Need help and advice? Tough. Instead, more newsy snippets from the
Nick Webb, former MD at Simon & Schuster UK, has moved to the
wrong side of the tracks and become an author: he's writing the authorized
biography of Douglas Adams for Headline. British fan M.J. 'Simo' Simpson,
already hard at work on the unauthorized bio for Hodder & Stoughton,
comments through gritted teeth: 'I'm not worried. I publish before him and I
know I'll have masses of information he won't have. Of course, he'll have about
60,000 pounds that I won't have
' Who will be the victor in this deadly
Adamsian tussle between Hodder Headline (owners of H&S) and, er, Hodder
Harlan Ellison Joins Scientologists! That is, in an interesting US
copyright law decision, the Ellison lawsuit against AOL (for not promptly
removing pirated net copies of his work) failed partly because 'AOL could not be
held liable for direct copyright infringement following Religious Technology
Center v. Netcom.'
RTC being the ever-litigious Scientologists, who failed
in their action against Netcom.
John A. Keel, celebrated UFOlogist, was unconcerned with mere
astronomy: 'there is not the slightest bit of evidence that even a single planet
exists in any other star system,' says the 2002 update of his woo-woo classic
The Mothman Prophecies.
David Gemmell's heroic fantasy Stormrider came with a Bantam
UK publicity sheet which the author may have found deflating: 'This is the
eagerly awaited FINAL novel in the Rigante series.' Their caps, not mine.
Future Conventions. The fix is in for Worldcon 2005: it is
Officially Too Late for another bid to oppose
Glasgow in current site selection
voting. Only an 'unprecedented' rejection of the UK bid at
ConJosé (Worldcon 2002) can save
us now. UK Eastercon 2004 site voting is on Easter Sunday 2002,
and the Concourse bid's ingenious ploy of two alternative venues has been
outdone by a new bid that offers
very many more. Compare the websites for
Thog's Masterclass. 'Schofield and Logan fought hard, covered in red
emergency lighting.' (Matthew Reilly, Area 7, 2001) Dept of
Neat Tricks. 'Kothar leaped, leaving his booted feet and diving a yard above
' (Gardner F. Fox, Kothar -- Barbarian Swordsman, 1969)
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