April 8, 2005
Have the peripatetic
fan meetings (first Thursday each month) found a happy home
at last? Reports of the 4 August meeting at Walkers of Holborn
were uniformly positive ...
As Others See Us.
Ratan of Wired knows where to find true sf
innovation: 'While most sci-fi -- whether on TV, in movies or
books -- remains aimed toward science geeks or overgrown
adolescents, producer Ronald Moore and the Sci-Fi Channel have
essentially reinvented the genre by giving it an edgy, current,
David A. Hardy's Hugo campaign is off to a good start: 'Futures:
50 Years in Space was awarded a Sir Arthur Clarke Award [see
Runcible 166] for "best
written presentation". Both Patrick [Moore] and I receive a
handsome engraved glass "obelisk" of exactly the same
proportions as the black one in 2001, but also bearing a
famous diagram showing three geostationary satellites in orbit.
(In case you haven't noticed, it is exactly 60 years since
Arthur's very significant article appeared in Wireless World
, proposing these for communication.)'
J.K. Rowling, author of some books, appeared in the 3
April Sunday Times list of the 1,000 allegedly richest
Brits. She was placed at equal 96th with £500 million, down
from last year's 91 (when she had only £430m). Terry
Pratchett, author of some other books, was not included.
Bram Stoker Awards. Here are the currently shortlisted
novels, published in 2004.
- P.D. Cacek, The Wind Caller
- Stephen King, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
- Michael Laimo, Deep in the Darkness
- Peter Straub, In the Night Room
See the full list in 12 categories
(Clive Barker's Abarat II, which some might have expected
to be an adult novel finalist, appears under 'Work for Young
Readers'.) Michael Moorcock receives this year's life achievement
Completist's Nightmare. From
Smythe's on-line bibliography of Terry Pratchett: 'In
October 1965, Terry pseudonymously took over writing stories for
the Children's Circle column in The Bucks Free Press (the
first of which, spread over 13 weeks, featured characters from
what would become The Carpet People). Before he left that
paper in September 1970 to work for the Western Daily Press,
apart from his normal reporting and feature-writing activities, he
had written over seventy tales that were spread over nearly 250
issues of the paper.'
The Dead Past. Familiar sentiments in more down-to-earth
words from Australia, 64 years ago: 'Graham Stone and Colin Roden,
on a hunt for back numbers, found a bookseller who did NOT want to
sell his books. He refused to get them down from the shelves (said
it was too much trouble) and emphaticly stated "that stuff
(stf) would drive you ratbag."' (Science & Fantasy
Fan Reporter #3, 26 August 1941) 'A much better line than that
one about squids in space if you ask me,' adds our researcher Kim
Atwood reviews Kazuo Ishiguro.
the official 2005 Worldcon
nominations links page.
And the results of this year's
Fan Fund voting.
Thog's Masterclass. Game Theory Dept. 'The best
aspect of it was that it was not the last place they'd look for
her. Anticipating her reaction, they would look at once in the
last place.' (John D. MacDonald, 'Escape to Chaos', 1951)
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.