Fame has tapped me on the shoulder at last! Ben Jeapes, reading (for review)
the just-published Dr Who spinoff novel The Suns of Caresh by
Paul Saint, was boggled to come across this line: 'He'd read the greats, the
likes of Ursula Le Guin, Greg Egan, Gene Wolfe and David Langford, and he
admired them' (p24). Ben also found a namecheck for himself: 'Sadly it doesn't
mention Big Engine, Leaky or
Sladek, but it does mention Jeapes' Syndrome.'
Peter F. Hamilton performs a similar service for British author
Graham Joyce in his latest novel Misspent Youth, with a walk-on part for
Graham as 'a man in his eighties' some decades hence: 'Graham had won the last
Booker Prize, back in 2012, when the publishing houses were collapsing in tandem
with the copyright laws.' Overseas readers may mistakenly assume that since the
novel features much irresponsible sex (though not with Graham Joyce), its
setting is an allegorical, invented English county: Rutland.
Steve Baxter has an important theological clarification: 'I see from
SFX (August) that in ITV's upcoming drama The Second Coming "Steve
is the son of God
The important thing isn't 'is he or isn't he?', he
really is." I'm to be depicted as "Jesus's 21st century
successor, born in the guise of a virginal Mancunian". This is obviously
inaccurate; I was born in Liverpool.'
R.I.P. Leo McKern (1920-2002), Australian-born actor fondly
remembered as a standout 'Number Two' in The Prisoner, died on 23 July
aged 82. His genre film parts ranged from X the Unknown (1956) to Ladyhawke
(1985), notably including The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), The
Omen (1976), and its sequel.
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Now You See It
missing teeth could be seen only when he smiled.' (Jack Dann, The Memory
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.