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3 , 2002
one owns a rear wheel drive car during a snowy Colorado winter, one finds
oneself not going as many places as one might normally go. Such is my
experience this weekend. And the extra time indoors has given me quite
the opportunity to do some things that I should be doing as it is. So
this month's Update is packed with quite a bit of news.
off, the really big news: The trade paperback edition of Faith
in the Past is out. While it hasn't yet been widely released to bookstores
or online retailers, it is available online from the publisher. Click
here to order your copy today.
big news: Well, you'll just have to keep on reading. Won't you?
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Community
is dead. Long live Chance Encounters.
The online author
community that this newsletter derived its name from is no more. While
I believe it is still up and able to be accessed, the community's host
has stated in no uncertain terms that it will come down sometime after
November 1 and it certainly will no longer be supported on a technical
basis after that point.
However, all relevent
content from that community has been moved to the new iU Sci-Fi &
Fantasy Community. I've also recently written several new articles that
have gone up at that community as well, so there's much content to sift
through. Plus, there's discussion boards where you can start your own
threads and you can even participate in discussions about each article.
Please, stop on by. I'd love to make you a part of it.
In addition to most
of the articles that I had posted at Chance Encounters, some new articles
written specifically for this community include:
Sci-Fi Goes Mainstream?
Using Time Travel
as a Storytelling Device
Expect new articles
with increased frequency. The new community's posting process is much
easier and I've been writing on my Palm now, so it's mostly a matter
of copying and pasting (with a little spell check done in between) to
get new articles up.
You may have also
noticed the new website design at www.paulcarhart.com.
If you haven't yet been to the new site, I encourage you to check it
out. I've figured out a way to feature all three Fairlight books together.
I've also got a WIP (works in progress) sidebar and a section for features
at the bottom. I'm also utilizing a pop-up window navigational model
that I developed to get you to where you need to go as quickly as possible
without ever leaving the main author page. I hope you like it. I do.
Now that the release
dates for the various editions of FITP have been more or less solidified,
I'm finally getting around to lining
up some events. I've got some interest from an independent bookseller
in town and I'm still talking to others.
While this may not
qualify as an event or signing in the strict sense, I thought I would
mention that I have been selected to be a volunteer at the next Pikes
Peak Writers Conference here in Colorado Springs. It's a great opportunity
for me to learn more as well as rub elbows with some great talent. I
strongly encourage any writers to attend the conference. I attended
the conference last year and my "wrap up" article can be found
in the Article Library at the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Community.
More on both issues
3" x 5" vinyl stickers are now available for all three books.
These stickers are perfect for any ocassion. They're printed using water
and UV resistant inks, which means no fading in the sun or bleeding
in the rain. Retro lunch boxes for all three books have also been added
just for fun. And, to reflect the colder season, ski caps for each book
have also been added to the stores.
And don't forget
the fleece pull-over jackets and fleece vests that were recently added
for each store. They'll make perfect Christmas gifts!
Online Store: http://www.cafepress.com/cftf_store
HFT Online Store:
FITP Online Store: http://www.cafepress.com/cftf_store
to stop by the new Faith in the Past store!
To coincide with the upcoming release of Faith in the Past
(see below), there's now a new FITP online store, which features
artwork and logos from the upcoming third book in the series.
This is the first place you'll be able to see how it all fits
in with the other two books and the only place you can get the
coolest wall clock ever to be created by man (in my humble opinion).
I've got one in my office! Don't you want one too?
now online stores for each Fairlight book. Some products from
the three stores overlap (caps, shirts, etc.), but others do not
so make sure you check out all of the stores before making all
of your buying decisions. Each store also includes links to the
other stores in the introductory paragraph and the shopping carts
are shared. So buy what you want from the different stores as
you go and check out only once.
You want to visit the FITP Online Store? Then
THIS CLOCK IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
for the Future & Hope
Sometimes a character
just won't die...
If you've been missing Nik Tavarone after reading Hope for Tomorrow,
never fear. He's back in the new novel, Faith in the Past. He
even made it onto the cover of the new book! Not only do we get to see
how he and Chance met for the first time in that book, but there's also
an awful lot of Nik to go around this holiday season.
To celebrate the season, the release of Faith in the Past and
just the plain and simple fact that there's a cool new website at www.paulcarhart.com,
a brand new short story featuring Nik Tavarone and Faith will debut
on my website on December 2, 2002. The story is called Saint Nik.
It has a holiday theme and takes place right after the events in Faith
in the Past. This story has never been revealed and will be exclusive
to my website. I hope you'll come back by for a read. I'm sure you'll
Also, Riot Act, another short story featuring Nik Tavarone, will
be featured in an upcoming anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short fiction.
The title and cover art are still being finalized. Although each contributing
author has done his or her best to make sure the stories have been edited
for content, the current status of the project is that it is going through
one more editor in its compiled state before going to the publisher.
Riot Act tells
the story of Nik's internment in a cleansing camp and the events that
ultimately lead him to join up with Chance and the resistance. Unlike
Taking Chances, which was made into a booklet and distributed
at my author events and signings, Riot Act has not yet been made
available to my readers. It'll be exclusive to this collection, so you'll
want to get yourself a copy of this anthology when it releases. You'll
also be able to check out a lot of other great modern speculative fiction
voices at the same time. I'm excited about this opportunity to be included
with many of my peers in this collection.
in the Past
Get your copy
The trade paperback edition of Faith in the Past is now available
directly from the publisher's website. And guess what? The cover price
is one dollar less than the other two books! Only $19.95! I couldn't
have been more surprised or pleased by that news.
Collectors Edition of Faith in the Past
The wide release of Faith in the Past will be available in trade
paperback format, as are the other two Fairlight novels. Currently this
paperback version is available only from the publisher but it should
hit the other online retailers over the next two or three weeks.
However, a special
hardcover Collectors Edition will also be available exclusively through
the publisher. I'll likely have a few copies to sign as well. The cover
price of the hardcover Collectors Edition wll be $29.95. I'm expecting
the hardcover edition of the book to be available online in the first
week of December. While I know it's close, if you plan now and order
as soon as it's available, I believe it may still arrive in time for
A Special Thanks...
To all of you who wrote such nice things about me and my work. I really
appreciated all the kind words. Some of it was originally to find its
way onto the book jacket for the hardcover release of FITP. Unfortunately,
it was decided that additional synopsis copy should go there instead.
So readers quotes won't be on the hardcover edition of the book. I say
this not to discourage you from purchasing a hardcover edition but I
don't want you to buy one expecting your quote to be there and then
not find it there. Still, all is not lost. I've included a lot of what
was sent to me on the website under "Press & Reviews"
in the top nav bar on the new homepage.
And Another Thing...
Although I haven't yet fully looked into it, I'm also considering setting
up my own online book store at PaulCarhart.com so I can sign books from
my own stock and get them out to my readers in one fell swoop. In the
past, the only way I've been able to do this (other than through book
signings) is to have readers buy their book somewhere, pay to ship it
to me so I can sign it and then pay to have it shipped back to them.
What a hassle! So I'm looking into some alternatives, especially with
the hardcover version of FITP on the way. Whatever happens, you'll hear
about it here first.
ISBNs for each version
of the book are as follows:
Faith in the
Past Wide Release Trade Paperback Edition ISBN: 0-595-25385-7
in the Past Hardcover Collectors Edition ISBN: 0-595-65140-2
The new site is up and running. I'm quite pleased with how everything
has been compressed into one page. It's got a sort of a newsmag feel
to it, but I'm okay with that. The info is there and easily updated.
Instead of having to design a new site every time a book comes out,
this site can be fairly easily updated. I like that. It gives me more
time to spend on my girlfriend... or at least more time to write the
The new website
design is designed to feature much of this information in the sidebar
on the homepage. So, rather than continue to remind you what each project
is, this section of the Update will merely be a status report.
One of the
Chapter one is finished. I expect to write chapter two next week and
get into full swing by the end of November.
for Every Day
All of the tips have been gathered and I'm probably halfway through
with fleshing it out.
Chris and I have drawn a line in the sand. We're not going to
let any new Crockett exploits derail us from writing the stories we've
already mapped up. Anything new will have to go into a sequel or second
edition of this book.
Life is But
I hate to leave this one this far down on the list, especially since
I've got some potential agent interest. However, with all the other
projects on my plate, I have little choice. I'd like to sit down and
write the whole thing, but I'll probably put it into a proposal at this
point so I can shop it around.
I actually wrote the first part of chapter one already, hoping I might
include something from this book as a teaser in FITP. However, I didn't
want to get tied to what I wrote, especially since I probably won't
even get around to plotting or writing Faith Restored until next
summer. However, the story for FR is tied very tightly to FITP so I
don't expect it to languish very long.
God bless and thanks
again for your support and readership!
Author, The Fairlight Novels