August 26, 2005
The echoes of the recent Glasgow Worldcon rumble on, and
Christopher Priest is beset by people wanting to read the text of
his Guest of Honour speech. Somehow this has found its way to
site ... thanks, Chris!
As Others See Us. Food critic Allan Brown was
momentarily puzzled by the crowd at Argan, Glasgow's first
Moroccan restaurant: 'Closer inspection, though, revealed a
certain homogeneity among the incomers: long, wispy hair,
milk-bottle spectacles, breathable rainwear, mouthfuls of teeth.
It could only be a delegation from the world science-fiction
convention that was going on down the road. The unmarried of five
continents had convened in the same spot at the same time. The
upside of this (and it had to be looked for strenuously) was that
at least they'd have something positive to tell the citizens of
Klaarg-9 about Glasgow's restaurants, having beamed down into a
cheerful, affordable neighbourhood eatery with native staff and an
intriguing menu.' (The
Sunday Times -- Scotland, 21 August) Who knows -- it's
possible that some of those contributors to the local economy were
reciprocally musing, 'Hey, that chap over there looks like a
pretentious, patronizing git who thinks entirely in newspaper
The SFWA Grievance Committee has issued
public warning about Steve Austin of Austin Leather Works,
USA. Given limited permission by Anne McCaffrey to sell
Pern-themed leatherwork in convention dealers' rooms, he
reportedly expanded this into a substantial Internet business with
an unauthorized sideline in Pern artwork; continued his operation
after permission was explicitly withdrawn; and even tried to sue
Anne McCaffrey when she told him to stop.
R.I.P. Robert A. Moog (1934-2005), inventor of
the Moog synthesizer heard on countless sf film soundtracks since
the 1960s, died from a brain tumour on 21 August.
Peters (1927-2005), US actor who was best known for his part
in To Kill a Mockingbird but also appeared in Soylent
Green, two Star Trek films and ST: Deep Space Nine,
died on 24 August aged 78.
Joe Ranft (1960-2005), screenwriter and voice actor who
had been with Pixar for over a decade, died in a car accident on
16 August; he was 45. Ranft co-wrote Toy Story (which
brought him an Oscar nomination) and A Bug's Life; in his
previous job at Disney he was a writer for Beauty and the
Beast and The Lion King.
Riche (1949-2005), leading French sf editor and anthologist,
died from cancer on 23 August. He was 55. (Biography
Weston on Interaction at Trufen.net.
Science on that legendary Cleve Cartmill atom-bomb
photos from the Glasgow Worldcon.
pounce on Star Wars stormtrooper (The Register).
Thog's Masterclass. Colour Perception Dept. 'Two
incense sticks burned in a little brass holder in front of her,
sending wisps of thin blue smoke upwards which were
indistinguishable in colour from the rat's nest of gray hair ...'
(Eugene Byrne, ThiGMOO, 1999)
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