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[page 2] SHAGRAT #10 George R Heap, Box 1487 August 19, 1968 f/r 218.020 Rochester, N. Y. 14603 Cover: Robert E. Gilbert {Divider: Three lines of hyphens divide the text above from the text below.} Snider's dissertations on "Heap's Disease" remind <handwritten in margin> s <end handwriting> me that it's been nearly a full Cycle since I put out a SHAGRAT. In refutation of Snider's charges, however, I note that so far in the 17th Cycle, Fitch, Scithers, and Snider himself have all put out more f/r's than I have! For the last few months, it seems that we have spent most of our time preparing for, going on, and recovering from trips [Disclaimer!]. The company has sent me to Chicago, Washington, and New York City and, for a change of pace, we drove down to North Carolina for the 4th-of-July weekend. The business things have been of varying degrees of interest. I think I saw more of New York in one day than I did of Chicago in almost a week. The N.C. jaunt was to visit friends of ours, and as it was unsubsidized, we drove. It's 700 miles each way, not counting the stop at Luray Caverns on the way back. I hadn't been down to that part of the world for some fifteen years. The most noticable @noticeable@ change was the highways, which are much improved; but then, this was the first time either Sherry or myself had actually stayed in the area, as opposed to driving through as fast as possible. The Luray Caverns don't seem to have changed at all in the more than thirty years since I was there. The guides seem to take a more humorous approach to the descriptions than I remember. It is still rather impressive; and somehow, rather Cultish in nature. We have just finished /King Solomon's Mines/ and found it of extra interest for that reason. {Divider: Two lines of hyphens divide the text above from the text below.} OF INTEREST! It has been noted that my former title for this sort of thing, REVIEWS AND COMMENTS, was rather undescriptive due to the paucity of my comments. In general, it's intended to be a list of current reading (and viewing) material that interested me for one reason or another; usually because I liked it. Agent 0008: This has been one of the longest lived of the sex-and-espionage series. The author of all of these is listed as Clyde Allison, but there are definite indications that the publisher is starting to use this as a house name, bringing in other writers to keep up the output. Basically, the books are a sick humor form of anti-war propaganda, spiced up by the author's knowledge of pop music, the serious Secret Agent field (and the not-so-serious, for that matter), and the quaint coverart of 1940's style science fiction magazines. In the listing below, "My #" is the number assigned to the books previously listed in SHAGRAT or DOL CIRITH UNGOL. "Ser #11" is the actual order of publishing. Ser # My # Tit'le @Title@ Pub'shr # Publisher 1 2 /Our Man From Sadisto/ EL 301 Greenleaf Classics, Inc. (5839 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, Calif. 92120) 2 1 /Our Girl From Mephisto/ EL 305 Ember Library Books (13215 So. Western Ave., Gardena, Calif. 90249) 3 3 /Nautipuss/ EL 309 same 4 4 /Go-Go Sadisto/ EL 313 same [page 3] Ser # My # Tit'le @Title@ Pub'shr # Publisher 5 5 /The Desdamona Affair/ EL 317 same 6 6 /Gamefinger/ EL 321 Ember Library Books (P.O. Box 20194, San Diego, Calif.) 7 7 /Sadisto Royale/ El 325 same 8 8 /For Your Sighs Only/ EL 329 same 9 9 /The Lost Bomb/ EL 333 same 10 9½ /0008 Meets Gnatman/ LB 1140 Corinth Publications (5839 Mission Gorge Rd., San Diego, Calif. 92120) 11 10 /The Merciless Mermaids/ LB 1159 Corinth Publications, Inc. (same addr.) 12 11 /Mondo Sadisto/ LB 1160 same (not Inc.) 13 12 /0008 Meets Modesta Blaze/ LB 1169 same (Inc.) 14 13 The Sex-Ray LB 1174 same 15 14 /Roburta The Conqueress/ LB 1176 same 16 15 /From Rapture With/ Love LB 1180 same 17 16 /The Ice Maiden/ El 365 Ember Library Books; a division of Greenleaf Classics, Inc. (5839 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, Calif.) 18 17 /The Sin Funnel/ CA 901 Corinth Publications, Inc. (5839 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, Calif. 92120) 19 18 /Platypussy/ NB 1877 Corinth Publications, Inc. (3511 Camino Del Rio, San Diego, Calif. 92120) 20 -- /The Desert Damsels/ CA 930 same Regardless of the publishing firm, all of the EL titles are described as "Original Ember library Books". The LB series are "Original Leisure Books", the CA's are "Original Candid Readers", and the NB is "An Original Nightstand Book". I don't quite understand what the variation in publisher names and addresses are supposed to mean. Obviously, they are all connected in some manner or form. Perhaps this type of thing is considered normal in the under-the-counter (actually they aren't) publishing field. Maybe if I copy Dick Geis in on theis @this@, he'll come up with an explanation. {Divider: A line made of hyphens divides the text above from the text below.} /Neutron Star/: I probably should be reluctant to pubicly @publicly@ admit that I haven't been paying too much attention to Larry Niven's works. I was even about to bypass this collection, being somewhat off short stories this season: but Jim Ashe brought it to my attention, mentioning that all the stories are laid in a consistent background, so I bought it, and now I am hooked to the point of wonder- [page 4] ing how much more of this series remains uncollected, and whether Ballantine will publish more of it. Most of the action takes place in a thirty light year (diameter) sphere of human colonization, an area I find of particular interest. Rather neat descriptions of interaction between the various subraces of humanity, the aliens whose spheres of activity superimpose, , and the ages old history of the area. I will note, however, that the distance from Sirius to Procyon is 5.1 light years, not 4. /The Avengers #6/: "The Drowned Queen", by Keith Laumer, reflects the replacement of Emma Peel by Tara King. While the TV show will never be quite the same, the new series is /almost/ as good. I hope they start it off in the Fall, instead of waiting until mid-season, as this year. /The Serpent/: AMRA has been carrying reviews of Jane Gaskell's 'Atlantean' novels for the last couple of years. I never quite seemed to get around to ordering them from the British publisher. Now, here is #1 (of three, I beleive @believe@) out by Paperback Library with a gorgeous Frazetta cover. The book is not quite what I had expected. My first thought was to call it an Atlantean Gothic; but there is more to it than that. It is, perhaps, the most detailed description of day-to-day life in any book I remember reading. As such, the book is slower than I would have preferred, but interesting reading, none the less @nonetheless. This book, for the most part, does not take place in Atlantis; but the background is largely that of the World of Atlantis according to those who believe in its reality. I suppose we can count-Miss Gaskell among those who Believe, perhaps this is what gives the stark realism to the story. /Through The Dark Curtain The curse of Rathlaw/]: Lancer has brought out these two of a series on witchcraft and supernatural evil in a modern setting. The protagonists are a group of professional contenders against the supernatural; somewhat akin to Jules de Grandin and his friend from the old /Weird Tales/. Peter Saxon, the author of these two, has also had three novels of the supernatural published by Paperback Library. /The Pigrim's @Pilgrim's@ Progress/: I ran into a paperback edition of this fight against supernatural evil in a 17th Century setting, in a Virginia restaurant, along with quite a collection of other religious paperbacks that I had never seen before. Having seen so many literary references to this one, I picked it up. If you know what to expect, it's not bad at all. B.C.: I've been picking up Johnny Hart's books of the B.C. cartoon characters whenever they come out. I missed most of the earlier newspaper strips, and it seems I have to read these at least three times before I've milked all the fun out. /The Goddess of Ganymede/: Michael Resnick's E.R. Burroughs pastiche has gone from a Donald M. Grant hardcover edition to a Paperback library edition in remarkably short order. Apparently there is a wider market for this type of story than just the diehard Burroughs fans. /The Swords of Lankhmar Swords Against Wizardry/] Ace has brought out these two continuations of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, the first with the map of Nehwon reprinted from AMRA. I don't have a convenient list of how many F&GM shorts were printed after the /Gnome Two Sought Adventure/ hardcover, but I hope Wollheim manages to get them all included. Both of the /Sword/ books are considerably expanded from the original short stories. The Maker of Universes The Gates of Creation Private Cosmos ]: I have sort of gradually becoming aware of these, as a series. I probably buy all of Phillip José Farmer's paperbacks, but the continuation of these as a series by Ace [page 5] make them doubly interesting. One of these rainy afternoons I will have to sit and read these in one sitting, putting the loose ends together. /The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #15/: "The Utopia Affair", by David McDaniel (XOA). I was more than a little surprised to see this, what with the TV show being off the air for so long, but perhaps Ace had signed a contract for it. More hopefully, there may still be a demand for U.N.C.L.E. books. /Dragonflight/: Expanded from Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonrider" (/Analog/). I enjoyed the longer version, as usual, but consider it a shame that the map included in the magazine version was not included here. /Sorceror's @Sorcerer's@ Amulet/: (Volume Two of Michael Moorcock's /The History of The Runestaff/). This didn't quite come up to /The Jewel in The Skull/, first in this series, but interesting nonetheless. This has been rather a hard book to come by. I have yet to see it on the stands, in spite of its being listed in print for at least three months. Steve Takacs and the F and S F Book Co. seem to be the only people to have it (both are mail-order houses, for those who don't know). The late S.F. WEEKLY reported that the third volume is to be /The Sword of The Dawn/ and takes place largely in Londra. No info as to when this is expected. /The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T.:/ #1 /The Dozen Deadly Dragons of Joy/ #2 /The Million Missing Maidens/ #3 /The Terrible Ten/ #4 /The Dirty Rotten Depriving Ray/ #5 /Tsimmis in Tangier/ In addition to alliterative titles, this series is charecterized @characterized@ by names like Alexander Graham Wang, Ellis Dee, Chastity Beld, Merdalor, and a rather wild set of acronyms. T.O.M.C.A.T., Tactical Operations Master Counterintelligence Assault Team is only the beginning. I had considered listing these, but #5 has already done this from Alcoholic Neutralization Tablets through Special Unit for the Collection of Knowledge and including the Peking Leninist Institute for _Cult_ural Kinetics. For the record, the series is by Mallory T. Knight, published by Award Books, and stars Tim O' Shane. /The Lady From L.U.S.T.:/ #1 /The Lady From L.U.S.T./ #2 /Lay Me Odds/ #3 /The 69 Pleasures/ #4 /5 Beds to Mecca/ #5 /The Hot Mahatma/ Less acronymistic than the previous series. The Good Guys here are the League of Underground Spies and Terrorists. [But in Marvel Comics' /The Adventures of Pussycat/, the /Bad Guys/ are L.U.S.T. (league of Undesirable Sinister Types).] The Bad Guys here are the Humanitarian Alliance for Total Espionage (Europe), the Dedicated Red Army Guards of Nanking (Far East), and the Arab League of Loyal Agents of Hate [H.A.T.E.?] (the Arab World). The Secret Agent business here is treated with more of the seriousness it deserves. The author is Rod Gray, publisher is Tower Publications, and the heroine is Eve Drum, sometimes known as Oh Oh Sex. /Brak The Barbarian/: This Avon offering is the first paperback publication of a collection of John Jakes' Brak stories. They have been appearing in the prozines for some time now; and L. Sprague de Camp used "The Girl in The Gem" in his The Fantastic Swordsmen anthology for Pyramid. /Brak The Barbarian/ takes the hero through five interconnected adventures @,@ apparently the start of his career through the barbarian kingdoms. Two of the stories here concatenated appeared earlier in Fantastic Stories "in slightly different form". The cover here is by Frazetta, a bit too stiff for my taste; Brak, as illustrated, seems to have borrowed Cija's belt. [Thank you, Sherry!] /The Poetic Edda/: Yes, I have finally gotten around to reading this, and it really swings! I dig alliterative poetry, anyhow. The copy has since gone back to the library, and of course I didn't bother to note down the name of the [page 6] translator, or other pertinent data. Ran into the names Tolkien uses for the Dwarves and Gandalf, of course. Somebody, I forget where, objected to Tolkien's taking real names instead of inventing his own. However, in view of the language correspondences Tolkien sets up: that his Common Speech was related to the language of Rohan and the Northern tounges @tongues@ much as modern English is related to Anglo-Saxon and the old Icelandic, that the obvious thing for him to do was use personal- and place-names from these real languages to indicate how they sounded to his chief characters, whose Common Speech Tolkien equates to various forms of modern English. "Inventing" names from foreign, or dead, languages seems like doing things the hard way, though I have no doubt Tolkien could have done a creditable job, had he chose to do it That way. /Dark Shadows/: In one of my recent wanders, the Chicago one I think, I managed to catch an episode of this. I found it somewhat interesting. /Lapidus/, in a phone conversation, said: "Compared to what?", and I suppose there is no really good answer to this; but I do find the idea of an out-and-out fantasy on pop TV rather fascinating. I note, but have not bought, a number of paperbacks taken from this show on the stands. /A History of West Africa/: (Doubleday Anchor by Basil Davidson with F.K. Buah and the advice of J.F. Ade Ajayi.) An interesting coverage of a rather little-known part of the world's history. Anyone else fascinated by this sort of thing is also referred to Penguin's "African library" series. /Sword of The Dawn/: It has been quite a while since I started page 5! Anyhow, here it is: Volume Three of Michael Moorcock's /The History of the Runestaff/. I found this one better than /Sorceror's @Sorcerer's@ Amulet/ (and more easily too, it's getting good distribution). Not only does Dorian Hawkmoon go to Londra, but also to New Orleans of the far future. {Divider: A line of equal sings divides the text above from the text below.} CULTIC COMMENTS As long as this is a Cultzine. . . . With this publication, exactly half of my Cultzines have been SHAGRAT's. . . . I have a large pile of stuff lying around, supposedly awaiting comment or something, but on looking through it, I wonder. . . . I'll probably save out the most current stuff, a page-worth or so, for a letter to FR 219. {Divider: A line of hyphens separates the text above from the text below.} CON MUCHOS ARBOLES #9 (FR 215) {Patten} /Hulan/: Did you ever mail LOKI #12 out to the Cult? /Dian & Patten/: I just now realized that I missed my Big Chance with /Snider's/ bologna f/r. Not only didn't I take a colour phot of the thing, the obvious ides, but I didn't even Xerox it! {Divider: A line of hyphens separates the text above from the text below.} PHALLIOPE #1 (f/r 215.86) {Tapscott} /Tapscott/: The missing Member #5 for the 193rd Period is /Bailes/; assuming, of course, that the other Compleat Poster entries remain unchanged, /Bailes'/ activity for that part of the 15th Cycle is: 191/Pub 192/--- 193/f/r 194/--- 195/Yes so obviously he must retain his Membership. (192.219)