More previews from the sf newsletter that answers the questions you hoped no
one would ask
Simon R.Green probes the heart of the UK tv market with a well-sharpened
stake: 'A tv writer I know recently submitted a vampire series to Brit tv, and
was told, "We like the scripts, but do they have to be vampires? Couldn't they
be AIDS victims instead?"'
As Others See Us. The New York Times e-mail Books Update notes
that the blurb on Doris Lessing's latest novel features '
statement that this book marks Lessing's return to "realistic fiction."
Rockwell, the editor of The New York Times Arts & Leisure section,
says this blurb may reflect "the lingering disappointment felt by some Lessing
fans about her voyage into imaginative storytelling and about her `space
fiction' in particular."' Another poor stray welcomed back to the fold after
slumming around in imaginative storytelling.
Neal Asher, author of Gridlinked, spotted the typo in the official
BSFA Award nominations release: 'Aaargh! Though I would appreciate the sales of
Gridlinked to be confused with Ben Elton's book, I'm a little pissed-off
with the confusion of titles! Steve Rawlings' artwork on Gridlinked is a
contender for the award, not sodding Gridlock or even Gridlocked!
The next person who calls it either of those will get a Gridlinked
suppository and should be aware I only have the large format version!' Too late,
alas, to change the ballot form already sent out far and wide
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Splendid Simile. 'He sounded like a
dead child discovering that eternity is some buzzing, languorous dream of Bath.'
(M. John Harrison, 'Running Down', 1975)
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