Murray, As you know, I've been eagerly awaiting the publication of Paul Sammon's new book "FUTURE NOIR: THE MAKING OF BLADE RUNNER" ever since it was rumored to be in the works by "Video Watchdog" (Nov-Dec 1993). Paul had apparently planned a 1995 release but then asked for an extra year to pack everything he had into the book. The wait is almost over: a July release is planned by Harper-Collins with book signings at the San Diego Comic Convention that month and again at the September WorldCon in Los Angeles. Paul said he submitted a 1,400 page manuscript based on more than 200 hours of taped interviews with everyone from the dolly-grip to the director. 400 pages of his manuscript had to be cut but the book still has about 500 pages and nearly a hundred B&W photos--some of which appear for the first time. There will be eight appendices covering such things as the soundtrack and different versions of the film. Paul told me the book would answer just about every question on the making of the film--even mine. The glove had been thrown down. "I suppose you'll tell us whether or not the unicorn scene came from 'LEGEND' and whether or not Deckard is a replicant?" Yes. "How about why Vangelis waited so long to publish his score?" Yes. "Okay, will you tell us what Harrison Ford *really* thinks about the film??" Yep. "And why Scott caved in to studio pressure?!?" Yes. (I was getting desperate) "Will you tell us where the 'living photo' was taken and who the mother and daughter are?!?" Yes. I gave up on the questions at this point but somewhere along the line I realized Paul was not just another writer. He hung around the studio while they were shooting the film. He was at the sneak previews and the opening. He was upset by the way the film turned out and at the same time he was inextricably drawn to it. He wrote about the film. He collected everthing to do with the film. He then spent the last two years preparing the ultimate book. In a word, he was as obsessed as I was. Paul says that a lot of the things I've heard rumored about the movie are untrue and there is much that has never been told -- until now. He promised even the most ardent fans would find lots of new stuff here. Best of all, the price will be about $16. I can hardly wait for July! Bill KolbBill Kolb is an international Grand Master Blade Runner expert, and author of the liner notes found on the Criterion Laserdisc.