• MT VOID, 02/24/23 -- Vol. 41, No. 35, Whole Number 2264

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    02/24/23 -- Vol. 41, No. 35, Whole Number 2264

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    Correction to ORPHANS OF THE SKY (correction
    by Joe Karpierz)
    Science Fiction (and Other) Discussion Groups, Films,
    Lectures, etc. (NJ)
    Mark's Picks for Turner Classic Movies in March (comments
    by Mark R. Leeper)
    "Lost in the Moment and Found" by Seanan McGuire
    (audio book review by Joe Karpierz)
    FLESH GORDON (letters of comment by Hal Heydt
    and John Halpenny)
    The MT VOID (letter of comment by Guy Lillian III)
    BOOKSTORES) (book comments by Evelyn C. Leeper)


    TOPIC: Correction to ORPHANS OF THE SKY (correction by Joe

    Ugh. Rereading the Heinlein review before I post it to Goodreads
    and Amazon. In the review I said that the dwarf (Bobo) that
    captured Hugh Hoyland was two-headed. Bobo was not two-headed.
    Joe-Jim was, which I did state correctly.

    Sorry about that. [-jak]


    TOPIC: Science Fiction (and Other) Discussion Groups, Films,
    Lectures, etc. (NJ)

    Meetings in Middletown are in-person; meetings in Old Bridge are
    Zoomed, at least through the winter season. The best way to get
    the latest information is to be on the mailing lists for them.

    March 2, 2023 (MTPL): STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) &
    novel by Vonda N. McIntyre
    March 23, 2023 (OBPL): ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf (Zoomed)
    April 6, 2023 (MTPL): ORLANDO (1992) & novel by Virginia Woolf
    May 25, 2023 (OBPL): ATTACK SURFACE by Cory Doctorow


    TOPIC: Mark's Picks for Turner Classic Movies in March (comments
    by Mark R. Leeper)

    April may be the cruellest month, but March is the hardest to do a
    TCM pick for, because every year they do "31 Days of Oscar" and run
    pretty much all the same films every year. They're good films, but
    how many times can one recommend NETWORK? (Okay, the last time we
    did so was nine years ago.)

    So here are a couple of worthy films which may have been
    recommended before, but are worth re-watching:

    Back in my earliest days of film reviewing I was frequently asked
    what was the film I thought was the best film I could recommend.
    It was a Quatermass film. But that was hardly fair because I was
    such a fanatic on science fiction. What was my best non-SF film?
    I would choose A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. Henry VIII insisted all his
    loyal lords endorse his divorce from Catherine of Aragon and his
    royal marriage to Anne Boleyn. The acting is first rate.

    [A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966), Sunday, March 27, 8:00 PM]

    LOST HORIZON (1937) is one of Frank Capra's rare forays into
    fantasy. It is based on a James Hilton's novel. Four Americans,
    including a famous diplomat, in civil-war-torn China escape only to
    find they have been kidnapped. Expecting death at any moment they
    are taken by airplane high into the majestic mountains of Tibet to
    Shangri-La a mystical place where peace and consideration rule and
    removed from the stresses of the "civilized" world, people
    naturally live for hundreds of years. When first shown the film
    was hated by the audience. Capra made an instant decision to cut
    the credits from the first reel and splice them onto the second
    reel, and to throw out the first reel. It has never been found but
    instead of a slow start the viewer is immediately dropped onto a
    Chinese airfield in chaos. This was a radical change in style from
    a dignified slow start to a sudden drop into the middle of the
    plot. The story grabbed the audience and never let go. The film
    stars Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, and Sam

    [LOST HORIZON (1937), Wednesday, March 22, 11:45PM]

    Other films of the fantastic of note in March:
    03/02 4:30 AM Mighty Joe Young (1949)
    03/07 6:00 AM Gulliver's Travels (1939)
    03/07 2:15 PM 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T., The (1953)
    03/07 4:00 PM Jungle Book (1942)
    03/07 10:30 PM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    03/11 1:15 AM The Time Machine (1960)
    03/11 3:15 AM Destination Moon (1950)
    03/11 5:00 AM Forbidden Planet (1956)
    03/15 2:00 PM Seven Days in May (1964)
    03/22 8:00 PM Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
    03/22 9:45 PM The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    03/22 11:45 PM Lost Horizon (1937)
    03/23 2:15 AM The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    03/23 4:15 AM tom thumb (1958)
    03/23 6:00 AM A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
    03/23 8:30 AM Brigadoon (1954)
    03/24 8:00 PM Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    03/24 9:45 PM Network (1976)
    03/25 12:00 AM The Great Dictator (1940)
    03/31 10:00 PM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
    04/01 12:00 AM Poltergeist (1982)
    04/01 2:00 AM What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)



    TOPIC: "Lost in the Moment and Found" by Seanan McGuire (copyright
    2023, Macmillan Audio, 4 hours and 53 minutes, ASIN: B0B1JPP4PB,
    narrated by Jesse Vilinsky) (audio book review by Joe Karpierz)

    "Lost in the Moment and Found" is the eighth entry in Seanan
    McGuire's "Wayward Children" series. There is a danger that the
    story gets stale when you hit the eighth book, and that repetition
    can set in. I looked back at my review of the seventh book, "Where
    the Drowned Girls Go", and I saw that I made the same point, and
    went on from there, and I certainly wasn't very positive about the
    book or the series at that point I suppose that's a bit unfair, as
    the first few stories in the series were fresh and different, but
    as the series went on the message was burying the story.

    And then along came "Lost in the Moment and Found". This entry is a
    standalone story in the series, and that fact alone breathes a bit
    of fresh air into the saga. Eleanor West's school barely has a
    mention in this story--and it comes at an appropriate time--but the
    rest of the premise is the same. Young child runs away from her
    situation, finds a door, walks through it, and finds herself in a
    mystical, magical place wherein she learns a lesson or three. What
    is different this time is that the message of a person being who
    they are and accepting who they are (and all the rest of the
    messages that come with that) is not the point of the story. Oh
    yes, there's a message, but it's a different kind of message, one
    that should make us all think about the things we want and the
    things we get.

    Antoinette--Antsy, because she can never sit still--witnesses her
    father dying at Target on one of their daddy-daughter days out
    (this is not a spoiler as it happens right at the beginning of the
    story). It's a traumatic event, of course, and a little of her
    dies inside. She has, after all, lost her father. It is the first
    of many things that she will lose in the course of the story. Her
    mother remarries, and it doesn't take very long for Antsy to
    determine that he is not a good man, and he doesn't make any effort
    to hide it.

    It is at this juncture that the crisis point occurs, the crisis
    that sends Antsy towards her door. McGuire warns us ahead of time
    of the disturbing act. While the act never occurs, it's pretty
    clear what the new husband intends. He certainly is a creepy
    individual, and Antsy is correct to run away. She finds her door,
    and ends up in a shop where lost things are found. Clearly, Antsy
    is lost herself, and lost any number of things, including her
    father, family, and childhood.

    She is taken in the old woman that runs the shop and her talking
    magpie assistant. She learns to work in the shop, and throughout
    her time there gets to visit any number of worlds through the doors
    that are in the shop. She's very happy with her situation, but she
    does miss her mother. But one day she makes the discovery that
    everything comes with a price. The price is high, and it cost her
    something she can never get back.

    "Lost in the Moment and Found" is a return to form in the "Wayward
    Children" series. While it's not the best in the series--my
    personal favorite is "Down Among the Sticks and Bones"--it's pretty
    close. It will be interesting to see how McGuire ends the series
    with the ninth and final entry in the series.

    Jesse Vilinsky is a capable narrator. I don't know that I've heard
    her narrate anything prior to this book, and as usual I don't feel
    as if I'm capable of commenting on a narrator with any authority.
    The most I can say is that she did nothing to take me out of the
    story. I probably need to listen to her narrate a few more books
    before I can form a good opinion of her narrating abilities. [-jak]


    TOPIC: FLESH GORDON (letters of comment by Hal Heydt and John

    In response to Heath Row's comments on FLESH GORDON in the 02/17/23
    issue of the MT VOID, Hal Heydt writes:

    [Heath Row writes,] "The producers even edited the movie to avoid
    an X rating, in the end earning a rating of R." [-hr]

    IIRC, it was originally released as X-rated and it was a later edit
    that got a version an R rating. [-hh]

    John Halpenny adds:

    Long ago, it was a midnight movie on Canadian television, and I'm
    pretty sure that version was X rated. [-jh]


    TOPIC: The MT VOID (letter of comment by Guy Lillian III)

    In response primarily to the 01/27/23 issue of the MT VOID, Guy
    Lillian III writes in THE ZINE DUMP #57:

    MT Void Vol. 41, No. 31, Whole Number 2260:

    Reviews and thoughts on SF in whatever form, books, films, cave
    carvings--you can expect almost anything from Evelyn and Mark,
    energetic and entertaining. This issue--latest as of the end of
    February; there will have been more--gives the results of the
    Online Critics Movie Awards, which--like many other critics'
    groups--went ape over EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. (I prefer
    TAR and the new version of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, but who
    cares what I think?) More to the fannish point, Evelyn takes on
    problems she sees with the Chengdu Worldcon, and there are plenty,
    and they are not trivial. I commend her for voicing them, and
    recommend this weekly e-zine wholeheartedly. [-gl]

    Evelyn notes:

    Most of these problems with Chengdu have been voiced by others; I
    merely collected them into one list (with my comments). The one
    about the Hugo packet was not one I had seen before, though. [-ecl]


    TOPIC: This Week's Reading (book comments by Evelyn C. Leeper)

    While I was searching the library catalog for books about
    Campbell (Harry N. Abrams, ISBN 978-1-468-30893-8), and decided to
    read it, or more specifically to read the Spanish translation,
    COSAS RARAS QUE SE OYEN EN LAS LIBRERIAS (translated by Bernardo
    Dominguez Reyes) (Malpaso, ISBN 978-8-415-99687-3), because the
    latter was available via Hoopla, while I would have to request an
    inter-library loan for the original. And as a bonus, the Spanish
    translation has an additional chapter of things heard in Spanish
    bookshops. The latter has an exchange that probably would not make
    sense (without a footnote) to non-Spanish audiences: a customer
    asks for EL LAZARILLO DE TORMES, but says not to ask him who the
    author is because he cannot remember. EL LAZARILLO DE TORMES is
    famously anonymous. (Someone else asks his companion who wrote the
    Bible, and is told "Jesus Christ.") Another customer is looking
    for THE CANTERVILLE GHIST--by Garcia Lorca. (No, it's by Oscar
    Wilde.) Of course, the person who said he looked through the
    entire Shakespear section but couldn't find OF MICE AND MEN was in
    a British bookstore (albeit a Welsh one).

    There are the usual questions of "Do you sell X?" where X could be
    coffee, ice, screwdrivers, condoms, yarn, ... Well, the last one
    was asked of a bookshop called Ripping Yarns, so it is not an
    entirely unreasonable question. There are multiple instances of
    people wanting to drop off their (very young) children while they
    go elsewhere. And so on.

    This is the sort of book best borrowed from the library--it's very
    "frivolous" and not something to be re-read. You could give it to
    your favorite bookseller, but they have probably seen it already.


    Mark Leeper

    A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of
    ignorance is just as bad.
    --Bob Edwards

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