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From: rrhorton@concentric.net (Rich Horton)
Subject: (whorl) Wolfean stuff in Nova Express
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 14:55:30 GMT

I just received the latest issue of Nova Express (vol. 5 number 1,
Fall/Winter 1998), Lawrence Person's fine fanzine, and there are two
items of particular interest to this list, I would think.

There is an interview with Mr. Wolfe, conducted by Mr. Person, called
"Suns New, Long, and Short".  Wolfe talks about many subjects.  One
interesting comment is that he prefers to write at either the short
story length, or the series length.  Novels are hard, he says, because
if a novel comes in twice as long as planned, it may be unsaleable.
While a 2000 word story that becomes 4000 words is still OK, and a
series in which a book doubles in length (as I believe happened with
the Book of the New Sun) can easily be extended by a volume.  He also
hints that the novels in the Short Sun series may be rather long
(after saying that an 80000 word novel which doubles in size to 160000
words may be unsaleable, he mentions that "all the books in The Book
of the Short Sun are pushing it".)

(Patrick Nielsen Hayden reports on rasfw, by the way, that _On Blue's
Waters_ has been turned in, and is scheduled for Fall 1999).

Incidentally, asked to list some current writers he admires, Wolfe
mentions among others this list's Patrick O'Leary.  He also mentions
Mantis nicely, even stating that he uses Lexicon Urthus and his other
books as references.

In addition, this issue of Nova Express includes a fairly long essay
by Nick Gevers on The Book of the Long Sun, called "Five Steps toward

- Tusk

Rich Horton | rrhorton@concentric.net
Web Page: www.sff.net/people/richard.horton  (New reviews of 
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