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This FAQ about rec.arts.sf.written was compiled and written by Evelyn C. Leeper evelynleeper@geocities.com with numerous contributions by others.

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-0. Introduction (rec.arts.sf.written)
rec.arts.sf.written is a newsgroup devoted to discussions of ...
-1. Story identification requests (rec.arts.sf.written)
Does anyone know this story? ...
-2. Spoilers (rec.arts.sf.written)
In case you missed it above:...
-3. "What books or stories are about X?" (rec.arts.sf.written)
There are several lists published of works in specific sub-genres:...
-4. "What books have been written by author X?" "What books are in series Y?" (rec.arts.sf.written)
A number of bibliographies have been compiled and posted to the net ...
-5. List of the Hugo, Nebula, or World Fantasy Award winners (rec.arts.sf.written)
Lists of award winners, including Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, and ...
-6. "Does anyone want to talk about X?" (rec.arts.sf.written)
If nobody seems to be discussing what you want to talk about, post ...
-7. What is science fiction?
This subject has been hashed out endlessly, and if you really want ...
-8. What is the difference between science fiction and fantasy?
See Q#7.
-8. Isn't magical realism just another name for fantasy?
This is regularly hashed out; ...
-8. Why are fantasy works nominated for Hugo Awards?
Constitution of the World Science Fiction ...
-9. The SF-LOVERS Digest
The SF-LOVERS Digest is a service for those who cannot read ...
-10. Star Trek/Babylon-5/Dr. Who
There are hierarchies of newsgroups for these topics. Articles ...
-11. Common abbreviations (rec.arts.sf.written)
AFAIK -- As Far As I ...
-12. What's this I hear about two different editions of THE STATE OF THE ART by Iain M. Banks?
Note: It usually takes about one year from the time a manuscript ...
-12. The sequel to Steven R. Boyett's ARCHITECT OF SLEEP
The full story of this is ...
-12. The next book in David Brin's Uplift series
All three books of the latest series are now out: BRIGHTNESS REEF,...
-12. The next book from Steven Brust
DRAGON, a new Vlad novel was published in 1998; the first five ...
-12. The next book in Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series and the last book in his Homecoming series
The fifth volume, HEARTFIRE, was published in July 1998, by Tor....
-12. The next book in Glen Cook's Black Company series
All of the four new Black Company books (collectively known ...
-12. The next book in P. C. Hodgell's God Stalk series
Meisha Merlin has the rights to GOD STALK, DARK OF THE MOON, SEEKER'...
-12. Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana ending
How exactly is the meeting with the riselka at the end of Guy ...
-12. The next book in S. M. Stirling's Draka series
DRAKON is now out from Baen. A prequel to the whole series, ...
-12. The sequel to David R. Palmer's THRESHOLD
The blurb on the book to the contrary notwithstanding, it doesn't exist....
-12. The next book in Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Universe
According to Miller and Lee, there are four so far: CONFLICT ...
-12. The next book in Catherine Asaro's "Skolian Web" series
The fourth book was THE RADIANT SEAS. It came out January 1999....
-12. The next Ken MacLeod book (and reading order)
THE CASSINI DIVISION, THE STONE CANAL, and THE SKY ROAD are ...
-12. The fourth book of Alexei Panshin's Anthony Villers series
Three books were published in the Anthony Villers series: STAR WELL,...
-12. The next Merlin book from Nikolai Tolstoy
Though there was promised a sequel to Tolstoy's book, Tolstoy lost ...
-12. The third book in Paul Edwin Zimmer's The Dark Border series
There is no third book. Despite the somewhat cliffhanger ending, it ...
-12. The third book in Meredith Pierce's Darkangel trilogy
This was in fact published, as THE PEARL OF THE SOUL OF THE WORLD ...
-12. The fifth book in the Chtorr series
This is currently called A METHOD FOR MADNESS. While Gerrold has some ...
-12. The next book in Vernor Vinge's Slow Zone series and the annotated FIRE UPON THE DEEP
A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY was published in February 1999 by Tor/St. Martin'...
-13. Clarke's Laws
Clarke's Law, later Clarke's First Law, can be found in the ...
-14. SF themes in music
A list of songs which have science fictional themes is maintained ...
-15. Oldest Living SF Authors
The major ones over the age of eighty are:...
-16. Black SF authors
Are there any black SF authors?...
-16. Asian/Asian-American SF authors
Are there any Asian/Asian-American SF authors?...
-17. Good SF bookstores in town Z and ordering by mail/Web
Evelyn C. Leeper (evelynleeper@geocities.com) maintains several lists ...
-17. Are chain bookstores (particularly superstores) evil?
Yes, if you live in an area which had several large, well-...
-18. What is Johnny Rico's ethnic group in STARSHIP TROOPERS?
From page 205 of the 1968 Berkeley edition (end of Chapter XIII):...
-19. Lois McMaster Bujold's "Vorkosigan" series? (In what order should I read...)
Opinion seems to be divided to reading them in order of the ...
-19. Steven Brust's "Dragaeran" series? (In what order should I read...)
The Vlad Taltos novels can be read in published order or in ...
-19. Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series? (In what order should I read...)
There are two answers here, a short one, and a longer one which ...
-19. Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" books? (In what order should I read...)
From Kate Nepveu (knepveu@steelypips.org): ...
-19. Iain M. Banks's "Culture" books? (In what order should I read...)
From Andrea Leistra (aleistra@f1n7.u.arizona.edu) and others:...
-20. Science Fiction Book Club
About once a year someone asks about the SFBC and the ...
-21. Recent Obituaries (SF writers)
[These are brief entries for well-known SF personalities who have ...
-22. SF Encyclopedia et al
P Nielsen Hayden (pnh@panix.com) says:...
-23. What is the difference between "mass-market" and "trade" paperbacks? Why do some books come out in trade paperback instead of the more affordable mass-market format? What about A, B, and C format in Britain?
What is the difference between trade paperback and mass market: ...
-24. What do the letters "PJF" after Steven Brust's name mean?
PJF = Pre-Joycean ...
-25. Is Megan Lindholm writing under a pseudonym?
Yes; she has recently been writing as Robin Hobb. [Provided by ...
-26. Who is William Ashbless?
Who is William Ashbless? Both Tim Powers (THE ANUBIS GATES) and ...
-27. Kilgore Trout
Kilgore Trout is a fictitious SF author that appears in several ...
-28. Pronunciation of Cherryh
C. J. Cherryh's original last name was Cherry. The terminal H ...
-29. Stephen Jay Gould and Steven Gould
These are two different people. Stephen Jay Gould is the well-...
-30. Sturgeon's Law
Sturgeon's Law is Ninety percent of everything is crap. It ...
-31. What is the Thor Power Tools decision and how did it affect publishing?
Kevin O'Donnell has provided a very clear explanation, available ...
-32. What is the best science fiction magazine to subscribe to?
The three most widely distributed [fiction] magazines are ANALOG,...
-33. How much do authors get in royalties?
Beginners sometimes get 6% on paperbacks, going up to 8% after ...
-34. Who said: (Science Fiction)
A. He's a chimp! She's the Pope! They're cops!...
-35. Would the windmills in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" books work?
Or more specifically, in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books, can ...
-36. What's the world's shortest science fiction story?
Traditionally, the answer has been Fredric Brown's Knock: The ...
-37. What are the books that come up again and again in rec.arts.sf.written?
Here are the high runners (numbers in brackets represent an estimate of ...
-38. What are good SF books for children/young adults?
The best list I've found is ...
-39. Spelling (Science Fiction)
Here are the correct spelling of some commonly misspelled names:...
-99. Science Fiction Archives
The SF-LOVERS archives are at:...









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