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11.11.03

Another Langford gloat! This year's effort to push my old stuff back into print culminated with the delivery of a retrospective collection of 36 stories (ranging from 1975 to 2003) to Cosmos Books. Inevitably it's titled for the sole Hugo winner: Different Kinds of Darkness.

World Fantasy Awards were presented on 2 November.

  Life Achievement (two awards) Lloyd Alexander; Donald M. Grant Novel (tie) Graham Joyce, The Facts of Life; Patricia A. McKillip, Ombria in Shadow

  Novella Zoran Zivkovic, 'The Library' (Leviathan 3)

  Short Jeffrey Ford, 'Creation' (F&SF 5/02)

  Anthology (tie) Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest; Forrest Aguirre & Jeff VanderMeer, Leviathan Three

  Collection Jeffrey Ford, The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories

  Artist Tom Kidd

  Special/Professional Gordon Van Gelder (F&SF)

  Special/Non-Professional Jason Williams, Jeremy Lassen & Benjamin Cossel (Night Shade Books)

R.I.P. Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (1910-2003), old-time US writer, publisher, fan and chronicler of sf, died on 29 October aged 93. He edited the first book about then-contemporary sf: Of Worlds Beyond: The Science of Science Fiction Writing (1947), with essays by leading authors. His 1983 memoir Over My Shoulder told the story of sf small presses from the 30s to the 50s. More on Hal Clement: a UK newspaper obituary by John Clute.

J.K.Rowling placed fifth — and was the only woman — in a Top Ten list of highest-paid Brits, with earnings last year of around £125 million. (Sunday Times, 2 November.) Thus she also tops the women-only list, where the Queen languishes in seventh place and Madonna in eighth.

Small Press. Interzone, whose scheduling problems have already led to two double issues in 2003 (indeed three, in that 'September' is now redefined as 'September/October'), is officially moving from monthly to bimonthly publication. David Pringle assures subscribers that they will get all their paid-up issues … it'll just take longer. 'If we can find some substantial new backing, then it may be that the magazine will return to a monthly schedule at some point in the future …'

J.G. Ballard revealed, in a newspaper survey of what various celebs dreamed of doing before they died, that: 'I've always found great rivers mysterious and I'd like to track the source of the Amazon. […] I'm not sure the source of the Amazon has ever been traced — there's certainly some doubt about it. I'm building a balsawood raft in my garden at the moment, but it's going very slowly.' (Independent on Sunday, 26 October)

Yawn. The Association of Christian Teachers is reportedly demanding that schools boycott the £850K National Theatre production of His Dark Materials, on grounds of blasphemy. (TLS, Nov)

David Garnett on John Jarrold's 'writers to watch' list, as reported in Runcible 101: 'John Jarrold is of course correct about Charlie Stross's long-term status as an up-and-coming author to watch. In my editorial to the first of the Gollancz New Worlds quartet (1991), I wrote: "… at least seven British authors will be having first novels published in 1991 or 1992 — an unprecedented number … before too long … Charles Stross will join the ranks of those who have sold their first novel …" So, another zany sci-fi prediction comes true!'

Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Subtle Nomenclature. 'The Forest man beside me poured me more wine. He was a young, handsome man. His name was Falicq.' (Jane Gaskell, The Serpent, 1963)

 


He Do the Time Police in Different VoicesDavid Langford is an author and a gentleman. His newsletter, Ansible, is the essential SF-insider sourcebook of wit and incongruity. His most recent books are Different Kinds of Darkness, a new short-story collection of horror, SF, and fantasy, Up Through an Empty House of Stars: Reviews and Essays 1980-2002, 100 pieces of Langfordian genre commentary, and He Do the Time Police in Different Voices, a short-story collection that brings together, all of Dave's SF parodies and pastiches. (This is a scary thought. Are you ready to laugh that hard?)

Dave lives in Reading, England with his wife Hazel, 25,000 books, and a few dozen Hugo awards. He continues to add books and Hugos.

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