WOSSNAME -- OCTOBER 2003 - PART 1 OF 3
Newsletter of the Foreign Legion
October 2003 (Volume 6, Issue 10)
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1) TERRY IS SICK
2) NEW FOREIGN REPRINTS
3) A FORESHADOWING
4) BIRTHMEET REPORT
LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
5) ASSORTED COMMENTS ABOUT
6) SOUL MUSIC AND 12 STRING GUITARS
7) ANSWER DOESN'T DO IT FOR ME
8) CASTING THE DISCWORLD
10) THEATER NOTES
11) THIS MONTH'S PUZZLE: JINGO
12) ERRORS IN LAST MONTH'S PUZZLE
13) NOT YOUR LONG-AWAITED DISC HOROSCOPE
1) TERRY IS SICK
As many fans will have discovered, Terry has had to cancel
the signings scheduled for this week as a result of a bug he
picked up in the US on his signing tour there. Colin Smythe,
his agent, has had a number of concerned emails from
anxious people, and asked Terry for something we could
send out for those fans who had not seen the news.
"Insofar as there is any 'formal' story it's:
I arrived back from the US last week with a sore throat, probably picked
up on the flight between Austin and New York;
It blossomed to flu-like proportions by Friday, so I got equipped with
prescription painkillers (which did no good at all) and antibiotics.
I managed the Basingstoke signing but fell into bed when I got home, and
was so bad on Sunday that we agreed to write Monday off and start
touring on Wednesday (Tuesday was off anyway because of Lyn's birthday).
By Tuesday things were worse, and while I'm pretty game the thought of the
flight to Edinburgh was just too daunting. At this point, we agreed to
cancel the tour for the rest of the week, because it'd be fairer on the
shops and people to say so right then rather that drag things out.
And that's it, really. Mostly the problem was the throat, which was so
bad that until Wednesday I wasn't really sleeping at night at all. I
can't really remember much about Monday and Tuesday at all, although I
must have had bouts of coherence, usually at 4.30am. Today, Friday, I
slept until almost twelve, which was probably the system catching up.
That's it, really. No one takes the decision that that lightly. I've
done about sixty tours now without hitting a problem like this, at least
to the extent of canceling anything, but any tour -- especially a big
one, with changing time zones and sudden changes of temperatures,
erratic sleeping, irregular meals, shops full of people and a regular
exposure to the cocktail of germs in the aircraft -- is prone to
something like this.
-- Terry Pratchett
2) NEW FOREIGN REPRINTS
Colin Smythe, Terry's agent, reports:
The Russian publishers Eksmo have acquired a licence
for JINGO, and licences for a number of double volumes -
THE COLOUR OF MAGIC with THE LIGHT FANTASTIC,
GUARDS! GUARDS! with MEN AT ARMS, and WITCHES
ABROAD and LORDS AND LADIES. I believe that PYRAMIDS
with SMALL GODS and MORT with REAPER MAN have
already appeared, though I haven't yet seen these.
F.A.Thorpe have just published a large print edition of
THE TRUTH under their Charnwood imprint - ISBN 0-7089-4963-0
Tiden Norsk are acquiring Norwegian rights in WITCHES
ABROAD and SMALL GODS.
The Polish published Proszynski are going to issue
SOURCERY and WYRD SISTERS in hardcover format.
Hitherto the books have only been available in paperback.
I've just been sent copies of the French (L'Atalante),
Polish (Proszynski), Czech (Talpress) and Bulgarian
(Vuzev) editions of THE LAST HERO, so they should
be available in the relevant countries soon.
-- Colin Smythe
3) A FORESHADOWING
From page 174 of the Gollancz edition of JINGO:
"The monstrous regiment of watchmen had lined up on the
4) BIRTHMEET REPORT
When: 19th October 2003
Where: Shark Fin Inn, Chinatown, Melbourne, XXXX and various
Who: Lora, B, Bek, Matt, Paul aka Libwolf, SteVen, and Your
Humble Narrator; later, Hania Ogg and Big Mad Adrian
Since several birthdays -- mine, Matt's and Lora's - fall
within a four-week period more or less, we decided to have a
repeat of last year's BirthdayMeet at the same venue. The
participation of Lora and B was nothing short of amazing
since Lora has rarely been known to eat anything except KFC!
We all agreed to meet for a 1330 Yum Cha sitting. Well,
actually, Bek, who knows SteVen well, told some of us that it was 1300
on the grounds that SteVen might actually be on
time for a change, with the result that I *did* arrive "on
time" and had a long lonely wait. Ah well.
We were led in and seated around a large round table that
featured an almost-as-large revolving tray. For the non-
Fourecksians among you, Yum Cha is what is known as Dim
Sum in more civilised places, and consists of a number
of functionaries wheeling around carts (or carrying trays)
of varied Auriental "small foods" - steamed, baked or fried
dumplings, stir-fried tentacles, deep-fried tentacles, spiced
tentacles in sauce (oh, all right, *some* of us do like
tentacles**), sticky rice, chicken feet in sauce (yes, this
is a real Auriental dish and not one of those sheep's-eyes
things foisted on non-Aurientals as a joke), stewed bean curd,
assorted questionable parts of dead animals cleverly disguised
in exotic sauces, even vegetables...in other words, a vast
array of tempting choices. But after I mentioned that the serving
arrangement and the rotating of the tray around the
table reminded me of the scene between Lord Hong and the vizier
in Interesting Times, certain members of the party seemed
suddenly reluctant to try anything, though the politeness of
their refusals would credit any top-ranking Agatean courtier...
We tried to convince Lora that the fried tentacles were just
like any other KFC, even though in this case it meant Kowloon
Fried Tentacles, but she resisted everything except the mini
chicken pies on the grounds that at least those tasted like chicken.
After lunch came the exchanging of birthday gifts, and Lora
showed off her new kinky leather clothing - really. Some people
might call it a motorcycle jacket, but we know better,
since there was a whip handle sticking out of one pocket!
Lora is leaving BU to travel around Fourecks in her gap year,
and we all wish her the very best; life won't be the same at
Bugarup without her. For a start, it will be a lot less
Soon it was time for Lora and B to leave, as B was attempting
to smuggle Lora into an over-18s film. The rest of us went
on our traditional round of wandering through assorted audiovisual
shops and comic/sf/fantasy emporia. It saddens me
to report that, among the statuettes of orcs and superheroes
and KISS members and Osbournes, there are no Clarecraft or
Clarecraft-type Discworld figures. I think it's a terrible
oversight. Of course, it's an excellent oversight in my case
since I have hedgehog-all money these days.
Hania Ogg was unable to attend this year -- aww, we were all looking
forward to a reprise of last year's tea-leaf readings
-- so SteVen and I went to the Oggery and were treated to pancake
readings instead. And there were...things involving
chocolate, but I won't describe them on a family list :-)
Last of all, we went to Big Mad Adrian's to hassle him yet
again about producing a play of The Truth. But as BMA was
not precisely sober, we played with Ralph the Fat Spaniel
Altogether a fun day, though Lora really should have tried
-- Drusilla D'Afanguin
** tentacles, of course, are sacred to Elder Gods, aren't
they Unca Joe...
Unca Joe: What! You eat fried tentacles? Expect a visit
shortly from EGADS (Elder Gods Anti Defamation Society).
They'll show YOU who's king of the forest. (Smiles secretly
and slithers back off the dock.)
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