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Bob Kruger
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 11:16 pm:   

This area's dedicated to the electronic book publishing company ElectricStory.com, which is located in North Bend, Washington. ElectricStory became fully incorporated in February 2000 and has since put out thirty-five titles. Like Night Shade, ElectricStory publishes primarily literate fantasy, sf, and horror. Our current contract staff includes Kathryn Haines, former editor-in-chief of Wizards of the Coast's DUELIST magazine, software engineer Raymond K. Law, and designer and developer Rachel Su. I'm the president and gofer, and our vice-president is Scott Johnson, a technical writer. I'll see if I can get them to post now and then.

Shortly after I launched ElectricStory, I realized that the eBook market was growing too slowly to support a publisher who relies solely on third-party distribution, so after publishing through all my pending book contracts in late 2002, I went back to school full-time to learn how to do e-commerce programming and within a year got certificates in general business Web development, SQL Server, and ASP.net. Since last spring, Rachel, Ray, and I have been working on a store and community site, which we'll launch this summer. We'll be selling not only our own titles but also those of other publishers in the field, in addition to material of general geek-culture interest like IT books and probably some software. And we'll be offering some development services, too.

In the meantime, Jason has contracted ElectricStory to produce a new, database-driven site for Night Shade. The code is about 70% complete, and I'll be putting up some very early drafts on a publicly accessible test site soon. The boards will not change, but the rest of the site will get a major overhaul. I'll post a link when something's up.

I concede that the aspiring publisher and book retailer should probably serve up his wares with equanimity and not air his political views in the open. The guys at Fictionwise show this prudent restraint and it works for them. Even so, I just don't think I can operate that way. I want to use my business to share ideas and books that I think are important and cool. Thanks for your interest.

Bob Kruger





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Wexler
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 04:09 pm:   

Hey Bob,

Great to see you with your own board here!

Robert
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Bob
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 08:36 pm:   

Thanks, buddy, and big thanks to Jason. It's a hell of a community they've got here: you, Lucius, Michael, Ellen, Paul, assorted Jeffs, et al.

I've been thinking about topics I'd like to take up, and a couple come readily to mind: website suggestions -- for ElectricStory, Night Shade, and Lucius; and pointers to cool stuff on the Web. I'll start those threads, and if you think of more, either start them yourself or suggest them here.

Best,
Bob
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Nancy Jane Moore
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 11:24 am:   

Hi Bob:
What Robert said.
Nancy
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Bob
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 09:30 am:   

Thanks, Nance. Keep up the posts. We've got a looong way to go to catch Lucius.
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Rob
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 11:15 am:   

Can this be a no football zone?
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Bob
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 10:41 pm:   

No football. That is, right after this: Have you ever read a good football F&SF story? Baseball, yes, but I can't think of any football stories.

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Lucius
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 11:12 pm:   

But one is coming, believe it!!!!
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Bob
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 11:59 pm:   

Do I know this one?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 04:30 am:   

Nope.....

It involvs a peculiar flock of birds...
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Bruce
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 06:38 am:   

The National Pastime by Norman Spinrad
- remember 'Combat Fotball'? Hoo boy!

The Last Super Bowl by George R.R. Martin

...and bring on the peculiar flock of birds!
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Bruce
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 07:08 am:   

..should be 'Combat Football'. Where's my spel chekker?
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Bob
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 09:16 am:   

Hey, Bruce,

I haven't read "The National Pastime," but "The Last Super Bowl" was as _good_ as it was prophetic -- not very. The Internet invalidated its premise, and there aren't any interesting characters in it, if I remember.
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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 11:36 am:   

Jim Van Pelt had a story in Analog a couple years ago called "Friday After the Game" that was about HS football and was pretty good.

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Bruce
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 03:48 pm:   

"The Last Super Bowl" was as _good_ as it was prophetic -- not very

Sad but true. It seemed a lot cooler the last time I read it, say about 20 years ago. Spinrad's story still probably stands up...you can find it in 'The Star-Spangled Future'.

Jack Haldeman had a couple of football stories in Asimov's in the late 70's.
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Rob
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 08:26 pm:   

Whoo boy . . . .
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Gerhard
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 08:38 pm:   

Bob, what does whoo boy mean in relation to this fascinating discussion? Here in Geheisenshnauffenglotz a "whoo boy" usually refers to a light-hearted little fellow with an exciting haircut and few female friends....which reminds of a story relating to your last visit to Gehesienschnauffenglotz....perhaps I will post it after I finish keschneiffling my reindeer.
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Bob
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 09:43 pm:   

It was Rob who did the "Whoo boy," not I.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 09:53 pm:   

Well, nonetheless, I will the tell my story and we shall judge who is this Rob, really, eh? Perhaps he is only the whoo boy side of Bob?
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Syble Kruger
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 08:50 am:   

OK. I admit it. I did the "whoo boy."
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Rob
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 09:00 am:   

Please be discreet around here. Any open discussion concerning the keschneiffling of reindeer may just attract the FCC.
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Deborah
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 09:52 am:   

Nah -- they're too busy monitoring wardrobe malfunctions.
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St. Nick
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 10:30 am:   

They? You mean the reindeer?
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Roberta K.
Posted on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 05:01 pm:   

I am currently on a brief "vacation," but I wanted to take this opportunity to make an important announcement. When I return, I will no longer be Bob, but will begin a new life as Roberta Kruger. I have had the misfortune to be born a woman in a man's body. Thanks to my doctors, that situation has now been remedied and I can assert my rightful place in society, as a feminist mom and businesswoman. I want to thank all my friends, especially my sisters in the Altered Egos support group. There will of course be no change in the policies of Electric Story, except--perhaps--that the offices may be a bit more tidy.
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Bob K
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 04:11 pm:   

I am back from vacation, no quotes, and I see my "friends" have been up to libelous mischief.

--Bob
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 06:11 pm:   

Welcome Back, Roberta! Your dreams were your ticket out!
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One of Your True Friends
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 08:00 pm:   

How were things at the Pub 'n' Grub?

Could you say something manly so we'll be able to tell for ourselves whether it was libelous mischief or just mischief?

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Bob K.
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 02:57 am:   

How about, "Whoah, have you seen that Deborah Layne? Man, she'll bring a tear to your eye!"

--Bob
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Bob
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 03:00 am:   

And in case you're wondering what I'm doing up at three--a yellowjacket flew into my bed and I rolled over on it. It stung the hell out of my back, and I can't sleep.
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 08:50 am:   

You're mocking me, aren't you?

"Bee-Slayer" Bob. Now, that IS manly.

:-)

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Minz
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 12:25 pm:   

Behold, the power of his manly pollen scent, luring sweet innocent bees to their doom!

Just be certain to dig out the stinger before it reaches your heart!
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Bob
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 05:32 pm:   

It was a yellowjacket, not a bee, and it's the smell of rotting meat that brings them on. Guess that's a caution for those of us who forget to floss. And as for the heart, to quote Claude Rains, "That's my least vulnerable spot."
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Minz
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 07:17 am:   

A bee, by any other name, would still smell the meat.
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Bob
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 10:38 am:   

Maybe so, Shakespeare, but my meat ain't sweet.
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Cory and Catska
Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 10:59 pm:   

Hi Bob! Long time no see!
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Bob K.
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 11:22 pm:   

Hi, guys. Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I haven't been checking the board lately. Been busy. I'm getting the text to George's "In the House of the Worm" in shape; the eBook should be ready in a week or so.


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Bob K.
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 11:33 pm:   

Onlookers wondering at the reason for that last comment should know that Cory and Catska did the cover:

http://www.electricstory.com/images/georgemartin/wormhouse.jpg

They've done most of our covers.


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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 10:59 pm:   

God, that's LOVELY. Nice work C&C...

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