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Icshi.net Update — June 1st, 2012

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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.)

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Announcing the Launch of Icshi.net

Most of you are already aware of my A.E. van Vogt website at www.home.earthlink.net/~icshi/, called Icshi: The A.E. van Vogt Information Site. Most of you will also be aware that it will be taken down fairly soon, probably by the end of July in a few weeks’ time.

I do however have a new site with its own domain name, www.icshi.net. It will feature several sections on different topics, most of them science fiction. At the moment only the new Doctor Who-related Virgin Territory section is online. This section deals with the Who books published by Virgin Publishing during the 1990s — including the New Adventures, the Missing Adventures, the Bernice Summerfield series, and the Decalog anthologies — and is copiously illustrated with huge, high-quality scans. By the end of July I hope to have most of the old A.E. van Vogt site modernized. This new van Vogt site will be called Sevagram.

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