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Richard
                                    Seltzer

Here I post thoughts, memories, stories, novels, plays, essays, reading lists, genealogical research, info about ebooks I have for sale, and matters of interest to friends and family.  This isn't your typical web site or Facebook page.  It's meant to be idiosyncratic and fun.  I always welcome feedback and suggestions.

I'm the publisher of Seltzer Books, with over 14,000 time-tested books in ebook format, available for sale through Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Apple, and PublishDrive. Earlier, I published entire libraries of books on CD and DVD primarily for the blind, who used "screen readers" to convert the text to voice. I also made a quixotic attempt to build and run my own ebook store, Quench, trying to single-handedly compete with the likes of Amazon. My publishing company was originally known as B&R Samizdat Express and consisted of just my wife Barbara (B) and me Richard (R). Samizdat means "self-published" in Russian. Barbara died in 2012, and I recently got an offer that I couldn't refuse for the domain name samizdat.com. So I am now rebuilding the web site as seltzerbooks.com 


In the early days of the Web, I worked for Digital Equipment's Internet Business Group as their "Internet evangelist." When the company was swallowed by Compaq (which was later swallowed by Hewlett-Packard) I worked independently as an Internet marketing consultant, writing extensively about business on the Internet. Many of the books, articles, and speeches I wrote back then are available here. My AltaVista Search Revolution was the first consumer-oriented book about search engines. Library Journal, called it "indispensable". My Web Business Bootcamp was a pioneering guidebook for Internet start-ups.


My original samizdat.com web site, which I used as a sandbox to test ideas about the Web, has been preserved by the Internet Archive as part of their Wayback Machine.  They have stored 666 versions of that web site, captured from November 1996 to September 2017.
This link takes you to the part of the archive that is devoted to samizdat.com. Select the date you are interested in; then you can browse the archive the same as you do the live web, clicking on link after link.  Everything from the web site is there, including all the issues of my Internet-on-a-Disk newsletter and the hundreds of articles from my blog. 
 
I recently rewrote and updated The Lizard of Oz, a satirical fantasy for both children and adults. originally published in 1974. I also just finished a collection of essays that look at knotty questions from unusual angles (
Lenses for Looking Through a Glass Darkly), a humor collection (What Did Newton Say to the Apple?), and Breeze a trilogy of novellas with links between ancient Greece and modern America through soul transference (Cheating the Gods, Slow Magic Fast Magic, and Body or Soul?). Works in progress include: The Third Door (a novel abandoned unfinished 30 years ago that is now coming to life), TGSN (True Galactic Supernova) a scifi novel about an end of the world scam conceived for humanitarian reasons, and Bugle Boy, a two-stage love story about a young couple that falls in and out of love then many years later falls in love again.

My historical novel, Name of Hero, based on the life of Alexander Bulatovich, set in Russia, Ethiopia, and Manchuria, from 1896-1901 was published by Tarcher/Houghton Mifflin. Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes my translation from Russian to English by me of books by Alexander Bulatovich, main character of Name of Hero, about his journeys of exploration and adventure was published by Red Sea Press. The journal Old Africa, published in Kenya, called that translation "...the most important book on the history of eastern Africa to have been published for a century...."

I have also written other novels and short stories, plays and screenplays, children's books and stories, and essays.

Richard Seltzer, seltzer@seltzerbooks.com


Current thoughts (a blog-like collection of short articles)

PUBLISHING
Seltzer Books (titles organized as Virtual Book Tables)
Complete Catalog

WRITING
Novels

- Echoes from the Attic, co-author Ethel Kaiden (B&R Samizdat Express, 2006)   $9.99 at Kobo  at Nook (Barnes & Noble)
- The Name of Hero (historical novel, Tarcher/Houghton Mifflin, 1981)    $9.99 at Kobo   at Nook (Barnes & Noble)
     translation of this novel into Russian 
     sources and related documents
- The Name of Man, sequel to The Name of Hero, a work in progress,
opening chapters available here on web
- The Name of God, sequel to The Name of Man, a work in progress
- The Lizard of Oz (satiric fantasy, B&R Samizdat Express, 1974, revised and expanded 2018)    99 cents at Kobo  at Nook (Barnes & Noble)
- Breeze
, a trilogy of novellas, connected by soul transference, looking for a publisher
- Sand Castles, a family saga, a work in progress
- Bugle Boy, a tale of young love that becomes a tale of old love, a work in progress

- TGSN (True Galactic Super Nova), scifi, a work in progress

- Mercy and the Gentleman, an historical novel about Mercy Otis Warren and General Johnny Burgoyne, during the American Revolution, a work in progress
      sources
Works of Mercy Otis Warren
- Everyday Witchcraft in Virginia, an historical novel about Grace Sherwood in colonial Virginia, a work in progress

      sources, historical documents about Grace Sherwood

Stories and Novellas
- Saint Smith and Other Stories (B&R Samizdat Express, 2011)    $9.99 at Kobo    at Nook (Barnes & Noble)


 - Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome (children's stories, B&R Samizdat Express, 1976)    99 cents at Kobo   at Nook (Barnes and Noble)

- Revolution
- Hands
- Heavenly Gossip
- Yanni
- Size Matters
- Pension Barbara
- Hundreds and Hundreds of Gerbils
- See You Later, Elevator
- Tiger in the Intercom

Books about Business on the Internet

- Web Business Boot Camp Hands-on Internet lessons for manager, entrepreneurs, and professionals (Wiley, 2002)
- Take Charge of Your Web Site (MightyWords, 2001)
- Shop Online the Lazy Way (Macmillan, 1999. Braille edition published by National Braille Press)
- The AltaVista Search Revolution, (Osborne/McGraw-Hill, two editions - 1996 and 1998; Hebrew and Japanese translations. Braille edition published by National Braille Press)
- The Social Web How to build successful personal or business Web sites (B&R Samizdat Express, 1998)
- The Way of the Web Lessons from the Internet. How to adapt to the new business environment, (B&R Samizdat Express, 1995)

Speeches
- From Russia and Ethiopia to the Internet (Wesleyan College) article
- Surviving as a Small Business in the Age of Google: Generate Search-engine Traffic (NEXPO, Washington, DC)  article
- The Future of Business on the Internet (Lewiston, Maine)  script
- Increase Traffic on the Internet Without Advertising (IQPC Conference, San Francisco, CA)  article
- Corporate-wide Knowledge Management  (ExpoManagement 98, Buenos Aires, Argentina)  article
- Business Opportunities on the Internet (Comdex, Buenos Aires, Argentina)  script
- The Social Web: from Hyper-links to People-links  (Web Week 97, Oak Ridge National Labs, Oak Ridge, TN)  book
- Basics of Effective Web Sites: How to Succeed When the Rules of the Game Change (Boston)  book
- Building Communities on the Internet (Internet Expo/Email World, Boston, New Orleans)  article


Essays and Articles

- Lenses for Looking Through a Glass Darkly, a book-length colleciton of essays that look at knotty questions from unusual angles, looking for a publisher
- Internet Present & Past (collections of articles)


- Publishing and Ebooks (collection of articles
- Glimpses (essays toward a personal philosophy)
- Individual Articles


Humor

- What Did Newton Say to the Apple? a collection of jokes and word play


Juvenalia

- The Story of the Trojan War in Heroic Couplets doggerel written in the sixth grade (age 11)
- Hi-Q or Peg Solitarie, a solution to the game solved and recorded in the third grade (age 8)

- Stories Written in the Second Grade


Plays and Scripts
- Heel, Hitler, ten-minute play (2015)
- Spit and Polish, a full-length screen play (2001)
- The Lizard of Oz, children's play (1976)
- The Lizard of Oz radio script,
episode 1, episode 2, episode 3
- Rights Crossing, a two-act historical play (1976)
- Mercy (a two-act historical comedy) based on the lives of Mercy Otis Warren and General Johnny Burgoyne. (1975)
- Traffic Jam, a short screen play (1972)
- Without a Myth, three-act play (1971)

Translation (from Russian)

- Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes (Red Sea/Africa World Press, 2000) --
including 78 photos taken in Ethiopia in 1896-1898 99 cents at Kobo   at Nook (Barnes & Noble)
 
Poetry
Dark Woods and Other Poems
The Story of the Trojan War in Unintentionally Humorous Verse


READING
Sixty Years of Reading (complete list of books I've read since 1958)
My book reviews
Book reviews by Dean Rink

GENEALOGY


FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

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