Is anyone curious about what the printed Ansible looks like, on
European A4 paper and all? No, I didn't think so, but here nevertheless is an
experimental Acrobat PDF of
the 7 November issue.
Whitbread Prize. Again this major British literary award features
genre material in its children's category. The shortlist: Julie Bertagna, Exodus;
Saffy's Angel; Celia Rees, Sorceress; Philip Reeve,
Mortal Engines. Both Exodus and Mortal Engines are sf;
the others, though their titles suggest fantasy, appear to be straight
contemporary and historical fiction respectively.
The Horror! The Horror! S.P. Somtow suggests the ideal
entertainment for those at a loose end (as who isn't?) on 25 December 2002. Why
not fly to Bangkok and mingle with royalty for the launch of his horror opera
Mae Naak, featuring 'mucho grand guignol coupled with a lyrical score
that pulls out all the late-Romantic stops'? Here's the hard sell: 'This year,
the Bangkok Opera offers 4 nights in a deluxe hotel, tickets to the Royal
Command Gala including private reception in the presence of HRH Princess Galyani
Vadhana, and many other perks, for US $350. Airfares are pretty cheap, too,
right now; we can help you locate the cheapest. Just send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will
email you back with all the arrangements
If you wondered about the
title, so did I. Somtow reveals all: 'Mae Naak is the eponymous title
character. A woman who died in childbirth, yet remains behind to haunt her
husband when he comes home from the war, tricking him into believing she's still
alive and grisly-ly disposing of any woman he so much as looks at. Thais
actually believe in this character and there's a temple to her in Bangkok at the
site where she was exorcised.'
interviewed by SF
Weekly, brags about her innovative fantasy worldbuilding. Apart from
lots of dragons, 'It is a kind of atypical fantasy world in that there are just
humans. No elves, no dwarves at least not yet.' Always keep something in
R.I.P. Hilary Bader, Emmy-winning US comics and TV
scriptwriter who wrote for Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: Voyager,
Xena and other genre series, died from cancer on 7 November; she was 50.
James Coburn (1928-2002), Oscar-winning US actor whose sf films
were The President's Analyst (1967) and Looker (1981), died at
age 74 on 19 November, following a heart attack.
Thog's Masterclass. Secrets of Invisibility Dept. 'We came
to your world as fugitives from a great planet that once formed part of the
solar system a planet composed entirely of ultra-violet substances
(Clark Ashton Smith, 'The Invisible City', 1932)
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.