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Here you will find the latest news in the world of Raymond E. Feist. It maybe the title of the next book, a new release or even a new project, but it could also be an update on an existing project. What ever it is though, we hope to present it to you as soon as we are aware of it. If you know something we don't, that relates to Raymond E. Feist, and believe it should be here, then please contact us.

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Sun Jul 2nd, 2000

Norwegian Publisher Website

Morten Hansen posted this note:

Ray's Norwegian publishers, Tiden norsk forlag www.tiden.no , have just revamped the fantasy section of their website and given it a separate domain: www.fantasy.no There's a section on Ray there. It's all in Norwegian, though, except for a few quotes here and there.

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Sun Jul 2nd, 2000

Midkemia in Your Palm!

Somehow hearing and responding to a silent prayer I made (there is no map in Rage, remember), Ralph 'I Live to Map, I Map to Live' Askren has released a version of his great map for the Palm!

For any other list members that are Palm Handheld enthusiasts, I have posted the first of several Midkemia maps for the Palm Pilot on the Unofficial Atlas. When I first showed the map to REF, he said he was really starting to worry about me. My wife has already written me off as a an obsessed fan. As I have shared with them, I am really not nuts...this is just recreation for me: an opportunity to not worry about medical stuff or the business. Enjoy! The address is http://www.elvandar.com

Ralph also posted this about an update to his core map:

I have tried to use only published maps for the Unofficial Atlas and did not have a copy of the edition you mention. Of course, one can make an easy stab at the location based on the text in Silverthorn (p.275, 1st American Ed) 'Now they were properly in the Great Northern Mountains, in that area between the elven forests and the Northlands. Moraelin lay higher in the mountains, in a rocky, baren plain, just below the crest.'However, I checked with the 'Great REF Publishing Guru' across the sea and Mr. Bunting quickly provided me with a copy of the map with Moraelin. Actually, it appears three additions were made to the original 1st edition map when Magician went into mass market format: Moraelin was identified, the Thunderhell Steppes were also labeled, and Elvenhome was changed to Elvandar. I have now added Moraelin to the map at the Unofficial Atlas.

June 19, 2000

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Mon Jun 19th, 2000

Population - 4:13 pm

Another note from Ray, this time on the population of the Kingdom of Isles:

Depends on which eara you're talking about. At the time of the books, the Kingdom is about 2-3 million. No exact figures are available.

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Mon Jun 19th, 2000

Atlas of Midkemia Update - 4:11 pm

The Atlas will be done, says Ray:

Seriously, Steve and I will be working on the Atlas in the 2nd half of this year, but we have some other business to finish, first, and when we do, we'll announce it and everything will make sense.

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Mon Jun 19th, 2000

Hebrew Magician

Ray posted this tidbit recently:P. S. Hey, John, heads up: we just signed a deal to do a Hebrew editions of Magician in Israel!

No details. Can't even tell you who the publisher is yet. I'll post that info when I get it.

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Mon Jun 19th, 2000

Ray's Website...

...doesn't exist yet. But on is in the works:

No, I don't have a web site yet. The Bitter Sea Company will have a web site, probably before the end of this year, once a few things that are in negotiations get finalized.

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Mon Jun 19th, 2000

Dutch Translations

Arrian Rutten posted this news item today:

The Dutch translation of SoaBC ('Scherven van een verbrijzelde kroon') has been released.

The next one (KtB, 'Krondor: Het verraad') is scheduled for release in August.

And John Bunting had this to say:

Here is the News from the publisher

This fall we will publish Zilverdoorn, Duisternis over Sethanon, Prins van den bloede and Boekanier des konings in hardback.

This fall we will present a Feist-compendium De wereld van de magiër.

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Mon Jun 19th, 2000

Absence

The absence of any really important news is my excuse for not updating in a while, but i'm posting several things today. Also, I will be on vacation in San Francisco from June 22-July 2, so don't expect any updates then. And I just bought a Palm IIIe today, and I like it. :)

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Tue May 30th, 2000

Conclave of Shadows Update

Ray posted this note today regarding the Conclave series:

It's Talon of the Silver Hawk, and it's the character's name. The book title isn't set in stone. I'm leaning toward _Hawk Ascending_ right now, but that could change.

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Tue May 30th, 2000

Krondor: Tear of the Gods Update

Ray said today that he hoped to have Tear turned in to his publisher by the end of next month. After that, it will be rushed to print without the normal publicity routine.

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Thu May 25th, 2000

Online RPG?

When Ray was recently asked about the chance of an online RPG, Ray had this to say:

Right now I can say nothing on the above subject.

Translation: There are, or have been, or will be (or may be) legal dealings with the intent of producing such a game... Keep your fingers crossed.

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Sat May 20th, 2000

Lots of Honoured Enemy Information

Yes, I am still alive... even after exams. I'm back home for the summer. In the interim, Ray has had a lot to say about the first Tales of the Riftwar novel, Honoured Enemy. So here we go. The first post deals with the creation of the Tales series:

I met Janny at World Fantasy Convention in '83 in Chicago. My first reaction was very much 'single male,' as in 'hey, this is a very attractive lady. 'I was introduced by her ex-boyfriend (and now current husband), Don Maitz. Short version of a long story: got to know Janny and decided she'd be a great friend even if not a romantic possibility, she and Don got back together, and she and Don have been great friends of mine for the last 17 years. In the process of hanging with her, we'd talk story some times, and at one point I mentioned the idea for the start of (what at the time I thought was one book, Servant of the Empire). She jumped in and said, 'You know, you could do this, that, this other thing,' and the ideas just kept rolling. It took me about five minutes to decided I needed her to collaborate. It too me a year to convince her. I loved the results. Great experience.

As for the three I'm doing now, that was a completely different set of reasons. Midkemia has always been about 'other voices' but you guys never got to hear any of them.The story telling that evolved out of the gaming sessions, the 'history' Steve and Jon and others dreamed up, all of that was of a piece, and I wanted something along those line.

I approached a half-dozen writers who I respect, including Janny, and three of them had the time now to make a commitment.
I'm five chapters through the book with Bill and I'm finding it great; I think you'll enjoy the efforts and find the presence of other voices in the Midkemian narrative refreshing and rewarding.

Next, Ray describes the writing process with Bill Forstchen, the co-author of Honoured Enemy:

It varies with each writer. With Bill we talked about the overall outline, defined some characters, and he jumped in. By chapter 3 I had some sense of where he was going, so my rewrites became more consistent with his mood and tone, and by then he had a better idea of what we needed to do to keep the book consistent with the other Midkemian stories.

Next, we get the names of the other Tales novels:

Honored Enemy, the book I'm doing with Bill Forstchen is all new characters, as is Murder in LaMut, the book I'm doing with Joel Rosenberg. Steve Stirling and I will work on a book called Jimmy the Hand.

Finally, Ray gave this tidbit about the plot of Honoured Enemy:

In the Northlands.A Tsurani/Kingdom skirmish is interrupted by a whole lot of Moredhel, and the two enemies have to unite temporarily to survive.

I will say no more.

In another post, Ray said that the books will be listed as authored by 'Feist and...' ie 'Feist and Forstchen.'

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Mon May 1st, 2000

Tear of the Gods Release Troubles?

Ray posted this note about the release of Tear of the Gods. I don't know what it really means yet, but I'll keep you posted:

As far as TotG, there's a debate underway right now about when it's going to be published.Stay tuned.

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Mon May 1st, 2000

Time in Midkemia

Ray posted this note about the difference between the RPG and the books:

In the game reality, it's a 220 day year of 20 hour days.

In the books, a year is a year.

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Wed Apr 26th, 2000

Mad God's Rage

There has been a lot of talk on the mailing list recently about Nalar, the god of evil. Here's what Ray had to say about how this relates to future novels:

Nalar's madness is the subject of several subpots to come. So, don't hold your breath, but eventually you'll get some insight into why it happened.

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