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Michael Leader posts on 4/25/2007 10:43:07 PM Hi Sam, Thanks for having a look for me. I recently tracked down a copy of The Winter Swan on ebay. Unfortunately pages 192-207 were omitted as a printing error - with another section was repeated. (This is actually the second time on one of your books - I had a copy of Long Voyage that was short about 80 pages.) Did I miss much in those Winter Swan pages? The structure is hard to know what was revealed and what wasn't... perhaps you can email me privately. Did this problem occur often? Frustrating, as this book is so rare... perhaps you could copy those pages - I doubt the publisher is still around for a replacement copy!! Another question - any book of yours that you hold as dearest over all others, under any of your pen names, and why?
Alan posts on 4/25/2007 3:36:19 PM Sam, If you don't mind my continual prying do you mind me asking when you 'retired' from writing? Or are you still in fact putting a metaphorical pen to paper?
Alan posts on 4/19/2007 5:34:06 PM Sam, That does answer a question of mine as to whether you still had copies of all your own books! I always check the older sections of the second hand bookshops and charity shops I frequent just in case and have been pleasantly surprised a few times. Thanks Alan

Sam Youd posts on 4/19/2007 5:22:02 AM Those early ones were in small editions and did not go into paperback - A Figure in Grey in particular came out with an obscure English publisher - so I'd guess they are difficult to find. Sorry I can't help: all I have are my basic (and essential) file copies. Sam
Michael Leader posts on 4/19/2007 12:02:54 AM Thanks Alan. 41 pounds is a bit rich, and the book would only sell/retain the value of half that. I still might buy it down the track, but I'm happy just to borrow it from someone - I'm not a collector as I like to pass on books for others to enjoy.
Alan posts on 4/15/2007 7:12:01 PM Michael, There is a copy of the Hilary Ford book available on Abebooks for about 41 (English money!), a bit rich for my blood. But I share the addiction and am also trying to complete the collection. Afraid I haven't got the other two or else I would lend.
michael leader posts on 4/13/2007 1:39:48 AM Does anyone have copies of Sam Youd's books Crown and Anchor and A Palace of Strangers, and under Hilary Ford, A Figure in Grey? I'm a huge John Christopher/Sam Youd fan, but these three elude me. Would love to borrow, (happy to pay a deposit, postage and small borrow fee) or buy or even swap. I'm at michaelleader - please help - there's no space after Leader, but it says it's "too long" whaterver that means. Perhaps Sam can help?
Sam Youd posts on 3/16/2007 11:05:36 AM Anonymous ------- Nothing unpublished that is publishable, I'm afraid. As to WiW, global cooling was the unchallengeable future in the 70s, as warming now is. Latter is probably more realistic, but I suspect the sun has more to do with it than CO2. Disaster forecasters usually get it wrong, one way or another, and I feel the sun is a touch more powerful than humanity. ------- Sam
Martin Gruhn posts on 3/16/2007 9:53:07 AM Dear Sam, I lost your email address, so I try to contact you here. I plan on making another Tripods adventure game (closely based on the books rather than the TV-series). I wanted to know if you have any objections against this (strictly non commercial) project. You (or whoever wants to contribute) can reach me at myfirstname dot mylastname at -Martin
Anonymous posts on 2/26/2007 5:53:08 PM Sam, I have tried to post for a couple of months now but to no avail - not sure what was wrong with the site. Quick, nosey question. Do you have any unpublished works lurking at the bottom of draws? By the way World in Winter is a likely outcome of Global Warming if the Gulf Stream switches off as some suspect it will.
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