim also has a more traditional fantasy series, Furies of Calderon ($7.99), Academ’s Fury ($7.99), and Cursor’s Fury ($24.95).
        On Saturday, May 5, from 1 to 2 pm, we’ll be seeing John Scalzi and Tate Hallaway. John Scalzi won the John W. Campbell Award for best new sf writer, and he’s touring to promote The Last Colony ($23.95), third in the sequence that began with Old Man’s War ($6.99, our #1 best selling paperback of January) and continued with Ghost Brigades ($23.95, coming in paperback at $7.99 early in May). We also have the unrelated The Android’s Dream ($24.95). Tate Hallaway will be promoting Dead Sexy ($14.00), second in the paranormal romance series about a bookstore owner/witch in Wisconsin, following after Tall, Dark & Dead ($14.00). As most locals know, Tate Hallaway is the pseudonym of Lyda Morehouse, who has been cast into chick-lit purgatory for having written too many award-winning and award-nominated sf novels: Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, and Apocalypse Array ($6.99 each).
        Over at Uncle Edgar’s, we’ll be seeing Jane Cleland on Saturday, April 21, from 4 to 5 pm, to sign Deadly Appraisal ($23.95), sequel to Consigned to Death ($23.95), about New Hampshire antiques appraiser-turned-sleuth Josie Prescott.
        We also have a couple of mystery authors scheduled to do drive-by stock signings. British author Val McDermid is supposed to drop by sometime on Wednesday, February 28 to sign her newest novel, The Grave Tattoo ($24.95), but we’ll try to get her to sign everything we have in stock. Scottish author Peter May is supposed to drop by sometime on Friday, March 9. His two newest mysteries are The Fourth Sacrifice ($24.95) and Extraordinary People ($24.95), but we still have a couple of copies left of The Firemaker ($24.95). If you’d like to get something personalized, please let us know in advance.



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