WOSSNAME -- JANUARY 2002 -- PART 2 OF 3 (continued)
OTHER KFL WORLD REPORTS
Another report from the sunny Spanish-speaking lands...
THE "FOUR TURTLES" REPORT
A KFL Spanish-speaking Section Feature
"Small Gods" has just been published as "Dioses Menores", and "Lords
and Ladies" is scheduled for July 02. If Terry keeps on writing a
proper novel per year (I just can't see illustrated books being
translated into Spanish-- they're so childish) and Plaza&Janés keeps
on publishing two per year here, I guess the Spanish editions will
get synchronized with the English ones in... about... January 2015.
It could be worse, really...
Anyway, we're happy because our editions are SO MUCH BETTER than
yours. We get amazing cover blurbs. The last one says (and I quote):
"A new fantastic fable about the adventures of Discworld, the round
and flat planet sailing through space on the shells of FOUR giant
Some of the older ones talked about something called "VisionWorld",
and in "Guards! Guards!" it seems that an army of dwarfs is about to
raid Ankh-Morpork if the City Watch fails to stop them. Amazing, as I
We have the theory that the blurbs get written by the Unseen
University Bursar in his spare time, but sadly we've been told that
these things will be avoided in the future. Maybe they'll let the
Bursar have his pills back.
P.S. As soon as I can lay my hands on one of those computer
translators you talked about, I'll get the text you obtained
translated AGAIN into Spanish, just to see how it looks... ;-) I'll
keep you informed.
I'm writing from Romania to ask for help from those reading
this newsletter. I am in charge of the promotion of the first
Discworld book (The Color of Magic) translated in Romania, which
will be published in May 2002. I have many ideas but I don't have
access to a market research and the printing business is not very
professional here. So I'm asking you for some information. Can you
e-mail me and tell me how was the series promoted in your country or
how was that you came to read Pratchett for the first time. Thank
you very much and hope to hear from you soon.
-- Ada (strutulache@...
8) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
MUSIC WITH ROCKY FRISCO IN IT
To the Editor:
John Brower wrote me:
Rocky, do you play the pianoforte as well
as the Librarian?! Having recently read
Soul Music, I can't help but think that there
might be a little of you in the book. Keep
playin' that Music With Rocks In!
(BTW, I'm a drummer and thought Pterry's
take on the music business was right on target!)
-- John Brower
It's my sister that's the Librarian, with three
Master's Degrees, no less.
I do play, but nothing so elegant as the
pianoforte; I am what's affectionately called
(in Oklahoma, USA) a "pie-annie" player. ;)
To audition a sample, obtain a copy of
"JJ Cale Live" at your local CD shoppe.
I've known Terry online since somewhere
around 93. I missed meeting him in person
when I was in the UK in 94 with Cale, since
TP was doing the TV show about the Orangs
in Borneo, but we met at a bookstore in
New York in 1996 when we happened to both
be in town on tour.
Then I flew up to Madison, Wisconsin, after
the tour and hung out with Terry and Joann
L Dominik and Shirley for a day or so,
while he was doing signings there.
Terry had nuclear grade curry for breakfast. :)
Since, we've met a number of times; the
last time was at the Gateway Con. in St. Louis,
where he signed my Mini Cooper S, "The Luggage."
I don't know if anything in Soul Music refers to me;
I tend to think not. It's a miraculous send-up,
considering that Terry has never toured with a
band or dealt with the (spitspit) "music business."
There's a rumour (sic) that I was being teased
when Terry came up with the "Big Jim Beef"
name for the troll. Once again, not necessarily;
I've never asked; I wouldn't.
Red Dirt Rangers (Rocky on piano):
JJ Cale Live (w/Rocky):
The Luggage Fan Club:
OTHER HUMOROUS SF/FANTASY WRITERS
To the Editor:
Dru did say:
> At last! Stasheff aficionados are coming out of the woodwork!
> I've got the entire Warlock series,have had it like forever,and
> others by him, but I usually get blank looks when I mention
> his name...
'The Warlock In Spite Of Himself' is a very good book, as is
'King Kobold Revived'. After that, IM(NS)HO, the series started
going downhill - at least Spike Milligan had the moral courage
to actually name one of *his* books 'The Little Potboiler'.
'Escape Velocity' is a sort of prequel to the Warlock series. It's
well worth reading, and definitely falls into the SF category.
The 'Wizard in Rhyme' series is quite good, though a bit more
serious than the Warlock books.The four books are (in order):
Her Majestie's Wizard, Oathbound Wizard, Witch Doctor,
'A Wizard In Bedlam' is not connected to any of the others,
and perhaps a bit too heavy to be considered for a younger reader,
as would Lois McMaster Bujold's otherwise superb Vorkosigan series.
Christopher Stasheff also collaborated with L. Sprague de Camp to write two
further books in the latter author's excellent 'Incompleat Enchanter'
series - 'The Enchanter Reborn' and 'Exotic Enchanter'.
The other books in this series that I know of were collaborations between de
Camp and Fletcher Pratt - 'The Incompleat Enchanter', 'The Castle of
Iron' and 'The Enchanter Completed' - all very good fantasy books.
If you're considering mixed fantasy/SF books, there's the amusing and
well-written Wiz Zumwalt series by Rick Cook: 'Wizard's Bane', 'The
Wizardry Compiled', 'The Wizardry Cursed', 'The Wizardry Consulted' and
'The Wizardry Quested'.
Another series (perhaps leaning more to the fantasy side) is Douglas W
Clark's Alchemy Unlimited series: 'Alchemy Unlimited', 'Rehearsal For A
Renaissance' and 'Whirlwind Alchemy'.
Also worth checking out is Simon Hawke's Inadequate Adept series: 'The
Inadequate Adept', 'The Reluctant Sorceror' and 'The Ambivalent Magician'.
-- Takahe Notornis,
To the Editor:
I'm not sure how I got added to this list, but I'm happy to be a
Wossname. I'm English but live in San Jose California and
have been inflicting the works of Pterry on many bewildered
locals. I gave many copies of The Last Hero as
Hogswatchnight presents this year.
I'm also the author of a small piece of diagnostic software that
runs on Sun Microsystems Solaris based computers. It
basically tells you when your computer is unhappy. One of the
rules can detect that your computer is about to totally stop
working as it runs out of swap space, when this occurs
it prints a message to the console, which may be the last
thing ever output before the machine wedges:
+++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR, MELON MELON MELON,
PLEASE RELOAD UNIVERSE AND RESTART+++
I'm sure some perplexed dot-com sysadmins have seen this now
and again, the program (virtual-adrian.se) is available for free from
End of Part 2, says my computer -- continued on Part 3 of 3