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Don Driscoll
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I have a Perl script on my webpage which scans the publication schedule listed on the TOR webpage and picks off some of my favorite authors (most of my favorite authors are TOR authors!). OSC is at the top of the list, of course. The publication list was finally updated recently (they update about once a year and always several months late, it seems) and this gem popped out:

NOVEMBER 2006

Tor hardcovers
Orson Scott Card, EMPIRE

Is this the "woman and her baby that go off on a colony ship" Enderverse book that OSC referred to in his new book post, or is this something new? Anyone know anything?

Thanks,
Don

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I believe OSC said his next novel would be a stand-alone, so no, it's probably not an Enderverse one.

That said, I have no idea what Empire might be about.

--Pop

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EMPIRE is also listed in the current issue of LOCUS in the "forthcoming books" section.

Maybe it is the Advent Rising novelization OSC wanted to do?

I guess the Christmas in Battleschool story won't be out for another year. Sigh.

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El JT de Spang
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I would love to have a look at that script, if you don't mind, Don. I was sketching out something similar about six months ago but gave up because I couldn't figure it out.
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Don Driscoll
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No problem. The code is below and the output is at http://hea.case.edu/~driscoll/pub.html. They change the format slightly every time they update the page so I always end up having to tweak the code a little bit to get it to work right. I have it set up as a cron job to run once a week, although the TOR webpage certainly doesn't update that often!

-Don


code:
#!/usr/bin/perl

$www = "/home/driscoll/public_html";
$bin = "/home/driscoll/bin";
chdir($bin);
system "wget -q -O tor.html http://www.tor.com/schedule.html";

open(TOR,"$bin/tor.html");
$OF="$www/pub.html";
open(OF,">$OF");
@ltime = localtime(time);
$ltime[4]++;
$ltime[5] += 1900;
print(OF "<h2>Last Updated $ltime[4] / $ltime[3] / $ltime[5]</h2>\n");
$line = '';
$lflag = 0;
while (!eof(TOR)){
$tmp = <TOR>;
chomp $tmp;
if( $tmp =~ m/<P>/ ){
if( $line =~ m/<B>\w* 20\d\d<\/B>/ ){
$last = $line;
$last =~ s/<P><B>(.*)<\/B>/$1/;
$lflag = 0;
} elsif( $line =~ m/(Card|Goodkind|Jordan|Carey|Brin)/ ){
if( $lflag == 0 ){
print(OF "<H3>$last</H3>\n");
$lflag = 1;
}
$type = $line;
$type =~ s/.*(<EM>.*<\/EM>).*/$1/;
print(OF "$type\n");
print(OF "<UL>\n");
@list = split("<BR>",$line);
foreach $ent(@list){
chomp $ent;
if($ent =~ m/(Card|Goodkind|Jordan|Carey|Brin)/ ){
print(OF "<LI>$ent\n");
}
}
print(OF "</UL>\n");
}
$line = $tmp;
}else{
$line = $line.$tmp;
}
}
close(OF);


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Don Driscoll
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***bump*** Anyone know anything about Empire?
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Hey, thanks for posting that code. I'm neck deep in trying to customize my blog software at the moment, but I'll definitely mess with this when I'm done with that.
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could this be the novel he's cowriting with Aaron Johnston that's mentioned on the Taleswapper.net site?
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Don Driscoll
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***bump again*** Anyone know anything about the new OSC book Empire due out in November?

So as not to look too pathetic with all of the bumping, there is another reason that I reposted. The TOR people changed the format of their html code again, so I re-rewrote the Perl code, which is very similar to how I had it before the last rewrite. [Grumble]

-Don

code:
  
#!/usr/bin/perl

$www = "/home/driscoll/public_html";
$bin = "/home/driscoll/bin";
chdir($bin);
system "wget -q -O tor.html http://www.tor.com/schedule.html";

open(TOR,"$bin/tor.html");
$OF="$www/pub.html";
open(OF,">$OF");
@ltime = localtime(time);
$ltime[4]++;
$ltime[5] += 1900;
print(OF "<h2>Last Updated $ltime[4] / $ltime[3] / $ltime[5]</h2>\n");
$lflag = 0;
$tflag = 0;
while ($line=<TOR>){
chomp $line;
$line =~ s/\&/\&amp/g;
if( $line =~ m/<B>\w* 20\d\d<\/B>/i ){
$last = $line;
$last =~ s/.*<B>(.*)<\/B>.*/$1/i;
$lflag = 0;
}elsif( $line =~ m/<em>/i ){
$type = $line;
$type =~ s/.*(<em>.*<\/em>).*/$1/i;
if( $tflag == 1 ){
print(OF "</UL>\n");
$tflag = 0;
}
}elsif( $line =~ m/(Card|Goodkind|Jordan|Carey|Brin)/i ){
if( $lflag == 0 ){
print(OF "<H3>$last</H3>\n");
$lflag = 1;
}
if( $tflag == 0 ){
print(OF "$type\n");
print(OF "<UL>\n");
$tflag = 1;
}
$line =~ s/(.*)<.*/$1/;
print(OF "<LI>$line\n");
}
}
close(OF);


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Amilia
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Did you see this OSC post? Not much info, but he does mention Empire.
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Don Driscoll
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Thanks - it's pretty clear, actually, that it is a video game novelization. That's not too interesting to me (other than being OSC), so I guess I'll just go back to waiting for Rasputin then....
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Rasputin?
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quote:
Originally posted by Don Driscoll:
Thanks - it's pretty clear, actually, that it is a video game novelization. That's not too interesting to me (other than being OSC), so I guess I'll just go back to waiting for Rasputin then....

If I hadn't seen what he did with the novelization of The Abyss I'd probably agree with you, Don, but as it is I wouldn't be surprised if Empire turned out to be quite good.
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RunningBear, Rasputin is the title (or maybe just working title, I'm not sure) of the sequel to Lovelock.
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The first OSC book I read was his novelization of The Abyss. I probably would never have "discovered" him if I hadn't loved the movie, and then loved the novelization. It was awfully good. Is it still in print? I never see it on shelves and I've long since lost my copy.
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Don Driscoll
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Yeah, The Abyss was good. I'm sure I'll buy it like I buy everything else the OSC has ever written. I'll just wait for the paperback instead of splurging on the hardcover. OSC is the only author that I'll still spend $30 for rather than waiting a year....
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i found The Abyss in Half Priced Books. i've never seen it in a full price book store.

(huh huh huh, don said splurge)

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Don, I used to be that way with Octavia Bulter. Wish I still had the opportunity to be. I'm also that way with George R. R. Martin.
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Don Driscoll
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I read Wild Seed because of OSC, which I loved. I liked Lilith's Brood, but I was disappointed with Mind of My Mind. I'm out of town for a meeting right now - do you recommend the "Talents" books? I'd like to pick up something for the plane ride home. How do they fall into the spectrum of Butler's work? I read somewhere that there were several of her books that she wan't happy with...
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