Pixel Scroll 6/16/20 We’re Two Lost Scrolls On The Pixel Of Life

(1) OKORAFOR ON BBC. BBC World Service’s program In the Studio features “Nnedi Okorafor: Creating sci-fi worlds”.

The award-winning science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor always has a project—or three—on the go. From her home outside Chicago she creates stories driven by what she describes as Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults -a legacy of her Nigerian roots. Her work now ranges across comics for Marvel, screenplays and yet another new novel due out in the summer. 

But she wasn’t always destined to be a writer. She spent her youth training hard to be a top class athlete until she developed curvature of the spine, which put an end to her dreams. After corrective surgery she became temporarily paralysed and it was then, during her darkest time, that she began to create stories. 

Now, as Chicago, like the rest of the US endures lockdown, Nnedi’s been adapting to her changed life and restricted movements. Mark Burman talks to her about her work and how her creative process has been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

During recordings made in April and early May he eavesdrops on some of her writing moments including her fruitful collaboration with the Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu and their story of an A.I. traffic police robot—and hears about the therapeutic distraction of her trumpet-playing daughter and magnificent cat which now has his own Twitter account! 

(2) Q&A AND SLF. The Speculative Literature Foundation has been posting interviews Mary Anne Mohanraj conducted with sff writers at various conventions on their YouTube channel this month.

  • Scott Woods
  • Kate Elliott
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Vida Cruz

(3) ULTRAMAN. Marvel’s The Rise Of Ultraman #1 hits stands this September, featuring a cover by Alex Ross. Ultraman has been a pop culture staple since the franchise debuted in the 1960s, and his stories have been depicted on both the page and the screen – and the 2007 Hugo base.

…Storytelling masters Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Winter Soldier) and Mat Groom (Self/Made), together with superstar artists Francesco Manna (Avengers, Fantastic Four) Michael Cho (Captain America) and Gurihiru (The Unstoppable Wasp) will take fans back into the days of darkness, where the terrifying Kaiju lurk….

“Across the globe, Ultraman is as iconic and well-recognized a character as Spider-Man or Iron Man, so when the opportunity arose for us to introduce his mythos to a new generation, as seen through the Marvel lens, we didn’t take that responsibility lightly,” said Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “For fans of the classic 1966 series, there’ll be plenty of Easter eggs that you’ll recognize. But for those who’ve never experienced an Ultraman story before, this series will start at square one—launching an epic showdown fit for the modern age.”

“With release of Marvel’s The Rise of Ultraman series, Tsuburaya Productions and our partners at Marvel Comics are taking ULTRAMAN a massive step forward onto the global stage,” said Tsuburaya CEO Takayuki Tsukagoshi. “Marvel’s rendering of the ULTRAMAN story has been faithfully created with the highest level of respect, quality and creativity resulting in a storyline that expands the ULTRAMAN universe.”

(4) RESOUNDING. Marc Laidlaw, is busy on his YouTube channel, too. He’s been reading short stories and posting them for a few months, but just today he began posting chapters of his new novel, Underneath The Oversea. It’s the first novel involving his long-running character, Gorlen Vizenfirthe. Marc will be posting all 28 chapters as an audio serial, over the next month or so…however long it takes.

(5) THEY GOT WET. Kevin Polowy, in the Yahoo! Entertainment story  “‘Gremlins 2’ at 30: Director Joe Dante talks ‘crazy, manic movie’ and contributions of Rick Baker and Christopher Lee”, uses a 2015 interview with director Joe Dante, where Dante talks about how special-effects wizard Rick Baker came up with many of the crazy gremlins in Gremlins 2 and how Sir Christopher Lee deserved credit for playing his role as mad scientist “Dr, Catheter” relatively straight.

…“Rick Baker didn’t want to come on if he had to redo [original creator] Chris Walas’s gremlins because what’s in it for him? And so to induce him, we changed the story so that there was a genetics lab run by Christopher Lee,” Dante says of the plot, which finds our furry friend Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) once again spawning dangerous offspring, this time in a Manhattan skyscraper. “They turned the gremlins into different kinds of gremlins. So all the designs and ideas that Rick had, we could come up with and we could make different kinds of gremlins out of them. And plus he changed the designs of Gizmo and the regular gremlins a little bit.” 

This Key & Peele takeoff about the Gremlins sequel is funny:

(6) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born June 16, 1896 Murray Leinster. It is said that he wrote and published more than fifteen hundred short stories and articles, fourteen movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays. Among those was his 1945 Retro-Hugo winning “First Contact” novella which is one of the first (if not the first) instances of a universal translator in science fiction. So naturally his heirs sued Paramount Pictures over Star Trek: First Contact, claiming that it infringed their trademark in the term. However, the suit was dismissed. I’m guessing they filed just a bit late given the universal translator was used in Trek prior to that film. (Died 1975.) (CE)
  • Born June 16, 1920 – Ted Dikty.  Active fan from 1938; with Bob Formanek, fanzine Fantasy Digest; headed Indiana Fantasy Ass’n, published IFA Review; also 1940 Who’s Who in Fandom, see a PDF scan of it here – no, really, do see it; even more interesting from our perspective.  Worked on Chicon I and II (2nd and 10th Worldcons).  Married Julian May (she chaired Chicon II), each developing pro careers.  With Everett Bleiler, our first annual “best” series, Best SF Stories 1949 and five more, Year’s Best SF Novels 1952 and two more; also Imagination Unlimited. Then alone, Best SF Stories 1955 through 1958, several more e.g. Great SF Stories About MarsGreat SF Stories About the MoonWorlds Within Worlds.  With Robert Reginald, The Work of Julian May.  Sampo Award (given 1970-1980 for services to fandom).  Co-founded Shasta Publishers and Starmont House.  First Fandom Hall of Fame.  (Died 1991) [JH]
  • Born June 16, 1924 Faith Domergue. Dr. Ruth Adams in the classic Fifties This Island Earth. She has a number of later genre roles, Professor Lesley Joyce in It Came from Beneath the Sea, Jill Rabowski in Timeslip (aka The Atomic Man) and Dr. Marsha Evans in Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet. She amazingly did no genre television acting. (Died 1999) (CE)
  • Born June 16, 1925 – Jean d’Ormesson.  More fully Jean Bruno Wladimir François de Paule Le Fèvre d’Ormesson, a count of France; his father the Marquis of Ormesson was Ambassador to Brazil.  Starting 1956, fifty books, novels, plays; in 1971 alternative history The Glory of the Empire – full of detail, all fictional – won the Grand Prix du roman (as novels are called in French; tr. English 1974, Amazon has a Kindle edition here) of the Academie Française; in 1973 its youngest member; in 2009 its longest-serving member and dean.  Both staunch on the Right politically and a good friend of socialist Mitterrand; played M in film comedy Haute Cuisine about M’s chef.  Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour.  Officer, National Order of Merit.  Ovid prize (Romania).  Macron called him “the best of the French spirit … intelligence, elegance, and mischief”.  (Died 2017) [JH]
  • Born June 16, 1938 Joyce Carol Oates, 82. No Hugos but she has garnered a World Fantasy Award in Short Fiction for “Fossil-Figures”, and has won more Stokers than I thought possible, the latest one for her most excellent collection of horror and dark fantasy stories,  The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror. She has written pure SF in the form of Hazards of Time Travel which is quite good. (CE) 
  • Born June 16, 1940 Carole Ford, 80. She played the granddaughter and original companion of the First Doctor. She reprised the role for The Five Doctors, the Dimensions in Time charity special, and of course for The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Her first genre role was as Bettina in The Day of the Triffids, and she had an earlier role as an uncredited teen in the hall of mirrors in Horrors of the Black Museum. (CE)
  • Born June 16, 1939 David McDaniel. A prolific writer of Man from U.N.C.L.E. novels penning seven of them, with such names as The Vampire Affair and The Hallow Crown Affair. He also wrote a novel for The Prisoner series, The Prisoner: Number Two. As a fan, he was quite active in LASFS, serving as its Director and Scribe, writing for various APAs (he aspired to be in all of them) and is remembered as a “Patron Saint” for his financial support of the club. (Died 1977) (CE)
  • Born June 16, 1958 – Don Sakers.  Half a dozen novels, two dozen shorter stories; the Reference Library in Analog since 2009; Carmen Miranda’s Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three and three more anthologies; SF Book of Days. [JH]
  • Born June 16, 1963 – Robert Beatty.  Pioneer in cloud computing.  Co-founded Beatty Robotics with two daughters.  Narrative magazine 2005-2013.  Champion sabre fencer; licensed wildlife rehabilitator; Website shows him and wife with wedding-puppies (they lure-coursed whippets).  Four novels about Serafina secretly in the basement of the Biltmore estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the first two and Willa of the Wood being New York Times Best Sellers.  Here is his cover for his Dream Dance artbook about Ed Emshwiller.  [JH]
  • Born June 16, 1969 – Hélène Boudreau.  Acadian author of children’s books, a dozen so far; four for us about real mermaids e.g. they don’t sell seashells.  “I’m a compulsive walker and train for half marathons and also love dark chocolate, bacon, and Perrier water (in that order).”  [JH]
  • Born June 16, 1972 Andy Weir, 48. His debut novel, The Martian, was adapted into a film directed by Ridley Scott. He received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. His next two novels are Artemis and Project Hail Mary, the latter which is forthcoming. Intriguingly, he’s written one piece of Sherlockian fan fiction, “James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal“ which is only available as an Audible audiobook. (CE) 
  • Born June 16, 1981 – Salla Simukka.  Critic, editor, reviewer, scriptwriter for Finnish Broadcasting Co.  Translator of books into Finnish as well as writing Finnish versions; a dozen of her own so far, three for us (As Red as BloodAs White as SnowAs Black as Ebony put Snow White into Finnish – told Sumukka’s way: see the 27 Sep 13 Publishers Weekly).  Topelius Prize, Finland Prize.  I couldn’t attend the Helsinki (75th) Worldcon; did you?  Did you meet her?  [JH] 

(7) COMICS SECTION.

(8) UNDER THE DOME. Warner Bros. passed on the invitation to be part of the online San Diego Comic-Con. Instead, they’ll host their own DC FanDome, a free, global, 24-hour virtual convention taking place on August 22.

SYFY Wire has distilled the press release: “DC Sets 24-Hour ‘Fandome’ Event With Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, Snyder Cut And More”.

With San Diego Comic-Con set to be held online this year due to the global pandemic, Warner Bros. is making its own plans to show off its movies, TV shows and everything else. Needless to say, the studio won’t be sitting out the annual pop culture convention scene. Far from it.

The studio has decided to host its own free-of-charge virtual event in late August called “DC FanDome.” It’s basically a 24-hour Hall H livestream during which the company will tease out its most anticipated comic book projects like Wonder Woman 1984The BatmanBlack AdamThe Suicide SquadSuperman & Lois, and the Snyder Cut of Justice League.

“The global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series,” reads the release.

(9) SPOT ON THE MONEY. [Item by Mike Kennedy.] Until now, if you wanted your very own Spot the Robot Dog you had to lease one. No longer. You now have the option to buy your very own Spot from maker Boston Dynamics, assuming you have about $75K to spare. You can even pick up a pair of them, but no more than that for now. WIRED has the story: “You Can Now Buy Spot the Robot Dog—If You’ve Got $74,500”.

Spot, Boston Dynamics’ famous robot dog, dutifully follows my every command. The machine traipses forward, then automatically scrambles over a raised bed of rocks. I make it side-step. I command it up a flight of stairs, which it tackles with ease. It meets its match when I steer it at a medicine ball, though; it takes a tumble, and for a moment lies paralyzed on its back. But with a click of a button, Spot twists and rights itself, and recommences its ramblings.

Such unfailing obedience, yet I’m nowhere near Spot, which is roaming about the company’s testing grounds in Boston. I’m piloting the robot through my web browser from the comfort of my apartment in San Francisco, 3,000 miles away. With almost zero latency, I either use the robot’s front camera feed to click on bits of terrain—think of it like scooting around in Google’s Street View—or flicking my keyboard’s WASD keys in the most expensive videogame imaginable….

(10) KEEPING BUSY. “Star Trek: Next Generation fan rebuilds bridge set” – BBC video.

One model maker could have reached the final frontier of construction with his latest work.

Geoff Collard, from Paulton in Somerset, has spent 500 hours recreating the bridge set from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

His model has won praise from Star Trek fans for its realism.

(11) TREK MAKE-OVER. William Shatner hasn’t lost his touch for cringe-inducing tweets – but the photo gallery is intriguing.

[Thanks to Cat Eldridge, rcade, Martin Morse Wooster, John King Tarpinian, JJ, Mike Kennedy, Andrew Porter, Michael Toman, Chip Hitchcock, Darrah Chavey, Lise Andreasen, and John Hertz for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]

36 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 6/16/20 We’re Two Lost Scrolls On The Pixel Of Life

  1. Thanks for the Title Credit!

    (5) I saw that video a while back and enjoyed it quite a bit

    (6) A good day for writers – Leinster, Weir and Sakers!

  2. Lis Carey says I wish I had missed seeing Shatner’s tweet.

    Indeed. But then Kirk was hardly the most enlightened of characters on this subject either.

    Now reading: the fanzines from the Hugo packet. All in all, quite excellent.

  3. P J Evans says I’m sure there are stories in AO3 that these would fit.

    I will confess that I’ve never read much fanfic. There’s enough bad enough written professional fiction that I encounter as a reviewer that I feel no compunction to seek out fanfic that has a very high probability of being even worse. Am I elitist? Yep.

    One of the reasons I don’t read many many Baen Books is I find much of what’s regaled there to cringe worthy. Even when the editing is good, the writing itself feels like fanfic. Enthusiastic to an extreme but lacking in intelligent storytelling.

    Yeah I’m feeling grumpy tonight. My pain meds ain’t working as well as I want them to be. So I doubled the Tramadol dose.

  4. I hope Mike doesn’t mind me mentioning this here, but I’m casting a net into the wilderness —

    In reference to the Mike Resnick auction that will be closing in a couple of days: There’s one lot that combines six old prints of various orchid species, PLUS one print of a heron in cattails.

    Mixed lot of orchid prints with one heron print

    It has received several bids. I figure that most of the people bidding probably want the orchid prints, and may be less interested in the heron print.

    I would like to have the heron print, and I don’t care about the orchids.

    If anyone here is bidding on that lot and might be interested in splitting the lot with me, I’d like to talk to you. I can be contacted through wordpress, here: Contrarius on wordpress.

    Thanks in advance!

  5. (11) If they are doing all the episodes, they will need some alluring men in gravity-defying costumes.

  6. @11: I don’t remember the real McCoy having that crazed look in his eyes; this reminds me more of Tim Powers.

    @Cat Eldridge: Indeed. But then Kirk was hardly the most enlightened of characters on this subject either. There was a discussion of this belief, possibly linked from here a couple of years ago; the evidence was that Kirk-the-character was not originally a horndog, but drifted that way as less-competent writers came in later (cf Gerrold’s summary (in The World of Star Trek) of the typical third-season plot.

    @Cat Eldridge: There’s enough bad enough written professional fiction that I encounter as a reviewer that I feel no compunction to seek out fanfic that has a very high probability of being even worse. Perhaps the key is to wait for recommendations? I’ve followed a few links to AO3 and thought they were quite good.

    @Jim Janney: so, thongs that reach only to mid-hip instead of hanging from the iliac crests?

  7. (11) Green indentured servant boys of Orion? Yeoman James Rand? But how can we tell it’s the evil Spock from Mirror, Mirror?

    (6) It’s IBM’s birthday. Originally founded as The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in 1911. So you might say it’s Big Blue-msday.

    Also Sussex Day for those who stand or fall for Sussex by the sea.

  8. @Cat Eldridge
    I’d double my SSRI dose, but I’d have to explain to my doctor why I need an earlier renewal.

  9. On further thought, my recollection of the horndog argument was that Gerrold’s summary (written 4 years after ST:TOS ended) wasn’t particularly typical. If I can rediscover the thread I’ll post.

  10. P J Evans I’d double my SSRI dose, but I’d have to explain to my doctor why I need an earlier renewal.

    My surgeon set the oxycodone at a ten milligram done every four hours but the insurer rejected that as the max coverable dosage was ten milligrams every six hours. So it didn’t get filled. It’ll get filled tomorrow at what the insurer will cover. And it can only be filled for a week at a time as we wouldn’t want anyone to get addicted…

    Irony here was when I was in-hospital post-surgery for my staph infection was they were dosing me with morphine at first, and large doses of OxyContin later on.

  11. @ Chip Hitchcock:

    There was a discussion of this belief, possibly linked from here a couple of years ago; the evidence was that Kirk-the-character was not originally a horndog, but drifted that way as less-competent writers came in later

    I think the good on the noise portrayal of Kirk was as a romantic who’s second choice would be to settle down and raise a family. His first choice of course would always be the Enterprise. That subtle element of regret kind of helps with the character depth, abd is something TNG characters lacked.

    Perhaps the key is to wait for recommendations? I’ve followed a few links to AO3 and thought they were quite good.

    Honestly, the only AO3 fanfic I’ve read recently that I’ve really liked was the She-Ra fic written by Noelle Stevenson. Though that’s basically a ringer. Can authors do fanfic of their own creations?

  12. Rose Embolism says Honestly, the only AO3 fanfic I’ve read recently that I’ve really liked was the She-Ra fic written by Noelle Stevenson. Though that’s basically a ringer. Can authors do fanfic of their own creations?

    I don’t think so. It does beg the question of why she’s publishing stories there.

    I did explore AO3 a bit earlier today though I didn’t read anything (my reading list is far too long as it is, and it gets longer every damn day) and I‘m now firmly convinced that there’s something there for any taste what-so-ever.

  13. Arguably, all the official work Noelle Stevenson has done on She-Ra is fanfic, too.

  14. @Cat Eldridge

    Noelle Stevenson wasn’t born until six years after the creation of the character. She’s writing about someone else’s creation: Fanfic. Same as Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation, Gaiman’s A Study In Emerald, etc.

  15. Regarding Shatner’s tweet, if there had been some alternate universe where the TOS posited more alternate universes than just the Mirror Universe, then surely, –remembering one of the plot elements of The Man Who Folded Himself– an episode where DefaultKirk and FemKirk crossed over and met would have been written by David Gerrold.

    (Which would probably have resulted in “The Trouble With Tribbles” being Gerrold’s second most famous ST script.)

  16. @Chip Hitchcock: my recollection, also from Gerrold’s book, is that NBC had strict rules concerning costumes, so the designers went with “visual suspense”, meaning that you were never quite sure what you were seeing or what you might see next. Applying that to the male body would be a challenge.

    But a lot of it was just playing the right background music when the characters came on.

  17. 5) The Institute of Gremlins 2 Studies Twitter account is well worth reading, if you’re into critical theory applied through the lens of sociopathic little devil creatures. For instance: “If the Gremlins can be understood as a transference of pre-modern animism onto the modern world of consumer products and exchange value, than their demise represents a similar move, wherein the logic of sacrifice is echoed in the mass death events that accompanied modernity.”

    etc.

  18. 9) Drop the price by a few orders of magnitude and this would be just the thing for attending conventions while maintaining social distancing.

  19. @Rose Embolism: S.E. Hinton wrote “Outsiders” fanfic

    https://fanlore.org/wiki/S._E._Hinton – here’s what she said about doing it:

    And a few years ago I wrote three Outsiders stories to see what kind of a response I would get. I use a different name, naturally. People would say, “Wow, you really got the characters down right!” And I’d be like, Glad to hear it. The feedback from fanfic readers tends to be really simple. Along the lines of, “Oh my God, I love this! Keep going!” Nothing specific, like what you’d get from an editor. But it is immediate, and there’s something to be said for that.

  20. Meredith says Noelle Stevenson wasn’t born until six years after the creation of the character. She’s writing about someone else’s creation: Fanfic. Same as Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation, Gaiman’s A Study In Emerald, etc.

    So in real sense almost televised genre fiction is a form of fanfic as all of the writers are working off the Bible created by the original writing team. Unless it’s something Babylon 5 where JMS writes everything,.

  21. Rose Embolism on June 16, 2020 at 8:54 pm said:

    Can authors do fanfic of their own creations?

    Sure: See Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius and the “radio plays” that they perform at conventions and that they occasionally adapt into “fillers” between books in the main series. I’ve been fortunate enough to be in them a few times; they’re a real hoot to perform.

    (Indeed, I’ve heard/performed in enough of the radio plays that I hear Kaja Foglio’s voice when I read Agatha Heterodyne’s lines in the comic or novels, and Phil’s voice for Krosp the King of All Cats.)

    They have an “in-universe” frame around them, in that these are stories about the characters in the “real” story told by others in the Girl Genius universe. I’ve actually said to them that I think it’s cool that they’re writing fanfic of their own characters, and they didn’t deny it.

  22. I’d argue that Ursula K. Le Guin’s comedic story “Intracom” counts as Star Trek fanfiction once removed (I know from other references in her stories that she was at least somewhat of a fan).

  23. @Goobergunch: thanks for posting this! Stross mentioned in Spokane that Bob and Mo were going to see (and unintentionally break) at least one counselor; I knew the scenes had been dropped in trying to keep up with events but had wondered what they look like.

  24. The fanfic discussion gets a bit silly when it gets ahistorical. Paradise Lost is not Biblical fanfic. (See also Malory, Chaucer, and Shakespeare, all the way back to Homer, Ovid, and Virgil.) Modern-era attitudes toward individual creation–and copyright and trademark and ownership–led to an enclosing of literary/artistic properties to protect the interests of original devisers/developers of distinct, successful story-resources.

    Not just anybody could write a new Sherlock Holmes or Tarzan story–permission or licensing was required. (One of the first paperbacks I bought was a collection of new Holmes stories written by John Dickson Carr and supposedly co-authored by Adrian Conan Doyle. I suspect that Doyle’s role was to sign off on the stories as worthy of addition to his dad’s canon.) Burroughs even trademarked his character names, so that even when copyright ran out, he and his heirs still “owned” Tarzan et. al. for marketing purposes.

    As far as I can tell, “fanfic” in the modern sense is the product of amateur enthusiasts for Star Trek (later extended to practically any narrative franchise), with much of what “amateur” implies about its quality. Yes, there will be exceptions–some of this output will be competent, some of the writers will go on to professional careers. But I don’t have the patience to discover which ones.

    For that matter, there is plenty of professionally published near-fan-fiction–generally marketed as “in the great tradition of”–that I find unreadable. For every Patrick O’Brian (commissioned to fill the C. S. Forester niche) there are squadrons of tales of iron men in wooden prose, just as Tolkien’s success brought forth armies of elves and trolls and wizards. This is standard-issue commercial activity for any situation where artists have to keep producing new material for existing audiences and where the filing-off of serial numbers is SOP.

    It’s the “fan” in “fanfic” that’s interesting, since it suggests a motivational distinction from “hack” or “pirate.” It’s the literary cousin of the open mike.

  25. @Jayn: “I know from other references in her stories that she was at least somewhat of a fan”
    I don’t know about the original, but the May 14-20th edition of the 1994 TV Guide has “An Appreciation” of ST:NG by Ursula K. Le Guin. I remember reading it at the time, and I think she crushed on Worf.

  26. . . . and Le Guin mentions the original Star Trek in a non-genre short story, ‘True Love’ in Searoads (1991, Harper Collins) where a character asserts that Jim Kirk’s true love is really Spock, and forbidden love sends Kirk “from blonde to blonde.”
    And that’s far enough down that memory rabbit hole.

  27. (11) the Shatner tweet wasn’t the most disturbing thing about this – it’s the broad grin on FemSpock.

  28. @Russell: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes said it had 6 stories by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr, and 6 by ACD alone. It also said of the 6 collaborations, 2 were equal collabs, 2 mostly by JDC, and 2 mostly by ACD. Mystery scholar Doug Greene disputes that, saying it’s not really that neat a split, but Adrian Conan Doyle apparently was an active contributor to the book.

  29. @Miles Carter: obviously that’s Spock just after she figured out what’s really going down on Direidi.

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