Table of Contents, December 1987

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Table of Contents
World Fantasy Awards 1
Frankfurt Book Fair 1
Editorial Matters 3
Patrick Tilley; Mutants & Mysticism 4
The Data File 4
SF Grants Available 5
Jane Yolen: 25,50,100 5
Clarion Anniversary 5
Universe Continues 5
People & Publishing 7
Agent’s Corner, Richard Curtis 9
Moons & Stars & Stuff, Fritz Leiber 11
Locus Looks at Books, Faren Miller 13
Locus Looks at More Books, Tom
Whitmore 15
Locus Looks at More Books, Dan Chow 17
Small Wonders, Amy Thomson 19
ISSUE #323 VOL. 20, N 0 12 DECEMBER 1987 Mailing Date: Dec. 1,1987
Ace 32,61
Andron 44
Art of Communication 37
Avon 14
Baen 10,51,59
Bantam 6,12,20,53,55,57
Classified Ads 64
Del Rey 16,38,39
Harmony Books 58
Heinlein Collection 66
Editorial Matters
Charles N. Brown
Faren C. Miller
Pamela F. Troy
Dan Chow
Richard Curtis
Karen Haber
Fritz Leiber
Frank M. Robinson
Amy Thomson
Tom Whitmore
Shelly R. Clift
Trevin J. Matlock
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Continued on page 74
LOCUS December 1 9 8 7 /3
Kerosina 60
Locus 74
Locus Press 63,71
Magnum Opus Con 50
Phantasia Press 22
Popular Library Questar 69
Byron Preiss Productions 24,25
Texas A&M 43
Tor insert,2,75,76
Walker 52
Index to Ads
The Media Scene, Frank M. Robinson 21
Locus Bulletin Board 23
Along Publishers’ Row 26
Fantasycon XII 33
NASFiC 1987: CactusCon 34
USSR Writers Union Conference 36
Books Received—October 40
Magazines Received-October 46
Convention Listings 47
Statement of Ownership 54
British Books—September 56
Classified Ads 64
Bestseller Lists 68
Obituaries: Donald Wandrei, Ron Smith,
Richard Delap, Howard Pendray,
Mary Beth Wheeler 70