Vertlieb: I interviewed
William Shatner for British magazine L’Incroyable
Cinema in the Summer of 1969 at The Playhouse In The Park whilst Star Trek was still in the final days of
its original network run on NBC. My old friend Allan Asherman, who joined Erwin
and I for this once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Captain James Tiberius Kirk,
astutely commented that I had now met all three of our legendary boyhood
“Captains,” which included Jim Kirk (Bill Shatner), Flash Gordon/Buck
Rogers (Larry “Buster” Crabbe), and Buzz Corry, commander of the Space Patrol (Ed Kemmer). It’s funny how
an often-charmed life can include real life friendships with childhood heroes.
hero Buster Crabbe was the special guest at a local Philadelphia nostalgia
convention during the Spring of 1979, and took the trouble to search for me in
the telephone directory. He telephoned my parents’ home and spoke with my
father, asking him if he knew Steve Vertlieb. My dad said that he did, indeed,
know me as I was his son. Buster said that he was in town for a few days, and
asked my dad to have me call him so that we might meet for dinner. It took my
father some thirty minutes to convince me that Buster had really called. I
called him back at his hotel, and we dined the next evening at a restaurant in
Philadelphia’s Chinatown where he playfully dumped some of his dinner into my
own plate, and urged me to “Eat, Eat, Eat.”
with one of my earliest boyhood heroes and role models, Ed Kemmer, who starred
as Commander Buzz Corry of the Space
Patrol, broadcast every Saturday morning on ABC Television and radio in the
early-to-mid 1950’s. After this initial meeting, Ed and I remained friends
through correspondence until his passing. Ed was a great guy. It was a thrill
to meet him finally after some fifty years, and to develop a friendship with
him in the years before he passed.
Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the motion picture and television
nominations for the 30th Annual Producers Guild
Awards on January 4. The full list is at the link.
The winners will be announced January 19 in Los Angeles. At the event, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Toby Emmerich (Milestone Award), Kevin Feige (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Kenya Barris (Visionary Award), and Jane Fonda (Stanley Kramer Award).
2019 nominees of genre interest follow:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Black Panther” Producer: Kevin Feige
“A Quiet Place” Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
“Incredibles 2” Producers: John Walker, Nicole Grindle
“Isle of Dogs” Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Producer: Clark Spencer
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama:
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 2) Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Mike Barker, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Kira Snyder, Yahlin Chang, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Dorothy Fortenberry, Margaret Atwood, Ron Milbauer
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy:
“The Good Place” (Season 3) Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Joe Mande, Megan Amram, David Hyman, Jen Statsky
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures:
“Fahrenheit 451” Producers: Sarah Green, Ramin Bahrani, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, David Coatsworth
“Sense8: Together Until the End” Producers: *EligibilityDetermination Pending*
Láadan, the conlang in Native Tongue, is distinctive for its feminist philosophy: according to Elgin, it focuses on words that efficiently describe “concepts important to women” and “emotional information.” Importantly, Láadan isn’t meant exclusively for women: rather, it is a language constructed with feminist principles in its marrow. For example, the Láadan word “radíidin” is immediately recognizable as a form of emotional labor, the often invisible work that falls primarily to women…
Science fiction is everywhere in 2018. Not just in the form of our favorite movies, books, or TV shows — but even in the actual technology we use in our daily lives.
But the story of sci-fi goes back decades — long before films like Star Wars or 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 1930s and 40s are known as the Golden Age of science fiction. This era, and the people in it, are the subject of Chicago writer Alec Nevala Lee’s latest book.
It’s called “Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction.”
And what tied all of these men together is the sci-fi magazine called Astounding, which in many ways helped create the genre.
Alec Nevala-Lee joined us from our studios at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
There were singalongs, fan meetups and workshops, booths jamming two “marketplace” floors, as well as an avalanche of panels dedicated to such topics as portraying Evan Hansen, 25 years of Disney on Broadway, auditioning, the lives of stage managers, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “Mean Girls.”
…It wasn’t until after her husband filed for divorce that Sherrilyn Kenyon had her blood, nails and hair tested for toxins. The tests found her body contained high levels of lithium, tin, barium, platinum and thorium, the lawsuit said.
After her husband moved out, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s health began to improve.
The lawsuit said Lawrence Kenyon and Plump, who had taken on a more involved role helping coordinate Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book-related events and appearances, worked together to sabotage her career by disparaging fans and industry professionals. Their actions, she claimed, led to the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars and several canceled contracts with her publisher.
… Kenyon is suing for several causes of action, including assault by poisoning, concerted action aiding and abetting, intentional interference with business relationships and invasion of privacy.
When it first emerged more than 30 years ago, cyberpunk was hailed as the most exciting science fiction of the ’80s. The subgenre, developed by a handful of younger writers, told stories of the near future, focusing on the collision of youth subcultures, new computer technologies, and global corporate dominance. It was only ever a small part of the total SF field, but cyberpunk received an outsize amount of attention. Since then, its characteristic tropes have become clichés. By 1992, they could be hilariously parodied by Neal Stephenson in Snow Crash (a novel often mistaken as an example of the subgenre it meant to mock). In 1999, the Wachowskis brought cyberpunk to a mass audience with The Matrix.
Meanwhile, myriad new SF subgenres and microgenres have been discovered or invented, each trying to recapture the excitement cyberpunk once generated. The list is long to the point of parody. There’s steampunk, biopunk, nanopunk, stonepunk, clockpunk, rococopunk, raypunk, nowpunk, atompunk, mannerpunk, salvagepunk, Trumppunk, solarpunk, and sharkpunk (no joke!), among others. Most recently, my Twitter feed has been choked with discussions (and mockery) of hopepunk, after Vox published an article in December announcing its arrival. The term, coined by Alexandra Rowland, was meant to describe fiction that resists dystopian pessimism in favor of “DEMANDING a better, kinder world, and truly believing that we can get there if we care about each other as hard as we possibly can, with every drop of power in our little hearts.”
December, Sarah Gailey livetweeted watching Top
Gun for the first time. The thread starts here.
Top Gun is a heartfelt, moving film about one man’s risky dalliance with heterosexuality. Lieutenant Tom “Maverick” Cruise is introduced to the audience as a glistening, patriotic risk-taker. He just wants to be the best Plane Guy he can be. His ambitious Airplane Moves get him all the way to the TOPGUN program, a school for only the coolest plane guys. Everything is going great for Maverick… until the night before classes begin. He arrives at Miramar, where the TOPGUN program is located, as ominous music plays in the background—Maverick, the score informs us, is on the highway to the danger zone.
That very evening, Maverick’s sassy straight friend, Lieutenant j.g. Goose “Goose” Goose, brings him to a straight bar for an evening of exploration. Goose exhorts the tentative Maverick to “have carnal knowledge—of a lady this time—on the premises.”
(8) CANNIZZO OBIT. Dr.
John K Cannizzo, husband of author Catherine Asaro,
died December 30, 2018 at the age of 61. The family obituary is here.
From Catherine Asaro: I was blessed to have John as my husband for thirty-two years. He truly was a gentle giant with an immense heart and inner strength, the love of my life, the finest human I’ve ever known. I thank all of you who have posted your thoughts here; it helps to ease the great loss of his passing….
From the colleagues of Dr. Cannizzo: …John was a member of the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory in the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, having been at Goddard for 25 years. He was a longtime member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) science team and of the Swift gamma-ray burst telescope….
(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
by Cat Eldridge.]
Born January 15, 1913 – Lloyd Bridges. Though I’m reasonably sure Secret Agent X-9, a 1945 serial, isn’t genre, but I’m listing it anyways because I’m impressed it because it was based on a comic strip by Dashiell Hammett, Leslie Charteris and others. His first SF role as Lost Horizon though uncredited so I don’t trust Wiki on that. He’s the Pilot Col. Floyd Graham in Rocketship X-M, Dr. Doug Standish In Around the World Under the Sea, Aramis in The Fifth Musketeer, Clifford Sterling in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and Grandfather in Peter and the Wolf. His television appearances are too many to list here. (Died 1998.)
Born January 15, 1924 – Dennis Lynds. He only wrote two sf novels, probably pulp ones at that, Lukan War and The Planets of Death, but I’m intrigued that he also penned eight titles of The Shadow from 1964 to 1967 under the Shadow’s author by-line of Maxwell Grant. He also, and I count this as genre, under the name of Robert Hart Davis penned a number of Man from U.N.C.L.E. Novella that all ran in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine. (Died 2005.)
Born January 15, 1935 – Robert Silverberg, 84. I know the first thing I read by him was The Stochastic Man some forty five years ago. After that I’ve read all of the Majipoor series which is quite enjoyable, and I know I’ve read a lot of his short fiction down the years. So what should I have read by him that I haven’t?
Born January 15, 1944 – Christopher Stasheff. A unique blending I’d say of fantasy and SF with a large if excessive dollop of humor. His best known novels are his Warlock in Spite of Himself series. I wrote one that by its title intrigues me — The Feline Wizard! (Died 2018.)
Born January 15, 1965 – James Nesbitt, 54. Best genre role was as Tom Jackman and Hyde in Jekyll which was written by Steven Moffat. He’s also appeared in Fairy Tales, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Outcast. Yes, I know he played Bofur in the Hobbit films. I still consider Jekyll his better by far genre role.
…The President is one of the major faces of the organization, and should be willing to attend events such as the Nebulas and conventions as well as representing SFWA at the other events they’re present at. (When signing up for conventions, I usually pitch a SFWA meeting and/or “What Can SFWA Do For You?” panel, for example.) As such, they do need to bear in mind that anything they say on social media or in interviews may be taken as having “of SFWA” appended to it, whether or not they want it to. The President carries this more than board members, and needs to remember that the membership may interpret something they say jokingly on Twitter as indicating the overall board’s opinion. Having a disclaimer that your opinions are personal and do not represent the organization on places like social media profiles is vital.
A good President will be familiar with the bylaws and OPPM and work to bulletproof the organization against anyone wishing to do it harm. They must work side-by-side with the board, the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director, the financial team, and a slew of volunteers and contractors to make sure that SFWA remains true to its mission while growing and adapting to the evolving and ever-changing publishing landscape.
In order to do that, the President needs to keep an eye on what’s going on–which can be difficult at times, given the volunteer nature of the position and the stressors of life. They need to be available to people who need them or arrange someone to cover them when on vacation. But it’s also usually easy to keep up with things and often just a matter of checking in on the discussion boards and e-mail once or twice a day. I do want to note (from experience) that many e-mails are time sensitive and not paying attention can result in holding things up in a frustrating way for other people….
DURING THE POSTWAR PERIOD, the genres of the fantastic — especially science fiction — have been deeply intertwined with the genres of popular music, especially rock ’n’ roll. Both appeal to youthful audiences, and both make the familiar strange, seeking escape in enchantment and metamorphosis. As Steppenwolf sang in 1968: “Fantasy will set you free […] to the stars away from here.” Two recent books — one a nonfiction survey of 1970s pop music, the other a horror novel about heavy metal — explore this heady intermingling of rock and the fantastic.
As Jason Heller details in his new book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, the magic carpet rides of the youth counterculture encompassed both the amorphous yearnings of acid rock and the hard-edged visions of science fiction. In Heller’s account, virtually all the major rock icons — from Jimi Hendrix to David Crosby, from Pete Townshend to Ian Curtis — were avid SF fans; not only was their music strongly influenced by Heinlein, Clarke, Ballard, and other authors, but it also amounted to a significant body of popular SF in its own right. As Heller shows, many rock stars were aspiring SF writers, while established authors in the field sometimes wrote lyrics for popular bands, and a few became rockers themselves. British fantasist Michael Moorcock, for example, fronted an outfit called The Deep Fix while also penning songs for — and performing with — the space-rock group Hawkwind (once memorably described, by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, as “Star Trek with long hair and drugs”).
This program looks at the careers and manifold influence of The Los Angeles Science-Fiction League’s most famous members: Forrest J. Ackerman, the mainspring of the group, who coined the term “Sci-Fi”; Ray Bradbury, renowned author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451; and Ray Harryhausen, master of stop-motion animation. Extended interviews with all three men and the numerous filmmakers, special effects artists, and NASA researchers they have inspired illuminate how so many of their dreams have become reality.
The deadline for Nebula nominations is only one month away. For some shameful reason, “Bubble and Squeak” by Ctein and myself is not on the SFWA recommended reading list.
To make up for that serious lack of attention, once again, I am making the story available for all readers, but especially members of SFWA who might think the story is worth reading and possibly even worthy of award consideration.
Cern has published its ideas for a £20bn successor to the Large Hadron Collider, given the working name of Future Circular Collider (FCC).
The Geneva based particle physics research centre is proposing an accelerator that is almost four times longer and ten times more powerful.
The aim is to have the FCC hunting for new sub-atomic particles by 2050.
Critics say that the money could be better spent on other research areas such as combating climate change.
But Cern’s Director-General, Prof Fabiola Gianotti described the proposal as “a remarkable accomplishment”.
“It shows the tremendous potential of the FCC to improve our knowledge of fundamental physics and to advance many technologies with a broad impact on society,” she said.
(17) VIDEO OF THE DAY. Keiichi
Matsuda’s Merger on Vimeo:
With automation disrupting centuries-old industries, the professional must reshape and expand their service to add value. Failure is a mindset. It is those who empower themselves with technology who will thrive.
Merger is a new film about the future of work, from cult director/designer Keiichi Matsuda (HYPER-REALITY). Set against the backdrop of AI-run corporations, a tele-operator finds herself caught between virtual and physical reality, human and machine. As she fights for her economic survival, she finds herself immersed in the cult of productivity, in search of the ultimate interface. This short film documents her last 4 minutes on earth.
Susan de Guardiola, Colleen McMahon, Michael
J. Walsh, Jim Meadows, Andrew Porter, Chip Hitchcock, Paul DiFilippo, Cat
Rambo, John King Tarpinian, BravoLimaPoppa3, Rich Horton, JJ, Cat Eldridge,
Steve Davidson, Carl Slaughter, Danny Sichel, Mike Kennedy, and Martin Morse
Wooster for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing
editor of the day StephenfromOttawa.]
By John L. Coker
III: Lottie Levin Robins, who was happily married for 66 years to Jack
Robins (a member of the Futurians, First Fandom and N3F) died peacefully on
November 18, 2018.
Lottie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on September 18,
1915 to immigrant parents from the Ukraine – the last of five children. She graduated high school in 1932. Wrote her first play at age 9 and wanted to
be a writer from that day on. From age
11 to 18 Lottie was published every Saturday in the Winnipeg Free Press Young
Authors pages: letters, essays and a novel.
At 17 she won first prize in a Young Zionist essay contest. At 19, first prize coast-to-coast in the same
contest. At 22, in charge of music and
drama and wrote a daily newsletter and was Assistant Director at an 8-week camp
for 500 children. During that time she
wrote a weekly column for a three provincial Anglo-Jewish newspaper and read
every book in the library about writing.
She also was secretary for her attorney brother, social worker for a
Children’s Bureau and a student nurse at a children’s hospital for a year.
In 1945, Lottie left for Brooklyn where she worked as a medical
assistant for a doctor’s office for 4 years until she met Jack. They
immediately found common interests: writing, photography, classical music and
politics. After dating for only 5 weeks,
they became engaged and were married on December 25, 1949. In 1956, when their children were 3 and 5,
Jack went back to college full-time, attending Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute
on a fellowship where he received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry.
After she and Jack started to take weekly college courses, Lottie was
invited to be an instructor in Adult Education for 5 years, teaching
non-fiction and writing memoirs. She
eventually published in Guideposts,
Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Canadian Writer’s Journal, Saturday Evening Post,
Jack and Jill, McCalls, the New York Times,
and many others. She was Executive
Editor of a two-language magazine, transliterated Yiddish and English for Rodel
Press, and wrote 400 columns for Canadian and USA newspapers.
She had many other interests, including photography, embroidery,
sewing, making dolls, quilting and Persian rugs.
Science Fiction was such an important part of their marriage and
they got to know many of the people who became famous, including Don and Elsie
Wollheim, Isaac Asimov, Fred Pohl, Damon Knight, Sam Moskowitz and others. Jack was the photographer at the SF functions
that they attended, so he was not in many of the pictures. Together, they attended three World SF
Conventions. At one SF conference in
Philadelphia, Jack and Lottie wrote and performed a humorous skit in honor of Don
Lottie celebrated her 103rd birthday last year. She thought of Jack as her loving husband,
encyclopedia, editor and best friend.
When asked about her secret for having lived so long, Lottie would often
replay that Jack was wonderful to live with and they had such an interesting
Lottie is survived by her daughter Lohrainne Janell; her son
Arthur Robins; three grandchildren (Alisa, Amy and Leila); and, three
great-grandchildren (Jordon, Fionah and Jaxon).
an article in First Fandom Annual, 2018,
ed. by John L. Coker III and Jon D. Swartz)
Wide Release:Black Panther Limited Release:Roma Directorial Debut:A Star Is Born Spanish-Language:Roma Australia:Sweet Country United Kingdom: Paddington 2 Best New TV Show:Homecoming Best Returning TV Show:Atlanta
Movies by Genre
Best Action/Adventure Movie 2018:Mission: Impossible -Fallout Best Animated Movie 2018:Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Best Comedy 2018: Eighth Grade Best Comic Book/Graphic Novel Movie 2018:Black Panther Best Documentary 2018:Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Best Drama 2018:BlacKkKlansman Best Foreign-Language Movie 2018:Roma Best Horror Movie 2018:A Quiet Place Best Kids & Family Movie 2018:Paddington 2 Best Musical/Music Movie 2018: A Star Is Born Best Romance Movie 2018:Crazy Rich Asians Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie 2018:Sorry to Bother You Best Thriller 2018: Widows Best Western 2018:The Rider
TV by Genre
Best TV Comedy 2018:Barry Best Comedy Special 2018:Hannah Gadsby: Nanette Best Docuseries 2018:America to Me Best TV Drama 2018:Cobra Kai Best TV Horror 2018:The Terror Best Miniseries, Limited Series & Anthology TV Show 2018:Sharp Objects Best TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2018:Doctor Who Best Superhero TV Show 2018:Daredevil Best TV Thriller, Mystery & Suspense 2018:Homecoming Best TV Movie 2018:The Tale
By Steve Green: Carol Channing (1921-2019): US actress and singer, died January 15, aged 97. Genre roles included: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), Alice in Wonderland (1985), Where’s Waldo? (voice roles, 13 episodes, 1991), The Addams Family (voice role as Grandmama Addams, 15 episodes, 1992-93), Thumbelina (1994), The Magic School Bus (voice role, one episode, 1994), Touched by an Angel (as herself, one episode, 1997), The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (voice of “Fanny,” 1998).
Poems already recommended are listed here.
(More will be added as nominations come in.)
The Rhyslings were first established in 1978, named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “The Green Hills of Earth.” Rhysling’s skills were said to rival Rudyard Kipling’s. In real life, Apollo 15 astronauts named a crater near their landing site “Rhysling,” which has since become its official name. Winning works are regularly reprinted in the Nebula Awards Anthology from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Rhysling Awards are considered in the speculative literature field to be the poetry equivalent of the awards given for prose— achievement awards given to poets by the writing peers of their own field of literature.
David C. Kopaska-Merkel is the 2019 Rhysling Award chair.
Riding the high of a Critics’ Choice Award win for best comedy, Michelle Yeoh has further reason to celebrate Monday.
CBS All Access has officially tapped Yeoh to captain a Star Trek series of her own: a black ops-themed spinoff of Discovery in which the actress will reprise her role and explore the next chapter in the life of Capt. Philippa Georgiou. The untitled drama will further explore Starfleet’s Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation featured on Star Trek: Discovery.
[…] “Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades. As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her,” [producer Alex] Kurtzman said. “Erika [Lippoldt] and [Bo Yeon Kim] are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of Star Trek, and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
A suspected arson attack, allegedly carried out by an “obsessed stalker”, has torched seven cars in the parking lot of a hotel where Anime Los Angeles attendees have been staying over the weekend.
The incident took place early on Sunday morning, just before 2am. The night manager of the Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario, California told ABC News that surveillance footage “showed a man walk up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline all over it and then [flick] a match on it”.
That car belonged to cosplayer Julia Moreno Jenkins, who says her vehicle was “targeted and set on fire by an obsessed stalker”. Once it was in flames, the fire then spread to nearby cars. As a precaution, the hotel was evacuated….
(4) FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY. Neil
Clarke unveiled Mack Sztaba’s cover and the table of contents for his The
Eagle Has Landed collection, to be released in July.
On July 20, 1969, mankind made what had only years earlier seemed like an impossible leap forward: when Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the first person to step foot on the lunar surface.
…The Eagle Has Landed collects the best stories written in the fifty years since mankind first stepped foot on the lunar surface, serving as a shining reminder that the moon is and always has been our most visible and constant example of all the infinite possibility of the wider universe.
Table of Contents
Bagatelle by John Varley
The Eve of the Last Apollo by Carter Scholz
The Lunatics by Kim Stanley Robinson
Griffin’s Egg by Michael Swanwick
A Walk in the Sun by Geoffrey A. Landis
Waging Good by Robert Reed
How We Lost the Moon by Paul McAuley
People Came From Earth by Stephen Baxter
Ashes and Tombstones by Brian Stableford
Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl’s by Adam Troy Castro
Stories for Men by John Kessel
The Clear Blue Seas of Luna by Gregory Benford
You Will Go to the Moon by William Preston
SeniorSource by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Economy of Vacuum by Sarah Thomas
The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt
Fly Me to the Moon by Marianne J. Dyson
Tyche and the Ants by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Moon Belongs to Everyone by Michael Alexander and K.C. Ball
The Fifth Dragon by Ian McDonald
Let Baser Things Devise by Berrien C. Henderson
The Moon is Not a Battlefield by Indrapramit Das
Every Hour of Light and Dark by Nancy Kress
In Event of Moon Disaster by Rich Larson
(5) FANHISTORY. Steven H Silver reminisces about “The Golden Age of Science Fiction: Lou Tabakow” at Black Gate, a long resume of the conventions he founded. I’d also like to mention what impressed me about Lou Tabakow. By the time I encountered him in the mid-1970s yes, he was a vaunted fanpolitician and Secret Master of Fandom, yet he was always interested in how to bring more people into fandom and share what was going on. That not as common a trait as you’d expect among fans.
(6) TODAY IN HISTORY.
January 14, 1959 — Journey to the Center of the Earth premiered.
January 14, 2005 — The first probe to land on Saturn’s moon, Titan, signaled it survived its descent. The Huygens space probe was designed to last only minutes on Titan’s surface, but surpassed the expectations of mission managers. Huygens descended the atmosphere, contacted the surface, and transmitted for at least an hour and a half.
(7) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
by Cat Eldridge.]
Born January 14, 1921 – Kenneth Bulmer. Oh my god. I couldn’t possibly summarise him if I tried. Looking through his list of writing that I know that I have read some Astor New Writings in SF and I reasonably sure that those Antares novels sound awfully familiar. So what have y’all read of him? (Died 2005.)
Born January 14, 1949 – Lawrence Kasdan, 70. Screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark (one of my favorite films of all time), Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He directed SF horror film Dreamcatcher which was based on a novel by Stephen King and by a William Goldman screenplay.
Born January 14, 1962 – Jemma Redgrave, 57. Her her first genre role was as Violette Charbonneau in the “A Time to Die” episode of Tales of the Unexpected which was also her first acting role. Later genre roles are scant but include a memorable turn as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart on Doctor Who.
Born January 14, 1964 – Mark Addy, 55. He got a long history in genre films showing up first as Mac MacArthur in Jack Frost followed by by the lead in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (why did anyone make this?), Roland in A Knight’s Tale (now that’s a film), Friar Tuck In Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (has anyone seen this?) and voicing Clyde the Horse in the just released Mary Poppins Returns. Television work includes Robert Baratheon on Game of Thornes, Paltraki on a episode on Doctor Who, “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”, and he was Hercules on a UK series called Atlantis.
Born January 14, 1974 – Kevin Durand, 45. Jason Woodrue In the forthcoming live Swamp Thing series on the DC Universe service (that’s me jumping up and down!). Previous genre roles include as The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Little John In Robin Hood, Mogadorian Commander In I am Number Four, Ricky in Real Steel, Emil Pangborn In The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Cesar Tan In Winter’s Tale
Born January 14, 1990 – Grant Gustin, 29. Actor, known as The Flash in the Arrowverse. I’ve got him as a boyfriend on an episode of A Haunting, one of those ghost hunter shows early in his career. Later on, well that’s it as Arrowverse has kept him rather busy.
(9) IS HOMER IN THE MCU
NOW? Thanos paid a visit to The Simpsons with
predictable—yet unpredictable—results (Inverse: “Only One ‘Simpsons’ Character
Survived Thanos on Sunday”). The Big Guy added a new “stone” to his
gauntlet and used it to lay low most of the Simpson family in the introduction
to the episode.
In the “couch gag” for the Sunday premiere of Season 30, Episode 12 of The Simpsons, Jim Starlin’s Thanos occupies the Simpsons family couch and uses his Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out most the Simpsons family.
…The rules for inclusion were simple–just: (a) meet the eligibility criteria; and (b) be “award worthy” (i.e. good). Given the subjectivity of the latter, it should come as no surprise that the selections on our longlist reflect the spectrum of tastes, tendencies and predilections found among our group of writers. You’ll find selections ranging from the obscure and literary to the unabashedly popular and commercial, and from all corners and subdivisions of the genresphere.
That said, this is not nor intends to be a comprehensive survey of the field. Some books that are undoubtedly “award worthy,” for example, are absent for the simple reason that we haven’t read them yet. Thus we encourage you to think of this as a list of candidates to consider–alongside others….
…Back in the early 20th century long before environmental changes imminently threatened the state’s natural resources, Louisiana still needed more industry. So businessmen like EA McIlhenny (of the Tabasco family, yes) had an idea. Argentina has this abundance of these large, furry creatures called nutria, what if we acquired some?
The concept seemed solid: raise ‘em on a fur farm, skin ‘em for the pelts, and then export hats, jackets, and other fine furs to make a pretty penny. And for a long time, the scheme worked—even Sophia Loren once wore nutria, and the industry for Louisiana trappers peaked around $15 million in annual revenue. But as animal rights became more of a mainstream concept, the popularity of fur drastically decreased. Suddenly, folks in Southern Louisiana didn’t have the same motivation, and nutria quietly built out a larger population within their new habitat.
This, to put it lightly, had consequences. In the ’70s and ’80s when the fur game started drying up, Rodents of Unusual Size estimates 25 million invasive nutria occupied Southern Louisiana. Unfortunately, the rats tend to devastate their immediate environment, eating anything green in sight and uprooting plants in the process, which makes a plot of land more at risk to the natural forces of coastal erosion….
So I might have missed when this latest issue of Anathema dropped on the last day of the year. My apologies! I’m super glad I caught it, though, because it’s an amazing bunch of stories, featuring six different works that explore grief, loss, and a palpable powerlessness. The characters are dealing with things that cannot be changed (or that seem like they cannot be changed) and finding out what they can do about it. That sometimes means learning how to accept things and try to move on, though that’s complicated by grief, by pain, and by the fear of losing more. It’s an emotional and often devastating read, and I’ll get right to those reviews!
After dystopic turns in the Divergent and Maze Runner franchises, the 33-year-old actress was most recently seen in Bird Box,Netflix’s foray into the end times. While the movie has since reached hit status (more than 45 million views in its first week, according to the streamer), she was hesitant to sign on.
“I felt like I had been there and done that,” she explains. But Bird Box was an opportunity to work with some of her “idols,” like star Sandra Bullock, and Salazar ultimately joined after director Susanne Bier offered to add more of a backstory for her character, who was not in the original Josh Malerman novel.
(14) A STORY ABOUT RAY
BRADBURY. Mr. Sci-Fi shares a story Ray Bradbury told him
personally — about the time he met Laurel and Hardy. And Space Command is off
to London to meet with Netflix!
Ahold Delhaize USA plans to deploy robots to nearly 500 Giant Food Stores, Martin’s and Stop & Shop locations to help improve in-store efficiencies and safety.
The company’s Retail Business Services (RBS) arm said Monday that the rollout, slated to continue through the early part of 2019, comes after successful store pilots of the technology. The initiative stems from a partnership between RBS and retail automation and robotics provider Badger Technologies, a division of Jabil.
Named “Marty,” the robots are being used to flag hazards — such as liquid, powder and bulk food-item spills — and report when corrective action is needed. RBS said the robots help stores reduce the risk caused by such spills, freeing up store associates to spend more time serving customers.
(16) VIDEO OF THE DAY. In “If You Can” on
Vimeo, Hanna Rybak animates an inspiring quote by WInston Chruchill.
Mike Kennedy, Cora Buhlert, JJ, Cat Eldridge, David Doering, John King
Tarpinian, Chip Hitchcock, Martin Morse Wooster, Michael J. Walsh, Carl
Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to
File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]
The Verge today launched Better Worlds, a new series of short fiction stories, audiobooks and animation that explores how technology could shape society and the environment in better, more equitable ways.
Everything today is so dark. The news is terrible. The TV shows are grim. The superheroes are dark. However many of the best creators and inventors were inspired by golden age sci-fi comics, shows like Star Trek, and writers like Isaac Asimov and Octavia Butler, who imagined science improving the future.
“At The Verge, we’re committed to exploring how the intersection of technology and culture will impact our lives in the future,” said Nilay Patel, Editor-in-Chief of The Verge. “Better Worlds will pull together some of biggest names in sci-fi to bring positive new light and thinking on what’s to come.”
That’s why The Verge is launching Better Worlds, bringing exciting names in science fiction like Justina Ireland, John Scalzi, and Leigh Alexander whose original short stories disrupt the common narratives of an inevitable apocalypse and explore spaces our fears have overlooked. The series, sponsored by Boeing, will showcase original storytelling from these heavy-hitting writers, with 11 original fiction stories, five animated adaptations, and five audio adaptations.
“Writers from along the Wasatch Front are invited to join with
us for multiple seminars and panels to improve their craft, hone their stories,
and get published,” said Christina Re Anderson, founder of the Fellowship.
The conference will feature best-selling author Dan Wells as the
keynote speaker, a Utah writer who has made the New York Times Bestsellers list. He has written a variety of young adult
novels in the horror and science fiction genres, including books like the Partials
series, where a war and a baby-killing virus have devastated the
population, and the Mirador novels about a teen cyber hacker in a
futuristic Los Angeles.
The conference will be held at the Hopebox Theatre in Kaysville,
Utah, located at 1700 Frontage Road. Tickets are currently on sale for $25
through the Fellowship website www.writersfellowship.com, and will be sold at the door
for $28. Writers in any medium are encouraged to attend and the general public
is also welcome.
The Wasatch Writers Fellowship was started in 2015 as a
Meetup.com writing group and has grown to include over 500 members, over 40 of
which are regulars at the meetups. “I started the group to find other writers
who could give me, and each other, encouragement and support in working on our
projects,” said Anderson. “Our overall goal is to help writers to improve their
craft, finish projects and ultimately get published.”