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mike bishop
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 07:14 am:   

A number of years ago I wrote a review of Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus for either Delap's Science Fiction Review or Thrust (probably the former), and I no longer have a copy. Is it possible that anyone out there has access to this review? I could use a photocopy of it for the collection of nonfiction pieces that I'm assembling for Pete Crowther's PS Publishing. I realize this is a longshot, but I thought I'd ask. Thanks.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 07:25 am:   

Hello Mr. Bishop,

I don't have a copy but you may recall that the review was placed here:

Gene Wolfe

Book Review: The Fifth Head of Cerberus

Delap's F & SF Review (Richard Delap)
[West Hollywood CA: Richard Delap], Nov 1976; pp. 26 - 27
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mike
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 12:48 pm:   

Bruce,

Many thanks for your reply, which is a help. Since I posted my question, however, Paul Di Filippo made an inquiry on a message board that he frequents, and one of its readers has agreed to send me a photocopy of the piece in question. Again, though, I appreciate your taking the time to let me know the issue of Delap's in which the review first appeared.

All the very best,

Mike
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 01:17 pm:   

Hello again,

You're most welcome. I've been avidly reading your work since I found 'Death and Designation Among the Asadi' in a long ago Best of If collection. Favorite novel is a tough choice but I'll go with 'Brittle Innings'. I greatly enjoyed 'Brighten to Incandescence' [Oddly, it reminded me of Gene Wolfe's 'Storeys From the Old Hotel', I suppose since both books purported to be catch-alls of your respective uncollected short fiction when in reality both pieces are superb collections.]

Looking forward to your upcoming work from PS Publishing, and anything else forthcoming!

All the best, Bruce
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mike
Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 06:21 am:   

Sorry this reply is late. Michael Hutchins and I have been working hard on preparing A Reverie for Mister Ray, the nonfiction collection, for Pete Crowther. But I appreciate your comments about "Death and Designation" all the way through Brittle Innings, which remains my favorite of my novels, too. And I never mind having my stuff compared -- favorably -- to Gene Wolfe's, as I have admired him for a long, long time. As that review of The Fifth Head of Cerberus from 1976 makes pretty clear.
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mike
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2004 - 07:35 am:   

Another request, for which I should probably start a new thread. But I'll chance it here. Two or three years ago, for three or four years in a row, I wrote brief essays for the Quality Paperback Book Club's annual Calendar of Days, an appointment book with a literary theme and pieces about writers and/or books on nearly every page. My poem "Philip K. Dick Is Dead, A Lass" first appeared in a Calendar of Days, as did my short essay-story "Menard's Disease," a contribution to the Lambshead Disease Guide. In any event, I have somehow managed to misplace my contributor's copies of these volumes, and I'm currently looking for a little piece called "Eavesdropping in Bookstores." If anyone has a copy of the QPB appointment book from 1998, 1999, 2001, or 2002 -- I think those are the likely years -- containing this piece, I would be grateful for a photocopy of it (just the essay, mind, not the whole appointment book), for which I could offer you a copy of a past novel and lots of gratitude. Thanks.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 08:45 am:   

Hey Mike---

Is this you?

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/discus/messages/378/3369.html?1098370813#POST5597 0
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m.
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 04:27 pm:   

Gordon, yep. It's my story. I've posted info on the board you advised me to go to. Thanks.

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