Let's not be afraid of the obvious. A happy (or at least reasonably
runcible) 2003 to you all
with hopes that the Grim Reaper will take less
interest in the sf community than in 2002. Cheers!
Emily Somma clarifies Great Ormond Street Hospital's attempts to
block US publication of her Peter Pan sequel
After the Rain (see Runcible #55): 'The reason why there is no issue in
Canada is because the GOSH didn't apply for an extended copyright here for the
1904 play (Peter and Wendy). So, in Canada, all of Barrie's works
(including the play) are public domain. In the US though, the GOSH has an
extended copyright on the play until 2023. I think that by US copyright law, if
my work was a similar expression to the play
which it's not
but if it
were, the GOSH could ask for royalties. (And actually I did offer them royalties
from the outset
not because I had to
but as a goodwill gesture.) Legally
though, they can't block a publication, or order someone to "cease and
desist" as they did to me because they felt (and expressed in writing) that
my book created or creates unfair competition for them. I think I can tell you
this, because this part is already out in the open.'
In Typo Veritas. Book Trade News Digest reported a financial
coup on 13 December: 'Rare Harry Potter book sells for 000. / A woman who bought
a Harry Potter book for 99 today sold it for 000 at auction.'
Jonathan Weir resigned as Amazon.co.uk reviews editor on 18
November, to become marketing and publicity boss for the Voyager sf/fantasy
imprint at HarperCollins UK. He replaces Susan Ford, who has left HC to work
Joel C. Rosenberg, author of The Last Jihad (heavily
promoted in the US in recent weeks) is not 'our' Joel Rosenberg, the sf and
fantasy author. Who wrote: 'I know nothing about the book, but I do hope that
it's good, and will do well, for both the obvious reasons, and the self-centered
one that, perhaps, some of his readers will accidentally pick up my books.'
R.I.P. Kenneth Tobey (1919-2002), US actor who appeared in
more than 100 films and played a lead role in the classic The Thing From
Another World (1951), died on 22 December aged 83.
Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Arresting Simile. 'When he was
yet a million miles away the bright ring of fire that marked its portal filled
the sky in front of him, flexing and twisting like the devil's anus in spasms of
immortal agony.' (Alan Glasser, The Demon Cosmos, 1978)
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.