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or instructive tales of the Arthurian and Ad-Atomic Ages.
MARTIN AMIS was posthumously knighted for services to literature (backdated
to 18 May) in the King's Birthday honours. Also knighted was Ben Okri,
while Ian McEwan was exalted as a Companion of Honour.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN of _Black Panther_ renown is to receive a posthumous
Hollyword Walk of Fame star in 2024. [F770]
JOHN-HENRI HOLMBERG was honoured for life achievement by the European SF Society as a European Grandmaster. (ESFS, June)
DEMETRIOUS POLYCHRON's mindboggling effrontery in suing Amazon and the
Tolkien estate for 'plagiarizing' his unauthorized Tolkien fan fiction (see _A430_) -- for which permission was explicitly refused -- has been rewarded with a Tolkien Trust lawsuit against DP for having chosen to 'write,
publish, market and sell a blatantly infringing derivative sequel to the Tolkien Trilogy entitled _The Fellowship of the King_ (the "Infringing
Work"). In addition to clearly mimicking the title of the first book in the Tolkien Trilogy, the Infringing Work constitutes a blatant, wide-ranging
and comprehensive misappropriation of Professor Tolkien's creative opus.'
(_The Radar_, 2 June) The weed of crime bears bitter fruit.
ADAM ROBERTS confided: 'My favourite bit of _Lanark_ was when Alasdair Gray fell into the chasm and we all thought he was dead but then he came back &
was all "I am Alasdair the White and I come back to you at the turning of
the tide" in a Glasgow accent.' (Twitter, 28 June)
MANON STEFFAN ROS received the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal (fiction category)
for her YA sf novel _The Blue Book of Nebo_, whose Welsh version _Llyfr
Glas Nebo_ won the 2016 National Eisteddfod's top fiction award (see
_A374_). The Medal had never before been awarded to a translated work; Ros herself made the translation. (_Guardian_, 21 June) [GM]
JEFF VANDERMEER offers a new service to fellow inmates of Florida: 'For a reasonable fee I will, as a native plants expert, come to your yard and
instal the bushes and understory trees that serve as effective deterrents
to orcas. [...] I guarantee you will see no orcas in your backyard after
you pay me to plant these bushes.' (Twitter, 20 June)
### CONURUS ###
2 Jul  TOLKIEN SOCIETY SEMINAR, Leeds Hilton and online. Free. See www.tolkiensociety.org/events/seminar-2023/.
8 Jul  EDGE-LIT 9, QUAD Centre, Market Place, Derby. GBP35 reg. See www.derbyquad.co.uk/EdgeLit9.
9 Jul  AINTREE COMICON (multimedia), Aintree Racecourse. 9am-4pm. Tickets GBP9 (GBP11 early entry) from www.ljeventsentertainment.com.
14-16 Jul  FANTASY FOREST (cosplay), Sudely Castle, Cheltenham. GBP44.95
reg plus booking fee; other rates at fantasyforest.co.uk.
28-31 Jul  CONTINUUM (RPG), John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester University, Oadby. See continuumconvention.co.uk.
30 Jul  PAPERBACK & PULP BOOK FAIR, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram St,
London WC1N 1HT. 9:30am-3pm. GBP3 admission. Combined with the Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair: see etcfairs.com/ephemera-fairs/.
5 Aug  SMALL PRESS DAY, all UK. See smallpressday.co.uk.
5-6 Aug  SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL, Stoneleigh, Epsom. See bumpandthumper.wixsite.com/steampunkconvivials.
24-28 Aug  FRIGHTFEST (film), Cineworld, Leicester Square, London.
Tickets on sale from 15 July at frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html.
27 Oct - 25 Feb 2014  FANTASY: REALMS OF IMAGINATION (exhibition),
British Library, London. Details and dedicated web page to follow.
29 Mar - 1 Apr 2024  LEVITATION (Eastercon), Telford International
Centre. GBP115 reg _(rising on 1 July)_; GBP50 concessions; GBP35
supporting; all memberships include virtual access. See
11-12 May 2024  PORTSMOUTH COMIC CON, Guildhall, Portsmouth. Early bird tickets GBP33; more at portsmouthcomiccon.com.
18-19 May 2024  HORRORCON UK, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield. Ticket sales to follow at horrorconuk.com.
8-9 Jun 2024  EM-CON (media), Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham. Ticket sales
to follow at www.em-con.co.uk.
18-21 Apr 2025  RECONNECT, Hilton Lanyon Place Hotel and ICC, Belfast.
GBP60 reg, _rising to GBP70 on 2 July_; GBP45 under-18s and concessions;
GBP25 supporting membership only. See easterconbelfast.org.
26-29 Jun 2025  ARCHIPELACON 2 (Eurocon), Mariehamn, Aland, Finland. GoH
Jeff & Ann VanderMeer, Mats Strandberg, Emmi Itaranta. Euro40 reg;
under-26s Euro20; under-12s Euro5. See archipelacon.org.
RUMBLINGS. _Middle-earth Festival:_ the event traditionally held at
Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, will return in September at a new venue yet to
_Worldcon 2025._ The bid for Seattle, Washington, USA (13-17 August
2025) is the sole contender: see www.seattlein2025.org.
### INFINITELY IMPROBABLE ###
THE BORIS FROM ANOTHER WORLD. 'Like a monster released from enclosure in an iceberg as it is thawed by a warm weather front, Johnson arrived in
Westminster to wreak havoc ...' (_Guardian_, 19 June) [JH]
BLURBISMO. Michael Cunningham on _The Glow_ (2023) by Jessie Gaynor: 'Jane Austen on steroids.' (Amazon.com) [GF]
AWARDS. _Arthur C. Clarke Award_ shortlist: _Venomous Lumpsucker_ by Ned Beauman; _The Red Scholar's Wake_ by Aliette de Bodard; _Plutoshine_ by
Lucy Kissick; _The Anomaly_ by Herve Le Tellier, translated by Adriana
Hunter; _The Coral Bones_ by E.J. Swift; _Metronome_ by Tom Watson.
_Kitschies:_ NOVEL _The Last Blade Priest_ by Will Wiles. DEBUT _Our
Wives Under the Sea_ by Julia Armfield. COVER ART Klara Smith for _Paper Crusade_ by Michelle Penn. SPECIAL Bisha K. Ali for her work as head writer
for _Ms. Marvel_.
_Lambda_ (LBGTQ) winners of genre interest: SPECULATIVE _The Wicked
and the Willing_ by Lianyu Tan. BISEXUAL _Reluctant Immortals_ by Gwendolyn Kiste. STUDIES _Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero
Comics_ by Darieck Scott. [F770]
_Locus:_ SF NOVEL _The Kaiju Preservation Society_ by John Scalzi.
FANTASY _Babel_ by R.F. Kuang. HORROR _What Moves the Dead_ by T.
Kingfisher. YA _Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak_ by Charlie Jane Anders.
DEBUT _The Mountain in the Sea_ by Ray Nayler. NOVELLA _A Prayer for the Crown-Shy_ by Becky Chambers. NOVELETTE 'If You Find Yourself Speaking to
God, Address God with the Informal You' by John Chu (_Uncanny_ 7/22). SHORT 'Rabbit Test' by Samantha Mills (_Uncanny_ 11/22). ANTHOLOGY _Africa Risen:
A New Era of Speculative Fiction_ ed. Sheree Renee Thomas, Oghenechovwe
Donald Ekpeki, Zelda Knight. COLLECTION _Boys, Beasts & Men_ by Sam J.
Miller. MAGAZINE Tor.com. PUBLISHER Tor. EDITOR Ellen Datlow. ARTIST
Charles Vess. NON-FICTION _Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes_ by Rob Wilkins. ILLUSTRATED _Chivalry_ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Colleen
Doran. SPECIAL Carl Brandon Society.
_SF and Fantasy Hall of Fame_ (Seattle Museum of Pop Culture): 2023 additions are N.K. Jemisin, John Carpenter, the _Dune_ franchise and _The
Rocky Horror Picture Show_.
_Stoker_ (horror) novel winners: NOVEL _The Devil Takes You Home_ by Gabino Iglesias. DEBUT _Beulah_ by Christi Nogle. YA _The Triangle_ by
Robert P. Ottone. CHILDREN'S _They Stole Our Hearts_ by Daniel Kraus. LONG
_The Wehrwolf_ by Alma Katsu. SHORT 'Fracture' by Mercedes M. Yardley
(_Mother: Tales of Love and Terror_). COLLECTION _Breakable Things_ by Cassandra Khaw. ANTHOLOGY _Screams from the Dark_ ed. Ellen Datlow.
NONFICTION _Writing in the Dark_ by Tim Waggoner. SHORT NONFICTION 'I Don't Read Horror (& Other Weird Tales)' by Lee Murray (_Interstellar Flight Magazine_ 24/10/22). GRAPHIC NOVEL _Kolchak: The Night Stalker: 50th Anniversary_ ed. James Aquilone. SCREENPLAY (tie) _Stranger Things_: 'The Hellfire Club' and _The Duffer Brothers_. POETRY COLLECTION _Crime Scene_
by Cynthia Pelayo. [F770]
THE DISCWORLD EMPORIUM at 41 Wincanton High Street is up for sale with a suggested price of GBP395,000. (Twitter, 12 June)
IN TYPO VERITAS. 'We are looking for an euthanistic and self motivated individual'. (NHS England apprenticeship ad in Bristol) [PE]
R.I.P. _Michael A. Banks_ (Alan Gould, 1951-2023), US fan active in the Cincinnati Fantasy Group and author whose work includes _Understanding
Science Fiction_ (1982) and the novel _The Odysseus Solution_ (1986) with
Dean R. Lambe, died on 19 June aged 72. [LZ]
_Peter Belli_ (1943-2023), Danish actor in _Truly Human_ (2001) and _Koko-di Koko-da_ (2019), died on 8 June aged 79.
_Sheldon Bergstrom_ (1971-2023), Canadian actor in _The Incredible Elephant_ (2001), _A.R.C.H.I.E._ (2016 plus sequel), _SuperGrid_ (2018) and others, died on 18 June aged 51.
_Sergio Calderon_ (1945-2023), Mexican actor in _Men in Black_ (1997)
and _Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End_ (2007), died on 31 May aged
_Nicolas Coster_ (1933-2023), UK actor in _The Deep Ones_ (2020), _The Last Exorcist_ (2020) and genre tv series, died on 26 June aged 89. [AIP]
_Patricia Dainton_ (1930-2023), UK actress in _Castle in the Air_
(1952) and _The House in Marsh Road_ (1960), died on 31 May aged 93. [SG]
_Frederic Forrest_ (1936-2023), US actor in _It Lives Again_ (1978)
and _Return_ (1985), died on 23 June agd 86. [SJ]
_Sue Freestone_, UK publisher formerly with Heinemann, Hutchinson and Quercus, whose authors included Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry and Robert
Harris, died on 5 June aged 78. [AIP]
_Vladimir Golovanov_ (1939-2023), Russian screenwriter for the
children's fantasy film _Polyot v Stranu Chudovishch_ (_Flight to
Monsterland_, 1987) and children's animated sf series _Neznayka na Lune_ (_Dunno in the Moon_, 1997-1999), died on 5 June. [AM]
_Robert Gottlieb_ (1931-2023), US editor at Simon & Schuster, Knopf
and _The New Yorker_, whose authors included Ray Bradbury, Anthony Burgess, Michael Crichton and Doris Lessing, died on 14 June aged 92. [GVG]
_Iain Johnstone_ (1943-2023), UK creator of tv documentaries including _The Making of 'Superman: The Movie'_ (1980, with two follow-ups about
sequels) and _Waging the War of the Worlds: From H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg_ (2005), died on 4 May aged 80. [SF2C]
_Evan Jones_ (1927-2023), Jamaican poet/playwright with screenwriter credits for _The Damned_ (1962), _Modesty Blaise_ (1966) and _Ghost in the Noonday Sun_ (1974), died on 18 April aged 95. [AIP]
_Grant McCormick_ (1955-2023), Kentucky fan and former publisher of _FOSFAX_, died on 19 June. [F770]
_Ian McGinty_ (1985-2023), US comics writer/artist whose credits
include the comic book of _Bravest Warriors_ (16 issues 2014-2015), died on
10 June aged 38.
_Brian Mooney_, UK author who was a charter member of the British
Fantasy Society and published many supernatural/horror stories in magazines
and anthologies -- also the Cthulhu Mythos chapbook _The Guardian at the
Gates_ (1977) -- died on 11 June aged 83. [SJ]
_Noreen Nash_ (1924-2023), US actress in _Aladdin and His Lamp_ (1942)
and _Phantom from Space_ (1953), died on 6 June aged 99. [LP]
_Barry Newman_ (1930-2023), US actor in _Deadline_ (1982) and _G-Men
from Hell_ (2000), died on 11 May aged 92. [LP]
_Michael Norell_ (1937-2023), US actor and screenwriter for _Doomsday Rock_ aka _Cosmic Shock_ (1997), died on 12 May aged 85. [LP]
_Lew Palter_ (1928-2023), US actor in genre tv series including _The Flying Nun_ (6 episodes 1967-1970) and two _Alien Nation_ tv films (1994, 1997), died on 21 May aged 94. LP
_Allison Phillips_ (_nee_ Williams, 1928-2023), long-time Philadelphia
fan and con-goer who like her father and husband was a president of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, died on 2 June aged 94. [LZ]
_Joshua Quagmire_ (Richard Glen Lester II, 1952-2023), US underground
and mainstream comics creator best known for the furry-superheroine
pastiche _Cutey Bunny_ (since 1982), died _circa_ 28 May aged 71. [TW]
_George Riddle_ (1937-2023), US actor in _The Superagent_ (2009) and
_The Innkeepers_ (2011), died on 2 June aged 86. [LP]
_John Romita Sr._ (1930-2023), US comics artist who joined Marvel in
1965, drew _Daredevil_ and _The Amazing Spider-Man_ and co-created The
Punisher and Wolverine, died on 12 June aged 93. [LP]
_Julian Sands_ (1958-2023), UK actor in _Warlock_ (1989 plus sequel), _Arachnophobia_ (1990), _Naked Lunch_ (1991), _Tale of a Vampire_ (1992),
_The Turn of the Screw_ (1992) and others, was found dead on 24 June,
having gone missing during a mid-January US mountain hike; he was 65.
_Hans Siden_ (1935-2023), Swedish fan and journalist active
1954-_circa_ 2009, whose one sf novel was the juvenile _Cyberspace Surfin'_ (1998 with Per-Erik Winberg), died on 24 June aged 87. [J-HH]
_Nicky Singer_ (1956-2023), UK author whose novels include such young-adult sf as _The Innocent's Story_ (2005) and _GemX_ (2006), died on
17 June aged 66. [L]
_Dean Smith_ (1932-2023), US actor/stuntman in _Darby O'Gill and the Little People_ (1959), _The Birds_ (1963), _Westworld_ (1973) and
_Christine_ (1983), died on 24 June aged 91. [LP]
_Angela Thorne_ (1939-2023), India-born UK actress in _Haunted: Poor
Girl_ (1974), _The Rocking Horse Winner_ (1977), _The BFG_ (1989, voicing
the Queen) and others, died on 16 June aged 84. [SJ]
_Rajnar Vajra_ (David Rajnar Vajra-Loeb, 1947-2023), US author who
began publishing sf in 1997 -- mostly for _Analog_, including the
components of his fixup novel _Doctor Alien_ (2022) -- died on 16 May aged
_Angel Wagenstein_ (1922-2023), Bulgarian author who scripted the East German sf film _Eolomea_ (1972), died on 29 June aged 100. [AM]
_Paxton Whitehead_ (1937-2023), UK actor in _Child of Darkness, Child
of Light_ (1991), _12:01_ (1993), _My Boyfriend's Back_ (1993), _RocketMan_ (1997) and others, died on 16 June aged 85. [SJ]
_Treat Williams_ (1951-2023), US actor in _Dead Heat_ (1988), _The Phantom_ (1996), _Deep Rising_ (1998), _Age of Dinosaurs_ (2013) and
others, died on 12 June aged 71. [LP]
_Nick Wood_ (1961-2023), Zambia-born South African author active since 1999, whose novel _Azanian Bridges_ (2016) was shortlisted for several
awards, died unexpectedly in June; he was 62. [GR]
_Edward 'Ed Zed' Zdrojewski_ (1954-2023), US fan whose fanzines were _Benton Harbor Rat-Weasel_ and _Intergalactic Animal Husbandry_, died on 4
May aged 68. [LZ]
THE WEAKEST LINK. _Bradley Walsh:_ 'Which author wrote her first book while living on benefits and her seventh in a five-star hotel?_' Contestant:_
'Jane Austen.' (ITV, _The Chase_) [PE]
AS OTHERS RARELY SEE US. After the unexpected subheading _Far from being
the preserve of weirdos, fandoms offer a model of community and wellbeing_,
we read: 'These dynamics of hope and transformation are hardly ever
discussed in the public conversation about fans, yet they are a common
thread, whether your interest is celebrities or classic literature, sci-fi
or medieval history. Most fans are on a search for meaning, and they are prepared to give a great deal of themselves to find it. To be a fan means
many things, but at its heart it is an act of love.' (Michael Bond on 'why
you should embrace your inner fan', _Guardian_, 22 May) [BA]
IN TYPO VERITAS II. 'Totally imperturbable, he disdained a helmet and
jauntily sported a manacle in his left eye.' (Walter Lord, _The Miracle of Dunkirk_, 2012 ebook edition) [MG]
RANDOM FANDOM. _The 2023 Hugo Ballot_ is imminent, according to the Chengdu Worldcon committee. (Facebook, 22 June)
_Noticed on Twitter:_ 'The opposite of formaldehyde is
MAGAZINE SCENE. _1632 & Beyond_ is a new magazine devoted to Eric Flint's _1632_ universe, replacing _The Grantville Gazette_, which ceased after his death last year. See 1632magazine.com. [F770]
At MYY Press, _Black Static_ 82/83 is reportedly with the printers and should be out soon. No sister-magazine status report as yet for _Interzone_ 295; issue 294 was dated January 2023 and reached me in mid-February.
_Dark Matter_ magazine is closing with its 18th issue, dated November/December 2023. [L]
THE DEAD PAST. _80 Years Ago_, sf author John Gloag wrote to a fanzine: 'I occasionally see volumes of what I believe are called Science Fiction, and although some of them are abominably written many of them show great power
of imagination; indeed this form of writing may almost be regarded as a
form of contemporary folklore.' (_Futurian War Digest_, July 1943)
_70 Years Ago_, on 18 July 1953, the BBC aired part one of _The
Quatermass Experiment_. Nigel Kneale 'recalled writing the last two
episodes during transmission: "So nobody really knew what the end was --
even the production team."' (_The Oldie_, July)
_40 Years Ago_, the _TLS_ discussed Japanese comics' sound-effect conventions, and Heinlein came to mind: '"When a penis suddenly stands
erect the accepted sound is _biin_." When _biin_ is found, can _spung_ be
far behind?' (_Ansible_ 34, July 1983)
_30 Years Ago_, Piers Anthony explained his admiration for George
Bernard Shaw: 'As an outspoken vegetarian writer of greater competence than
the critics claim, I relate well to him....' (_Ansible_ 72, July 1993)
FANFUNDERY. _TAFF:_ Many thanks to FANAC for their bounty of $200 to the
fund, rewarding the paper publication of Kevin Smith's 1982 trip report _Nothing_ (taff.org.uk/ebooks.php?x=Nothing) and Anna Raftery's 2016 report _Cuttlefish and Cake_ (procrastinations.co.uk/asp-products/cuttlefish-and-cake/). Ted White's collected _Amazing_ and _Fantastic_ editorials are now out as ebooks as
well as paperbacks, with all proceeds still going to TAFF: see ae.ansible.uk/?a=white. In the pipeline from ace fan historian Rob Hansen
is another in-depth convention study, _1965: The Second British Worldcon_
-- another free ebook, currently being proofread.
THOG'S MASTERCLASS. _Light the Blue Touch-Paper._ 'His conversation was sounding like a one-sided view of a firecracker.' (Isaac Asimov, 'Breeds
There a Man ...?', June 1951 _Astounding_) [CG]
_Double Entendre Redux._ 'Now that it was my ass, I was going to get
to the bottom of it if I could.' (Jack L. Chalker, _The Moreau Factor_,
_Half Measures._ 'Four pairs of sandaled feet shuffled and stamped,
four lungs pumped great hissing breaths, four pairs of eyes glared with
fire no cooler than the pitiless sun.' (Dariel R.A. Quiogue, 'Ardax in Antillia' in _Die by the Sword_, 2023, ed. D.M. Ritzlin) [CR]
_Philosophy Dept: The Big Questions._ 'Was it possible to create
oneself a kind of phantom Gombold from the void of onanistic satisfaction?' (Joe Orton, _Head to Toe_, 1971) [BA]
_Neat Tricks._ 'Morgan whirled defensively on his haunches.'
(Katherine Kurtz, _Deryni Rising_, 1970) [AR]
_Dept of Pointed Looks._ 'The only noticeable things about him were an
air of athletic hardness and a pair of blue eyes like swords.' (E.C.
Bentley, 'The Inoffensive Captain', March 1914 _Strand Magazine_) [BA]
_Arthurian Bad Sex Dept, or Merlin Maketh Merry._ 'Then does my
trouserful of wantonness make play with his eager jerking: a long night's roaming across smooth soft plains, twin rounded hills, white slopes for wandering; and at last the choice warm, wet cavern whose ferny entrance
awaits the stiff ram-headed serpent's gentle entrance.' (Nikolai Tolstoy,
_The Coming of the King_, 1988) [AR]
EDITORIAL. As threatened last issue, I have indeed reissued my final
collection of _SFX_ magazine columns (plus other material), _All Good
Things: The Last SFX Visions_, as an ebook -- further expanded with a few
extra pieces written since the 2017 NewCon Press/Steel Quill edition. Read
all about it at https://ae.ansible.uk/?t=allgood.
THOG'S GOLDEN OLDIES from _Ansible_ 192, July 2003. _Eyeballs in the Sky._
'His eyes crawled up the wall before him.' (China Mieville, _King Rat_,
_Dept of Regrettable Ambiguity._ 'Her dress was ragged at the hem, and
too short as the clear air pulled her up tall, but her cheeks were flushed
with excitement.' (Joan Hunter Holly, _The Green Planet_, 1960)
_Dept of Future Slang As It Used To Be._ '"Back in the twentieth
century," he explained, "Bellman of the Rand Corporation predicted 2% of
the work force would be able to produce all the country could consume by
the year 2000 and ..." "Don't roach me funker," she said. "And don't shirk
off in your electro-steamer. This mopsy wants to poke."' (Mack Reynolds, _Commune 2000 A.D._, 1974)
_Ansible_(R) 432 (C) David Langford, 2023. Thanks to Brian Ameringen,
Gregory Feeley, Carl Glover, _File 770_, Mike Glyer, Steve Green, Joseph Holderness, John-Henri Holmberg, Steve Jones, _Locus_, Gatch Madeley,
Andrey Meshavkin, Lawrence Person, Andrew I. Porter, _Private Eye_, Adam Roberts, Christopher Rowe, Geoff Ryman, _SF2 Concatenation_, Steven H
Silver, Gordon Van Gelder, Taral Wayne, Leah Zeldes, and as always our Hero Distributors: Durdles Books (Birmingham SF Group), SCIS/Prophecy and Alan Stewart (Australia).