November 24, 2008
I've updated my information and I hope I've removed the entry on which I got punk'd.
I've also received an advance copy of Dead Man's Brother, Roger's hardboiled crime novel set to be published next year. There is a sample chapter available at Hard Case Crime. I hope to put up some of my thoughts on it sometime soon.
October 1, 2008
My collection made it through Hurricane Ike without any damage. I expected to come home and see it completely gone.
September 5, 2008
I've updated the bibliographic section for the first time in several years. There may not be much new, but some stuff that has come into my possession.
May 13, 2008
Hard Case Crime is going to be publishing Dead Man's Brother, a thriller Roger wrote around 1970. I plan on adding it to the collection as soon as it comes out.
I've also added a new listing for an Amber MUSH to the center of the pattern.
September 14, 2006
Using the wayback machine, I've found the Phlogiston 44 interview and saved it on my site. See the Center of the Pattern. I've cleaned that page up a little.
March 10, 2006
Yes, I've been a slackard on my web site, but there hasn't been much to report. I also have not been adding to my collection much: I got outbid on "Black Oracle 1" which, according to the auction description, has an RZ interview in it. This item is not in my listings yet.
However, I just found out that the Amber series is going to be released in graphic novel format. This will be the second time for the first 3 books, and I assume the rest will be done, as well. It's being produced by Dabel Brothers Productions and written by (adapted, I'd guess) by Trent Zelazny.
"Which member of the Royal House of Amber are you?" is working again, although it still has the old look and feel.
May 30, 2005
I've got the new design propagated into the automated database export so the generation of the pages is much easier. I still need to work it into the generation of the pages for books and magazines I need, but that's not a part of the meat of the site. The fonts are too small on my Mac at home, so I still have some tweaking to do.
I have not gone through the entire site with a fine tooth comb. That will probably be tomorrow during the day.
May 26, 2005
I've finally spent some time (2 days!) to get the new layout to work in IE. It's not perfect, but it's much closer to what I want. I haven't propagated the changes through all of the pages, but I hope to get to that in the next week. Best case: tomorrow.
May 20, 2005
I've done some tweaking of the formatting for lists on the site, so they should look a little better now.
While looking around for more guest information, I ran across Science Fiction Oral History Association. They've got some recordings of Roger listed on their site. Stuff like Roger being interviewed by Fred Pohl, his GoH speech at Marcon VIII, a panel at Marcon XXI, and Roger being interviewed by Bill Vernon and Daryl Lane on the Science Fiction Radio Show. I don't know if it would be difficult to get copies, but I aim to ask.
May 19, 2005
I'm pretty close to getting the database to do what I want it to do. Actually, I've got the database behaving, I think, and now I need to make certain that WebMerge is processing everything properly. I need to make certain it's finding files in the correct directory, etc.
Then I need to make certain I've got all of the information that folks have told me into the database. I actually got the information on Manna from Heaven into the database last night. I'm quick, that's for certain!
I've been outbid on some fanzines on ebay in the past few days. Some folks are willing to go to extremes to get them. *sigh*.
January 16, 2005
Howdy all! It's been quite some time since I've spent any time on this site. Lots of reasons why, none having to do with my enthusiasm for Roger's work. I can't promise that I'll be up to my preferred standards in the future, but I certainly hope to update the site more frequently than over the past year.
You've noticed, I'm certain, a huge change in the layout of the site. This had been on the back burner for a while, but was spurred by my ISP disabling a feature that I'd been using. They'd done it in the past. Since I was their only customer using the feature (server side includes) I figured that it wasn't worth chatting with them to turn it back on again.
Some of the pages used to be updated from a database that I worked on for quite some time. I've acquired a new computer and no longer have access to Lotus Notes, so I've switched to FileMaker Pro. The downside is that I haven't had a chance to work on the export of my data to html pages much, so any updates would have to be hand-entered. So, updates on stuff that came from my databse will be infrequent until I get some time to work on my database.
Also, some of the pages on the new design are not working properly. Mainly those pages with lists. The pulldown menu in the upper left of the pages uses lists and those lists are having disagreements with the regular lists. I hope to get the problem resolved soon.
Once again, I'd like to apologize for the lack of activity on this site. I've got updates to put in and hope to do so soon. Thank you for your continued correspondence and information.
February 17, 2004
Well, Manna from Heaven is in my hands. I haven't had a chance to look it over word-by-word, but I'm pleased that it's in-print and in my hands. The two minor problems I've found are the misspelling of my name (it happens so often that I'm not surprised) and the dedication to my wife got left off. Well, I hope those of you who purchase it (check out the current survey), enjoy it!
January 30, 2004
Well, Manna from Heaven is in-country and shipping. Maybe I'll get it in my hands today, if I'm lucky. Several copies are already available on ebay.
I found a spot on the web that has Roger's Letter of Comment from No-Eyed Monster no. 14. It's an interesting little letter.
I've got a few more tidbits to add to the bibliography that are sitting in my in-box and probably have been for 6 months or so.
December 29, 2003
The last update has the printer working on Manna from Heaven until January 7, 2004. I'm hoping it'll be in my hands by the first of February.
Also, here's a link to the "soundtrack" for Deus Irae.
December 17, 2003 (late afternoon)
I read a bunch of newsgroups on sff.net and one of them turned up a bit of a gem. According to Dave Slusher's newsgroup/blog, on http://www.archive.org there's an album produced as a soundtrack to Deus Irae. Dave says it's ambient Gregorian chant style music. I haven't looked into it yet, cause the server's not responding at the moment, but it's created by Thomas Park and runs about 33 minutes according to a Google cached version of the page.
December 17, 2003
They are now due in-country on the 20th.
December 15, 2003
The day has arrived, but I don't yet know if the books are in-country yet.
December 8, 2003
Okay, folks. An update to the shipping date for Manna from Heaven: December 15. At least, that's the day the books are due to the publisher from the printer. I'd guess a couple of days to get organized for shipment and then dealing with the USPS during Christmas crunch. Maybe they'll be in our hands by Christmas. Remember, if the first printing seels out through the book club, it won't be available at your local bookstore. You also get a price break by buying it from the Fantastic Book Club. (Yeah, I'm shilling for the book. What do you expect?)
I did manage to get a new job. Took a cut in pay and increased my expenses, but I've got a job. I'm also recovering from some minor surgery, so life has been exciting around here.
There should be some updates to the bibliography the next time I upload the information to the site. A couple of new discoveries, including one with just one sentence from Roger (I didn't know that when I bought it).
October 11, 2003
Due to the extent of proofreading and correcting involved with Manna from Heaven, the book is going to be delayed a bit. Mid-November is the current estimated shipping date.
I've been laid off from my job. Normally, that would allow me more time to work on the web site, but I'm busy looking for a new job. We've also added a puppy to the household and he's requiring some attention. If you want to see what he looks like: click here.
Those of you planning on putting cool stuff on ebay, please wait until I've got money again, okay?
August 1, 2003
In case you haven't heard, Fantastic Book Club will be publishing Manna from Heaven. A slight change in the title from the spelling I was planning on, but the meaning is exactly what I was hoping for. There's been a slight change in the contents in order to have a book with a reasonable printing cost. Until things are absolutely finalized, I'm going to keep quiet. A Bob Eggleton painting is the basis for the cover of this book which is scheduled to be out at the end of September.
Erick Wujcik dropped me an email the other day to talk about his website: http://www.phagepress.com. He's got back issues of Amberzine there as well as "Amber Diceless" and "Shadow Knight"
Ya'll go check out the FBC website and order the book with all of the Amber short stories in it. Help me earn back the money I paid for the rights, okay?
May 1, 2003
Big news today folks. After a long struggle, I have purchased the rights to publish a hardback collection of Roger's short stories. I've got a lineup of stories set, but if you spot something that you think absolutely needs to be in there, . I don't know how long it will take me to get it to the printer, how much it will cost, etc., but I'm working on it. For those in a hurry, all of the Amber short stories will be in there. I'll say it again: all of the Amber short stories will be in the collection. It is tentatively titled: Mana from Heaven.
"'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothailll'kje'k" "Angel, Dark Angel" "Blue Horse, Dancing Mountain" "Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love" "Come to Me not in Winter's White" (with Harlan Ellison) "Coming to a Cord" "Corrida" "The Deadliest Game" "Epithalamium" "The Furies" "Godson" "Hall of Mirrors" "The House of the Hanged Man" "Kalifriki of the Thread" "Mana from Heaven" "The New Pleasure" "Prince of the Powers of this World" "Prolog" "The Salesman's Tale" "The Shroudling & the Guisel" "Stowaway"
February 20, 2003
I noticed a neat auction on ebay today. I'll try to recap it here, 'cause it'll disappear from there soon.
Lord of Light, the Hugo-Award winning novel by Roger Zelazny. This auction is for a minimum 5% option against a $500,000 purchase price for the total exploitation rights of the world famous Science Fiction/Fantasy Best Novel of the Year. See www.lordoflight.com for details and complete listings of international awards and reviews of the Novel. Considered one of the Top 20 best SCI-FI books ever written. An international cult classic with over a million books sold. Of Interest: This is the same screenplay and designs secretly "borrowed" by the CIA to successfully free 4 hostages from Iran in 1980. Available for review to bonafide buyers: * Novel Adaptation * Screenplay and Production Outline * Production Drawings by Jack Kirby * TV segment of the CIA revelations * Doubleday contract and all legals See www.lordoflight.com for complete details Put all questions to email@example.com
I'll be putting some of my extra signed Amber books on ebay in the next few days, if anyone's interested.