Dark Carnival, a Science Fiction Landmark

Michael Chabon and child, Jack Rems, Ayelet Waldman, Pat and Dick Lupoff.

Michael Chabon and child, Jack Rems, Ayelet Waldman, Pat and Dick Lupoff.

These days the second woman ever to win a Hugo Award, Pat Lupoff, works in Berkeley’s Dark Carnival bookstore. She and the bookstore’s owner were interviewed by KALW radio on August 13.

JACK REMS: My name is Jack Rems. I’m the owner of Dark Carnival Bookstore and Escapist Comics in Berkeley. It’s the oldest science fiction store in this part of the world. We opened in 1976.

PAT LUPOFF: My name is Pat Lupoff. Hey Jack, how long have I worked here? Do you know?

REMS: I don’t really know.

LUPOFF: I think I’ve worked here about six years.

Rems says the best book in the store is The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies.

Cry of the Nameless with F. M. Busby, Burnett Toskey, and Wally Weber. Pat and Dick Lupoff started the fanzine Xero in 1960, which won a Hugo in 1963, resulting in Pat becoming the second female Hugo winner.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

Update 08/18/2013: Somebody would have noticed eventually that Elinor was really first….

2 thoughts on “Dark Carnival, a Science Fiction Landmark

  1. Absolutely. The “first woman” was sent to me as a note on the story, but that it was wrong came to me as I was driving this morning and couldn’t do anything about it immediately.

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