• Ansible 433 -- August 2023

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    ANSIBLE(R) 433
    AUGUST 2023

    From DAVID LANGFORD, 94 London Road, Reading, Berks, RG1 5AU, UK. Website news.ansible.uk. ISSN 0265-9816 (print); 1740-942X (e). Available for SAE,
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    MONA AWAD and PAUL TREMBLAY filed a class-action suit in a San Francisco federal court against OpenAI, on the ground that the company's ChatGPT bot
    had 'ingested' their work from online pirate sites in defiance of copyright
    law and could thus regurgitate 'very accurate summaries'. Much depends on whether any actual financial loss to the authors can be proved and (here
    the story quotes fandom's own IP professor Lilian Edwards) 'whether courts
    view the use of copyright material in this way as "fair use" or as simple unauthorized copying.' (_Guardian_, 5 July)

    OCTAVIA BUTLER is remembered in Lake Forest Park, WA, where a section of
    37th Avenue NE that includes her 1999-2006 home has been renamed Octavia
    Butler Avenue. (_Publishers Weekly_, 30 July) [AIP]

    PETER CROWTHER and JOHN DOUGLAS are this year's World Fantasy Award
    Lifetime Achievement winners. [PC] Congratulations!

    S.B. DIVYA declined Hugo nominations for her novelette 'Two Hands, Wrapped
    in Gold' and as a member of the _Escape Pod_ semiprozine editorial team,
    citing China's cruel treatment of the Uyghur people and the much-criticized presence of Sergei Lukyanenko -- a vocal supporter of the Russian invasion
    of Ukraine -- on the Chengdu guest of honour list. [F770]

    KATE GREENAWAY's name has been dropped from the long-established Kate
    Greenaway Medal for illustration, which with minimal consultation became
    The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration for reasons of 'branding
    expediency'. 'The name of an accomplished woman, whose work is directly relevant to the award, has been removed and replaced with that of a male industrialist and a sponsoring corporation.' There is a petition to reverse this 'insensitive' decision at www.ipetitions.com. [PDW]

    MICHAEL MOORCOCK and WILL MURRAY entered the First Fandom Hall of Fame; so, posthumously, did Ken Kelly and Conrad H. Ruppert.

    PATRICK TROUGHTON (1920-1987) has a memorial blue plaque at Mill Hill
    School, where he was a pupil; this was organized by the Doctor Who
    Appreciation Society and unveiled in July. (_Doctor Who News_, 17 July)

    ### CONDIGNITY ###

    5-6 Aug [] SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL, Stoneleigh, Epsom. See bumpandthumper.wixsite.com/steampunkconvivials.

    11-13 Aug [] TFNATION (_Transformers_), Birmingham NEC. Day rates only;
    e.g. Saturday is GBP45 or GBP80 for early access. See tfnation.com.

    16-20 Aug [] STARS OF TIME (comics), Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare. GBP10
    reg; under-12s, OAP and disabled GBP6; under-4s free. Family of 2+2
    children GBP25; 2+3 GBP27. See www.starsoftime.co.uk.

    24-28 Aug [] FRIGHTFEST (film), Cineworld, Leicester Square, London.
    Festival and day passes quickly sold out in mid-July; some single-film
    tickets at GBP14.50 (plus fees) may remain. See

    25-28 Aug [] ASYLUM-XII (steampunk), The Lawns and other Lincoln venues.
    GBP45 reg: sales and day rates at www.ministryofsteampunk.com.

    31 Aug - 3 Sep [] OXONMOOT (Tolkien Society), St Anne's, Oxford. 50th
    Oxonmoot. Virtual membership free; the college venue is full with a long waiting list. See www.tolkiensociety.org/events/oxonmoot-2023/

    2 Sep [] WHOOVERVILLE 14 (_Doctor Who_), QUAD Centre, Derby. Tickets GBP55; concessions GBP38; under-12s GBP10; registration open at www.derbyquad.co.uk/Whooverville14.

    21 Oct [] OCTOBER COUNTRY (Ray Bradbury), QUAD, Derby. Noon-8pm. GBP30 reg. Details at www.derbyquad.co.uk/events/octobercountry.

    29 Oct [] HALLOCON, Leasowe Castle Hotel, Wirral. 11am-5pm. GBP9; under-16s GBP7; under-10s GBP5. See www.ljeventsentertainment.com.

    18 Nov [] CYMERA WRITERS' CONFERENCE, Edinburgh and online. Register your interest at www.cymerafestival.co.uk.

    29 Mar - 1 Apr 2024 [] LEVITATION (Eastercon), Telford International
    Centre. _Now GBP125 reg_; GBP50 concessions; GBP35 supporting; day
    (Saturday or Sunday only) GBP50. See eastercon2024.co.uk.

    SOLD OUT 2-5 Aug 2024 [] DISCWORLD CONVENTION, Birmingham NEC Hilton.
    GBP100 reg; GBP60 concessions; GBP30 supp; under-12s free. Sales opened 11 July, sold out by 17 July. Waiting list at 2024.dwcon.org .

    18-21 Apr 2025 [] RECONNECT, Hilton Lanyon Place Hotel and ICC, Belfast.
    _Now GBP70 reg_; GBP40 under-18s and concessions; GBP25 supporting
    membership only. See easterconbelfast.org.

    RUMBLINGS. _UK Filk Con 2024:_ possibly 2-4 February at the Palace Hotel, Buxton. Fans can register interest at www.contabile.org.uk.
    _Worldcon 2024:_ the Glasgow committee announced that AI-generated
    images will be banned in the art show and discouraged in the dealers' room.
    (28 July)
    _Worldcon 2026:_ the LA bid's website shows committee members though
    not as yet a specific venue -- see lain2026.org.


    IN TYPO VERITAS. US insurance agency sign in Lovecraftian mode: 'WE'LL
    SCARE YOU WITH OUR INSANE RATS'. (Twitter, 22 July) [HT]

    HUGO FINALISTS. Selected categories from a very long list: NOVEL _The
    Daughter of Doctor Moreau_ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; _The Kaiju Preservation Society_ by John Scalzi; _Legends & Lattes_ by Travis Baldree; _Nona the
    Ninth_ by Tamsyn Muir; _Nettle & Bone_ by T. Kingfisher; _The Spare Man_ by Mary Robinette Kowal.
    SERIES Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky; The Founders Trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett; The Locked Tomb by Tamsyn Muir; October Daye by
    Seanan McGuire; Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch; The Scholomance by
    Naomi Novik.
    RELATED WORK _Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad
    Max: Fury Road_ by Kyle Buchanan; _Buffalito World Outreach Project_ by Lawrence M. Schoen; _Chinese Science Fiction, An Oral History, Volume 1_ by Yang Feng; 'The Ghost of Workshops Past' by S.L. Huang; _Still Just a Geek:
    An Annotated Memoir_ by Wil Wheaton; _Terry Pratchett: A Life With
    Footnotes_ by Rob Wilkins.
    DRAMATIC -- LONG _Avatar: The Way of Water_; _Black Panther: Wakanda Forever_; _Everything Everywhere All at Once_; _Nope_; _Severance (Season
    1)_; _Turning Red_.
    DRAMATIC -- SHORT _Andor_: 'One Way Out'; _Andor_: 'Rix Road'; _The Expanse_: 'Babylon's Ashes'; _For All Mankind_: 'Stranger in a Strange
    Land'; _She-Hulk: Attorney at Law_: 'Whose Show is This?'; _Stranger
    Things_: 'Chapter Four: Dear Billy'.
    LODESTAR (YA novel) _Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts)_ by Nnedi
    Okorafor; _Bloodmarked_ by Tracy Deonn; _Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak_ by Charlie Jane Anders; _The Golden Enclaves_ by Naomi Novik; _In the
    Serpent's Wake_ by Rachel Hartman; _Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods_
    by Catherynne M. Valente.
    Full bilingual list at the Worldcon site: tinyurl.com/4ubm8a64. 1,847 valid nomination ballots were received, all but four of them cast online.
    Hugo voting opened on 10 July and continues to 1 October.

    SCIENCE CORNER. An update from the _Guardian_ website: 'This article was corrected on 24 July 2023. The number of atoms in the sun is 10 to the
    power of 57, not 1057 as previously stated.' (Twitter, 24 July)

    R.I.P. _Alan Arkin_ (1934-2023), US actor in _The Last Unicorn_ (1982),
    _Edward Scissorhands_ (1990), _The Rocketeer_ (1991), _Gattaca_ (1997),
    _Dumbo_ (2019) and others, died on 29 June aged 89. [LP] He also published
    some genre fiction.
    _Toni Liechtenstein Bogolub_ (1954-2023), US fan and con-goer active
    in Chicago fandom, died on 3 July. [SHS]
    _Ion Doru Brana_ (1943-2023), Romanian translator of Harlan Ellison, Philip Jose Farmer, Frank Herbert (_Dune_ and sequels), George R.R. Martin
    and Cordwainer Smith, died on 9 May aged 80. [CL]
    _Jerome Coopersmith_ (1925-2023), US screenwriter with genre credits
    for _Johnny Jupiter_ (1953-1954), _'Twas the Night Before Christmas_ (1974)
    and _The Sins of Dorian Gray_ (1983), died on 21 July aged 97. [AIP]
    _Manny Coto_ (1961-2023), Cuban-born US screenwriter, producer and director whose credits include _Star Kid_ (1997, as writer and director), _Odyssey 5_ (2002-2003, creator and writer) and _Star Trek: Enterprise_ (2003-2005, showrunner and writer), died on 9 July aged 62. (Startrek.com)
    _Margia Dean_ (1922-2023), US actress in _Superman and the Mole-Men_ (1951), _Mesa of Lost Women_ (1953) and _The Quatermass Xperiment_ (1964),
    died on 23 June aged 101. [LP]
    _Gareth Floyd_ (1940-2023), UK illustrator of children's books
    (including fantasy), whose drawings regularly illustrated story readings on
    the BBC's _Jackanory_, died in July aged 82. [AIP]
    _Randy Fullmer_ (1950-2023), US Disney animator, producer of _The Emperor's New Groove_ (2000) and _Chicken Little_ (2005), with visual
    effects credits for _Lifeforce_ (1985), _She-Ra_ (1985-1987), _Who Framed
    Roger Rabbit_ (1988) and others, died on 10 July aged 73. [AIP]
    _Daniel Goldberg_, Canadian-born producer whose films include _Space
    Jam_ (1996) and _Evolution_ (2001), died on 12 July aged 74. [AIP]
    _Bo Goldman_ (1932-2023), Oscar-winning US screenwriter whose genre
    films are_ Meet Joe Black_ (1998) and _King Kong_ (2016, a fan film using
    his 1975 screenplay for Universal's legally blocked _The Legend of King
    Kong_), died on 25 July aged 90. [F770]
    _Lelia Goldoni_ (1936-2023), Italian-US actress in _The Spell_ (1977), _Invasion of the Body Snatchers_ (1978), _The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes_ (1995), _The Devil Inside_ (2012) and others, died on 22 July aged 86.
    _Russell H. Greenan_ (1925-2023), US author best known for the
    unreliably fantasticated _It Happened in Boston?_ (1968), died on 22 July
    aged 97.
    _Lech Jeczmyk_ (1936-2023), noted Polish editor of numerous sf
    anthologies and translator of Ballard, Dick, Le Guin and Vonnegut among
    many others, died on 17 July aged 87. [JC]
    _Clifford Johns_, US author active since 2006, whose first novel was _Walking Shadow_ (2012), died on 23 June. [JC]
    _David K.M. Klaus_ (1955-2023), long-time US fan -- especially of
    _Star Trek_ -- and regular contributor of _Ansible_ news items since 2004,
    died on 27 July aged 67. [F770]
    _Alexei Kuznetsov_ (1941-2023), Russian director of _The Picture of
    Dorian Gray_ (1968) and voice actor in the animated sf _Alice's Birthday_ (2009), who also dubbed fantasy videogames, died on 5 July. [AM]
    _Robert Lieberman_ (1947-2023), US director of _Fire in the Sky_
    (1993) and episodes of genre tv series including _The Dead Zone_ (2002),
    died on 1 July aged 75. [LP]
    _Ralph Lundsten_ (1936-2023), Swedish electronic composer strongly inspired by sf -- with composition titles including 'Alpha Ralpha
    Boulevard' and 'The Dream Master' -- died on 5 July aged 86. [J-HH]
    _Juliette Mayniel_ (1936-2023), French actress who co-starred in _Les
    yeux sans visage_ (_Eyes Without a Face,_ 1960), died on 21 July aged 87.
    _Charles E. Noad_, a mainstay of the UK Tolkien Society who proofread
    most of the posthumous Tolkien volumes, was found dead on 13 July. [F770]
    _Patrick Lucien Price_, US game designer and editor who worked on
    _D&D_ revisions at TSR from 1980 and in 1986 replaced George Scithers as
    editor of _Amazing Stories_, reportedly died in July. [PDF]
    _Christian Quadflieg_ (1945-2023), Swedish-born German actor whose
    credits include _Star Maidens_ (1976), died on 16 July aged 78.
    _Allan Scott_ (1952-2023), UK author who began publishing sf in the
    OUSFG zine _Sfinx_ in 1970 and whose first novel was _The Ice King_ (1986,
    US title _Burial Rites_) with Michael Scott Rohan -- published as by
    Michael Scot -- died on 17 July aged 70. Another old friend and long-time member of the Pieria writers' group gone. He is survived by his wife
    Rosemary Muntus, to whom all sympathy.
    _Sergey Seryogin_ (1967-2023), Russian animator who directed the children's sf film _Alice's Birthday_ (2009) and the fantasy series _Tayna Sukharevoy bashni_ (_The Mystery of Sukharev Tower_, 2010-2013; 2015), died
    on 14 July aged 56. [AM]
    _Inga Swenson_ (1932-2023), US actress in _Earth II_ (1971) and _Bay Cove[n]_ (1987), died on 23 July aged 90. [SJ]
    _Gregg Trend_, US fan and artist active in various APAs, who edited
    issues of the Wayne Third Foundation fanzine _Seldon's Plan_, died on 16
    July. [SB]
    _Lawrence Turman_ (1926-2023), US producer whose films include
    _Caveman_ (1981), _The Thing_ (1982) and _Short Circuit_ (1986 plus
    sequel), died on 1 July aged 96. [AIP]
    _Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr_ (1946-2023), US comics historian active in 1970s fandom, who republished much rare artwork in his _Vadeboncoeur Collection
    of ImageS_ and _Black & White ImageS_ series, died on 7 July aged 76. [AIP]
    _Sydney J. Van Scyoc_ (Sydney Joyce Brown, 1939-2023), US author
    active in sf magazines from the early 1960s -- her first of many novels was _Saltflower_ (1971) -- died on 17 June aged 83. [L]
    _Jimmy Weldon_ (1923-2023), US actor in _The Phantom Planet_ (1961), _Super Friends_ (voice 1978-1983), _Americathon_ (1979) and others, died on
    6 July aged 99. [LP]

    FULL MARX FOR AMBITION. On the television series _I'm a Virgo_: 'Boots
    Riley's show about a 13ft teen is so boundlessly, brilliantly radical it
    could not just kill off the superhero genre -- but help bring down the
    entire capitalist system'. (_Guardian_, 10 July)

    MORE AWARDS. _Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award:_ Josephine Saxton. [RHo]
    _Prometheus_ (libertarian): Dave Freer, _Cloud-Castles_.
    _Scribe_ (media tie) novel winners: SPECULATIVE _Star Trek: Strange
    New Worlds: The High Country_ by John Jackson Miller. GRAPHIC _Kolchak: The Night Stalker_. YA/MIDDLE GRADE _Squirrel Girl: Universe_ by Tristan
    Palmgren. [L]
    _Sam Moskowitz Archive Award:_ John L. Coker III.
    _Shirley Jackson_ (suspense etc) novel winners, a tie: _The Devil
    Takes You Home_ by Gabino Iglesias and _Where I End_ by Sophie White.
    _Wales Book of the Year:_ overall winner was the fantasy-tinged
    _Drift_ by Caryl Lewis. [L]

    WE ARE EVERYWHERE. Dealing with a US 'sovereign citizen' using his own
    made-up nation's international driving licence, insurance and passport, a Michigan District Court judge cited both 'Jabberwocky' and the Lewis
    Padgett sf story 'Mimsy Were the Borogoves' as analogies for the general meaninglessness of it all. (Rec.arts.sf.written, 1 July) [AL]

    RANDOM FANDOM. _Brand X vs The X-Men:_ 'Prof. Charles Xavier is filing a lawsuit against Elon Musk amidst Twitter's rebranding to "X".'
    (@HailEternal, 23 July) [JG]
    _The Chengdu Worldcon_ had a glitch in early July when their 'set up/testing process' published a non-final version of the Hugo ballot on the website. This was hastily withdrawn, with requests to fan sites to remove
    posts copying the contents of this list; not everyone complied. The real
    ballot that appeared on 7 July was not in fact hugely different.
    _The Unofficial Hugo Book Club blog_ sternly advises us all: 'I have
    to encourage everyone not to evaluate the fanzines fairly or maturely. / Reasonable and considered choices will unfairly privilege competent and sensible candidates for awards.' (Twitter, 8 July)

    MAGAZINE SCENE. Authors have reported worryingly slow response from the venerable _F&SF_: Aimee Ogden expressed public disappointment at still
    having no contract for stories accepted in March and June 2022 (Twitter, 18 July). Publisher Gordon Van Gelder acknowledged there are problems, partly because '_F&SF_ has overcommitted on acceptances, and is very overstocked'.
    A catch-up is hoped, though with an ominous hint that the current magazine policy of payment on acceptance and issue of contract may change to payment
    on publication. (Writer Beware, 25 July)
    _Heavy Metal_ (founded 1977) will not after all be relaunched this
    month by Massive Publishing, which funded and distributed the April 2023
    issue but has since cancelled the deal. (Bleeding Cool, 17 July) [RHa/PS-P]

    THE DEAD PAST. _30 Years Ago:_ 'Pat Cadigan, voice of moderation, supplies another soundbite: "Nobody tells me I can't puke on a few fans if I want
    to!"' (_Ansible_ 73, August 1993)
    _10 Years Ago:_ 'There was much Schadenfreude at the news that a UK
    artist who made a papier-mache sculpture from comics found in a skip
    (including a first edition of _The Avengers_) had transformed their value
    from GBP20,000-GBP50,000 to Not Very Much At All. (BBC)' (_Ansible_ 313,
    August 2013)

    AWARD SHORTLISTS, novels only. _British Fantasy:_ HOLDSTOCK (fantasy) _The
    Bone Orchard_ by Sara A. Mueller; _Cast Long Shadows_ by Cat Hellisen; _Glitterati_ by Oliver K. Langmead; _The Oleander Sword_ by Tasha Suri;
    _Path of War_ by David Green; _The Spear Cuts Through Water_ by Simon
    Jimenez. DERLETH (horror) _Full Immersion_ by Gemma Amor; _The Hollows_ by Daniel Church; _Just Like Home_ by Sarah Gailey; _Miracle Growth_ by Tim Mendees; _Sundial_ by Catriona Ward. See britishfantasysociety.org/british-fantasy-award-shortlists for the rest.
    _World Fantasy:_ _Saint Death's Daughter_ by C.S.E. Cooney; _Spear_ by Nicola Griffith; _The Ballad of Perilous Graves_ by Alex Jennings; _Babel_
    by R.F. Kuang; _Siren Queen_ by Nghi Vo. For the other WFA categories see wfc2023.org/2022-world-fantasy-awards.

    FANFUNDERY. _TransAtlantic Fan Fund:_ Sandra Bond muses, 'To be a TAFF
    delegate is to submit yourself to becoming the subject of a monstrous game
    of pass-the-parcel; you make a journey, the music stops, and each of your
    hosts tears off a layer of your mental integument, like the alien machine
    in Sheckley's "Hands Off"; until your trip concludes and you are sent home, snivelling and naked-raw, and expected to pick up the fragmented routine of your life as though the gaudy maelstrom of the last several weeks had never been. / Is this why so many TAFF winners gafiate straight afterwards?'
    The latest free ebook on the TAFF site is _1965: The Second UK
    Worldcon_ compiled by Rob Hansen, a detailed study of the 1965 London
    Worldcon. Featuring fannish intrigue, drama Hugo melodrama and a Dalek!
    61,500 words, with a simultaneous paperback edition (all proceeds to TAFF).
    See taff.org.uk/ebooks.php?x=1965.

    THOG'S MASTERCLASS._ Osteology Dept._ 'There was a human bone in the
    kingpin's body. A paternal bone.' (Glen Cook, _Whispering Nickel Idols_,
    2005) [BA]
    _The Purple Prose of Cairo._ 'The sun was dying, and its blood
    spattered the sky as it crept into its sepulcher behind the hills.' (Robert Bloch, 'The Cloak', May 1939 _Unknown_) [LP]
    _Dept of Logical Consequences._ 'Jornadesh's mood at this encounter
    with Nemesis was quite indescribable, and no description has survived it.' (Tanith Lee, _Death's Master_, 1979) [BA]
    _Beyond Relativity._ 'Subjectively, however, the knowledge that their life-support vessel had a length of minus nine hundred metres and its total weight subtracted from infinity bred a deep and curious dread.' (Colin
    Kapp, _The Survival Game_, 1976)
    _True Romance Dept._ 'The female form had filled about forty per cent
    of Horatio's waking thoughts ever since his thirteenth birthday, when
    puberty had hit him with all the force of an intercity shuttle.' (Andrew Roberts, _The Aachen Memorandum_, 1995) [NW]
    _Features of Light and Darkness._ 'As the captain looked up, the
    hooded desk lamp threw his face into ridges of darkness and craggy
    highlights.' (Poul Anderson. _The High Crusade_, 1960) [CW]
    _Bayonet Dept._ 'He now has to wed her, at the sharp end of a
    shotgun.' (E.L. James, _The Missus_, 2023) [KJC]

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    17 August 2023, evening: London Zoom meeting, third Thursday of each month. 'Please share this with people who you know typically come to the Bishop's Finger, but aren't on Facebook.' https://bohemiancoast.medium.com/first-thursday-london-sf-fan-virtual-drinks-5232021e961f

    MAGAZINE SCENE II. Many thanks to Andy Cox for sending _Black Static_
    82/83, which arrived in mid-July and which confirms on the contents page
    that this is -- alas -- 'the final Black Static'. Happy retirement, Andy.
    _Fantasy Magazine_ will cease publication with the October 2023 issue,
    say editors Christie Yant and Arley Sorg in their August editorial. 'Unfortunately _Fantasy_ never reached a point of paying for itself, and
    with the Kindle Periodicals mess it's just not sustainable.'

    EDITORIAL. Last issue was a pain to produce as far as the printed copies
    were concerned. The formerly reliable Big Inkjet Printer got terminally
    clogged and wouldn't do black properly despite numerous self-cleans. Most
    pages were thus run off on the grotty old HP LaserJet which adds gratuitous bands of speckling. This is the first _Ansible_ to be printed on a much
    newer LaserJet that to my amazement can be set to print one side, suck the paper back in, and at once print the other side. I've never before had a printer that could do that, and am nervously wondering what might go
    horribly wrong with technology barely (at least to me) distinguishable from magic.... _[Later: it all worked!]_

    RIP II -- LATE AND LAST-MINUTE REPORTS. _Betty Ann Cain Bruno_ (1931-2023),
    an uncredited Munchkin in _The Wizard of Oz_ (1939), died on 30 July aged
    91. [LP]
    _Dennis R. Caro_ (1944-2021), US author whose first novel was _The Man
    in the Darksuit_ (1980), died on 2 November 2021 aged 76.
    _Herbert Crowder_ (1925-2022), US author of _Ambush at Osirak_ (1988)
    and other technothrillers, died on 2 September 2022 aged 97. [DB]
    _Pee-wee Herman_ (Paul Reubens, 1952-2023), US comedian and actor
    whose genre credits include _Flight of the Navigator_ (1986), _Batman
    Returns_ (1992), _The Nightmare Before Christmas_ (1993) and _Tron:
    Uprising_ (2012-2013), died on 30 July aged 70. [LP]
    _Hitoshi Yoshioka_ (1960-2023), prolific Japanese author, several of
    whose sf/fantasy works were adapted as anime, died on 13 January aged 62. [JonC]

    seen anything like the upcoming _Death Stranding_ movie, according to its producer.' _Adam Roberts:_ 'Adam Roberts's new novel will entirely
    supersede all previous fiction, putting _War and Peace_, _Middlemarch_ and
    _A La Recherche_ in the dustbin, according to its author.' (27 July)

    SOME LINKS from the _Ansible_ home page.
    Hugo finalists https://en.chengduworldcon.com/news3_35_95_32_66_76_50/125.html
    Shirley Jackson Awards winners https://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/2022-shirley-jackson-awards-winners/
    Ursula K. Le Guin Prize finalists https://electricliterature.com/announcing-the-2023-shortlist-for-the-ursula-k-le-guin-prize-for-fiction/

    THOG'S GOLDEN OLDIES from _Ansible_ 193, August 2003. _Relativity Dept._ 'London was a city of ghosts, some deader than others.' (Mark Billingham, _Scaredy Cat_, 2002)
    _Dept of Sexy Cars for Sexy People._ 'He appreciated the fact that the woman who walked beside him was young and virile by her carriage.' (Russell Thorndike, _Dr. Syn Returns_, 1935)
    _Dept of Unfortunate Juxtaposition._ 'And they had a wonderful sail on
    the dancing trimaran all the way around Acadia Park Island and back to a
    great clam dinner. That night in bed afterwards Loolie brought it up
    again.' (James Tiptree Jr, 'Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket', 1972)

    _Ansible_(R) 433 (C) David Langford, 2023. Thanks to Brian Ameringen,
    Sandra Bond, Dirk Broer, KJ Charles, Jonathan Clements, John Clute, Peter Coleborn, Paul Di Filippo, _File 770_, Janice Gelb, Rob Hansen, John-Henri Holmberg, Rich Horton, Cristian Lazarescu, _Locus_, Andrew Love, Andrey Meshavkin, Lawrence Person, Andrew I. Porter, _Private Eye_, Steven H
    Silver, Phil Stephensen-Payne, Harry Turtledove, Nick Watkins, Charles
    Wingate, Peter D. Wrobel, and as always our Hero Distributors: Durdles
    Books (Birmingham SF Group), SCIS/Prophecy and Alan Stewart (Australia).

    1 August 2023

    David Langford | http://ansible.uk/ | http://news.ansible.uk/

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