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Fabrice_d
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Username: Fabrice_d

Post Number: 143
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 02:44 am:   

Just received THE BEST OF LUCIUS SHEPARD that I bought at Subterranean.

Nice fat book. Nice cover with lush jungle, beautiful girl and lurking jaguar (fortunately, no hunter), it will be fun to reread the stories in there BUT:

1) there's no introduction.For a 600+ pages carrier retrospective, it's a bit "cheap".

2) furthermore, there's no copyright page, which seems a bit strange.

Just saying. Trifles maybe, what counts is the stories.

but nonetheless...
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Huw
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Username: Huw

Post Number: 185
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 04:16 am:   

Sounds great! No introduction does seem odd, though.

Anyone know if the limited version is out yet? I can't wait to get mine.
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7522
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 04:21 am:   

Well, I wasn't asked for one or for notes on the stories, Don't know what to tell you.

Limited's been delayed by the slipcovers.
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Huw
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Username: Huw

Post Number: 187
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 06:59 am:   

The main thing is the stories, of course. I just kind of assumed there would be an introduction of some sort like the one in Dagger Key by a 'guest' author (such as China Mieville, or whomever). It isn't really necessary, though - I have plenty of that kind of stuff in previous books, and the fact that Lucius is here online means that we get the chance to pick his brain more or less 24-7.... ;-)

I'm really looking forward to holding this book in my hands. It looks beautiful.
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Seppo13
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Post Number: 34
Registered: 05-2008
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 05:59 am:   

Hey Lucius -- too bad Bill didn't ask for an intro. Hell,_I_ would've been happy to write one for you (not that anyone would know who the fuck I am, but at least the words would be singing your short fictio praises)!

What the hell: like HHuw said: the stories are what's most important!
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7524
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 07:56 am:   

I just think Bill didn't believe it was necessary.
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Benjaminh
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Username: Benjaminh

Post Number: 1
Registered: 09-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 12:06 pm:   

Salvador.

I just read this wonderful and surreal story. Intense stuff. Wonderful work. Even though a war of this particular type didn't quite happen, similar things certainly have in the last 8 years. A great and disturbing (in a good way) piece of fiction.

I like intros by the authors, but I don't really think they are needed either. In this case, the stories speak for themselves. Sometimes an intro can even be a distraction. Sometimes it's best to just dive into the other world created by the author.

Can someone help me with finding the title of another wonderful story by LS? It's from the early 80s (read it in Asimov's as a teen) and somewhat similar to Salvador in mood. At the end I think one of the characters is burned alive at the stake. Unforgettable stuff. I'd like to read it again, but since I didn't get the "special edition" I don't know if I have it in my volume. If I don't, I'll try to look it up some other way.

Anyway, many thanks LS for great work that shows what science fiction can really do. You're up there with Robert Silverberg in my book, and that's saying quite a lot imho.

Best, Ben
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7543
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 12:25 pm:   

Give the US a chance, Benjamin. The US is massing planes and troops on the colombian-venezuelan border. Wait a few years.
Anyway, thanks fpr the kind words.

As to the story, I don't think I ever burned anyone at the stake, tho now there are a few candidates, I think...
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Fabrice_d
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Username: Fabrice_d

Post Number: 145
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 02:32 pm:   

Ben,

you may find your story there...
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Lucius%20Shepard
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Dave_g
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Post Number: 1513
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 02:50 pm:   

Hey, thanks for the book, Lucius! It's great!
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7547
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 08:00 pm:   

Hey, Dave....glad you did it.....
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Jeandaniel
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Username: Jeandaniel

Post Number: 77
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 10:54 pm:   

From the Subterranean Press website:
"Speaking of The Best of, we’ve just approved the slipcase prototype for the limited edition, so look for it and the companion volume, Skull City and Other Lost Stories, to begin shipping in 4-5 weeks."
Yeah!
JD
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7553
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 06:41 am:   

Double yea!
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Jeandaniel
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Username: Jeandaniel

Post Number: 79
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 01:56 pm:   

From the Subterranean Press website:
"This weekend, our shippers are packing up [...] The Best of Lucius Shepard (which includes a 100,000 word additional volume of rarities, titled Skull City and Other Lost Stories)."
At last!
JD
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Huw
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Post Number: 194
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 05:15 pm:   

Can't wait to get this!
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7579
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 01:50 am:   

Yahoo...

Are you at Utopiales, JD?
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Huw
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Username: Huw

Post Number: 195
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 06:27 am:   

Lucius, just heard you've won the IHG awards for best collection (Dagger Key) and best long fiction (Softspoken). Congratulations!
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7580
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 06:39 am:   

Yup. THanks, Huw. More bowling trophies. :-)
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Jeandaniel
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Post Number: 80
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 10:15 am:   

Congrats for the bowling trophies, Lucius!
Seriously, though: I know a publisher who may not hesitate any more to buy the rights of SOFTSPOKEN...
Non, I'm not in Nantes--I'm waiting for next year, wheh YOU are in Nantes!
JD
PS: Oh, and the WFA are still to come...
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7581
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 11:53 am:   

Thanks, JD...and that;s cool if the publisher comes around.

I',m not holding my breath on the wfa...

That's excellent that you'll be in Nantes next year. We;ll have to have lucnh--my treat.
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Rich_p
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Post Number: 109
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 12:19 am:   

Congrats, Lucius! Looking forward to a time when I can catch up on my reading!
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7583
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 03:32 am:   

Thanks, Rich. I appreciate it.
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Jeandaniel
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Post Number: 81
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 12:23 am:   

At last--got my copy of the limited, slipcase and all.
Wow.
JD
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7602
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 05:45 am:   

Yay! Way to go, Bill...
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7604
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 05:52 am:   

Yay! Way to go, Bill...
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Jeandaniel
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Post Number: 82
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 10:34 am:   

For the completists among you, here is the "copyright page"--well, at least a reference to first publication and reprint in a previous Lucius opus:

“The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule”
In F&SF, Dec. 1984. Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Arkham House, 1987; Paladin, 1988; Bantam, 1988; Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001).

“Salvador”
In F&SF, Apr. 1984. Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Arkham House, 1987; Paladin, 1988; Bantam, 1988; Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001).

“A Spanish Lesson”
In F&SF, Dec. 1985. Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Arkham House, 1987; Paladin, 1988; Bantam, 1988; Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001).

“The Jaguar Hunter”
In F&SF, May 1985. Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Arkham House, 1987; Paladin, 1988; Bantam, 1988; Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001).

“R & R”
In ASIMOV’S, April 1986. Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Arkham House, 1987; Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001); in LIFE DURING WARTIME (Bantam, 1987).

“The Arcevoalo”
In F&SF, Oct. 1986. Reprinted in KALIMANTAN (Tor, 1993).

“Shades”
In IN THE FIELD OF FIRE, Jack M. Dann & Jeanne Van Buren Dann, eds. (Tor, 1987). Reprinted in THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Arkham House, 1991).

“Delta Sly Honey”
In IN THE FIELD OF FIRE, Jack M. Dann & Jeanne Van Buren Dann, ed. (Tor, 1987). Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Paladin, 1988); in THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Arkham House, 1991).

“Life of Buddha”
In OMNI, May 1988. Reprinted in THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Arkham House, 1991).

“White Trains”
In NIGHT CRY, Spring 1987.

“Jack’s Decline”
In RIPPER!, Susan Casper & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor, 1988)

“Beast of the Heartland”
In PLAYBOY, Sept. 1992. Reprinted in BARNACLE BILL THE SPACER AND OTHER STORIES (Millenium, 1997).

“Radiant Green Star”
In ASIMOV’S, Aug. 2000. Reprinted in THE JAGUAR HUNTER (Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001).

“Only Partly Here”
In ASIMOV’S, March 2003. Reprinted in TRUJILLO AND OTHER STORIES (PS Publishing, 2004); in ETERNITY AND OTHER STORIES (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005).

“Jailwise”
Posted on Sci-Fiction, June 2004. Reprinted in TRUJILLO AND OTHER STORIES (PS Publishing, 2004); in ETERNITY AND OTHER STORIES (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005).

“Hands Up ! Who Wants to Die ?”
In NIGHT VISIONS 11, Bill Sheehan, ed. (Subterranean Press, 2004). Reprinted in TRUJILLO AND OTHER STORIES (PS Publishing, 2004); in ETERNITY AND OTHER STORIES (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005).

“Dead Money”
In ASIMOV’S, Apr./May 2007. Reprinted in DAGGER KEY AND OTHER STORIES (PS Publishing, 2007).

“Stars Seen Through Stone”
In F&SF, July 2007. Reprinted in DAGGER KEY AND OTHER STORIES (PS Publishing, 2007).

Copypaste and save.
Back in five with the same stuff re SKULL CITY.
Jean-Daniel
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Jeandaniel
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Username: Jeandaniel

Post Number: 83
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 10:48 am:   

Here it is, first publication information for the stories collected in SKULL CITY & OTHER LOST TALES:

“The Taylorsville Reconstruction”
In UNIVERSE 13, Terry Carr ed. (Doubleday, 1983)

“The Storming of Annie Kinsale”
In ASIMOV’S, Sept. 1984.

“Reaper”
In ASIMOV’S, Dec. 1984.

“The Etheric Transmitter”
In THE CLARION AWARDS, Damon Knight, ed. (Doubleday, 1984).

“The Fundamental Things”
In ASIMOV’S, July 1985.

“‘…How My Heart Breaks When I Sing this Song’”
In ASIMOV’S, Dec. 1985.

“Dancing It All Away at Nadoka”
In ASIMOV’S, Mid-Dec. 1986.

“Voyage South from Thousand Willows”
In UNIVERSE 16, Terry Carr ed. (Doubleday, 1986).

“The Glassblower’s Dragon”
In F&SF, Apr. 1987.

“The Way It Sometimes Happens”
In ASIMOV’S, Dec. 1988.

“Skull City”
In ASIMOV’S, July 1990.

Enjoy!
JD
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 7606
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 01:38 am:   

Oh, okay. The Legend book is what I was thinking of....
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Username: Gordon_van_gelder

Post Number: 732
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 06:49 am:   

Specifically, what happened is this:

Legend published KALIMANTAN in the UK as a standalone hardcover as part of the "Legend Novellas" series.

In the US, St. Martin's reprinted it as a standalone hardcover. The reprint deal gave hardcover rights to St. Martin's and paperback rights to Tor. When it came time for Tor to publish it in paperback, they felt KALIMANTAN alone was too short to publish it in alone so they licensed rights to the other stories and added them to the book.

(My memory's hazy on this point, but I *think* that when we licensed the US rights, the plan was to publish all the Legend novellas in paperback as part of the Tor Doubles series. But I think the Tor Doubles were closing or had closed by the time they were ready to publish KALIMANTAN in paperback. Patrick Nielsen Hayden would probably remember better than I do.)

---Gordon V.G.
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Rogers
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Username: Rogers

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 07:13 pm:   

Jean-Daniel,
Is "Reaper" part of the Skull City bonus book? Subterranean does not list Reaper on their website in the Skull City ToC.
Roger
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Billc
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Username: Billc

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 05:23 am:   

I was surprised to see it in the book since it wasn't listed at the Subter site but it is present. Pages 45-62
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Jeandaniel
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Username: Jeandaniel

Post Number: 85
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 12:32 pm:   

Yep, "Billc" is right: "Reaper" is in the book although it was not announced on the website. Bibliography Rule # 1: always check the book (or give your source, as I did re the KALIMANTAN Tor edition--thanks to Gordon for clearing that).
And as for the variant editions of THE JAGUAR HUNTER--don't ask.
JD

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