2019 Loscon Guests of Honor Announced

Loscon 46 chair Matthew B. Tepper has announced the 2019 convention’s guests of honor:

Pro: Howard Waldrop
Fan: Edie Stern
Artist: Julie Dillon

The theme of Loscon 46 is “Where Science Fiction Meets Fantasy.”

Loscon 46 will be held November 29 – December 1, 2019, at the LAX Marriott. Further details to be announced later.

Dozois, Martin and Waldrop on Video

At Capclave 2013 Howard Waldrop, George R. R. Martin, and Gardner Dozois spent two hours talking among themselves on a panel.

According to Howard this is the first time all three have done this, although various members of the trio have paired off in the past.

Here is the video.

[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]

Howard Waldrop Sighting

 ConQuesT 41 is running in Kansas City this weekend with an excellent slate of guests including Michael Swanwick, Toni Weisskopf and Geri Sullivan. But that’s not all!

Once again on Saturday night there will be a con-within-a-con in the Dawn Patrol suite. To quote Jimmy Hollaman:

As some of you know, this coming weekend is ConQuesT 41. What you might not know is that for the last few years on Saturday night, another convention has been held. Room Con. Basically it’s a convention with in a convention. This year we will be throwing ROOM CON 6.6.6. the con of all Evil, and what a lineup we have. Writer Guest is Howard Waldrop (a national treasure), Artist Guest is Mitch Bentley, Toastmaster is Jim Murray, Fan Guest is Sue Sinor, and last but certainly not least, our returning Musical Guest Bland Lemon Denton (Brad Denton). And for those that drink, you can try a Pale Jimmy, a home brewed beer made just for Room Con. If you have not got to make it to a Room Con yet, please feel free to stop by. Saturday night at 10 we will be opening the doors. Live music, great guest and an art show where you are the artist. Yep come by and create some art with your fellow fans. For more info on Room Con, go to Facebook and look up ROOM CON. There you will find pictures of some of the past Room Cons.

Yes, my sense of humor may be too basic, but something that always gets a laugh out of me is any variation on the nickname “Blind-Lemon-whoever.”

[Via Chronicles of the Dawn Patrol.]

The Perspicacious Post

Michael Walsh’s Old Earth Books has received another hat tip from the Washington Post’s Michael Dirda for its Howard Waldrop collection:

Old Earth Books (Baltimore). Other Worlds, Better Lives: A Howard Waldrop Reader, Selected Long Fiction, 1989-2003 is a companion to Waldrop’s selected short stories, Things Will Never Be the Same, a volume justly praised by a certain Washington Post reviewer of admirable perspicacity (me). Waldrop parodies and pastiches popular culture and literary tradition with seriously manic brilliance. See, in this volume, his novella-length retelling of the labors of Hercules in 1920s Mississippi, “A Dozen Tough Jobs.”

Snapshots 8

Here are four developments of interest to fans: 

(1) Preview the artwork Brianna Spacekat Wu sent for File 770, done with an assist from her husband, Frank. He explains: “I helped out a little at the beginning and end, but the vast, vast majority of the work was her.”

(2) There are a lot of librarians in this country who stay informed about electronic storytelling so they can pass the information on to library users. For example, here is what the Imperial County (CA) Free Library blog has to say about three podcastin services, Escape Pod, Pseudopod and PodCastle.

(3) Publishers Weekly’s “Nuts & Bolts” ran an interview with Kelly Link.

(4) Ellen Datlow has news about Howard Waldrop.

[This post includes links from Andrew Porter and Michael J. Walsh.]

Update 10/24/2008: Changed link for Brianna Wu art.

Waldrop Book Gets Another Rave

Ed Park has penned a superb review of Howard Waldrop’s Other Worlds, Better Lives: Selected Long Fiction 1989-2003 for the Los Angeles Times:

It is probably inadvisable to consume Howard Waldrop’s Other Worlds, Better Lives: Selected Long Fiction 1989-2003 (Old Earth: 280 pp., $15 paper) in one gulp. Waldrop has a pleasing style and wears his learning lightly; he pokes fun at those books “full of two-dollar words,” in which “the sentences were a mile long, and the verb was way down at the bottom of the page.” But the works gathered here make hay with so many ultraspecific cultural moments that the unwary reader might contemplate suing for whiplash.

[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the link.]

Waldrop Reviewed by Booklist

Michael Walsh of Old Earth Books happily passes along the good things a reviewer has to say about his new Howard Waldrop collection, “Others Worlds, Better Lives,” in the September 15 issue of the American Library Association’s Booklist:

Waldrop is an acknowledged master of the sf short story. This volume collects seven examples of his mastery of the lengthier novella and proves beyond much doubt that he is equally adept at it, too. “A Dozen Tough Jobs” transfers the Labors of Hercules to the 1920s South. “Fin de Cyclé” is a frank homage to Alfred Jarry, one of the founders of the Surrealist and Dada movements. “Major Spacer in the 21st Century!” essays an alternate history of the visual media and their consequences for the history of sf. “A Better World in Birth!” postulates the elimination of most of the classic nineteenth-century revolutionaries, including even Richard Wagner, in favor of, well, perhaps one could call them more constructive alternate figures, such as Bakunin, the father of collectivist anarchism. Add to this level of imagination outstanding clarity in the use of the English language and introductions that put each novella in the context of Waldrop’s long career, and you have a quite essential volume of his work.”