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Requested by Simon and Answered by Lemuel on 13-Feb-2007 11:52 (14707 reads)
These sites are breaking the law. They are not authorized to distribute electronic copies of John Norman's books and should be reported.

Many people do not understand why it is so important to stop the distribution of illegal ebooks. They think that what they are doing has no negative effect on John Norman or the future of the Gor series, but they are mistaken. By distributing illegal copies of the books it makes it less likely that the Gor books will be reprinted or that any new Gor books will be released.

Printing a book is not free and, given the number of books in the Gor series, it will be quite expensive to have all the books reprinted. Why would John Norman's agent spend the money required to republish the books if there is little chance that the book sales will cover the costs? Do you think Norman's agent will bother spending the money to publish Prize of Gor if people are just going to scan it and distribute it for free? And why would John Norman spend the time and effort to write more Gor books if they won't be published?

So, you see, distribution of illegal ebooks hurts more than just Norman and his agent — it hurts his fans as well. This is why we are committed to tracking down and eliminating illegal copies of the Gor books — we want the existing books to be reprinted and we want the series to continue. As a fan of the Gor series, wouldn't you like to see the series continue too?

If you know of any sites offering illegal copies of the Gor books, please report them. If for no other reason, please do it out of respect for John Norman and his wishes in this matter.

From a letter to the Gorean Group, for Gor fans, September, 2000. Previously published at the World of Gor Forum. You can view John Norman's complete letter here as well.
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... E-Reads will be the only authorized publisher for my works and no other firm is permitted to publish my work. If you learn of pirated editions on the Internet please contact us. They are unauthorized. I would also, of course, appreciate your patronizing the authorized sites, if you are interested in obtaining the books.


Requested by Simon and Answered by Lemuel on 13-Feb-2007 10:40 (7244 reads)
We have a close relation with John Norman's agent and have been authorized to enforce John Norman's copyrights. Because of this we are very conscious of the detrimental effects the unauthorized distribution of electronic copies of John Norman's books has on the future of the Gor series. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that John Norman's works are republished and that more Gor books are published in the future. We would be guilty of hypocrisy if we were to ignore the copyrights of others.


Requested by Simon and Answered by Lemuel on 13-Feb-2007 10:52 (7248 reads)
Your contributions to this site are subject to the Terms of Service you agreed to when you registered. You retain the copyright to any posts or articles you submit to this site. By posting them here, you are granting us a limited license to use your contributions on this site. If - for any reason - you wish us to remove something you have contributed, please just let us know and we will be happy to do so.


Requested by Simon and Answered by Lemuel on 13-Feb-2007 10:59 (7470 reads)
In order to use any of the content you see here on your own site you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s). If you do not do this you can not legally display the content on your site.


Requested by Simon and Answered by Lemuel on 13-Feb-2007 10:31 (9083 reads)
We also have permission to display the cover art you see on this site. We will not display any copyrighted material on this site without first being granted permission to do so by the copyright holder(s).


Requested by Simon and Answered by Lemuel on 13-Feb-2007 10:28 (9057 reads)
No, they aren't.

We work closely with John Norman's agent and obtained his permission to display John Norman's letters on this site. We were also granted permission to post the interviews on this site by Norman's agent, the authors of the interviews, and the publication(s) in which they first appeared.


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Requested and Answered by Simon on 19-Dec-2006 11:28 (4456 reads)
Because you're not registered as a Member! Only Members can see the contents of the Forums and respond to the discusssions. If you want to join, please follow the instructions on our Home Page.



Requested and Answered by Simon on 07-Dec-2006 10:54 (6053 reads)
Many of the books, especially those earlier in the series, are still widely available second-hand in various online bookshops. If you can't find what you're searching for, just post a request on our Book Market forum.


Requested and Answered by Simon on 07-Dec-2006 10:53 (4426 reads)
Well, right here, actually. In our Books section you'll find references to all the new books currently available. Just select your preferred format (electronic or printed) and order them!


Requested and Answered by Simon on 07-Dec-2006 10:53 (5721 reads)
It depends on the book; in the earlier books, at the start of the series, only minor changes were made. Captive of Gor (#7) was increased some 17% in length, and Guardsman of Gor (#14) a staggering 22%. On average, the new revised edition is 7.1% longer than the original edition.


Requested and Answered by Simon on 07-Dec-2006 10:53 (5649 reads)
When the original books were scanned to create an electronicly readable edition of the series, John Norman had opportunity to revise the books himself.

This is what he wrote about it in one of his letters:

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I might mention, in passing, that electronic publishing gives me the opportunity to revise, enlarge and improve the books, some more than others. I welcome this opportunity to do better in some cases what I hope I once did pretty well to begin with. Too, won't it be nice to have all the books available in new editions, which are affordable? To be sure, one supposes that the earlier editions of the books will, as classics, early editions, first editions, and such, continue to be of interest to collectors. Certainly they are of interest to me, personally.


Requested and Answered by Simon on 07-Dec-2006 10:52 (4641 reads)
In 1999 John Norman began to revise, enlarge and improve the existing 25 books in the Gor series, some more than others. In some cases large portions of new text were added, especially in later books.


Requested and Answered by Simon on 01-Dec-2006 16:46 (3270 reads)
Yes, he has. Under the pseudonym John Norman, he has published three installments of the Telnarian Histories (The Chieftain, The Captain and The King), two other fiction works (Ghost Dance and Time Slave) and a nonfiction paperback entitled Imaginative Sex.

Under his real name, John Lange, he has also published several scholarly works, including The Cognitivity Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Claims of Philosophy, and Values and Imperatives: Studies in Ethics, by C.I. Lewis, which he edited.

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Requested and Answered by Simon on 01-Dec-2006 16:39 (6066 reads)
Currently, there are 26 Gor books.

The series started in December 1966 with Tarnsman of Gor and came to a temporary hold in 1988, after the publication of the 25th volume of the series, Magicians of Gor. However, on August 16, 2002, another Gor book was published, entitled Witness of Gor. The 27th volume of the series, Prize of Gor, is already written, but remains, as yet, unpublished.

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Requested and Answered by Simon on 01-Dec-2006 16:22 (4148 reads)
The Chronicles of Gor is a series of science fiction books set on Gor, an imaginary planet sharing Earth's orbit but, because it is always on the other side of the Sun, invisible to human observers.


Requested and Answered by Simon on 01-Dec-2006 16:14 (4111 reads)
John Norman is a pseudonym used, for his fiction, by American writer John Frederick Lange Jr., born in Chicago, Illinois, on the third of June 1931, son of John Frederick Lange and Almyra D. Taylor-Lange. He married Bernice L. Green on the fourteenth of January, 1956 and he has three children, two boys, John and David, and a girl, Jennifer. He is now (December, 2006) 75 years old.

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