Sep 24, 2004
My secret is out at last. Neil Gaiman has spilled the beans
about how to acquire
very own Hugo award on line ...
As Others See Us. David Gates reviews Philip Roth's
alternative history The Plot Against America in
beginning: `Literary novelists generally leave alternative history
(take a big what if and go from there) to writers of pop
fiction and sci-fi. This is either because of its fundamental
unseriousness -- at bottom, who cares about an if that
never happened -- or because of the sheer drudgery involved in
elaborating some counterfactual premise.' Ansible stringer
Andrew Love deduces that we can care about (say) Hamlet or Anna
Karenina only because their lives really happened.
Booker Prize. David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is
the closest thing to a genre title on the
shortlist released on 21 September, and is regarded as the
favourite. Against bookies' expectations, the list does not
include Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
As Ourselves See Us. Neil Gaiman has the last word in
Wired article on the 2004 Worldcon: `"I come
from comic books," said Gaiman. "If sci-fi is the gutter
of literature, comics are the place that the gutter flows into."'
R.I.P. Alfred Coppel (1921-2004), US sf and
thriller writer whose sf career ran from a 1947 Astounding
story to the 1990s `Goldenwing' trilogy, reportedly died in May.
Frank Thomas (1912-2004), one of the legendary `Nine Old
Men' of Disney animation, died on 8 September aged 92. Harvey
Wheeler (1918-2004), US political scientist who with Eugene
Burdick wrote the novel of accidental nuclear war Fail-Safe
(1962), died from cancer on 6 September. He was 85.
Whipple (1906-2004), noted US astronomer and co-author
of the 2004 Retro Hugo winner Conquest of the Moon (1953),
died at age 97 on 31 August -- just four days before the award was
Only Apparently Real. David Fury, co-executive producer
of the coming ABC sf series Lost, explained to
Wire that `realism is the key in making it all work.
[...] We'll try to root it in real science or real
pseudo-science.' (Sci-Fi Weekly)
Thog's Masterclass. Sirius Cybernetics Dept. `ENTER,
the door chimed, as it slid open soundlessly.' (C.S. Friedman,
The Wilding, 2004)
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