• Ansible 411 -- October 2011

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    TOM CRUISE was the subject of an admiring _Guardian_ profile, with a pen-portrait that presumably captures his science-fictional essence: 'He is
    a wisp of stardust blowing across a barren nebula.' (23 August) [PE]

    JIM HENSON's former London home is now marked with a blue plaque for the 'Creator of the Muppets'. (_Guardian_, 7 September) [AIP] Meanwhile _Slate_ published an opinion piece splendidly titled 'We Need a Muppet Version of _Frankenstein_'. (11 September) [RB] With Miss Piggy inevitably cast as
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

    JAMES MCAVOY received 'good advice for starring in projects like _Dune_
    from _Farscape_ actress Claudia Black. "It was at the L.A. premiere of _Children of Dune_, and she said to me, that the thing with this shit, i.e. science fiction, is that you have to believe it more than you believe good writing. [...] Good writing, you can just do. It's easier. But this stuff
    is hard, because it's so bonkers...."' (_IndieWire_, 28 September) [BT]

    GRAHAM MASTERTON has been honoured in Warsaw as the latest of the city's 600-odd bronze dwarf statues, showing him with a pointy hat and a copy of
    his horror novel _The Manitou_ -- a Polish bestseller. [HWA]

    NICK PARK was exceedingly pleased to unveil a new bronze bench/statue in Preston featuring his creations Wallace and Gromit in a scene from _The
    Wrong Trousers_. (_Lancashire Post_, 10 September; all UK media)

    IAN WHATES of NewCon Press couldn't attend Fantasycon as a guest of honour
    in September, owing to 'a medical condition requiring swift attention' in
    the form of surgery. (23 September) Get well soon!


    ONLINE. 8-10 Oct [] IRISH DISCWORLD CONVENTION, formerly Cork International Hotel, Cork. Euro30 reg; Euro40 with extras. See idwcon.org.

    15-17 Oct [] LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL, Kendal, Cumbria. GBP25 reg; GBP15 concessions. See www.comicartfestival.com.

    16 Oct [] BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON (_Doctor Who_), The King's House,
    Ampthill Road, Bedford. Details at bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk.

    19-26 Oct [] SCI-FI LONDON (film festival), Stratford Picturehouse,
    Stratford, London. See sci-fi-london.com/info/.

    SOLD OUT. 21-24 Oct [] CELLULOID SCREAMS (horror film festival), Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. See tickets link at celluloidscreams.co.uk.

    21-31 Oct [] EDINBURGH HORROR FESTIVAL: Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
    Dungeon, Lauriston Castle. See www.edhorrorfest.co.uk.

    ONLINE. 22-24 Oct [] THE INEFFABLE CON 3 (_Good Omens_). Ticket price: what
    you will (for charity). See theineffablecon.org.uk.

    23 Oct [] TR25 'celebrating 25 years of _Tomb Raider_', QUAD Centre, Derby. From 11am. Tickets GBP25. See www.derbyquad.co.uk/TR25.

    29-31 Oct [] FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILMS, Pendulum Hotel, Manchester. GBP99 reg. More at fantastic-films.com/festival/.

    29-30 Oct [] FRIGHTFEST (film), Cineworld, Leicester Square, London.
    Tickets at www.frightfest.co.uk/filmsandevents.html from 2 October.

    HYBRID. 30 Oct [] BRISTOLCON, Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, Bristol. _Now GBP30
    reg; concessions GBP20_ (GBP35/GBP25 at door). See www.bristolcon.org.

    30 Oct [] HALLOWE'EN HORRORS (writing workshops), QUAD Centre, Derby. GBP32 reg. See www.derbyquad.co.uk/HalloweenHorrors.

    30-31 Oct [] SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL, Epsom. Weekend pass GBP20 plus fee
    at bumpandthumper.wixsite.com/steampunkconvivials.

    5-7 Nov [] ARMADACON 2021, Future Inns, Plymouth. GBP35 reg; GBP30
    concessions. More at www.armadacon.org.

    HYBRID. 5-7 Nov [] CORFLU 38, Mercure Holland Hotel, Bristol. _Now
    GBP60/$75 reg_; virtual (Zoom) membership free via robjackson60 at gmail
    dot com. Hotel booking form etc at corflu.org.

    CANCELLED. 11-14 Nov [] CAMP SFW, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth.
    This event quietly vanished from www.scifiweekender.com, now listing only
    21-24 April 2022 (sold out) and 10-13 November 2022.

    26-28 Nov [] UK GHOST STORY FESTIVAL, QUAD Centre, Derby. GBP60 reg; for individual event tickets see www.derbyquad.co.uk/UKGSF2021.

    15-19 Dec [] DISCON III (Worldcon), Washington DC, USA. _Now $275 reg; YA
    $140; virtual $90;_ supp $50; other rates at discon3.org.

    11-13 Feb 2022 [] SCI-FI BALL (media), Southampton. Tickets from GBP145
    (GBP35 child) plus various more expensive options at scifiball.com.

    20-22 Aug 2022 [] TITANCON, Hilton Hotel, Belfast. Guests of Honour
    Jeannette Ng, Robert Sawyer, Jodi Taylor. 'Early bird' membership GBP30;
    GBP35 from 1 January; GBP40 from 1 May. More at titancon.com.

    16-19 Sep 2022 [] FANTASYCON 2022, Park Inn, Heathrow. GBP80 reg (BFS
    members GBP70) until the end of 2021. See www.fantasycon.org

    RUMBLINGS. _Eastercon 2023:_ 'Conversation' is a new bid chaired by
    Caroline Mullan, for an event with both physical and virtual elements.


    AS OTHERS REASSURE US about the _Foundation_ tv series: 'As the Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman writes in his introduction to the Folio Society's edition of the original _Foundation_ trilogy, Isaac Asimov's
    great saga is "not exactly science fiction ... _[the]_ novels are about
    people, not gadgets".' (Tortoise Media culture digest, September) [CM]

    AWARDS. _Booker Prize_ shortlist: of genre interest is _Bewilderment_ by Richard Powers. [L]
    _Clarke:_ _The Animals in That Country_ by Laura Jean McKay.
    _Dwarf Star_ (poem 1-10 lines): 'Yes, Antimatter Is Real' by Holly Lyn Walrath (_Analog_ 9/20). [L]
    _Otherwise_ (was the Tiptree Award): "Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon" by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald (in _Dominion: An Anthology
    of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora_, 2020).
    _Women's Prize for Fiction_ (not genre-specific; GBP30,000 awarded): _Piranesi_ by Susanna Clarke.

    THE WEED OF CRIME. 4,996 genre comics, pulps and Big Little Books were
    stolen from the Robert M. Ervin Jr. Collection at Florida State University between 17 March 2020 and 20 February 2021 (_New Antiquarian_, 14
    September). See tinyurl.com/8s3ycmzk for details and full list. [EO]

    AS OTHERS STERNLY QUESTION US. _Interviewer:_ 'Imaginative storytelling is sometimes portrayed as outmoded or even ethically suspect amid the rise of autofiction and concerns over cultural appropriation. Do you feel as if
    you're defending its virtues?' _Anthony Doerr:_ 'I don't live in New York
    City; I live in Idaho, where many of us are readers and really bright
    people but just aren't in that literary zeitgeist and so don't deal with
    those anxieties.' (_Guardian_, 18 September) [GD]

    R.I.P. _Douglas (Doug) Barbour_ (1940-2021), Canadian academic, poet and
    critic who wrote _Worlds Out of Words: The SF Novels of Samuel R. Delany_ (1979) and coedited _Tesseracts 2_ (1987) with Phyllis Gotlieb, died on 21 September aged 81. [BRG] He reviewed for _Algol_, _Foundation_, _NYRSF_, _Riverside Quarterly_, _SF Commentary_, _Vector_ and others.
    _Graham Garfield Barnard_ (1962-2021), Australian producer with
    credits for tv horror shows _Anthology of Interest_ (2006-2017) and _The Schlocky Horror Picture Show_ (2007-2019) -- hosting the latter as Nigel Honeybone -- died on 16 September aged 59. [MD]
    _Edward Barnes_ (1928-2021), head of BBC children's tv 1978-1986, died
    on 7 September aged 92; relevant genre shows include _Rentaghost_
    (1976-1984) and _The Chronicles of Narnia_ (1988-1990). [AIP]
    _William Beck_ (1937-2021) US special effects model-maker with credits from _The Empire Strikes Back_ (1980) to _The Phantom Menace_ (1999), died
    on 19 September aged 84. SJ
    _Fran Bennett_ (1937-2021), US actress in _Quantum Leap_ (1991-1992)
    plus other genre tv series, _Wes Craven's New Nightmare_ (1994), _Crazy as Hell_ (2002) and _The Manor_ (2021), died on 12 September aged 84. [SJ]
    _Ben Best_ (1974-2021), US actor in _Land of the Lost_ (2009) who
    scripted _Your Highness_ (2011), died on 12 September aged 46.
    _Carol Carr_ (1938-2021), US fan (active from the early 1960s) and sf author whose work in both capacities appears in _Carol Carr: The Collected Writings_ (2013), died on 1 September aged 82. [RL] She was married to
    Terry Carr until his death in 1987, and since 2000 to Robert Lichtman, to
    whom all sympathy.
    _Nino Castelnuovo_ (1936-2021), Italian actor in _The Creatures_
    (1966) and _Star Odyssey_ (1979), died on 6 September aged 84. [SJ]
    _John Challis_ (1942-2021) UK actor in _Where Has Poor Mickey Gone?_ (1964), _Dracula_ (1974) and _Doctor Who_ ('The Seeds of Doom' 1976), died
    on 19 September aged 79. [SJ]
    _Carlo Chendi_ (1933-2021), Italian cartoonist who created hundreds of authorized Disney-character stories for Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, died on
    12 September aged 88. [PDF]
    _Don Collier_ (1928-2021), US actor in _The Cellar_ (1988), died on 13 September aged 92. [SJ]
    _Michael Constantine_ (1927-2021), Greek-US actor in _The Night that Panicked America_ (1975), _Thinner_ (1996) and assorted genre tv series,
    died on 31 August aged 94. [LP]
    _Robert (Bob) Couttie_, UK screenwriter for _Future War_ (1992, in
    which he acted) and _Doomsdayer_ (2000), died on 21 September aged 70.
    _J. Randolph Cox_ (1936-2021), Munsey Award-winning US expert on crime
    and dime-novel fiction whose _Man of Magic and Mystery_ (1989) is a biblio-biography of Walter Gibson -- creator of The Shadow -- died on 14 September. [SL]
    _Stephen Critchlow_ (1967-2021), UK actor in _The Infinite Worlds of
    H.G. Wells_ (2001) and _Journey to the Centre of the Earth_ (2017) -- plus voice work for videogames and _Doctor Who_/_Torchwood_ audio dramas -- died
    on 19 September aged 54. [SJ]
    _Tim Donnelly_ (1944-2021), US actor in _The Death of Ocean View Park_ (1979) and _Parts: The Clonus Horror_ (1979), died on 19 September aged 77. [LP]
    _Robert Fyfe_ (1931-2021), Scots actor in _Cloud Atlas_ (2012) and
    _Pride and Prejudice and Zombies_ (2016), died on 22 September aged 90.
    _Willie Garson_ (1964-2021), US actor in _Repossessed_ (1990), _Mars Attacks!_ (1996), _What Planet Are You From?_ (2000) and genre tv series including _Supergirl_ (2019-2020), died on 21 September aged 57. [MR]
    _Judith Hanna_, Australian fan in London since the early 1980s, whose fanzines included _Shallow End_ with various others and _Fuck the Tories_
    and _International Revolutionary Gardener_ with Joseph Nicholas -- her
    husband since 1983 -- died on 6 September. [JN] All sympathy to Joseph.
    Judith was an old friend.
    _Sondra James_ (1939-2021), US actress in _Ice Age: Continental Drift_ (2012), _Spider-Man: Homecoming_ (2017), _Joker_ (2019) and others, died on
    12 September aged 82. [SJ]
    _Anne Joliffe_ (1933-2021), Australian animator who worked on _The Beatles_ (1965-1967), _Yellow Submarine_ (1968) and _Grendel Grendel
    Grendel_ (1981), died on 27 August aged 87. [MD]
    _Langdon Jones_ (1942-2021), UK author, editor and musician involved
    with the 1960s _New Worlds_, whose stories are collected as _The Eye of the Lens_ (1972), died in late September. [MM] He edited the New Wave anthology _The New S.F._ (1969) and restored the misedited text of Mervyn Peake's
    _Titus Alone_ to definitive readability. Michael Moorcock adds: 'One of the
    few people of whom it's possible to write: Loved by all.'
    _Irma Kalish_ (1924-2021), US screenwriter and tv producer -- one of
    the first women in the latter role -- with credits for various genre
    series, _Ghost of a Chance_ (1980) and _I Dream of Jeannie ... Fifteen
    Years Later_ (1985), died on 3 September aged 96. [AIP]
    _Tommy Kirk_ (1941-2021), US actor in _The Shaggy Dog_ (1959), _The
    Absent Minded Professor_ (1961), _Son of Flubber_ (1963), _Mars Needs
    Women_ (1968) and others, died on 28 September aged 79. [LP]
    _Denise Lee_ (aka Denise Tyler), US author of 'Sailing the Painted
    Ocean' (1999) and co-editor of the seven-time semiprozine Hugo finalist _Speculations_, died in late September. [GVG]
    _Elizabeth McCann_ (1931-2021), US producer of many Broadway stage
    shows who won nine Tony awards -- two for the long-running _Dracula_ (1977)
    -- died on 9 September aged 90. [AIP]
    _Norm MacDonald_ (1959-2021), Canadian actor in _The Animal_ (2001),
    _The Adventures of Panda Warrior_ (voice, 2012), _Skylanders Academy_
    (voice, 2016-2018), _The Orville_ (2017-2019) and others, died on 14
    September aged 61.
    _Catherine MacPhail_ (1946-2021), Scots author of children's/YA
    fiction including supernatural and fantasy tales such as _Dark Waters_
    (2003) and _Another Me_ (2003), died on 1 September aged 75. [PDF]
    _Ugo Malaguti_ (1945-2021), noted Italian sf author and editor of _Galassia_ magazine whose novels appeared 1963-1970, died on 26 September
    aged 76. [PDF]
    _George Martin_ (1937-2021), Spanish-born US screenwriter and actor in _Island of the Doomed_ (aka _Maneater of Hydra_, 1967) and the later 'Three Supermen' superhero films, died on 1 September aged 83. [SJ]
    _Art Metrano_ (1936-2021), US actor in _History of the World: Part I_ (1981) and several genre tv series including the Marvel-based animation
    _The Thing_ (voice, 1979), died on 8 September aged 84. [LP]
    _Michael Murrin_ (1938-2021), US academic scholar of allegory in epic, romance and fantasy -- a 'dracologist' specializing in the dragon theme
    from _Beowulf_ to Tolkien -- died on 27 July aged 83. [SHS]
    _Peter Palmer_ (1931-2021), US actor in _Li'l Abner_ (title role:
    Broadway 1956, film 1959), _Deep Space_ (1988) and _Edward Scissorhands_ (1990), died on 21 September aged 90. [PDF]
    _Morris Perry_ (1925-2021), UK actor in many genre tv series from
    _City Beneath the Sea_ (1962) and _Out of This World_ (1962) via _Doctor
    Who_ ('Colony in Space' 1971) to _The Dark Side of the Sun_ (1983), died on
    19 September aged 96. [SJ]
    _Jay Sandrich_ (1932-2021), US producer/director -- _Get Smart_ (1965-1966), _Captain Nice_ (1967), _The Ghost & Mrs. Muir_ (1969-1970) --
    died on 22 September aged 89. [SJ]
    _Tony Selby_ (1938-2021), UK character actor in _Ace of Wands_ (1970-1972), _Doctor Who_ ('Trial of a Time Lord' 1986; 'Dragonfire' 1987)
    and _Cockneys vs Zombies_ (2012), died on 5 September aged 83. [PDF]
    _Matthew Strachan_ (1970-2021), UK composer with film credits for _Psychomanteum_ (2018) and _Devil Witch Way_ (forthcoming 2022), died on 8 September aged 50. [SJ]
    _Bill Taylor_ (1944-2021), US visual effects expert, the co-founder of Illusion Arts (1983-2009), with many genre film credits from _Dark Star_
    (1974) via _Blade Runner_ (1982) to _The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor_ (2000), died on 28 August aged 77. [SJ]
    _Mikis Theodorakis_ (1925-2021), Greek composer with genre film
    credits for _The Shadow of the Cat_ (1961) and _The Day the Fish Came Out_ (1967), died on 2 September aged 96. [SJ]
    _Melvin Van Peebles_ (1932-2021), US director of _Watermelon Man_
    (1970) and actor in _Last Action Hero_ (1993), died on 21 September aged
    89. [MMW]
    _Joan Washington_ (1950-2021), Scots voice/dialogue coach with many
    genre credits from _Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes_
    (1984) via _102 Dalmatians_ (2000) to _The Witches_ (2020), died on 1
    September aged 71. [MMW]
    _Charlie Williams_, US fan artist whose cartoons appeared in many
    fanzines including _Challenger_, _File 770_ and _Mimosa_, died on 3
    September. [GHL]
    _Michael K. Williams_ (1966-2021), US actor in _The Devil Goes Down_ (2013), _The Purge: Anarchy_ (2014) and _Lovecraft Country_ (2020), died on
    6 September aged 54. [AIP]
    _Andy Yanchus_ (1944-2021), US colourist for hundreds of Marvel comics including _Alpha Flight_, _Incredible Hulk_, _Doctor Strange_ and _X-Men_,
    died on 11 September aged 77. [PDF]
    See also the overflow section R.I.P. II in digital/online editions

    THE WEAKEST LINK. _Bradley Walsh:_ 'Which of these famous people was born
    in the twentieth century? A: Orson Welles, B: Orville Wright, C: Oscar
    Wilde.' _Contestant:_ 'I think Orville Wright might be something to do with Orville the Duck....' (ITV, _The Chase_) [PE]

    _SF ENCYCLOPEDIA_ LATEST. The official parting from Gollancz (_SFE_ hosts
    since the October 2011 online launch) came on 29 September, and sf-encyclopedia.com is moving from Hachette's web server to its own with,
    we hope, some improvements. Special thanks to the Dublin 2019 Worldcon for
    a generous, well-timed donation to the _SFE_ in September.

    AS OTHERS ... 'Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R -- North Carolina) tweeted "_1984_
    is a great fiction novel to read but it seems like it is becoming the
    reality we are currently living under."' (_The Week_, 27 August) [MMW]

    BRITISH FANTASY AWARDS. FANTASY NOVEL (Holdstock): _The Once and Future Witches_ by Alix E. Harrow. HORROR NOVEL (Derleth): _Mexican Gothic_ by
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia. NOVELLA _Ring Shout_ by P. Djeli Clark. SHORT
    'Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe' by Ida Keogh (_London Centric_).
    COLLECTION _The Watcher in the Woods_ by Charlotte Bond. ANTHOLOGY
    _Dominion_ ed. Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. INDEPENDENT
    PRESS Luna. NON-FICTION _Women Make Horror_ ed. Alison Peirse. MAGAZINE _Strange Horizons_. ARTIST Daniele Serra. COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL _Die Vol. 2: Split the Party_ by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans. AUDIO _The Magnus Archives_. FILM/TV _The Boys_: 'What I Know'. NEWCOMER (Bounds): Kathleen Jennings. SPECIAL (Wagner): Alasdair Stuart.

    FUN IN MILTON KEYNES! The UK 'National Film and Sci-fi Museum' has opened
    -- adult tickets GBP12 from nationalfilmandscifimuseum.com. Knowing that miserable old _Ansible_ would allow him only four lines, James Bacon wrote
    a long appreciation for _File 770_ (11 September).

    AUCTION NEWS. An 1818 first edition of _Frankenstein_ (500 copies only)
    sold for $1,170,000 at Christie's, breaking the world auction record for a printed text by a woman. (_Guardian_, 20 September) [AIP]

    As Others Discover Us. From a review of _AI 2041_ by Dr Kai-Fu Lee and
    Chen Qiufan: 'Together, Lee and Chen have invented a new genre: scientific fiction.' (_The Week_, 1 October) [MMW]

    FANFUNDERY. _TAFF:_ the TransAtlantic Fan fund thanks FANAC (Florida Association for Nucleation And Conventions) for its $500 bounty rewarding
    the publication of John Coxon's trip report _Best. Trip. Ever._

    THOG'S MASTERCLASS. _Neat Tricks._ 'Cascor's brow congealed.' (Matthew
    Hughes, 'The Forlorn', Sep/Oct 2021 _F&SF_) [SaS]
    _Mysteries of Female Anatomy._ 'There was no ring on her left hand,
    and the flatness of her breasts had already suggested that she was
    unmarried.' (Edmund Crispin, _The Moving Toyshop_, 1946)
    _Lockdown Hair Redux._ 'U'len was a massive chunk of middle-aged
    woman, comfortably homely from the wart on the side of her nose that had
    three wiry black hairs projecting from it down to her preposterously
    battered toes ...' (Joel Rosenberg, _Not Exactly the Three Musketeers_,
    1999) [BA]
    _Now Wash Your Hands._ 'This rectum of the alien ship curved
    rightwards, aslosh with steaming cloacal fluids, banded with slowly pulsing purple peristaltic sinew.' (Ian Watson, _Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine_,
    1993) [BA]
    _Unfortunate Name for a House._ 'I'm going to find her if I have to
    shoot up Sperm like a fellah in a Wild West show.' (Garnett Radcliffe, _The Great Orme Terror_, 1934) [ME]

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    THE DEAD PAST. _30 Years Ago_, we had Hazel's UFO Lessons: 'A dictionary of modern Latin is in production at the Vatican, reports the _Evening
    Standard_ (20 September) -- full of vital everyday terms like _coruscans
    discus per convexa caeli volans_, or "flying saucer with flashing
    lights"....' (_Ansible_ 51, October 1991) Also, a note of doom was struck: 'Once again we live amid Signs and Portents. Something is stirring in
    British fandom, something ancient and very terrible, dimly remembered only
    by those wrinkled fans in convention bars who swap their wheezy
    reminiscences of the bad old days. From its grave the age-old horror rises,
    no longer a mere phantasm of darkness but a tangible form revealed in
    leprous morning light, a ghastly revenant whose existence can no longer be denied. Yes ... we have another British worldcon bid which actually seems
    to be doing well. / Meanwhile, it's been a long time since _Ansible_ 50
    [August 1987]. This "second series" of cheapo one-pagers will no doubt
    contain many a news snippet as exciting and novel as the previous sentence.
    The reader is warned.' (_Ansible_ 51, October 1991)

    17 October 2021 (every third Sunday of the month), afternoon/early evening: Sheffield SF and Fantasy Society online meeting using Zoom. For
    access details contact Fran Dowd, thesofa [at] gmail dot com.
    21 October 2021, evening: the virtual London meeting is now on the
    third Thursday. 'Please share this with people who you know typically come
    to the Bishop's Finger, but aren't on Facebook.' https://medium.com/@BohemianCoast/first-thursday-london-sf-fan-virtual-drinks-5232021e961f
    23 October 2021, 7pm London time: Fanac.org Zoom session on UK fan
    history with Keith Freeman and Rob Hansen.

    THE WEAKEST LINK II. A _Jeopardy_ round on Children's Literature featured
    the answer 'A 2000 Library of Congress exhibit called this 1900 work
    "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale."' -- expecting the question 'What is _The Wizard of Oz_?' The contestant opted for _Shrek_.
    (30 September) [AIP]

    EDITORIAL. The hotly contested _Ansible_ no-prize for September goes to
    Pete Young for reporting that the masthead of the incredibly rare print
    edition said _Ansible_ 409 rather than 410. Fortunately I'd spotted this
    before doing the various online versions....
    Another update to that issue: the Handheld Press writing retreat
    (Malvern, 1-4 November) has since been cancelled owing to lack of interest.

    R.I.P. II. _Luis Gaspar_, Spanish actor better known for Westerns than for
    _The Werewolf versus the Vampire Woman_ (1971), _Dr. Jekyll vs. the
    Werewolf_ (1972) and _The Mummy's Revenge_ (1975), died on 21 September.
    _Anna Gaylor_ (1932-2021), French actress in _Shock Treatment_ (1973), _Frankenstein 90_ (1984) and _Les visiteurs_ (1993), died on 21 September
    aged 89. [SJ]
    _Jean Hale_ (1938-2021), US actress in _In Like Flint_ (1967) and
    genre tv series including _Batman_ (1967), died on 3 August aged 82. [SJ]
    _Al Harrington_ (1935-2021), Samoan actor in _Escape from Atlantis_
    (1997) and _DreamKeeper_ (2003), died on 21 September aged 85. [SJ]
    _Basil Hoffman_ (1938-2021), US actor in _Close Encounters of the
    Third Kind_ (1977) and _Communion_ (1989), died on 17 September aged 83.
    _Reuben Klamer_ (1922-2021), US game/toy designer who created the
    phaser rifle for the original _Star Trek_ series, died on 14 September aged
    99. [SJ]

    SOME LINKS from the _Ansible_ home page.
    RIP Judith Hanna https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/12/judith-hanna-obituary
    _SF2 Concatenation_ Autumn 2021 Newscast http://www.concatenation.org/news/news9~21.html
    Sidewise Awards: 2019 and 2020 shortlists http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/
    'We Need a Muppet Version of _Frankenstein_' https://slate.com/technology/2021/09/future-tense-newsletter-muppet-frankenstein-science-ethics.html

    THOG'S GOLDEN OLDIES from _Ansible_ 171, October 2001. 'His mossy, crimson eyebrows threatened to leap off his face and attack at any moment.' (Jayme Lynne Blaschke, 'The Dust', 1998)
    'With one last crushing gesture he crammed his fist to his ears and dropped dead.' 'A rabbit thumped and ran in Timothy's chest.' '"Like
    ghosts?" "Which use people's ears to look out their eyes!"' (all Ray
    Bradbury, _From the Dust Returned_, 2001)
    'Philip retreated into the insect personality, growing almost silent except for his constant cries for help ...' (Robert I. Katz, _Edward
    Maret_, 2001)
    'The last chance to stop the operation had passed by. The die was now cast, if not yet thrown.' (Tom Clancy, _Debt of Honor_, 1994)

    _Ansible_(R) 411 (C) David Langford, 2021. Thanks to Brian Ameringen, Ruth Berman, Gary Dalkin, Paul Di Filippo, Martin Dunne, Martin Edwards, _File
    770_, Bruce Gillespie, Horror Writers Association, Steve Jones, Steve
    Lewis, Robert Lichtman, Guy H. Lillian, _Locus_, Michael Moorcock, Caroline Mullan, Joseph Nicholas, Erica Obey, Lawrence Person, Andrew I. Porter, _Private Eye_, Marcus Rowland, Steven H Silver, Sally Smith, Steven Smith, Bryan Talbot, Gordon Van Gelder, Martin Morse Wooster, and as always our
    Hero Distributors: Durdles Books (Birmingham SF Group), SCIS/Prophecy, and
    Alan Stewart (Australia).

    1 October 2021
    David Langford | http://ansible.uk/ | http://news.ansible.uk/

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  • From Gary McGath@21:1/5 to David Langford on Sat Oct 2 08:40:21 2021
    XPost: uk.people.sf-fans

    On 10/2/21 2:49 AM, David Langford wrote:
    JIM HENSON's former London home is now marked with a blue plaque for the 'Creator of the Muppets'. (_Guardian_, 7 September) [AIP] Meanwhile _Slate_ published an opinion piece splendidly titled 'We Need a Muppet Version of _Frankenstein_'. (11 September) [RB] With Miss Piggy inevitably cast as
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

    We need to work on this. Animal is obvious for the monster, though Gonzo
    is also possible. The title role could go to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and
    Kermit could fit as Henry Clerval. If Miss Piggy is Shelley, who will be Elizabeth? There aren't many female Muppets. Would Piggy do both roles?

    Gary McGath http://www.mcgath.com

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  • From Kevrob@21:1/5 to Gary McGath on Mon Oct 4 18:56:42 2021
    On Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:40:25 AM UTC-4, Gary McGath wrote:
    On 10/2/21 2:49 AM, David Langford wrote:
    JIM HENSON's former London home is now marked with a blue plaque for the 'Creator of the Muppets'. (_Guardian_, 7 September) [AIP] Meanwhile _Slate_ published an opinion piece splendidly titled 'We Need a Muppet Version of _Frankenstein_'. (11 September) [RB] With Miss Piggy inevitably cast as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
    We need to work on this. Animal is obvious for the monster, though Gonzo
    is also possible. The title role could go to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and
    Kermit could fit as Henry Clerval. If Miss Piggy is Shelley, who will be Elizabeth? There aren't many female Muppets. Would Piggy do both roles?


    Wanda of "Wayne & Wanda" as Elizabeth.


    Kevin R

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