Feb 4, 2005
Oh yes, the Oscars. There are numerous sf/fantasy items
nominations, too tiresome to list in full (though
Silver at SF Site has undertaken this hideous chore).
Suffice it to say that the Best Animated Feature shortlist
comprises The Incredibles, Shark Tale, and Shrek
As Others See Us. An uplifting view of sf from the
musician Moby, interviewed in the March 2005 Q magazine:
'The perfect marriage is one where the man enjoys watching Sex
and the City and the woman loves science fiction. Find me a
couple who are like that, and I guarantee you they'll be happy.'
Too bad, of course, if it's the other way around.
Arthur C. Clarke
Award shortlist for 2004 novels:
- Ian McDonald, River of Gods
- China Miéville, Iron Council
- David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
- Richard Morgan, Market Forces
- Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
- Neal Stephenson, The System of the World
The winner will be announced at a London ceremony on 11 May. Sir
Arthur's ever-escalating bounty has this year reached £2005.
Thog's Critical Masterclass. Lord of the Rings
plot summary: 'The plucky hobbits cross treacherous mountains to
stop the evil Lord Sarumon obtaining the ring he needs for world
domination.' (Independent, 29 January)
R.I.P. Jack Kine (1921-2005), special effects
pioneer who co-founded the BBC Visual Effects Department in 1954,
died on 14 January; he was 83. With Bernard Wilkie he worked on
the 1954 BBC production of 1984 and created memorable
monsters for Quatermass II (1955) and Quatermass and
the Pit (1958-9), before moving on to the greater horrors of
Tomorrow's World and Blue Peter.
Rowlands (1934-2005), UK actress who was best known for comedy
but had genre TV roles in Raven (1977) and Nigel Kneale's
Kinvig (1981), died on 22 January aged 71. She also
appeared in Danger Man, The Avengers and Out
of the Unknown.
Twenty Years Ago. '... when, in 1985, pollsters asked
1500 Americans to name a famous Japanese person, Godzilla came
third (or second, if you don't count Bruce Lee, who wasn't
Japanese; Hirohito came top).' (London Review of Books, 3
Idols of the Marketplace.
Nature has revived
its 'Futures' series of short-short sf stories as a back-page
feature, beginning with
Stewart on 3 February. Kindly editor Henry Gee would prefer
no unsolicited submissions, but query letters may be addressed to
him at Nature, The Macmillan Building, 4-6 Crinan Street,
London, N1 9XW.
Inferno! (1997-2005), the Games Workshop magazine which
provided one of the few professional UK outlets for short genre
fiction, is ceasing publication with its January/February issue.
Contributors have included Barrington J. Bayley and Brian
Media Moribundity. The 98th and last Star Trek:
Enterprise episode airs in the USA on 13 May. This takes the
Trek franchise off television for the first time since
1986; and for the first time since 1975, there will be neither a
movie nor a tv show in the pipeline. (Press
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Relativity. 'The Rim
Star ... went too fast. If starlight had glittered on her
travelling at the speed she'd attained ... she would have been
invisible. No one light-wave was fast enough to strike her and be
reflected ...' (Murray Leinster, The Other Side of Nowhere,
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
Dave lives in Reading, England with his wife Hazel, 25,000
books, and a couple of dozen Hugo awards. He continues to add
books and Hugos.