Ansible still hasn't seen either the Harry Potter movie or The Lord of
the Rings, but Tolkien's greatest fan made a special pilgrimage to the
LOTR: 'Bloody hell. This is like reading some Astoundings after
I'd been told how good they were. This stuff seems even worse, judging by the
movie, than when I first saw it in the fifties
No real death, no real
tragedy, no real women. It's the last fucking unicorn opera I watch in a long
while.' So we hope it wasn't an elvish curse that laid Mike low with blood clot
problems: on 14 January he was about to enter hospital 'for some sort of
emergency exploration and possible bypass surgery (not heart artery crap
heart's strong as anything, but clots seem to be result of previous surgery, so
it goes). Brought low by an intrusive clot and I didn't even have to attend an
Philip K. Dick Award nominees for best US sf paperback original of 2001:
Ship of Fools by
Richard Paul Russo,
Compass Reach by Mark W.Tiedemann,
Divine Intervention by Ken Wharton,
In the Company of Others by Julie E.Czerneda,
The Ghost Sister by Liz Williams,
Meet Me in the Moon Room by Ray Vukcevich.
Winner to be announced 30 March.
Cele Goldsmith Lalli (1933-2002), influential SF magazine editor under
her unmarried name Cele Goldsmith, died in a car accident on 14 January; she was
68. As 1958-1965 editor of Amazing and Fantastic, she bought first
stories by Thomas Disch, Ursula Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and other
As Others See Us. BBC Online on the mysteries of back-story: '
back story occurs in films of a sci-fi nature. It could be just coincidence that
the popular image of sci-fi fans is of trivia-minded obsessives who would love
this sort of thing.' Well, there goes Citizen Kane and other formerly
Vote Early, Vote Often. Hugo Award nominations
opened on 9 January.
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Colloquial Speech. 'Oh, you are so
violent in your temper. Can't you guess what reduces me to this abominable
weakness?' (Anne Rice, Blood and Gold, 2001)
David Langford is a writer, editor, physicist, bon vivant, and software consultant. His monthly SF 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.