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November 28, 2014

Dear Friends,

The Hos-Blethan Affair

"The Hos-Blethan Affair" pre-ordered copies are now in the mail thanks to the help of my friend Dennis Frank and my lovely wife. I apologize for their lateness; however, I've been ill most of the year and spent most of October in the hospital.

I am now on the road to recovery and plan to get back to my writing by the end of the year.

I wish you all a great holiday season!

John F. Carr

June 16, 2014

Dear Friends,

The Merlin Gambit

The Merlin Binary is now available in both e-formats, as well as in a hardcover edition, and is available at the Hostigos Shop. The new Cosmic Computer hardcover volume, which was printed as a matching edition to the sequel, contains a new introduction and is a beautiful book featuring one of the Alan Gutierrez's best covers.

We had a small turnout for this year's Irregular Muster, but a great time was had by all attendees. Dennis Frank provided a running commentary, while we visited several of the battle sites mentioned in Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, as well as H. Beam Piper's gravesite.

Unfortunately, the small turnabout ("the little cliff above the road" the spot where Corporal Calvin Morrison, Steve Kovac, Larry Stacey and Jack French had parked their police car before making their way to the small farmhouse) is being eroded and filled with brush and tree limbs. In a few years, the Kalvan transposition spot will all but disappear...

I'm still undergoing health problems. Just about the time my back started healing, I got a case of the shingles! This has further delayed the production of The Hos-Blethan Affair, but only by another month. I will be shipping copies in August. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

John F. Carr

April 20, 2014

Dear Friends,

The Merlin Gambit and the new hardcover edition of The Cosmic Computer are now available for purchase in the Shop. All the pre-orders are in the mail or will be shipped within the next week and a half. I apologize for the delay, but I've had some health issues that have clogged the pipeline. In early February, I took a bad spill and injured my back. I went through two months of hellish back spasms; it's only now that I'm able to work at the computer, or bend over to mail books, for more than 20 minutes at time.

Due to this injury, The Hos-Blethan Affair is also behind schedule. I plan to ship books in June.

Before my back problems, I had planned to start work on Kalvan the Conqueror over the summer, but with the backlog of work I have to do. I probably will not get to work on it until later in the year.

However, before I hurt my back, I was able to write and finish a new book on H. Beam Piper. The new book is entitled Typewriter Killer, an in-depth study of Piper and his works. For a long time, I've been unhappy with the fact that my Piper biography, H. Beam Piper: A Biography, has been unavailable as an e-book. This gave me an idea to do a new book on Piper that focused on his stories, his writing and his major series, Paratime and the Terro-Human Future History. It will make a nice bookend to the Piper biography.

I've got several other projects in the works, including a new Fuzzy book I'm writing with Wolfgang Diehr. My back is slowly healing and I'm looking forward to getting back to writing full time and enjoying life.

This year, the Irregulars Muster is scheduled for May 24th, 2014. Most of the 'regulars' will be there and we welcome anyone who wants to visit some of the landmarks described in Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and meet fellow Piper enthusiasts. We meet at 10:00 am on Saturday at the Waffle Shop on North Atherton, State College, PA. You can contact me directly for more information at

John F. Carr