I know it’s been a while, but I’ve finally managed to get a new site update out the door.
First of all, there is one item which I’d like to draw special attention to: an article for the Sevagram section entitled Unravelling van Vogt’s Fix-Up Novels by Andrew May. Andrew’s name should be familiar to many of you because of his excellent Astounding reference site. Andrew wrote this article a couple of years ago for his own website, and he recently asked me if I’d be interested in reprinting it on Sevagram. I was, of course, delighted, especially since I had inexplicably managed to miss that article when browsing his site in the past. This is a very informative and perceptive article, which all SF readers, not just van Vogt fans, will benefit from reading. Fix-up novels — where several separate short stories are re-written into a novel — are a common phenomenon in the SF publishing world, thanks largely to van Vogt’s pioneering efforts in this area. (In fact, even the term “fix-up” was coined by van Vogt.)
Secondly, Denis Dubé has slightly revised his review of To Conquer Kiber.
Regarding other sections of Icshi.net:
The Virgin Territory section has been updated with a high-quality scan of the New Adventure Prelude for Parasite by Jim Mortimore, as it originally appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #220. This was the only Prelude scan missing from the site, so the collection is now complete.
Work on the John Wycliffe section is coming along nicely and it should be ready to launch in a few months. I’ve tentatively given this section the name Morning Star, since Wycliffe is commonly called the “Morning Star of the Reformation.” This site will focus on presenting both the early and later versions of the Wycliffe Bible, as printed in Forshall & Madden’s monumental 1850 Oxford edition. To start with, only the book of Genesis will be up, as converting the text to my specially-crafted XML format is very tedious and time-consuming. Visitors will also have the option of viewing the text of the Wycliffe Bible alongside the text of the Clementine Vulgate and/or Challoner’s Douay-Rheims, making the site ideal for those studying Latin or Middle English.