Pixel Scroll 9/10/20 The Pixelways Will Scroll

(1) SOUNDING OFF. John Scalzi’s new novella in The Dispatcher series debuted today as an audiobook narrated by Zachary Quinto. You can hear the two of them discuss it via Whatever: “Here’s Me and Zachary Quinto Interviewing Each Other About ‘Murder By Other Means’”.

(2) THE SOUND AND THE FURRY. Maria Poletta, in the Arizona Republic story “On Cameo, Joe Arpaio welcomed a furry convention to Arizona. Hours later, he learned what it was”, says that Sheriff Joe Arpaio (famously pardoned by President Trump) recorded a message on Cameo welcoming a furry convention to Arizona although it’s not clear he knew what furries were(he pronounced furry “fury.”)

It seems former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has found a new gig after another unsuccessful bid for public office.

Unsurprisingly, it’s in front of the camera. 

For $30.99, users of Cameo — an app where singers, actors and other public figures record custom video messages for a fee — can request a personalized clip of the divisive figure saying whatever they want.

And supporters and critics alike are seizing the opportunity. 

Most of Arpaio’s Cameo videos appear to be standard fare, such as birthday greetings, thank-you messages, congratulatory comments. But one that began circulating on social media on Tuesday evening, an encouraging message for the organizers of an upcoming event, raised eyebrows. 

“Hey, good luck organizing the Arizona Furry convention,” Arpaio begins, though he pronounces it “Fury,” suggesting he’s not totally certain what he’s been asked to talk about. It’s “for animal lovers,” he adds by way of explanation.

“I’ve always loved animals, fought those that abused animals and will continue to do so,” he continues. “In any event, have a great convention.”

…Many members of the subculture have defined it as one dedicated to artistic expression and helping people come out of their shells, but they’ve long had to endure jokes from people who mock “fur-suiting” as a sexual fetish. 

Judging by the requester listed on Arpaio’s Cameo, the person who ordered the video may be one of them. The username: Sir Yiffs A Lot.

“Yiff” refers to furry-related sexual content or activity, which made Arpaio’s sign-off all the more cringeworthy. 

“As far as what animal I would like to be, I’m kind of partial to dogs,” he says after a pause, as if responding to a question included in the video request. “But I love all animals. Thanks.”

(3) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MOSLEY. Walter Mosley will be presented the  National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by Edwidge Danticat. Winners of the award receive $10,000 and a solid brass medal.

“Mosley is a master of craft and narrative, and through his incredibly vibrant and diverse body of work, our literary heritage has truly been enriched,” said David Steinberger, chair of the NBA board of directors, in the release. “From mysteries to literary fiction to nonfiction, Mosley’s talent and memorable characters have captivated readers everywhere, and the Foundation is proud to honor such an illustrious voice whose work will be enjoyed for years to come.”

(4) MORE ROCK THAN ROLL. “Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season by Lily Sperry” profiles an album that draws on N.K. Jemisin’s trilogy.

At first glance, what surprises about Lafawndah’s new album, The Fifth Season, is the absence of her image on the cover. Instead of the regal, sometimes confrontational gazes adorning past works, such as Ancestor Boy (2019) and “Tan” (2016), here the listener is greeted with the empty eyes of an amorphous stone figure, kneeling, palms extended, on what seems to be the edge of the Earth. It’s unclear if this character is meant to represent Lafawndah herself, or something else entirely—but upon listening to the album, it almost doesn’t matter. As an artist who self-identifies as a “creative orphan,” shapeshifting is written into Lafawndah’s DNA. It’s only appropriate that her latest release takes it as its central mode.

Its core subject, however, marks a decisive break from past projects. Rather than looking inward, Lafawndah instead extends outward, drawing on the emotionally charged myths of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy to guide her. Set in a far-future Earth rife with conflict and periodic disasters (“Seasons”) that threaten to destroy all human life, Jemisin’s Afrofuturist series tells tales of heartbreak, strife, and conflict from the perspectives of three different women. It’s only at the end the reader realizes that each character is the same person, at different points in her life….

(5) SUGGESTIONS NEEDED. “So what should do I with a half dozen signed limited edition posters by Charles Vess? Can you think of a worthy fan cause?” Cat Eldridge looks to Filers for suggestions.

“No, I don’t know why he sent them.” says Cat. “I think they’re twenty years old now but they’re in excellent shape.”

(6) VIBRANT VAMPIRES. “There Are Real Vampires in Texas. We Interviewed Them.” Fodors has the story.

The best little vampire court in Texas.

Everything’s bigger in Texas—even the vampire scene. Television and film have catapulted vampires into the mainstream, cementing vampirism into pop culture. From the cult classic Interview with the Vampire to FXX series What We Do in the Shadows, there’s no shortage of fictional portrayals of vampire life and the people who crave to be like them. Life can be stranger than fiction, and real-life vampires exist. While they tend to have an affinity for the occult, they’ve sunk their fangs into philanthropy and social good during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas is one of many states that boasts of vibrant vampire communities, known as courts. Self-identifying vampires can apply for membership in their city. To an outsider, these vampire courts may sound eerie. For the vampires, the courts are a place they can find belonging….

(7) ON THE FRONT. Lauren Panepinto examines “Book Cover Trends Thru Time (Via Dune)” at Muddy Colors.

…One of my favorite ways to visualize how much book cover design has changed over the years is to track one classic book that tends to get redesigned every few years and see how the designs have evolved. Honestly the entire Penguin Classics imprint survives on this as an entire business model. There have been entire academic studies and books published on the design history of books like Lolita. But this is a SciFi Fantasy Art blog and it just so happens that the new Dune trailer finally came out today, so we’re going to be looking at the last few decades of book cover design through the lens of Dune by Frank Herbert….

PRE-BOOK HISTORY

The stories that would become Dune were first serialized in Analog Magazine starting in December 1963. John Schoenherr was commissioned on August 7, 1963 (great backstory on the blog kept by his son Ian Schoenherr here) to create images for the covers and interiors for “Dune World” 1, 2, and 3.

(8) PARDUE OBIT. Filker Naomi Pardue took her own life reports Tom Smith who said, “She had been very depressed for awhile now, after the death of a close friend.”

(9) MEDIA ANNIVERSARY.

September 1990 — The 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction Would go to Neil Gaiman’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which was published thirty years ago this month in the nineteenth issue of Sandman. It features the beginning of Morpheus’ creative partnership with William Shakespeare, and is the only comic book to date to win a World Fantasy Award. It was drawn by Charles Vess and colored by Steve Oliff. The final issue of Sandman, number seventy five, “The Tempest”,  concerns the second of the two plays commissioned by Morpheus.

(10) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born September 10, 1860 – Margaret Armour.  Novelist, poet, translator.  Translated the Nibelungenlied into English prose (1887), then Wagner’s four Nibelungen operas The Rhine Gold and The ValkyrieSiegfried and Twilight of the Gods, illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1912); also Legerlotz’ Gudrun (1932).  Outside our field, tr. Heine with Leland and Brooksbank; and her own works. (Died 1943) [JH]
  • Born September 10, 1905 – Jay Jackson.  A hundred interiors for AmazingFantasticGolden FleeceWeird Tales.  Here is Robert Bloch’s “Secret of the Observatory”.  Here is “The Space Pirate”.  Here is “Planet of the Gods”.  Also outside our field: here is an image for World War II bonds.  He appears to have been the first black SF artist.  See this from the Chicago Defender.  (Died 1954) [JH]
  • Born September 10, 1911 – William Crawford.  Published and edited Fantasy Book (as Garret Ford; with wife Margaret Crawford), Marvel TalesUnusualSpaceway (i.e. not Harry Warner’s fanzine Spaceways).  Early LASFS (L.A. Science Fantasy Soc.) member.  Seven anthologies, some uncredited.  Started SF conventions.  Seen in Locus as late as 1981.  Helped many; received the Big Heart, our highest service award.  (Died 1984) [JH]
  • Born September 10, 1914 Robert Wise. Film director, producer, and editor. Among his accomplishments are directing The Curse of The Cat PeopleThe Day the Earth Stood StillThe HauntingThe Andromeda Strain and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Though not at all genre, he also directed West Side Story and edited Citizen Kane. (Died 2005.) (CE) 
  • Born September 10, 1927 – Betty Levin, 93.  Ten novels for us; several others outside our field e.g. Starshine and Sunglow (“Grace and subtle humor” – Kirkus), Thorn (“Strongly lyrical writing, unusual & provocative themes” – Kirkus).  Judy Lopez Award, Hope Dean Award.  [JH]
  • Born September 10, 1952 Gerry Conway, 68. Writer who’s best known for co-creating with John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru the Punisher character and scripting the death of Gwen Stacy during his long run on The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m also fond of his work on Weird Western Tales at DC. (CE) 
  • Born September 10, 1953 Pat Cadigan, 67. Tea from an Empty Cup and Dervish is Digital are both amazing works. And I’m fascinated that she has co-written with Paul Dini, creator of Batman: The Animated Series, a DCU novel called Harley Quinn: Mad Love. (CE)
  • Born September 10, 1955 Victoria Strauss, 65. Author of the Burning Land trilogy, she should be praised unto high for being founder along with AC Crispin of the Committee on Writing Scams. She maintains the Writer Beware website and blog. (CE) 
  • Born September 10, 1959 Tara Ward, 61. She played Preston in the “Warriors of the Deep”, a Third Doctor story.  After Doctor Who, she shows up in one-offs in Star Cops and Dark Realm, the Eric Roberts as the Host with vampire teeth horror anthology series,beforehaving a very minor role in the Justice League film. (CE)
  • Born September 10, 1959 Nancy A. Collins, 61. Author of the Sonja Blue vampire novels, some of the best of that genre I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. She had a long run on Swamp Thing from issues #110 to #138, and it is generally considered a very good period in that narrative.  She also wrote Vampirella, the Forrest J Ackerman and Trina Robbins creation, for awhile. (CE)
  • Born September 10, 1964 – Chip Kidd, 56.  Some say he does 75 covers a year.  “Designing books is no laughing matter.  Okay, it is.”   Here is Jurassic Park.  Here is Was.  Here is The Elephant Vanishes.  Here is Loop.  Infinity Award for Design (Int’l Center of Photography), Nat’l Design Award for Communication, AIGA (Am. Inst. Graphic Arts) Medal.  “I’m very much against the idea that the cover will sell the book.  Marketing departments of publishing houses tend to latch onto this concept and they can’t let go.  But it’s about whether the book itself really connects with the public, and the cover is only a small part of that.”  [JH]
  • Born September 10, 1977 – Emily Snyder, 43.  Directed eleven Shakespeare plays, performed in twenty-five, including Brutus in Julius Caesar and Prospero in The Tempest.  Love and Death trilogy in blank verse Persephone Rises, The Seduction of Adonis and Cupid and Psyche.  Matter of Arthur plays The Table Round and The Siege Perilous.  Novels for us Niamh and the Hermit, Charming the Moon.  Feminist and Catholic.  [JH]

(11) COMICS SECTION.

(12) WONDERBEASTS. [Item by N.] Cartoon Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts premieres its third (three seasons in a single year!!) and as of this writing final season on October 12.

(13) CAN YOU DIG IT? An archeology-inspired adventure is the big idea at Whatever today: “The Big Idea: Dan Hanks”.

“It belongs in a museum.”

That’s the quote we all know and love, uttered as the bad guys try to steal the priceless artifact away from Indiana Jones. And when he says it, the audience is usually cheering him on. He’s the scientist with the archaeological smarts after all. He knows how much these artifacts could benefit the world, so he’s going to risk his life to give us the chance to see them. Pretty damn noble if you ask me.

Except.

That’s not really the whole story, is it? 

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire, was always meant to be a fast, fun, action-packed adventure in the Indiana Jones style. An entertaining beach read (or, I guess, ‘pandemic read’ now). However, it was also important to me to address some serious archaeological issues, in particular the colonial elements of these types of stories. I wanted to pull that aspect into the torch light and inspect it properly (while hoping it didn’t set off a trap). 

The big idea here is that the famous “it belongs in a museum” line is only half complete. In a world where archaeologists and museums are being nudged to move beyond their colonial past, it deserves a follow-up: 

Whose?

(14) ANGER BENEATH THE WHIMSY. In an essay for the New York Times, James Traub contends “Doctor Dolittle’s Talking Animals Still Have Much to Say”.

…No one could say that the books have grown quaint or stale; just ask my third graders. Nor was Walpole indulging in hyperbole. Doctor Dolittle is a wonderful creation: a Victorian eccentric from the pages of Dickens; a perpetual bachelor who drives conventional humans from his life but is much loved by the poor and the marginal; a gentleman whose exquisite politesse never falters, even before sharks and pirates; a peace-loving naturalist prepared to wage war to defend his friends from evil depredations. Only by the standards of the world of grown-ups does he “do little.”

… Lofting really was a genius of children’s literature. But he was also a product of the British Empire. When Doctor Dolittle goes to Africa to cure the monkeys, he stumbles into the Kingdom of Jolliginki. Prince Bumpo, the heir to the throne, is a mooncalf who mistakes fairy tales for real life, speaks in Elizabethan periphrasis and murmurs to himself: “If only I were a white prince!” In the pencil sketches with which Lofting illustrates his texts, Prince Bumpo looks like the missing link between man and ape. Lofting’s biographer, Gary D. Schmidt, defensively notes that Doctor Dolittle himself rarely utters a bigoted word. But the doctor is only a character; the narrator and the illustrator are none other than our author. While Lofting never fails to give his Africans a measure of nobility, he is also quite certain of their savagery.

… The edition I read was probably published in 1950, three years after Lofting’s death. By the 1970s, he had gone into eclipse. Over the years, new editions appeared that attempted to address the racism, including one in 1988 from which all pictures of Prince Bumpo and his parents had been removed, along with all references to their skin color, not to mention their wish to change it. “If this verbal and visual caution occasionally seems almost craven,” a reviewer for The New York Times Book Review wrote, the blind spots for which it sought to compensate were real.

(15) SET DECORATION BY NATURE. Yeah, this is how San Francisco looked yesterday.

(16) BOOKS ON TAP. Baen Books authors will make two livestreaming appearances Publishers Weekly’s Books on Tap LIVE series in the coming months.  The authors will be interviewed with the opportunity to answer questions at the end of the segment.

The first, featuring Larry Correia, will air on Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:00 PM EDT. Larry Correia is the bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International urban fantasy series, the Grimnoir trilogy, and the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior military epic fantasy series with the latest novel Destroyer of Worlds, on sale September 1st.

David Weber & Jacob Holo will be teaming up for an event on Wednesday, October 7th at 4:00 PM EDT to celebrate the release of The Valkyrie Protocol, the second book in their Gordian Division time travel adventure series. David Weber is a multiple New York Times best-selling author, the creator of the Honor Harrington military science fiction series, as well as Path of the Fury, the Hell’s Gate multiverse series, the Dahak Saga, and many more. The Valkyrie Protocol is on sale October 6th.

The authors are known for lively dialogue, interesting backstories, and enjoying interaction with guests.  These events are free to the public.  To sign up for these special events go here September 23rd at 4:00 for Larry Correia; and a link will be forthcoming for the event on October 7th at 4:00 for David Weber and Jacob Holo.

(17) MALTIN ON MOVIES. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] I listened to a 2019 podcast Leonard and Jessie Maltin did with Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Lord and Miller met at Dartmouth, where they wrote a comic strip about a chain-smoking squirrel that was turned into a feature in the Dartmouth alumni magazine.  That magazine ended up on Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s corporate jet, which led to a phone call the undergraduates got asking them to come to Hollywood and take a meeting, which they declined because they were doing mid-term exams. 

After they were graduated, Disney hired them but their first great success came with the MTV series “Clone High,” which was banned in India because Gandhi was one of the clones.  Most of the podcast includes discussion of the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs movies and The Lego Movie.  The podcast was produced before The Lego Movie 2 came out.  There is much discussion about why it’s so much harder to come up with a good script for an animated film than for a feature film, with Leonard Maltin noting that Walt Disney threw out six months’ work on Pinocchio.

There was one question about SOLO, the Star Wars project that Lord and Miller were sacked from.

(18) RICK AND MORTY CUISINE. “Pringles Has Brought Back Its Pickle Rick Chips, and Launched Two New ‘Rick and Morty’ Flavors” – let Yahoo! Life tell you all about it.

Earlier this year, we were introduced to the Pringles and Rick and Morty collaboration that resulted in Pickle Rick pickle-flavored chips. Not only are the chips — which were released in honor of the Super Bowl — available again, but there are two new varieties that were inspired by the Adult Swim series.

The special-edition Pickle Rick flavor is joined by Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I’m Cheddar & Sour Cream. While the flavors are self-explanatory (hello, honey mustard-flavored and cheddar-and-sour-cream-flavored chips!), there’s a reason these three were chosen. Stacking Pringles flavors, which fit so perfectly together, has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years, according to the brand. The idea here is that you take one of each chip and eat them together for an insane flavor combination….

[Thanks to Andrew Porter, N., Daniel Dern, Bill, Michael Toman, Lise Andreasen, John King Tarpinian, JJ, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, John Hertz, Rob Thornton, and Cat Eldridge for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Rob Thornton.]

40 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 9/10/20 The Pixelways Will Scroll

  1. [10] I hoped that Bloch story wasn’t as racist as the caption and the few paras we see make it look like it might be. Perhaps there’s a reason it wasn’t reprinted until 2005, even though it was his first published SF story? I can’t find the story online, but I do find more than one reference to it as “yellow peril” twaddle (not unique in 1938, even among writers who should have known better).

  2. (14) I read several of the Dr. Doolittle books when I was 11 or 12 and recall enjoying them (this was around the time I really discovered reading – going through Narnia, Prydain, Middle-Earth and Susan Cooper’s fantastical Great Britain).

  3. Michael J. Lowrey asks I hoped that Bloch story wasn’t as racist as the caption and the few paras we see make it look like it might be. Perhaps there’s a reason it wasn’t reprinted until 2005, even though it was his first published SF story? I can’t find the story online, but I do find more than one reference to it as “yellow peril” twaddle (not unique in 1938, even among writers who should have known better).

    It’s only been reprinted once by Subterranean Press in a Bloch collection fifteen years ago, The Fear Planet and Other Unusual Destinations. There’s a detailed review of it that Google pulls up and it was quite racist according to that reviewer who hadn’t expected that from him.

    Not defending him but there was a large and well paying market for that sort of shit. It might have been a one-off by him that paid well. Anyone know of anything else racist by him?

  4. The Bay Area skies yesterday: Eerie, yes. Disconcerting, yes. Frightening, yes. But–silver lining in this apocalyptic cloud–it’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to standing under the skies of Mars!

  5. I just pulled up the copy of Bloch’s “The Hell-Bound Train” that I found on a pirate site years ago. What a fantastic story that is! It’s easy to see why Detention gave it a Hugo for Best Short Story. I think it was turned into a radio drama at least once but I’m not finding proof of that right now.

  6. (7) the history of “Dune” cover art was neat, though I wish the author had included National Lampoon’s “Doon” cover for sake of completeness.

    (9) was my introduction to Sandman, in a college class called Meta-Shakespeare. The issue was at the library reserve desk, as it hadn’t yet been collected in a GN.
    The course covered works like Nahum Tate’s King Lear (the more popular play, with the happy ending) and Rosenkrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

  7. Here’s the full Bloch story mentioned in #10 as it ran in the August 1938 Amazing Stories; I’ve made the link to open on the two-page spread with Jackson’s opening illustration. The issue’s in the public domain in the US (no renewal either for the issue or the stories that appear in it, as far as I’ve been able to determine). I hadn’t gotten around to linking to all Amazing Stories issues from the 1930s without active copyrights, but I’ll add this one to my listings tomorrow, and try to get to the others soon.

  8. David Shallcross: As bad as the air was during Sasquan, what we had today in the Arcadia-Monrovia area was much worse. If you’ve ever extinguished a campfire and seen that final surge of gray smoke — it’s like that all day here. I used to live in an area that’s presently under evacuation warning and drove up there to take a look yesterday — I could see lines of flame on the mountainside. But today the smoke was too thick to see them.

  9. Kindle editions of John M Ford’s “How Much for Just the Planet?” and “The Final Reflection” are available now! Amazon puts a Sept 22 date on them, but they popped right up on my Kindle.

  10. Jamoche: Kindle editions of John M Ford’s “How Much for Just the Planet?” and “The Final Reflection” are available now!

    Those have been available since 2000, because Pocket Books owns the rights to them. I bought them both a few years back.

  11. It was way oranger than Sasquan. Pantone 1505, and so dark that all the streetlights were on and daylight never quite happened. My cat absolutely hated it, so I fed him pork belly until he passed out.

    Oddly the air quality has actually improved, because all the badness is up there refracting light rather than down here getting in peoples’ lungs. It’s still a lot like being a kid in the sixties and walking through a diner full of smokers.

  12. (5)- Well, now that I know they exist I want one of those Vess posters myself. As I was going to check if a fan related organization or two were still in operation, I think I will look them up and then email you if they seem like they would be interested Cat, okay?

  13. 5) Donate to advance fannish ideals:
    The Carl Brandon Society/Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship
    The Planetary Society
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    The Gunn Center for the study of Science Fiction

    I’m sure y’all can come up with more ideas.
    Cat, can you post an image or links to satisfy everybody’s curiosity?

  14. (5) weird, my previous comment disappeared. All of the above are certainly good ideas. I have a couple fan related Charities I’m checking if I was still in business that I will contact Cat about if they seem to be, although the greedy little fan of that particular artist in me wants to just say to send me one.

  15. In more cheerful news —

    The oldest known snake in the world recently laid a clutch of fertile eggs, despite the fact that she hasn’t shared the company of a male for more than 20 years. The snake is known to be at least 62 years old.

    Parthenogenesis is becoming more widely known in both reptiles and fish, but this one is extra cool because of her age and long isolation. Genetic testing is being done on two of the eggs to verify that these are parthenogenetic, rather than the possibility that she has been storing sperm for a verrrrrrrry long time. Three of the eggs are still being incubated and are expected to hatch in the next few weeks.

    A new squeeze? Snake mystery after lone, elderly python lays clutch of eggs

    I don’t know why we don’t see this happening in sff stories! I’m sure there must be at least one or two out there — naturally parthenogenetic species, as opposed to mutants or tech — but off hand I can’t think of any. Anyone want to educate and/or remind me?

    Now playing: “Tempest” by Jesse Cook

  16. (15) ouch.

    Well, I know Red Skies could just mean we’re down to the last couple seasons of Ninja Turtles…

    Man, I am a colossal nerd.

  17. @8 Condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed.

    I’m in Illinois, near Chicago. It’s been raining the last couple of days, but earlier this week I could smell woodsmoke. From the West Coast, some 2000 miles away. (I drove ten miles with my windows open running errands; the smell never got stronger or weaker as it would if it were, say, a backyard barbeque.) Stay safe, people!

  18. (10) Jay Jackson
    Thanks, in particular, for this birthday note. I was not familiar with Jackson or his work, and have spent the last hour going down rabbit holes when I should have been doing other things.
    Allan Holtz’s blog posts give a good biography of Jackson, and numerous examples of his work.
    Steve Carper goes even further with Jackson’s SF work, and in the last half of this post, makes the case that Jackson’s work on Bungleton Green represents the first black super hero.
    The Internet Archive hosts many of the SF pulps that Jackson worked on.

  19. Warner Holme says weird, my previous comment disappeared. All of the above are certainly good ideas. I have a couple fan related Charities I’m checking if I was still in business that I will contact Cat about if they seem to be, although the greedy little fan of that particular artist in me wants to just say to send me one.

    Good try but they really should all go to benefit fandom. They’re not the coolest thing I’ve been sent as that goes to David Dyer-Bennet sending me Terri Windling’s original artwork for the Another Way to Travel album by Cats Laughing.

    Now playing: Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Did She Jump or Was She Pushed”

  20. @Cat Eldridge don’t worry I was mostly kidding haha, if I end up getting one it’ll be because I win a charity auction or something.

    Like I said I will contact you with the fan Charities I’m thinking of are still around, but I have to dig up the links.

  21. 1) Thanks for the reminder. The Dispatcher came out as an audiobook first. I checked for the print version for a while, but it wasn’t available. Now it is! [ I hadn’t looked for it in a couple of years.]

    Now listening to Echoes by Rodrigo y Gabriela (cover of the Pink Floyd song – I didn’t know!).

    For those into unique covers, try out Luna Lee’s YouTube channel. She plays the gayageum. Usually, she overdubs to play 2 to 4 parts of the same song (i.e. bass guitar, rhythm, lead, lyrics) on the gayageum. She does it all; from classic rock to pop to country to more recent hits.

    Regards,
    Dann
    Tolerance always has limits – it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant. – Sidney Hook (1975). “Pragmatism and the tragic sense of life”

  22. JeffWarner ask Cat, can you post an image or links to satisfy everybody’s curiosity.

    Ok let me find them. Ok there’s four of them all on heavy stock paper — Reading is an Adventure Worth Having, Bristol Ballet Nutcracker, Fairie Queen, and de Int’s A Circle of Cats cover art. Most are twenty four by eighteen inches or larger. They’re signed and dated by Vess. I don’t want to handle them in a less than ideal conditions so photographing them ain’t happening.

    Ok let’s say it’s three as I’m likely to keep and frame the latter being a cat person. I hadn’t looked at these in a decade at least so I didn’t know what was there.

    Now playing Richard and Linda Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”

  23. (10) Chip Kidd has also authored two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners. The Cheese Monkeys is delightful and quite funny; CK has that rarest of artistic gifts – a unique voice and an individual vision. I found The Learners to be a bit of a downer, though.

    Oh, and he also did a Batman graphic novel.

  24. I wrote a series of stories in the 90s set in the 2040s about people being forced to wear protective “excursion” suits against threats environmental, technological and pathogenical for even short forays outside their hermetically-sealed domiciles, a notion which elicited indifference then.

    I should have designed one instead. I certainly wish I had one right now.

  25. Contraius says This may be the Nutracker one.

    Not at all. This one has a man with eye patch diving into the image from the top. I’m thinking the poster might’ve been done as a special promotion.

  26. @Cat —

    I’m thinking the poster might’ve been done as a special promotion.

    Well yes, that’s what the one I linked to would be — a special promo poster. But it’s entirely possible that he did multiple posters for the same event, or for the same event in different years.

    Now playing: nothing at all!

  27. Contraius says: Well yes, that’s what the one I linked to would be — a special promo poster. But it’s entirely possible that he did multiple posters for the same event, or for the same event in different years.

    Most likely. There was a time when he sold a lot of product on his site which he doesn’t do as much these days.

    Now listening to: Star Trek: Discovery: Die Standing. If you didn’t get enough of Emperor Philippa Georgiou in the Discovery series, this is for you.

  28. @Contrarius, Spartan Planet by A.Bertram Chandler has the native species use parthenogenesis and in Rissa Kerguelen by F.M. Busby the protagonist’s (human) family uses it.

  29. @BGrandath —

    @Contrarius, Spartan Planet by A.Bertram Chandler has the native species use parthenogenesis and in Rissa Kerguelen by F.M. Busby the protagonist’s (human) family uses it.

    Thanks! I’ll look them up.

  30. @Contrarius: Other examples of parthenogenesis in SF include Stephen Baxter’s Coalescent (and its sequels?) and David Brin’s Glory Season.

  31. @Stewart —

    @Contrarius: Other examples of parthenogenesis in SF include Stephen Baxter’s Coalescent (and its sequels?) and David Brin’s Glory Season.

    Thanks, Stewart!

  32. @Contrarius: Possibly also Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman – I haven’t found a precise description, but it has a haploid human character, which implies parthenogenesis.

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