Stone of Remembrance

August 3, 2009

Walter Hunt Author Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 3

Filed under: A Song In Stone, Commentary, Newsletter, Writing — admin @ 12:09

August, 2009

Welcome to the third issue of my mailing list newsletter for 2009, intended to provide you with information about my work, my website, and my activities and appearances. I am currently posting this newsletter from Toronto, where we’re having a short visit prior to Montréal Worldcon.

Books Update

The Dark Wing Universe

The Dark Wing series is mostly out of print.

The Dark Wing is available in Russian at Ozon and

The series is available in German from Random House / Heyne, available from

A Song In Stone

A Song In Stone has been placed out of print by Wizards of the Coast, but it can be ordered from No paperback edition is planned, but it has been exceptionally well received despite a lack of publicity.

As the rights are back in my hands, I am actively pursuing a new edition and trying to place the sequel (which is 40,000 words along).

I am considering the idea of making it into a podcast book. To that end, I am looking for a partnership with someone who possesses the necessary expertise to make it a product that meets or exceeds my audience’s expectations – and not just a recording of me reading my own work. It deserves better than that, and so do you.

I thank the reference librarians both at my public library and my college library for their generous assistance in research. I have placed a copy of an extensive glossary to enhance your reading pleasure.

King & Country

As reported previously I’ve been working on some short(er) material set in the King & Country alternate history timeline. 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. The novel is now about 40% complete. I was recently told by a historian (of whom I’m a great fan, and who gave me a few minutes of his time when he visited Newport, RI to give a talk): “you know the history well enough: time to write the story.” So I’m doing just that. You will like this book, I hope.

The book has currently advanced to approximately 45,000 words, and I have written three shorter pieces – set in 1815, 1833 and 1843 – that I would like to sell. Alternate history is a tough subject and I hold such work (including my own) to high standards – see my article in the August 2009 Crossed Genres magazine. Tip o’ the hat to Bud Sparhawk, who helped me out at a recent convention with tips on writing short fiction.

Mesmerism Project

Sometimes you can’t write anything you can stand to reread; sometimes you write like your pants are on fire. My trousers have been flammable like you would not believe during the last three or four weeks: I have written nearly 18,000 words on a book set in the middle 19th century that deals with the mesmerism phenomenon. Early readings have received extremely positive feedback. There’s an outline, and I expect to submit it shortly for consideration. I hope to have more news on that soon.

In the meanwhile – I’m doing what I always suggest to young writers: feeding the muse.

Other Projects

I am pleased to announce that after more than twenty years of evolution and development, the New England railroad/business game I developed with a long-time close friend has been sold to Rio Grande Games for publication in 2010. Many, many people have playtested this game over its many years of life, and I hope to include all of their names in the rule book. Rio Grande is an outstanding company that sets a very high standard in production quality, and it will be an honor to have a game with our names and Rio Grande’s name on the box.

I recently wrote an article entitled Here Our Story Begins about writing (and judging) Alternate History work. I hope to do more of this sort of thing, and I hope you enjoy it and support the magazine. It will be available at Worldcon in dead-tree edition.

Upcoming Appearances


We will be in attendance at Montréal Worldcon August 6-10. My schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 6

1900, D-2806: Card & Board Gaming. Teen programming.

Saturday, August 8

1200, P-510C: First Contact: The Meeting
With: Gay Haldeman (moderator), Chuck Cady, Duncan McGregor, Gay Haldeman, Gregory A. Wilson, Sherwood Smith
“What would happen if aliens came to Earth? What would you say? What do you do? Offer lunch? What would governments do? How would the world react?”

Sunday, August 9

11:00, P-516AB The Singularity: O RLY?
With: Peter Watts (moderator), Gregory A. Wilson, Jody Lynn Nye, Paul Chafe
Vernor Vinge first proposed the idea of the Singularity in 1988: more than two decades on, are we measurably closer to it happening? Have the intervening years provided any evidence for or against its likelihood?

15:30, P-522A Author Reading
I will read from one or another ongoing project. Hope to see you there.

I am intending to be at one of the middle state conventions – either Capclave or Philcon – later in the year.


I will be at both Boston conventions in January and February. I have been invited to RavenCon in Virginia in April.

We will not be at Australia Worldcon. I’m expecting that we will attend Raleigh NASFiC in early August.

Worldcon Bids

The 2011 Seattle Worldcon bid has been withdrawn, which is unfortunate. The only standing bid is for Reno, which we have presupported.

There is only one bid announced for 2012, Chicago (as I reported on my blog several months ago.) There is a Texas bid for 2013 that will be having a bid party at Montréal Worldcon.

What I’m Reading

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

I recently read The Exchange Artist, a book about the first bank failure in United States history – engineered by Andrew Dexter, Jr., a sort of early 19th century Bernie Madoff. It’s a little known chapter in history, and I found it fascinating.

I would also like to put in a another plug for my good friend Lawrence Schoen’s first novel Buffalito Destiny, which I had a chance to read and blurb. His work in short fiction should whet your appetite for this entertaining longer effort. BIG CLOCK! (If you don’t know what that means, count yourself fortunate.)

I also have Erfworld in my RSS list. It’s another webcomic that’s hard to explain: you have to read it, and read it carefully, in order to get what Rob Balder and Jamie Noguchi are doing. I’ve met Rob (but not Jamie); what is it about webcomic authors being great guys? I don’t know. If I could draw I could be one of them :)

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 © 2009, Walter H. Hunt.

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