A terrible fate awaits me as I prepare this instalment: I'm one of several
minor guests at the Discworld Convention
in Hinckley, Leicestershire, which rages unchecked from 16-19 August. The sole
major guest is of course Terry, er, Terry wossname, it's on the tip of
David G.Hartwell is greatly taken by the latest trend in e-mail
spam: faking a celebrity sender to lure you into opening the message. Thus the
From: William Gibson
To: David G.Hartwell
breasts without surgery in 30 days
Robert L.Forward was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer,
and is unlikely to be with us for more than another year. There have been too
many farewells in the sf world lately.
Minority View? Earlier this week, the
BBC Radio website offered the
following headline and contents listing for Radio 4:
What are the seven horrors of Britain?
Lord of the Rings
(Presumably they count LotR as three, one for each volume
World Fantasy Awards book-length nominations winners to be
announced 3 November:
||NOVEL American Gods by Neil Gaiman;
Brown Harvest by Jay Russell; The Curse of Chalion by Lois
McMaster Bujold; From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury; The Onion
Girl by Charles de Lint; The Other Wind by Ursula K.Le Guin; The
Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll.|
||ANTHOLOGY Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 12
ed. Stephen Jones; Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women ed. Stephen
Jones; The Museum of Horrors ed. Dennis Etchison; Stigmata ed.
Jerad Walters; Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 14 ed. Ellen Datlow &
||COLLECTION Dark Universe by William
F.Nolan; The Essential Ellison (revised) by Harlan Ellison; Skin
Folk by Nalo Hopkinson; Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link; Talking
in the Dark by Dennis Etchison.|
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of One Lip Clapping.'Mr Ibis said
nothing, but he smirked loudly.' (Neil Gaiman, American Gods, 2001)
Dept of Athletics. 'Her eyebrows leaped at him.' (Megan Lindholm, The
Wizard of the Pigeons, 1986)
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.