so do we.
keep dave happy.
T H A N K S !
SF author Ken MacLeod has been in the news again, sort of. It seems that the
TV comedy The Book Group (UK Channel 4) has a novelist character with
this name, usually referred to as Kenny. After another character had sex with
and then broke up with him, sf fans thrilled to the resonant line "You're a
lousy lay, Ken MacLeod." Any publicity, they say, is good publicity.
As Others See Us. George Clooney on that remake of
Solaris: 'Believe me, Fox wasn't thrilled to do a $47 million sci-fi
film that has nothing to do with sci-fi and everything to do with a man's belief
system.' (Interview, Time Out, Feb 12-19)
Thog's Unfortunate Turns of Phrase. 'Supernatural thriller writer
Doug Clegg has been known as an innovator. In order to bring attention to
himself and try to bore a solid core of genre fans, he became one of the first
ever to give an e-book away for free on the Internet.' (PWDaily, 7
R.I.P. Belated notice: Mary Wesley (1912-2002), UK author
best known for mainstream novels but who also described post-nuclear-holocaust
events in The Sixth Seal (1969), died on 30 December 2002 at home in
Totnes, Devon. She was 90.
Pat 'La Diva Loca' Cadigan, having visited Rome, announced a shock
change of soubriquet this month. She is now styling herself 'La Dolce Diva'.
('You dog, Langford,' she explained.)
Interaction, the 2005 Glasgow Worldcon, can now accept membership
Thog's Masterclass. Electromagnetic Dept. '"I am not a
ray expert, but since we started on this trip I have thought a lot about them,"
said Gator. "At least, I thought about those of which we have knowledge. I
remembered that all rays, like an electric current which after all is only a
ray even if it is carried on a wire have a definite velocity. Some travel
fast, others comparatively slowly. I imagine it depends on the wave-length. The
question that sprang to my mind, when I realized we were in the grip of a ray,
was, what was its velocity? If it travelled faster than the Tavona we
were lost. But if we could travel faster than the ray there was a chance of
escape. We were only cruising, you remember, when the ray caught us. Having
turned I put the ship into its maximum velocity, as quickly as I dared and the
experiment succeeded. As we approached the velocity of the ray its power began
to diminish. By the time I was in absolute maximum the ray had lost its force.
In other words, we had out-run it."' (Captain W.E. Johns, The Death
Rays of Ardilla, 1959)
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.