Stone of Remembrance

November 30, 2008

Skywhales

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At some animation film festival years ago, L. and I saw an extraordinary animated short called “Skywhales”. She turned it up recently on YouTube:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVmKhNG6S3o&hl=en&fs=1]

It’s hard to describe, but it’s a profound little story, worth ten minutes of your time to watch it.

There’s also a Wikipedia entry for it, which lists credits and so forth. (Thanks Chris; should’ve looked that up myself.)

November 21, 2008

Walter Hunt Author Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 4

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November, 2008

Welcome to the fourth issue of my mailing list newsletter for 2008, intended to provide you with information about my work, my website www.walterhunt.com, and my activities and appearances.

Books Update

The Dark Wing is now in its fourth printing in paperback.

The Dark Wing is out of print from Tor Books at present.

It has also appeared in Russian language and is available at Ozon and Books.ru. Thanks to vorchun for passing this information on to me.

The Dark Wing is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Die Dunkle Schwinge”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.

The Dark Path is now in its second printing in paperback.

The Dark Path is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Pfad”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.

The Dark Ascent is out in mass-market paperback.

The Dark Ascent is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Stern”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.

The Dark Crusade is out in mass-market paperback.

The Dark Crusade is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Kreuzzug”. It can be ordered from amazon.de.

A Song In Stone is out in hardcover.


A Song In Stone can be ordered from amazon.com.

Madness In Harmony has been postponed indefinitely. It remains on the shelf at Wizards of the Coast.

The Website

walterhunt.com has received a major facelift. In addition to reviews and a revised bookstore and reading list, there’s some new content that may interest you. Still no guest book: it got so heavily spammed that we haven’t been able to bring one back online. But please take a look at the new stuff. There’ll be more on the way.

What’s Been Happening

It’s been a busy autumn around here.

A Song In Stone

The arrival of A Song In Stone is the end of three years of waiting, and I hope you like the book. Its premise that was suggested by the guide who showed me Rosslyn Chapel. This structure, a confection of sculpture and artistry, is an unfinished part of a larger church originally built in the fifteenth century. It has fascinated historians and mystics for centuries; it is even the final location in “The DaVinci Code”. When my guide showed it to me, he pointed to a part of the interior and told me that the sculpture there was a complex, undecoded piece of music. The light went on . . . and now it’s a novel. The majority of the book is set in Middle Ages France and Spain, and (among other things) reveals the linkage between Gothic architecture and polyphonic music. I believe that it is a significant piece of writing for me, worthy of my readers.

It’s not getting much support or promotion and I don’t expect that to change. At the moment, there are no plans for the book to appear in any edition other than the hardcover (which is very attractive, but is priced as a hardcover – I can’t really do much about that.) I’m disappointed at this decision but must accept it. As always, the work must ultimately speak for itself.

As a result, I am doing all I can to promote the book by personal appearances. I have received a number of invitations from Masonic organizations to give a talk on Rosslyn and on A Song In Stone; when I appear, I have copies of the book with me to sell. Going forward, I intend to redirect some portion of receipts to Masonic charities such as the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. To my Masonic friends: if you know a Masonic body such as a Lodge of Instruction that would like to have a speaker, and would permit me to sell books, please contact me and let me know. The same goes for educational institutions such as colleges; I’m more than willing to put miles on the car.

What it means to my other readers: if I could send a copy to the many people who have taken an interest in my writing over the last several years, I would – but it’s neither practical nor profitable. If you can’t afford to buy a hardcover, or prefer not to purchase books in that format, I understand. But your local public or college library might. In the acknowledgements to A Song In Stone, I thank the reference librarians both at my public library and my college library for their generous assistance in research. In the near future I will put my research notes on the website for your edification.

Hour of the Wolf

I was on Hour of the Wolf on Pacifica Radio in New York City on November 8. It was a great opportunity to sit down with Jim Freund to do this program and I believe it went very well. Check this blog entry for details.

Other Stuff

As reported previously I’ve been working on some short(er) material set in the King & Country alternate history timeline, as well as some touch ups to the first section of the novel, which is currently being shown to editors. The short(er) work has a good chance of appearing in print soon; more news as I have it. More information on the background on the main site.

My blog also shows the current top ten games in my Boardgamegeek collection; I’ve gone through the process of entering it into the Geek – it’s fairly accurate now and in excess of 600 games. We have been playing Race For The Galaxy a lot as well as Agricola. I’m awaiting a copy of Le Havre from the same designer, but it’s somewhere between Germany and here at present.

Projects in the Dark Wing Universe

We’re still on hiatus, and my creative energies have been focused elsewhere. Still, I appreciate the mail I receive – especially when folks say, “where’s the next book?” I have to answer that it’s in the hands of Tor Books to decide, but that I’ve not abandoned it. Thank you for all of your support and input. I’ve added some of those comments – without attributions – on the main web site. Thank you all for your support.

I’m looking into the possibility of releasing a podcast version of Sword and Sun, but that project is in a preliminary stage. I’ll keep you informed of progress through the newsletter and on the blog.

Upcoming Appearances

2008

I will be at Philcon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, November 21-23, 2008. (I proposed to my wife in Cherry Hill in July 1981, on the morning we found out our rental car had been stolen. Fond memories indeed.)

2009

I will be the Author Guest of Honor at Arisia in January 2009. I’m already up on the 2009 Arisia website – I’m really looking forward to it.

I will be the International Guest of Honor at Dortcon in Dortmund, Germany in March 2009. This invitation was something of a surprise, but since my books are out in German (and I speak the language), it should be a good con for me. Hope some of my German fans (which I do seem to have!) will come.

Montréal won the 2009 bid during the Worldcon in Yokahama. We will be in attendance, as we presupported the bid.

2010

I need to sell a lot of books to be able to attend the Australia Worldcon in 2010, but would really like to go. This bid will be stepping it up at regional conventions, and I expect that there’ll be some competition on planet. We’ll see.

Worldcon Bids

According to Chaz Baden’s page there are two announced bids for 2011 – Seattle, which announced some time ago, and Reno (which was announced at BayCon.) We have presupported both bids.

There is only one bid announced for 2012, Chicago (as I reported on my blog several months ago.) There is a bid in the works for somewhere in Texas in 2013, but it doesn’t have a web site yet. At LA Con I recall seeing a table for a Worldcon bid for Washington, DC for 2010 or later, but can’t find any information on it.

Yahoo Mailing List

Some local fans have set up a Yahoo mailing list for my writing. As I say at public appearances – you can ask any question you like (just be prepared for me to answer as I please.) I hope you’ll join the list and be a part of an interactive discussion.

What I’m Reading

I read the Economist, a weekly news magazine. You should too.

As reported earlier, I’ve been serving on the jury for the Philip K. Dick Award, which makes me a Dick Judge. I’ve read a variety of books that never would have crossed my path had I not been so engaged. At least a few are very much worth your while to read, but it would be improper to list my favorites before the jury work is final.

My daughter has recently become very interested in Brian Jacques’ Redwall series and I’m trying to stay with her; at times it seems that this is more a franchise than a universe, but the best of the work is compelling – and unlike much “children’s fiction”, the villains are fully realized, the violence and cruelty is believable and consistent, and characters actually die – readers my daughter’s age are engaged, which is a good thing. Bravo.

In expository fiction I recently read The Turk, a book about the famous eighteenth-century chess playing automoton; it’s fascinating and very well written.

Final Thoughts

Thanks to everyone for their continued encouragement and support. Having a chance to write professionally means I get to do what I truly love, and I hope you will always feel that your confidence in me is well-placed. Keep reading, and keep in touch.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Content © 2008, Walter H. Hunt.

Philcon Schedule

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I will be attending Philcon beginning on November 21. This is my schedule:

Friday, November 21

20:00 THE ECONOMICS OF EMPIRE (moderating; with Charles E. Gannon, Tom Purdom, and Ian Randal Strock)

What are the economics of an interstellar civilization? What circumstances could make it possible to have practical interplanetary trade? Could space piracy ever really make economic sense?

Saturday, November 22

10:00 NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AND MYTHOLOGY IN FANTASY (with Stephanie Burke (moderator), Josepha Sherman, Scheherazade Jackson)

A lot has happened since the Song of Hiawatha.

11:00 THE FICTION OF TIM POWERS (with Stephen C. Fisher (moderator) and Roman Ranieri)

Exploring the work of our principal speaker.

15:00 THE SECRET AGENDA OF MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION (moderating; with Charles E. Gannon, Christopher Weuve, Ellen Asher, and jan howard finder)

Is the object really to make war “fun’ ? Is it desensitizing its audience?

As you can see, there is no reading scheduled, and my schedule is fairly light. If possible, I may do a guerrilla reading of A Song In Stone.

November 19, 2008

Boskone 46

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I will be attending Boskone, Boston’s first regional convention.

November 18, 2008

Minions Feed My Blog: Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre

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I don’t know what my buddy Chris does to find some of this stuff, but this one is just plain strange. Funny, but strange.

November 16, 2008

Salem NH Science Fiction Group

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November 14, 2008

New Scientist

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I’m mentioned in a short article by good buddy Tom Easton in New Scientist.

Someone commenting on the list immediately jumped on the absence of Rob Sawyer. This overlooks the obvious, that the writers listed there are mostly newer ones . . .

Talk at Consolidated Lodge, Boston, MA

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Talk on Rosslyn Chapel and A Song In Stone.

Talk at Montgomery Lodge, Milford, MA

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Talk on Rosslyn Chapel and A Song In Stone.

Delta Bravo Sierra

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Worth a look through the archives, Delta Bravo Sierra describes itself as “A Furiously Scribbled Cartoon Blog of the Conservative Kind”. Like other favorites it features anthropomorphic animals, but its wit and commentary is straight and to the point.

The author states that

The cartoons on this site are based on my own personal experiences, or they are from stories I have heard. I would love your ideas or stories for future cartoons.

It’s very entertaining. Added to the blogroll. Latest cartoon is embedded in the sidebar. (Not embedded like Geraldo, thank God :-))

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