It's news, Jim, but not as we know it
'Jude Fisher', whose debut fantasy novel Sorcery Rising is
being heavily promoted by Simon & Schuster's London imprint
Earthlight this month, turns out to
be editor Jane Johnson of HarperCollins UK. Insiders are now speculating on
whether Earthlight's editor John Jarrold will soon receive a hefty advance for a
pseudonymous debut fantasy to be published by HarperCollins.
As Others See Us. The Minority Report film press pack plays
the traditional 'not sf' card: 'Minority Report is not Science Fiction,
it's Future Reality!'
R.I.P. Bernard Wilkie (1920-2002), pioneer of
TV special effects and co-founder of the Visual Effects
Workshop at the BBC (where he worked from 1948 to 1978), died on 2 May aged 82.
His sf work included 1984 (1954), Quatermass II (1955) and its
sequel, and Dr Who not to mention Monty Python and The
London Pub Meetings Renewed Horror! At the first-Thursday London
fan meeting on 6 June, the landlord of the Florence Nightingale pub lost
patience with our irritating habits of spending money on food (none available,
not even the loathed 'bar snacks') and wanting full legal pints of beer (one fan
who asked for a top-up had his glass filled with stale dregs from the
drip-tray). All future first-Thursday FN bookings were cancelled. The nearby
Jubilee in York Road welcomed a temporary move there, from the 4 July meeting
onward, while a more suitably sized pub is located. See
London Group web page
Richard Calder was disconcerted to find that the 'free extract' from
his novel Lord Soho on the Earthlight
website bore no resemblance to anything he remembered writing. Who was
'Tristan Talisker Thane of Soulis Mor'? Ansible traced the offending
text to the prologue of a very different (and very Scots) fantasy from the same
publisher, Miller Lau's
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Arachnology. 'Her wide, dark
eyes crawled over me like spiders.' (Manly Wade Wellman, 'The Spring', 1979)
Dept of Logic. 'After all, Roamers had disproved the impossible time and
Curiosity had been built with an eye for practicality and engineering
necessities rather than aesthetics [
] In the vacuum of space no one could see
beautiful lines or shiny hulls anyway.' (both Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden
David Langford is an author and a gentleman.
His newsletter, Ansible,
is the essential SF-insider sourcebook of wit and incongruity. He lives in Reading, England with his wife Hazel, 25,000 books, and a few dozen Hugo awards. He continues to add books and Hugos.