Noises of rejoicing were heard at
Ansible HQ as Terry Pratchett
picked up a 'mainstream' literary award at last. In a special ceremony at the
British Library on 12 July, the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction went to
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (2001). Terry's comment: 'I
am, I have to say, somewhat pleased not because TAMAHER is fantasy,
but because it is ostensibly funny.'
As Others See Us. '
the whole purpose of the novel is fiction;
it's to imagine and to try and retain some credibility unless you're writing
sci-fi or something
' (Ann Widdecombe, BBC Radio 4, 8 July)
J.K. Rowling's Czech translations rather delightfully add the
appropriate feminine suffix to her name: the Harry Potter titles in Prague
bookshops are by J.K. Rowlingova.
R.I.P. Rod Steiger (1925-2002), Oscar-winning US actor, died
on 10 July after a gall bladder operation; he was 77. His genre work included
The Illustrated Man (1969) with Claire Bloom, second of his four
wives The Amityville Horror (1979) and Mars Attacks! (1996).
Ray Bradbury called him 'a wonderfully creative actor and a very good friend.'
Moore and Worse. Harry Connolly brings me up to date on the League
of Extraordinary Gentlemen film (see
Runcible Ansible 29): 'I've read the script, and the
new villain hails from the only spot in the world more jam-packed with evil
masterminds than Britain: France. The new baddie is the Fantom of the Opera, now
equipped with an army of thugs and a secret Mongolian fortress. You think I'm
kidding? Also, all references to Quatermain's drug use have been expunged, and
he's now a dashing old adventurer grieving over his inability to save his son's
life. Hence, Tom Sawyer as surrogate son. If the film resembles the
script I read, you can also look forward to a large supporting role for action
hero Dorian Gray, and dialog like Quatermain: "The vampire's got
our backs!"; Don't make that face. What did you expect?'
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Cruel and Unusual Geography.
'She wore large bronze earrings made in an obscure country which rattled when
she laughed.' (Brian Aldiss,
Remembrance Day, 1993)
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.