Two Days Left in Bradbury Auction

A little over two days remains on the Nate D. Sanders auction of the Bradbury estate.

Everyone seems to find something appealing in the catalog, and not what one might expect. There have been three bids on a brick from the home of Edgar Allan Poe that Bradbury owned, the latest for $1,183.

At this hour the bidding on Ray Bradbury’s Retro Hugo is up to $7,321.

Yet there have been no bids on the plaque given Bradbury when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Of course, that may be because they want $15,000 for it.)

The Guardian’s Alison Flood wrote an entire article about George Bernard Shaw’s spade, once owned by the man Bradbury called “the greatest playwright of our century.”

Bradbury, a lifelong fan of Shaw’s, was given the spade as a Christmas present. Shaw had used the tool to plant a mulberry tree on his 80th birthday, in 1936. In the lengthy, unpublished poem, titled GBS and the Spade, Bradbury wrote of how, holding it, he could feel the Nobel laureate’s influence:

I hold the dear spade in my hands,
Its vibrant lightnings strike and move along my arms,
The ghost of Shaw climbs up through me
I feel a fiery brambling of chin
I feel my spine
Stand straight as if a lightning bolt had struck
His old voice whispers in my ear, dear boy
Find Troy, go on, dig deep, find Troy, find Troy!

Dean Ellis Illustrated Man COMPA sterling silver tray Bradbury was given when he was GoH of the 1986 Worldcon currently has a top bid of $500.

And the item I’d be most interested in owning, the Dean Ellis painting published as from the cover of The Illustrated Man, has attracted 13 bids. At the moment it’s going for $27,583.

Classic FMZ at NY Art Book Fair 9/26

Tattooed Dragon Meets Wolfman“The Tattooed Dragon Meets The Wolfman: Lenny Kaye’s Science Fiction Fanzines 1941-1970” curated by Johan Kugelberg will be exhibited by Boo-Hooray at the NY Art Book Fair from September 26-28.

Lenny Kaye, who gained fame as a guitarist for The Patti Smith Group, and through his work on the compilation album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedlic Era, 1965-1968, first was a Sixties fanzine fan. He published Obelisk, Sadistic Sphinx, Hieroglyph, and Pharoah, and belonged to the Spectator Amateur Press Society. Come see his collection this weekend.

How Bill Rotsler’s hand-stenciled cover for a 1960 issue of his fanzine Tattooed Dragon became the exhibit’s icon is nowhere answered, but the phrase is the kind of quasi-referential nonsense beloved by fans of that era. (Like my APA-L zine named Galactic Jive Tales.) It’s certainly an attention-getting choice.

As for the art, I’m sure there are readers of this blog that recognized the work as Rotsler’s as soon as they saw it.

Boo-Hooray’s post about the exhibit includes many images of the more graphically ambitious mimeo (and hekto!) fanzine covers from the era.

The exhibit also gives its name to a 196-page small press edition of essays about fandom and fanzine art reproductions which they will happily sell you for $40.

Exhibit curator Johan Kugelberg founded Boo-Hooray in 2010 to support the archival work he began as a collector and enthusiast. He has created comprehensive collections in the fields of punk, hip hop, and counter-culture, focusing on printed works, ephemera, photography, and book arts.

The NY Art Book Fair takes place at MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. There will be over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers, from 28 countries. Over 27,000 people attended last year’s fair.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

2014 Karel Capek Prize

The Cena Karla Capka 2014 was given at Parcon-Istrocon in Bratislava this past weekend.

My software will not reproduce all of the special characters. The link above will take you to the award page in the original language. Or you can make do with the list of winners that follows the jump which is accompanied by a Google Translate rendering in English.

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Two More Volumes of Ellison Soon To Be Published

A pair of Harlan Ellison collections, one fiction and one nonfiction, are approaching the launching pad.

Subterranean Press is readying The Top of the Volcano: the Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, with the 23 stories that have won Harlan the most hardware. Michael Whelan will provide the dustjacket art.

Table of Contents

  • ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
  • The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • The Region Between
  • Basilisk
  • The Deathbird
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54’ N, Longitude 77° 00’ 13” W 225
  • Croatoan
  • Jeffty is Five
  • Count the Clock That Tells the Time
  • Djinn, No Chaser
  • Paladin of the Lost Hour
  • With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole
  • Soft Monkey
  • Eidolons
  • The Function of Dream Sleep
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore
  • Mefisto in Onyx
  • Chatting with Anubis
  • The Human Operators with A.E. Van Vogt
  • How Interesting: A Tiny Man

Then, Harlan Ellison’s Endlessly Watching will soon be available from Harlan Ellison Books. It’s a follow-on to Ellison’s 1989 Stoker Award-winning book of film criticism, assembling the 35th through 50th installments of his column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction plus other comments, reviews, opinions, panegyrics and rages never gathered in one place.

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Bringing “u” To The U.S.

Klingon TheOpera“u” the Klingon opera has been performed in Europe since 2010. Now the creative team is drumming up interest in a 2015 U.S. tour via its website and Facebook.

The libretto of “u” is taken from the story of Kahless the unforgettable.

Betrayed by his brother and witness to his father’s brutal slaying, Kahless is pitted against his bitter enemy the mighty tyrant Molor. To regain his honor he must travel into the underworld, create the first Bat’leth, be united with his true love the lady Lukara and fight many epic battles.

“u” was composed by Eef van Breen to a libretto by Kees Ligtelijn and Marc Okrand (the leading Klingon linguist) under the artistic direction of Floris Schönfeld. The music is performed on “indigenous Klingon instruments.”

Klingon instruments used in the opera "u".

Klingon instruments used in the opera “u”.

Here’s a clip.

[Thanks to Francis Hamit for the story.]

2014 Utopiales Shortlist

PRIX_3Finalists for 2014 European Utopiales Prize have been announced. Given by the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, the prize rewards a novel, or a collection, published in French during the eligibility period whose author is a citizen of a country belonging to the European Community. The prize has a cash value of 2000 euros.

  • 7 secondes pour devenir un aigle by Thomas Day, Éditions Le Bélial
  • Juste à temps by Philippe Curval, Éditions La Volte
  • L’Opéra de Shaya by Sylvie Lainé, Éditions Actusf
  • La longue terre by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, Éditions L’Atalante
  • Sumerki by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Éditions L’Atalante

The award jury includes Jean-Pierre Dionnet (writer, scriptwriter and journalist), Florence Porcel (writer, journalist and actress) and Guillaume Choplin (reader).

[ Via Europa SF.]

770 Pound Colossal Squid

If it had been a 769-pound squid I’d never have heard about it.

But fishermen have turned over to scientists a 770-pound colossal squid they caught in Antarctic waters, believed to be only the second intact specimen ever found.

It is a different species from the giant squid which Cheryl Morgan used to write about on the theory that it would boost her blog’s hit count.

Does the colossal squid have that same black magic? I’ll soon know. In any case, researchers are awfully happy with their find:

“This one had two perfect eyes,” scientist Kat Bolstad from Auckland University of Technology who led the examination told AFP.

“They have very large and very delicate eyes because they live in the deep sea. It’s very rare to see an eye in good condition at all.”

Measurements revealed the animal’s eye was 35 centimetres (14 inches) in diameter, and confirmed that the specimen was a female….

“This was by far the most perfect colossal squid that I have seen.”

Persistence of Lovecraft

HPL filmWhat is your take on Lovecraft?

As World Fantasy Con approaches some authors are suffering paroxysms of disgust at the prospect of winning an award in the likeness of notorious racist H.P. Lovecraft.

Meanwhile, others are planning to spend the September 26 weekend celebrating HPL’s impact on the horror genre at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & ChthulhuCon in Los Angeles.

The fifth annual festival takes place at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. This year’s theme is “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Writers Anthony Parker, Cody Goodfellow, Gary Myers, John Shirley, Joshua Hoffine, Leslie S. Klinger, Michael Tice and Nancy Holder will be on hand.

The LA event is an offshoot of a festival that started almost 20 years ago in Portland, Oregon. It’s locally sponsored by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID), the Grand Vision Foundation, and Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.

Besides films, on Sunday there will be a “sanity-blasting Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast” led by the High Priest of the Esoteric Order of Dagon. Those who survive will spend the balance of the day playing Lovecraft-themed games.

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Bonus Birthday Boy 9/21

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

Born September 21, 1912: Animation legend Chuck Jones, known for his work with Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, and one very talented musical frog.

I recently took my daughter, Sierra, to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA. It’s open six days a week and every Saturday kids of all ages are invited to “Drop In and Draw” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is a large exhibit of art inspired by Jones’ cartoons, much of it for sale by the artists. Sierra enjoyed that far more than I’d have predicted.

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Two SMOFcon Scholarships Offered

CanSMOF Inc. is taking applications for two scholarships of up to 500 CAD each to help conrunners defray the cost of attending SMOFCon 32, being held in Manhattan Beach, CA December 5-7.

One scholarship is open to Canadian citizens or residents; the other is open to all. Eligible applicants will be automatically considered for both scholarships. Preference will be given to fans who have not previously attended a SMOFCon. Click the link for the application form.