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Michael Staley
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23/11/2008 9:15 pm  

I'm delighted to say that, ten years after the last issue, and notwithstanding a plethora of false dawns across the way, typesetting of a new issue of Starfire is well underway. The issue will be at the printers in the course of December, for January publication. The contents of this issue are as set out in the notice - in retrospect, imbued with reckless optimism - posted on Lashtal a year or so ago, the front cover consisting of a gorgeous piece of artwork by Kyle Fite.

I'm already planning another issue for publication at the end of 2009, with articles on Lam & the Amalantrah Working, an analysis of Spare's wonderful 1955 pastel 'Man is a Bundle of Ids', the work of Kenneth Grant, and much more.

Hurrah!

Best wishes,

Michael.


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23/11/2008 9:45 pm  

That is wonderful news Michael! I trust that the wait will be more than compensated for...

Do you still have plans to release a Starfire compendium? I recall many months ago you mentioned that a selection of articles and art from Volume I may be published together.


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Michael Staley
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23/11/2008 10:05 pm  
"Astwihad" wrote:
Do you still have plans to release a Starfire compendium? I recall many months ago you mentioned that a selection of articles and art from Volume I may be published together.

Yes, I do still have plans for a selection of essays and artwork from the first five issues. A few months ago I was able to recover a couple of pieces of the original artwork, and quite fortuitously made contact with someone whose articles I would have liked to use from the first two issues.

There's a full programme of Starfire Publishing titles for 2009 building up, but I'd like to publish the 'Best of' compilation around the middle of 2009.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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23/11/2008 10:28 pm  

This is great news Micheal,
I'm looking forward to these publications.
I wonder which of Kyle's work will be on the cover. He's quite an artist and am proud to have his 'The Sun behind the Sun' adorning my wall.


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23/11/2008 10:40 pm  
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I wonder which of Kyle's work will be on the cover. He's quite an artist and am proud to have his 'The Sun behind the Sun' adorning my wall.

The cover art will be 'Serpent Sadhana', a lovely piece which appears in his gallery on this website. Kyle sent me a hand-coloured print a couple of years ago, and it's that which will be reproduced on the front cover. There's also more by him throughout the issue.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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24/11/2008 4:25 am  

That's great news Michael, I'm really looking forward to it!


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25/11/2008 7:55 pm  
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
There's a full programme of Starfire Publishing titles for 2009 building up, but I'd like to publish the 'Best of' compilation around the middle of 2009.

That is certainly good to know. I assume that the contents of the forthcoming issue of Starfire remain the same as those outlined some months ago?

Very much looking forward to this, as well as a Typhonian re-print or two... 😉


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25/11/2008 8:18 pm  
"Astwihad" wrote:
That is certainly good to know. I assume that the contents of the forthcoming issue of Starfire remain the same as those outlined some months ago?

Yes, they are the same. Given the plethora of optimistic noises over the last few years, I'll ask Paul if he wouldn't mind posting a notice of contents and availability again once the issue has gone to press.

I'm pleased to say that, having proof-read them again recently following the first draft from the typesetter, the two short stories in the issue are absolutely superb.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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25/11/2008 8:42 pm  

ten years after the last issue

It's the "Chinese Democracy" issue! 😉


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26/11/2008 4:14 am  

I'm glad to hear that it is finally going to be published. Reserve one for me, and "The Magickal Revival" too!


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26/11/2008 8:39 pm  

Splendid news. Any idea when "The Magical Revival" is going to be published?


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26/11/2008 9:05 pm  
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Splendid news. Any idea when "The Magical Revival" is going to be published?

I had hoped earlier this year that The Magical Revival would be out by the end of 2008, but the work has fallen behind a little. There is some final editing to do and I'm tightening up on artwork. However, I doubt if it will be at the printers until sometime in January, for February publication.

Next year is going to be a full and exciting one for Starfire Publishing in many ways - the boughs look laden with some interesting fruit - and I look forward to mastering the ability to keep to timetable. If certain cards are played right - needless to say, the cards of which I speak pertain not to the physical - I'll have more free time as the year unfolds.

As well as a full publishing programme, the intention is to give several talks throughout 2009 on aspects of Grant's work, the talks at Treadwells tomorrow and on December 17th being introductory.

Riding along on the crest of a wave . . .

😀

Best Wishes,

Michael.


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26/11/2008 9:49 pm  

If you manage this

mastering the ability to keep to timetable

How about a workshop on the basic principles? 😉


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26/11/2008 10:03 pm  

Hi Michael,

the intention is to give several talks throughout 2009 on aspects of Grant's work,

It would be great if you would come to NY! Would you consider that?


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26/11/2008 10:10 pm  
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It would be great if you would come to NY! Would you consider that?

If there was enough interest to make that a viable proposition, then yes I'd be happy to consider that.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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27/11/2008 6:41 pm  
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"DNA" wrote:
Splendid news. Any idea when "The Magical Revival" is going to be published?

I had hoped earlier this year that The Magical Revival would be out by the end of 2008, but the work has fallen behind a little. There is some final editing to do and I'm tightening up on artwork. However, I doubt if it will be at the printers until sometime in January, for February publication.

Next year is going to be a full and exciting one for Starfire Publishing in many ways - the boughs look laden with some interesting fruit - and I look forward to mastering the ability to keep to timetable. If certain cards are played right - needless to say, the cards of which I speak pertain not to the physical - I'll have more free time as the year unfolds.

As well as a full publishing programme, the intention is to give several talks throughout 2009 on aspects of Grant's work, the talks at Treadwells tomorrow and on December 17th being introductory.

Riding along on the crest of a wave . . .

😀

Best Wishes,

Michael.

Sounds like you're gonna have the work cut out for yourself, Michael! Not to worry, I'm sure everything will go to plan and please a large number of people! Any plans for releasing the next Typhonian tome in 2009?
Best Wishes,
Declan.


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28/11/2008 5:35 am  

Perhaps "Starfire" in hardback? Either way I want it.


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Michael Staley
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28/11/2008 9:58 pm  
"DNA" wrote:
Any plans for releasing the next Typhonian tome in 2009?

Besides The Magical Revival in early 2009, there will be another of the Typhonian Trilogies volumes republished later in the year. I'll announce it when plans are more concrete.

"N.O.X" wrote:
Perhaps "Starfire" in hardback? Either way I want it.

I'm tempted to do the majority of the print run as soft-cover, but have a proportion as hard-bound. I've yet to explore this with the printers we use, but for the hard-bound proportion it would mean the front and back covers being included as plates, or else incorporated into a dustjacket, and my guess is that either option would add a fair bit to the price of the hard-bound proportion of the run. Still, it's a possibility I shall look at.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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14/12/2008 9:52 pm  
"N.O.X" wrote:
Perhaps "Starfire" in hardback? Either way I want it.

I'm awaiting a final price from the printers, but following a recent conversation with my production manager it's looking feasible to issue a proportion of the run as hardbound. This might be a limited, numbered edition of say 100, with the front and back covers reproduced as colour plates; no deluxe binding, no slipcase, so it won't cost an arm, a leg and a dingly-dangly bit.

More details anon, as us rugged entrepreneurs say.

8)

Best wishes,

Michael.


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14/12/2008 10:45 pm  

Well reserve one for me please


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Michael Staley
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22/12/2008 4:26 pm  

This issue of Starfire will be available for ordering very shortly. As well as the usual softcover, there will be a hardback limited edition available too.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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23/12/2008 7:10 am  

Fantastic news! I just got a copy of Vol 2 No 2 in the mail today and have been enjoying it all afternoon.

I can't wait to see what you have in store in this new issue!

Cheers,

Scott


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Michael Staley
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23/12/2008 9:41 am  

I'll be posting details of contents shortly. The issue is approximately the same size as the previous issue.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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23/12/2008 8:48 pm  

Can't wait to see the latest!


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Michael Staley
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26/12/2008 9:20 pm  

My sincere thanks to the many people emailing and PMing me - via this site and others - about the forthcoming issue of Starfire. I'm pleased - to say the least - that the ten-year gap since the last issue hasn't dimmed interest. Price and other details are still being finalised, but full information as to contents and price will be released via our mailing list before the end of December, when advance orders will be solicited.

In the meantime I can confirm that there will be two editions, both sewnbound. The standard issue will be bound in soft covers, colour back and front. There will also be a limited clothbound hardcover edition. More details anon.

Vibrating to the thrum of the infinite,

Michael.


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30/12/2008 5:12 am  

93.

I am wondering how this is going to be distributed to the US and Canada. Are you going through JD Holmes (as has been the case with other Starfire publications) or will it be necessary to order it directly from Starfire?

Thanks.
93 93/93.
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Michael Staley
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30/12/2008 11:54 am  

Yes, Holmes will be distributing the softcover edition in the USA and Canada. It's best that you contact them directly for further details of availability.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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"MichaelStaley" wrote:
In the meantime I can confirm that there will be two editions, both sewnbound. The standard issue will be bound in soft covers, colour back and front. There will also be a limited clothbound hardcover edition. More details anon.

Excellent, Michael! I'd been keeping my fingers crossed that the new Starfire would be available in hardcover as well as the traditional paperback.

The fact that Starfire has a slew of projects simmering at present is wonderful news indeed.

~93~

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Michael Staley
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01/03/2009 11:03 pm  

The forthcoming issue of Starfire was finalised for the printers later than expected. Production has been under way for some weeks now, and the issue will be delivered to me in the middle of this month.

I've sent out email notices today to all advance subscribers.

Set the controls for the heart of the sun . . .

Best wishes,

Michael.


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12/03/2009 7:32 pm  

Veh much looking forward to this. The cover proofs you showed us all at Treadwells last night looked fabulous!


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Michael Staley
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12/03/2009 9:34 pm  

Thank you! Just to update those who aren't denizens of that particular patch of Covent Garden:

After some colour adjustments, the back and front cover final proofs have been approved. Kyle Fite's gorgeous artwork 'Serpent Sadhana' looks exceedingly vibrant and hypnotically lovely. A couple of things to correct in the text proofs, with a final set on its way to me across the space-time continuum.

So yes, the issue really is entering earth orbit. The extra-terrestrial is becoming terrestrial; yeah, becoming terrestrial.

Not wishing to get ahead of myself, but work is already underway on the following issue of Starfire , tentatively set for publication at the end of this year - for those with long memories, the first time since 1986 that there has been two issues in one year.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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12/03/2009 9:53 pm  

It's great news that the editions are beginning to appear again. But I was wondering why the gap? Was it due to poor take-up, lack of appropriate material etc etc

Kind regards,


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Michael Staley
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12/03/2009 11:48 pm  
"michaelclarke18" wrote:
It's great news that the editions are beginning to appear again. But I was wondering why the gap? Was it due to poor take-up, lack of appropriate material etc etc

There were several factors. Work on The Ninth Arch in 2001 and 2002 was very time-consuming, and work on a new issue of Starfire just carried on slipping.

Interest in and demand for Starfire has always been high, I'm pleased to say. As for material, that has never been a problem: somehow the planning of an issue has attracted articles and artwork to cohere around it.

When looking back over the years between the last issue and this forthcoming one, there's no one particular reason.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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29/03/2009 8:44 pm  

Any news on the progress of Starfire, Michael?


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Michael Staley
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29/03/2009 10:25 pm  
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Any news on the progress of Starfire, Michael?

Yes, the softbound edition is due back from the printers sometime this coming week. The hardbound edition is likely to be a little later, though not too much later.

Once I've checked with the printers, I'll be happy to provide more concrete information. In the meantime, my thanks to all subscribers for persevering through what has been a protracted production time.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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30/03/2009 4:42 pm  

Good news at last!

Having just spoken to the printers, I am happy to say that both softbound and hardbound editions of the new issue are being delivered to me this coming Friday, April 3rd.

Pity we don't have smilies: I'd fill the screen with 'em.

After the small matter of distribution both here and abroad, it's onwards and upwards towards the next issue, which is already taking shape. More good news: it won't be another eleven years away, no matter how pleasing the number.

Hurrah!

Best wishes,

Michael.


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30/03/2009 6:59 pm  

That's great news, Michael!

I, like many others here, look forward to reading this long-awaited edition.

Congratulations!

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30/03/2009 7:57 pm  

Excellent news, Michael.

Judging by the cover art alone, I'm sure many others would agree that the wait will be well worth it!! 🙂

Well done.
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31/03/2009 1:10 am  

That is great news, I'm looking forward to it, and then the next one. You really are spoiling us this year Michael

Thank you

Regards

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15/04/2009 3:42 pm  

Volume 2, No. 3 has arrived today, looks very good, excellent illustrations and reproduction. So far the Fool, which has shed some interesting light on the history and symbology of this well known tarot card. Also half way through Alistair's article on Sax Rohmer - what a fascinating life! Looking forward to the rest of the read..

Thanks Michael and all contributors.

Jamie


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Michael Staley
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15/04/2009 5:20 pm  

Thanks for your appreciative remarks, Jamie.

I'm in the process of packaging and posting the considerable number of advance orders, both hardbound and softbound. It will take a week or so to complete.

😯

From the heart of the fire,

Michael.


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15/04/2009 5:44 pm  

My copy also arrived today. It is everything I hoped it would be, can't wait to dive in. Well done Michael !
Looking forward to the other Starfire publications in the future.
All the best, Dis.


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10/06/2009 8:43 pm  

Just received my copy of Starfire on Tuesday. Found the postman trying to stuff it through the letter box!
It really is quite a stunning production, and the effort put into the project is evident. Compliments must also be extended to Kyle Fite for the stunningly evocative artwork he contributed. I can't stop looking at the Serpent Sadhana!
Thanks to Michael as well.


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10/06/2009 9:40 pm  

Agreed, many thanks. Mine arrived a few weeks ago, and I'm quite impressed. Glad to hear you're planning on hardcover editions for future volumes, the material contained therin truly deserve this treatment. Looking forward to the boxed ed. of Magical Revival too!


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Michael Staley
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10/06/2009 10:21 pm  

Thankyou very much, Declan and Walter, for those appreciative remarks. Well, I haven't stopped looking at Kyle's 'Serpent Sadhana' now for several years now since he first sent it to me - just warning you.

The experiment with a hardbound edition has gone well, and it will be carried across into future issues. In fact, work is already under way for the next issue of Starfire, publication of which has been set for the end of the year. On present plans there will be several articles based around Lam; at least one article exploring specific aspects of Kenneth Grant's work; an analysis of Spare's 1955 pastel 'Man is a Bundle of Ids' (used as the frontispiece for The Ninth Arch); a number of short stories; a section of reviews . . . well, that's enough of a taster to be going on with.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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10/06/2009 10:22 pm  

Michael S - do you have a website or some such thing by which I can see what you're publishing/distributing? Thanks.


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10/06/2009 10:57 pm  
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Michael S - do you have a website or some such thing by which I can see what you're publishing/distributing? Thanks.

Not at present, though one is in preparation and not too far off being ready for release. If you let me have your email address I can send you a PDF catalogue of books currently available and titles in the pipeline.

You can email us at starfire.books@btinternet.com, or you can PM me via Lashtal.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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12/06/2009 2:51 pm  

i've nearly finished reading my hard bound copy and can add to general consensus that it's a wonderful edition with a lot of extremely interesting content.

i am ceratinly looking forward to all the new starfire/typhonian order activity: website, reprints, new books, journals, michael you have your work cut out for you!!!


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11/12/2009 1:11 am  

Where did you get the name starfire?


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11/12/2009 7:35 am  

World of Warcraft.
Sorry Michael, I have revealed the origins! 🙂
I merely jest without malice.


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