1999 by Ernest Lilley

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I was attacked by droids on the way home this evening.

In the last week, Star Wars has assumed Christmas sized proportions, with life sized store displays and kiosks full of "collectable" toys. The CD store was full of Episode I sound tracks…and I swear that the music of John Williams followed me around the mall. All this scene needs is a Yoda-claus for kids to line up to. Unless you count the lines already forming at movie theaters. Well, Lucas still has to come up with a Star Wars tree to hang all those miniature action figures on and array wrapped boxes under. All waiting for Star Wars Day.

I wasn’t going to do a lot of Star Wars stuff this issue. Lucas isn't making it easy for webzines to get access, in fact we're pretty much on the outside looking in. Except that it seems that he's forgetting the people who've rooted for him all these years I don't really care. It's normal to forget your friends when you make it big. Ask any of the people I've snubbed since I've become famous. Besides, SFRevu's mission is to promote SF to a broader audience. Star Wars doesn't need our help there.

Still, the world's most fabulous publicist, Del Rey's cosmopolitan Eleanor Lang, pointed out that I wouldn't get a copy of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace unless I asked for it in writing, per Lucas rules. Well, ink's cheap, so I dropped off a request, and last Monday the book showed up at my office. My Orson Scott Card interview was running late and here was all this Terry Brooks stuff included, so I said; what the heck, and read it that night. Now it's the focus piece.

With any luck the Star Wars focus will draw people to the greater SF universe, which you'll also find in this issue.

On a barely SF note, I heard a group called The Red Elvises. I urge everyone to cough up some kopecks to buy a copy of their CD: I Wanna See You Bellydance. The lead track, "Rocketman" is a definitely the last thing I want to hear before final ignition on my next trip into orbit. These Russian x-pat's music is half Telstar Surfer, half Rockabilly, and half Rockin' Ruskie. Which adds up to one overstuffed formerly Soviet bikini full of fun. In the future, everyone will listen to Red Elvises!

We are joined this month by several new SFRevu crew members. Wendy Mitchell, aka "the girl in shiny pants" from Lunacon, is covering the SF Art scene. Wendy knows art from both sides, as artist and model and kicks things off with a super job interviewing one of SF's top talents: Bob Eggleton.

John Klima, who was working at Asimov's when we met him at Lunacon, is now at Tor, and reviewing for us in his spare time. This month he starts with a piece on the upcoming Analog. We can look forward to his report on the Nebula ceremonies as well as a review of Brute Orbits in the next issue.

John Possidente (this is starting to sound like the cast of Buckaroo Banzai) came to us pretty much out of the ether, and brings us his view of Far Horizons, a great concept anthology where a number of noted authors went back to their created universes and added a short story to fill in a few missing details.

The usual suspects, McClure, Giguere, and Sawicki, have done their usual fine job checking out the latest fiction and video, and I went to see The Mummy, which looks much better in the trailer than in the flesh. The final run time for The Mummy is only 1 hour 30 minutes, though the screening seemed a lot longer. The good news is that there probably was a good 1:30 film in there, and maybe it got tightened up.

Well, off to the issue we go…remember, if you see only one Science Fiction film this month…you'll probably be behind me on line at Star Wars.

Ernest Lilley - Publisher/Editor SFRevu

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NewsBits - Just as soon as I put out a call for NewsBits, my email index crashed. Still, some hardy NewsBits made it through. Contributor's names in parenthesis.

THE FEAR OF GOD, now in bookstores (BA CHEPAITIS)
I'm not sure if you knew, but my second Jaguar novel, THE FEAR OF GOD, is in the bookstores. Does that count as a NewsBit? Also, I've got a new website with preview samples -

The Thousand Names of Bob…( Bob Mayer)
My NewsBit for May is a book under one of my pen names: ATLANTIS, a contemporary science fiction/military thriller, by Greg Donegan will be published by Berkley in May.

The Sparrow Movie: more nipples, less religion, and a 30 point IQ drop (Mary Russell)
Movie news on The Sparrow: Universal Studios renewed their option, and the third revision of the screenplay is almost finished. All indications are that they're going ahead with the project. The line up is still the same: Antonio Banderas starring, Geoff Wright directing, Addis-Wechsler producing, and Kevin Misher as the project's angel at Universal. I'm not sure what he's called--executive producer? (He's co-president of Universal, so if he likes Jason's new version of the script, there's only one other person at the studio who can say no, and I'm not sure if she can make it stick.) The major changes to the story are totally predictable: more nipples, less religion, and about a 30 point IQ drop...

GODZILLA 2000 - The Return of Retro-zilla (Bob Eggleton)
Just some info regarding the new Japanese Godzilla film, The title is now officially, GODZILLA 2000 and is not however based upon the Marc Cerasini book(with Bob Eggleton cover) of the same name from Random House. It will see a release in Japan toward Christmas. Eventually it will be released on video in the U.S. This will be a further adventure of the "Classic" Toho Godzilla, not a sequel to the l998 "USA" Godzilla from Sony/Tristar. The last Godzilla film made in Japan was l995's GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH(available on Columbia/Tristar video) when the studio "retired" the creature so that Sony/Tristar could make their own. Because the fan response to the l998 film was so overwhelmingly critical of the redesigned monster, and for the last four years Toho produced three "Mothra" films, and released three very successful Daiei Production's "Gamera" films, it was considered the right time to bring back the classic Godzilla.

Factoring Humanity the "Most Collectible SF Book of 1998" (Robert J. Sawyer)
McGee's First Varieties, the renowned mail-order house for rare fiction, science fiction, and mystery books in Brentwood, Tennessee, named Robert J. Sawyer's Factoring Humanity the "Most Collectible Science Fiction Book of 1998". Other collectable titles can be found at McGee's website at:

Canadian Launch Site Announced! (David G. Hartwell)
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SOCIETY announces the launch of 5 major Canadian Science Fiction works on Friday 7 May 1999 in Toronto. The four novelists and editor David G. Hartwell have won numerous literary awards and prizes among them. The Launch Party will be held:  Friday 7 May 1999 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Studio of the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto.

NORTHERN SUNS is an anthology of Canadian Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant, THE DRAGON'S EYE, by Joel Champetier, is the author's first novel to be translated into English. It is about "a secret agent on the planet New China, whose mission is to bring back a turncoat from deep in the territory of an unfriendly colonial settlement-or at least as much of him as possible.", VIOLENT STARS by Toronto's grande-dame Phyllis Gotlieb is the sequel to her 1998 novel, Flesh and Gold. The undercover agent from the previous novel is called back into service to continue the bottle to bring the slave-creating inter-planetary corporation to trial and justice. FLASHFORWARD, by Robert J. Sawyer, is set in the near future. "An experiment goes awry at CERN, the European Center for particle physics, causing the consciousness of everyone on earth to jump ahead 21 years for a period of two minutes." Lastly, STARFISH is the first novel by Peter Watts. It is about "a bunch of sexually-abused cyborg bikers living on the edge of an underwater volcano."

Society Info: or visit
Book Info: contact Suzanne Hallsworth,

And don't forget…my new Year's Best SF 4 is just out in paperback from Harper Prism. - David G. Hartwell

Sidewise Award Nominations (Steven H Silver)
The judges for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History are pleased to announce the finalists for the 1998 Sidewise Awards. The awards will be presented at Aussiecon, the 57th World Science Fiction Convention, held from September 2 - September 6. For more information, please contact Steven Silver ( or see our website at

Chesleys Nominees Announced: (ASFA)
The nominees for the fourteenth annual Chesley awards, given each year by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) for outstanding work in the field, have been announced.

The Chesleys, named for the great astronomical artist, Chesley Bonestell, began in 1985 as a means for the Science Fiction and Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements during a given year. This year's awards are for works and achievements in the period from January 1 to December 31, 1998. The awards will be presented at ceremonies held at Conucopia, the 1999 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) in Anaheim California 26-29 August 1999 (

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I-Con 18
I-Con Photos 1999 Ernest Lilley
1. I-Con @ Stonybrook 4/10/99
2. Friends of Lucy - Marc Wikofsky
3. Comic Book Crusaders - 
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
will be ten in 2000.
Chris Bleistein - asst dir
Christopher Oarr - exec dir
Jeff Macey- cannon fodder
4. Comic book villians
5. Fandom never looked better - 
The Leather Goddess and Gypsy
6. Blaine of I-Con - 
SFRevu thanks go to Organizer 
Blaine Atkins.
7. The Ira Donewitz - 
Lunacon Chair Candidate
 2001 if elected - 
more hard core...
science and software.
8. The Harlan Ellison  - auctions 
for the CBDF.
9. Starfleet Covert Ops - 
team prepares to beam back 
to their ship. (Or: Bibliobytes 
guy Glenn trades palm pilot 
tricorder software with a fan.
10. Relaxing in 10-Forward
StarFleet Capt Peter Grimm and
Karen Quick of StarFleet Marines
11. Looney Boy and Moon 
Goddess -  Ian Randal Strock 
and the Lovely Kit.
12. Terry and the Pictures - 
Terry McGarry
13. Tom Kidd - Artist
14. Dr. Who?
Sylvester McCoy (penultimate Who)
"it's not a Dr. Who's a 
Sylsveter McCoy scarf."
15. Ern and James Hogan
16. John Clute - 
Author of The Encyclopedia of 
Science Fiction - SF God - 
not a bad fellow.
17. SciFiTalk meets R2D2 - 
Tony Tellado and Kenny Baker
 - "I had the most comfortable 
costume in the film. They just 
opened it up, and dropped me in."
Link to Tony's interview.
18. Luckiest Hologram - 
attempts to look humble after 
telling us that his character on 
Voyager gets to have a romantic 
episode with Seven of Nine.
19. SRO at S(tar) W(ars) Panel
20. Men and Swords - 
Compensation or What? 
21. Fans of Steel - 
Not the bunch of fans you want 
to pick on.Cheryl, Greg, Sunday, 
Scott and Russ
22. Array of Arms - 
Cheryl displays her considerable 
charms and arms.
23. Feelthy Hucksterdom
24. Picardo packs em in
Contact! Adventures in Fandom: I-Con 18
1. I-Con @ Stonybrook
2. Friends of Lucy
3. Comic Book Crusaders
4. Comic book villians
5. Fandom never looked better
6. Blaine of I-Con
7. The Ira Donewitz
8. The Harlan Ellison
9. Starfleet Covert Ops
10. Relaxing in 10-Forward
11. Looney Boy and Moon Goddess
12. Terry and the Pictures
13. Tom Kidd
14. Dr. Who?
15. Ern and James Hogan
16. John Clute
17. SciFiTalk meets R2D2
18. Luckiest Hologram
19. SRO at SW Panel
20. Men and Swords
21. Fans of Steel
22. Array of Arms
23. Feelthy Hucksterdom
24. Picardo packs em in

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