(1) ARCHIVAL VIDEO OF NEBULA AWARDS. Video from the 1984 Nebula Awards ceremony has been posted.
You can see Octavia Butler accepting a Nebula for her novelette “Bloodchild” around the 11:30 mark.
Not seen on the video are some of the post-ceremony lowlights described on the SFWA website:
Presented at Warwick Hotel, New York, New York on May 5, 1985
Ian and Betty Ballantine were presented with a special award for their pioneering contributions to science fiction and fantasy publishing. The Business Meeting took place on Saturday at noon and was followed by the traditional editors’ panel, and agents’ panel. LACon sponsored the pre-banquet reception. As with the 1983 event, publishing professionals outnumbered authors. Attorney Tim Jensen was the primary speaker and spoke about taxes and the author. Following the banquet, Harlan Ellison punched Charles Platt over comments Platt had made regarding an award given to Larry Shaw. Tom Disch also punched William Gibson, without explanation.
(2) APOLOGY DYNAMICS. Ann Leckie has further thoughts — “On Apologies”.
So I want to say this straight out–the apology is not for the apologizer. The person offended against has no obligation whatever to accept any apology at all, or to forgive, or to stop being hurt or angry, or to pretend they’re not hurt or angry any more. I mean, if they want to, if they can, if they think it’s proper, sure. But the apology is for the person who was offended, and they have no obligation to respond in any particular way. Or respond at all, frankly.
(3) SUNIL PATEL NEWS. The Book Smugglers announced today they will no longer publish Sunil Patel’s work.
This past weekend, several women put forward their encounters with a well-known male SFF author, citing his history of manipulation, gaslighting, grooming behavior, and objectification of women in the speculative fiction community. We have read all of the accounts. We are listening to the stories. We stand with the women who have been the subject of this author’s behavior.
In light of these revelations, we have made the decision to no longer publish Sunil Patel’s work. We have removed The Merger from sale, and have canceled all forthcoming short stories and essays with the author.
As members of the SFF community, as publishers, and as women, we cannot in good conscience support this author’s work any longer.
Fantastic Stories also has taken Patel off its projects.
Fantastic Stories has terminated its relationship with Sunil Patel. He will not be editing the POC Take over issues. More info to follow.
— Fantastic Stories (@Fantastic_Mag) October 16, 2016
These decisions follow from accusations of abuse that have been discussed on Twitter. Two women who specifically named Patel were Kristine Wyllys and Sarah Hollowell.
Jk about the book. I'm talking Sunil Patel, y'all. It's Sunil Patel.
— ?CISHET WHITE BOY? (@KristineWyllys) October 14, 2016
psst Sunil is a manipulative creeper that I am done as fuck giving chances to, pass it the fuck on https://t.co/DQfa3dRVy5
— ?Sarah Holloween? (@sarahhollowell) October 14, 2016
Here's a summary of the behaviors Sunil is being called out for:
– Grooming behavior
— ?Sarah Holloween? (@sarahhollowell) October 15, 2016
Other women authors have supported the conversation by posting generally about their professional experience. You can connect with two of them here —
And yeah, I know the person being named. I have higher status than he does. He didn't do it to me. I believe you, women coming forward.
— Maria DahvanaHeadley (@MARIADAHVANA) October 16, 2016
I've been seeing a lot of tweets about not speaking up about someone treating you badly due to fear of professional retaliation.
— Alyssa Wong (?????) (@crashwong) October 16, 2016
(3A) PATEL RESPONDS.
I believe that I have caused women emotional harm and I am deeply sorry. I truly wish to understand my behavior and change it, stop hurting.
— Drag Me to Patel (@ghostwritingcow) October 16, 2016
I'm sorry for exhibiting toxic behavior. I'm sorry that I've made people feel uncomfortable. I must self-reflect and become a better person.
— Drag Me to Patel (@ghostwritingcow) October 16, 2016
(4) THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY. Ahrvid Engholm recently quoted this article, relevant to our discussions of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in his apazine.
The member of the Swedish Academy Per Wästberg has written an article about the work behind the Nobel Prize in literatur. It was in the daily Svenska Dagbladet Oct 4th, “The Prize that is Dynamite for Culture”, and the Swedish original piece is here: http://www.svd.se/priset-som-ar-kulturell-dynamit But I thought I should give you a few snippets and some info from his article: “Geograhpy is not our subject.” The Academy does not try to spread the grace between countries, languages and continents. After Saramaago he says they”could have given the prize three years in a row to Portugal, if it had been motivated”.
(5) BETWEEN THE COVERS. Bob Dylan not only survived William Shatner’s performance of his music, he also lived down having TV sitcom star Sebastian Cabot record his songs. Sebastian Cabot was a British born actor (died 1977 aged 59) whose most popular role was Mr. French, the nanny in Family Affair, and before that, a college professor who helped detectives in Eric Ambler’s TV series Checkmate. And he played Mr. Pip in a Twilight Zone episode. Cabot recorded an album of Bob Dylan covers in 1967, after his first successful season as the nanny, from which this track is taken.
(6) CLARK ASHTON SMITH. Carl Slaughter reports, “Night Shade offers paperback editions of the collected works of legendary weird fiction author Clark Ashton Smith. Volume 1 was released in 2015, volumes 2 and 3 were released in January and May, volume 4 was released in September, and volume 5 is set for January 2017. There will also be a collection of miscellaneous writings in May 2017.”
“None strikes the note of cosmic horror as well as Clark Ashton Smith. In sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Smith is perhaps unexcelled by any other writer.” —H. P. Lovecraft
Many of the hardcovers in this series, first published between 2007 and 2011, have been long unavailable since the original printings sold out, and over the years have become quite pricey on the secondary market. Night Shade continues to get more inquiries regarding availability of this series than any other title we’ve released. Now, we’re excited to announce that we’ve come to an agreement with the estate to release new paperback editions of all of Smith’s short fiction, which includes volumes one through five of the original series, plus the additional sixth volume of miscellaneous writings.
Clark Ashton Smith, considered one of the greatest contributors to seminal pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, helped define and shape “weird fiction” in the early twentieth century, alongside contemporaries H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, drawing upon his background in poetry to convey an unparalleled richness of imagination and expression in his stories of the bizarre and fantastical.
The Collected Fantasies series presents all of Smith’s fiction chronologically. Authorized by the author’s estate and endorsed by Arkham House, the stories in this series are accompanied by detailed background notes from editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger, who in preparation for this collection meticulously compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith’s own notes and letters. Their efforts have resulted in the most definitive and complete collection of the author’s work to date.
The End of the Story—September 2015
The Door to Saturn—January 2016
A Vintage from Atlantis—May 2016
The Maze of the Enchanter—September 2016
The Last Hieroglyph—January 2017
The Miscellaneous Writings of Clark Ashton Smith—May 2017
[Thanks to DMS, Natalie Luhrs, JJ, Carl Slaughter, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day ULTRAGOTHA.]