It's not often that The Infinite Matrix gets compared with Whole
Earth Review, but currently they have a vital common theme: lack of funding.
This has delayed the
Review's special issue on the Coming Technological Singularity,
featuring such cosmos-bestriding sf megastars as Vernor Vinge, Bruce Sterling,
and Charles Stross. They're begging
WER readers for help with printing costs, and have put extracts from
that issue on line as a tantalizer: http://wholeearth.com/.
Gaylactic Spectrum Awards novel shortlist for 2002 work:
Don Sakers, Dance for the Ivory Madonna
Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, The Fall of the Kings
Laurie Marks, Fire Logic
Robert Sawyer, Hominids
Jane Fletcher, Lorimal's Chalice
Steven Harper, Nightmare: A Novel of the Silent Empire
Kelley Eskridge, Solitaire
More details and other categories at
the Spectrum website.
Brian Stableford, proud winner of the Eaton, IAFA, Pilgrim and
Pioneer awards for sf criticism, confides: 'I've given up reviewing.'
R.I.P. James England, UK author of the single sf novel The
Measured Caverns (1978), and for decades a member of the British SF
Association and related writers' groups, died in May. He was in his late
sixties, and is survived by his wife Jean and two children.
Harland (1960-2003; also known as John Paul Smit), Dutch fan and writer,
committed suicide on 17 June; he was 43. Annemarie van Ewijk mourns him as a
'writer of the fantastic, musician, fan, co-organizer of the Dutch Millennium
Short Story Award and conductor of many writing workshops
His friends and
Dutch fandom as a whole are devastated.'
(1937-2003), Oscar-nominated US screenwriter who co-wrote the scripts of Bonnie
and Clyde (1967), the first three
Superman films (1978-83), and Santa Claus: The Movie (1985),
died on 27 June aged 66.
Blurbismo. The jacket copy of David Jay Brown's
Brainchild (Falcon Press, 1988) promises cerebral thrills despite
erratic prose: 'A "neuroscience fiction" novel, explosive with the
force of a 4.5 billion of years of evolution behind it, guaranteed to liquefy
and reform any brain with courage enough to venture within its depths.'
Signs of the Times. The UK division of the on-line bookseller which
I had better refer to only as HugeSouthAmericanRiver cut its freelance reviewer
rates by 20% in June. Grumble, grump.
As Others See Us. As a service to the editor's sanity, further
outbreaks of Margaret Atwood have been censored. Oh, all right, just the one.
Science fiction, as opposed to what she writes, is distinguished by 'talking
squids in outer space.' (BBC1 Breakfast News)
Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, will be commemorated on a British 68p
postage stamp in September well, almost. The Royal Mail's ever-active
Scraping The Barrel Division came up with the idea of celebrating 'classic
transport toys', including Mettoy's friction-drive Space Ship Eagle (c1960)
from the Dare saga. Be still, my beating heart.
Thog's Masterclass. Eyeballs in the Sky Dept. 'His eyes
crawled up the wall before him.' (China Miéville, King Rat, 1998)
David Langford is an author and a gentleman.
His newsletter, Ansible,
is the essential SF-insider sourcebook of wit and incongruity. His most recent books are Different Kinds of Darkness, a new short-story collection of horror, SF, and fantasy, Up Through an Empty House of Stars: Reviews and Essays 1980-2002, 100 pieces of Langfordian genre commentary, and He Do the Time Police in Different Voices, a short-story collection that brings together, all of Dave's SF parodies and pastiches. (This is a scary thought. Are you ready to laugh that hard?)
Dave lives in Reading, England with his wife Hazel, 25,000 books, and a few dozen Hugo awards. He continues to add books and Hugos.