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03.21.03

Chilling movie news from Variety is that John Travolta is likely to star in a new remake of Harvey (1950). It would be unfair to speculate that, in this version, the six-foot-three rabbit is invisible to others because he's completely Clear.

Tiptree Award. This year's winners are M. John Harrison's novel Light and John Kessel's story 'Stories for Men' (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2002).

Thog's Translator Masterclass. "... there is practically no radioactivity in the soil of this part of the galaxy." (Stanislaw Lem, The Invincible, 1976 Penguin UK translation)

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have begun legal action in Holland to prevent the sale of Dmitry Yemets's book The Magic Double Bass, featuring the character Tanya Grotter. Copyright/trademark infringement and unfair competition are claimed. (Publishers Lunch, 13 March)

R.I.P. Howard Fast (1915-2003), US author of such historical bestsellers as Spartacus (1951), who published much short sf and fantasy and was long associated with F&SF, died on 12 March; he was 88. Fast's genre collections include The General Zapped an Angel (1970). * Monica Hughes (1925-2003), Liverpool-born writer of children's sf who lived in Canada since 1952 and won several literary awards, died on 7 March aged 77. Her best-known sf work is the Isis trilogy: The Keeper of the Isis Light (1980), The Guardian of Isis (1981), and The Isis Pedlar (1982). See CBC Arts News obituary. * Harry B. Warner Jr (1922-2003), long-time fan, fanzine publisher, historian of fandom and indefatigable letter-writer, died at his fannishly famous home address — 423 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, Maryland — on 17 February. He was 80. Harry's fanzines included the 1940s Spaceways and the long-running Horizons, published through FAPA ever since 1939; his fan histories of the 1940s and 1950s were All Our Yesterdays (1969) and A Wealth of Fable (1976), whose 1992 expansion won him a nonfiction Hugo. He also received 1969 and 1972 Hugos as best fan writer, and was a guest of honour at the 1971 Boston worldcon. Like so many fanzine publishers around the world, I've lost count of the kindly, conscientious and sometimes cranky letters of comment he sent me over the decades.

Thog's Masterclass. Neat Tricks Dept. 'He rubbed the bridge of his nose and she heard the rasp of skin against stubble clearly.' (Sean Williams, The Resurrected Man, 1998)

 


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.

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