Mainstream critics will no doubt froth at the mouth at the latest release
from the UK bookshop chain W.H. Smith, which 'announced the results of a survey
to find the nation's favourite books. It polled 1000 adults and came up with a
top five of
Lord of the Rings, the Bible, Harry Potter, The Hobbit
and The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.' Not bad at all: one sf novel
and four fantasies.
As Others See Us. Steven Bochco on the NYPD 2069 tv series pilot.
'It's an interesting notion to envision a major urban centre like New York 65
years down the road
This is not science fiction. This is trying to
conceptualise a relatively near-term future that's logically a function of the
world we know today.'
Iain Banks, Philip Pullman and John Fowles were among the over 100
public figures who signed a protest letter to the BBC, complaining of its ban on
atheist contributors to Radio 4's little morality slot
Thought for Today.
R.I.P. Dave Van Arnam (1935-2002), 'longtime NY fan and pro
author, co-chair of NYCon III in 1967 and all-round good man, died from a heart
attack of 3 August,' writes F.M. Busby. His first book was the TV
novelization Lost in Space (1967), co-written with 'Ron Archer' a
pseudonymous Ted White.
Small Press Horrors. The Third Alternative was left short of
£484 when emagazineshop.com which processed subscriptions for this
magazine went into liquidation. Harder hit was Interzone, owed £2,146,
which in David Pringle's carefully understated words 'poses difficulties,
especially as it comes on top of two previous bad debts of similar size
(Firebird Distributing in the USA and Andromeda Bookshop in the UK). Interzone
can't afford to lose circa £7,000 within 12 months! Still, I daresay we'll
struggle through somehow.'
Andromeda Bookshop, after liquidation, repurchase, and a move from
Birmingham, England, to warehouse space in Walsall (reported to me by one
correspondent as Warsaw), is now back next door to its former address: 1 Suffolk
St, Birmingham, B1 1LT.
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of More Neat Tricks. 'They don't
kill any of them but the women are how you say mutilated. Same way. And
beheaded.' (Charlee Jacob, 'Bonerider', in Decadence ed. Monica J.
O'Rourke, 2002) 'Mark pulled Anna's blue bikini top off her shoulders and slid
them down to her waist.' (Nicholas Kaufmann, 'V.I.P. Room', ibid)
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.