Pixel Scroll 2/9/23 Fifty Ways To Scroll Your Pixels

(1) WEBSITE SECURITY. “Safety Dispatch: How to Secure Your Author Website” from the SFWA Safety Committee. Sections on choosing a hosting service, domain registration, and the like, are followed with some wisdom about choosing content.  

Carefully Choose What to Share

Your author bio doesn’t have to list family members, your hometown, or any other identity markers you aren’t comfortable sharing. You’re not obligated to mention your birthday, your employer, or your involvement with other organizations, through which somebody might find details about your identity and location that you don’t wish to share. Some authors are transparent about all of these things, and some aren’t. There isn’t a single right answer to sharing information about your life online. But if you think about the boundaries you would like to set in advance, you’ll find it easier to avoid posting information that you can’t take back.

Photographs can also be sources of more information than you intend. Pay attention to what’s in the background of any photos you post on your website or on social media, such as exterior shots of your home or distinctive landmarks through your windows. Turn off geolocation metadata when you take photos or make sure you know how to remove it before posting images online. 

(2) TRADPUB PAY HIKES. Two publishers recently raised their starting salaries, perhaps hoping to forestall the labor action current facing HarperCollins – Publishers Weekly reports “HBG Raises Starting Salaries to $47,500” and “Macmillan Raises Starting Salaries to $47,500”. It’s hard not to notice the figures are identical – collusion, anyone?

(3) SOONERCON. Oklahoma pop-culture event Soonercon announced a new graphic design and branding yesterday, along with a new mascot.

We are excited today to reveal an all new look and feel for Soonercon! We’ve been working closely these past few months with our Diamond Sponsor Robot House to rebrand Soonercon for the modern era. We started this journey with the Soonercon story and two words came forward: community and hope. Armed with that (and whole heck of a lot more words about our special convention), Robot House designed these new logos for us, a friendly and forward color scheme, and fonts to take us into the future.

Even more exciting, say hello to Ripley Raccoon, Soonercon’s new mascot! Ripley is curious, always learning, loves art and reading, and has a whole lot of hobbies – just like our members.

In the Soonercon Cosplay Facebook group the change received a mixed greeting. Some liked it. Some criticized it for resembling sites aimed at kids, others for lacking any sci-fi identity.

(4) EATING THE FANTASTIC. Scott Edelman invites listeners to collaborate over breakfast with Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni in Episode 191 of his Eating the Fantastic podcast.

Mary SanGiovanni and Brian Keene

Anyone who’s listened to more than a few episodes of Eating the Fantastic already knows — collaboration confuses me. Tell me two writers have managed to work together on the same project without blood on the floor and a lifelong feud and I’m baffled. So when I learned previous guests of the show Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni had collaborated on the short story collection Things Left Behind, released last year by Thunderstorm Books, I knew we’d have to chat about it.

We met for breakfast at Martinsburg, West Virginia’s Blue White Grill, which has been serving diner food since the ’50s.

Brian’s published more than 40 novels, including the best-selling The Rising, and he’s the winner of the 2014 World Horror Grand Master Award, while Mary is the author of The Hollower trilogy, the first volume of which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. There’s a whole lot more to know about each of them, as you’ll learn if you listen to those two earlier episodes.

We discussed how being intimidated by each other helps their collaborative process, their different tolerances for writing gore (and how that’s changed over time), the romantic reason (up until this episode known to only one of them) their collaborative short story collection came about, which of them once wrote 45,000 words in a day, how they came to agree on a joint dedication, who gives each story its final polish (and who get the final say on sending it to market), how Brian attempted to bleed all over Mary’s upcoming Alien novel, the way they approach their own deaths, their honeymoon book tour hitting every state but Alaska and Hawaii, their upcoming collaborative novel, and much more.

(5) MIDDLE-EARTH LEGO SET. “The 6,167-Piece Rivendell Is the One Lego Lord of the Rings Set to Rule Them All”Gizmodo takes readers on a tour. (See even more on the Lego website.)

…Although Lego’s Rivendell even includes the place where Aragon and Boromir first meet next to the shrine featuring the shards of Narsil, it appears as if the minifigure version of Boromir has yet to cut his finger on the still-sharp sword. But that’s nothing a red Sharpie can’t fix.

As peaceful as Rivendell appears, the elves are still well regarded for their weapons, and not only does this set come with a well-stocked armory, but also a glowing forge for creating Lhangs and other stabby tools for making short work of orcs and goblins.

There’s nothing worse than working your way through a textbook-sized Lego instruction manual only to come across a step that has to be repeated countless times that dramatically slows down your build progress. That is undoubtedly the case with the tiled roof atop Rivendell—each 1×1 Lego tile will have to be attached and aligned individually—but the results look like they’re definitely worth the effort.

Although Lego did release a mountain (of doom) of images of its new LOTR Rivendell set, there still appear to be lots of details not highlighted yet. So if you’re still on the fence over whether you want to make room to add this sizeable set to your collection, you can take a quick tour of its entire layout using this 360-degree animation….

(6) SOMETIMES THEY’RE RIGHT. [Item by David Goldfarb.] On last night’s episode of Jeopardy! in the Double Jeopardy round, “That’s Dedication”, $1200:

Douglas Adams dedicated this title guy’s “Holistic Detective Agency”,

“To my mother, who liked the bit about the horse”

Returning champion Matthew Marcus correctly responded, “Who is Dirk Gently?”

“Comedy Time”, $800:

1960s: General Buck Turgidson wants to explore the nuclear option

Dan Wohl responded, “What is Doctor Strangelove?”

(7) TCHAIKOVSKY Q&A. Moid Moidelhoff conducts “An Interview with Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children Of Memory and Beyond” at Media Death Cult.

(8) OMNIVOROUS READER. A New York Times interview: “Jojo Moyes’s Grandmother Knew a Bookworm When She Saw One”.

Do you distinguish between “commercial” and “literary” fiction? Where’s that line, for you?

Not in terms of my appetite for reading — I read everything from thrillers to literary fiction to comic books. And I’m enjoying the fact that the line appears to have become increasingly blurred between them. If someone I trust tells me something’s good, I’ll give it a go.

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?

I was an only child and a voracious reader. My grandmother called me a bookworm, and it wasn’t a compliment, as my weekly visits to her were usually spent with my nose buried between the pages. The books that have stayed with me are “The Black Stallion,” by Walter Farley, and “The Secret Garden,” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and, as a teenager, the books of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was also a compulsive reader of horror — I could not read horror now if you paid me.

(9) LEE MODER OBITUARY. Comics artist Lee Moder died around January 15 says Deadline.

Comic book artist Lee Moder, who co-created the Courtney Whitmore version of Stargirl with Geoff Johns in 1999, has passed away, according to ComicBook.com and statements from his peers. The web site cited a family friend, who indicated that Moder died quietly at home sometime on or before January 15th. No cause of his death was given. Moder was 53.


1982 — Paul Weimer offers us his thoughts on Robert Heinlein’s Friday

Heinlein’s Friday is, in my mind, unquestionably the strongest of the late Heinleins. It starts with a strong and indelible paragraph that introduces and defines the character. The world of the novel, a sequel to the story “Gulf” is also a refutation of that story’s thesis, and shows the evolved thinking Heinlein had about that earlier story’s assumptions. The balkanized America of the novel is a chaotic and interesting place, from its vividly imagined Democracy run amok California to the mighty and autocratic Chicago Imperium. 

Its ideas on corporations, artificial personhood, and more are thought provoking. Friday is far and away the most successful of the late Heinlein novels in what it tries to do, and remains the most readable by a large margin. 

And now the Beginning of that novel… 

As I left the Kenya Beanstalk capsule he was right on my heels. He followed me through the door leading to Customs, Health, and Immigration. As the door contracted behind him I killed him.

I have never liked riding the Beanstalk. My distaste was full-blown even before the disaster to the Quito Skyhook. A cable that goes up into the sky with nothing to hold it up smells too much of magic. But the only other way to reach Ell-Five takes too long and costs too much; my orders and expense account did not cover it.

So I had been edgy even before I left the shuttle from Ell-Five at Stationary Station to board the Beanstalk capsule…but, damn it, being edgy isn’t reason to kill a man. I had intended only to put him out for a few hours.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born February 9, 1863 Anthony Hope. He is remembered predominantly for only two books: The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau. Well so says online sources but I never heard of the latter novel. Any of you heard of it? The Prisoner of Zenda was filmed in 1936 with the legendary Ronald Coleman in the lead and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Rupert. (Died 1933.)
  • Born February 9, 1877 George Allan England. His short story, “The Thing from—’Outside’”, which had originally appeared in Gernsback’s Science and Invention, was reprinted in the first issue of the first SF magazine, Amazing Stories, in April 1926. Unfortunately, his later Darkness and Dawn trilogy is badly marred by overt racism as later critics note. (Died 1936.)
  • Born February 9, 1928 Frank Frazetta. Artist whose illustrations showed up damn near everywhere from LP covers to book covers and posters. Among the covers were Tarzan and the Lost EmpireConan the Adventurer (L. Sprague de Camp stories in that setting) and Tarzan at the Earth’s Core. He did over-muscled barbarians very well! In the early 1980s, Frazetta worked with Bakshi on the feature Fire and Ice. He provided the poster for it as he did for Mad Monster Party and The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck, two other genre films. He was inducted into both Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. (Died 2010.)
  • Born February 9, 1935 R. L. Fanthorpe, 88. He was a pulp writer for UK publisher Badger Books during the 1950s and 1960s during which he wrote under some sixty pen names. I think he wrote several hundred genre novels during that time but no two sources agree on just how many he wrote. Interestingly nothing is available by him digitally currently though his hard copy offerings would fill a wing of a small rural library. He’d be perfect for the usual suspects I’d say.
  • Born February 9, 1946 Clive Walter Swift. His first genre appearance was as Snug in that version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968). Several years thereafter he was Dr. Black in “A Warning to the Curious” (based on a ghost story by British writer M. R. James).Then he’s Ector, whoever that character is, in Excalibur. He shows up next in the Sixth Doctor story, “The Revelation of a The Daleks” as Professor Jobel. (Died 2019.)
  • Born February 9, 1951 Justin Gustainis, 72. Author of two series so far, one being the Occult Crimes Unit Investigations series which he’s written three superb novels in so far, and the other being the Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigations series which has seven novels and which I’ve not read yet. Who’s read the latter series? 
  • Born February 9, 1953 Ciaran Hinds, 70. I can’t picture him but he’s listed as being King Lot in Excalibur, that being his credited his genre role. He next shows up in Mary Reilly, a riff off the Hyde theme, as Sir Danvers Care. I’ve next got him in Jason and the Argonauts as King Aeson followed by being in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life as Jonathan Reiss. (Yes I like those films.) before being replaced in the next film, he played Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Two final roles worth noting. he played The Devil in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Steppenwolf In Justice League.
  • Born February 9, 1956 Timothy Truman, 67. Writer and artist best known in my opinion for his work on Grimjack with John Ostrander, along with Scout, and the reinvention of Jonah Hex with Joe R. Lansdale. His work with Ostrander is simply stellar and is collected in Grimjack Omnibus, Volumes 1 and 2.  For the Hex work, I’d say get Jonah Hex: Shadows West which collects their work together. He did do a lot of other work and I’m sure you’ll point out what I’ve overlooked.


  • Heart of the City is about a family’s plans to go to a con. 
  • Bizarro’s Star Wars-themed joke today proves again why this comic bears the name it has.  

(13) EKPEKI Q&A. The Horror Writers Association Blog continues their Black History Month theme with “Black Heritage in Horror: Interview with Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki”.

What was it about the horror genre that drew you to it?

It’s familiarity. The way that it approached all these very real issues we experienced and lived everyday in ways that were innocent and enticing enough to consume when we shied away from the stark reality of it.

Do you make a conscious effort to include African diaspora characters and themes in your writing and if so, what do you want to portray?

Yes. It’s a conscious, deliberate decolonization process for me. A reclamation of my identity and these pieces of myself, culture, identity that were eroded with slavery and colonialism….

(14) LET THE WOOKIEE WIN. “Chewbacca: Peter Mayhew’s Wife Slams Auction for Star Wars Sale” reports Variety. Things the Mayhews abandoned in an attic when they moved were scheduled to go under the hammer.

Angie Mayhew, the wife of the late “Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, is speaking out against an upcoming auction in which Peter’s “Star Wars” memorabilia will be sold. Ryedale Auctioneers is selling “Star Wars” scripts, call-sheets and more that were discovered in Peter Mayhew’s attic after his death. Peter starred as Chewbacca in George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” trilogy. Angie took to Twitter to say the auction “really breaks [her] heart.”

“When we moved out of this house, Peter’s movement challenges made it impossible for him to get into the attic to get the rest of these memories,” Angie wrote. “It really breaks my heart to see our belongings auctioned off like this by [auction house founder] Angus Ashworth and Ryedale Auctioneers.”

“It was one of Peter’s and my biggest regrets that we had to leave these items behind,” Angie added. “His knees and joints had gotten to be so painful that he was no longer able to go into the attic to get them.”

Several hours after posting, Angie updated fans using the Peter Mayhew Foundation account and said that she had a Zoom meeting with the auction house.

“I communicated our desire that Peter’s items be returned to the Mayhew family,” Angie wrote. “Will keep everyone posted as progress is made – thank you for the continued support!”…

(15) INFLATION RATE. Not that you ever doubted it: “Chinese Balloon Had Tools to Collect Communications Signals, U.S. Says” in the New York Times.

The Chinese spy balloon shot down by the U.S. military over the Atlantic Ocean was capable of collecting communications signals and was part of a fleet of surveillance balloons directed by the Chinese military that had flown over more than 40 countries across five continents, the State Department said Thursday.

The United States used high resolution imagery from U-2 flybys to determine the balloon’s capabilities, the department said in a written announcement, adding that the balloon’s equipment “was clearly for intelligence surveillance and inconsistent with the equipment onboard weather balloons.”

The agency said the balloon had multiple antennas in an array that was “likely capable of collecting and geo-locating communications.” Solar panels on the machine were large enough to produce power to operate “multiple active intelligence collection sensors,” the department said.

The agency also said the U.S. government was “confident” that the company that made the balloon had direct commercial ties with the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese military, citing an official procurement portal for the army. The department did not name the company….

(16) SQUINTING IN SPACE. Nature reports the first space-based discovery of an exoplanet using microlensing. Primary research paper here.

K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb is the first bound micro-lensing exoplanet discovered from space-based data. 

The system lies at a distance of 5.2 ± 0.2 kpc (17,000 light years if my maths is right?) from Earth towards the Galactic bulge, more than twice the distance of the previous most distant planet found by Kepler. The sky-projected separation of the planet from its host is found to be 4.2 ± 0.3 au (1 au being the distance between the Earth and the Sun).

According to current planet formation models, this system is very close to the host mass threshold below which Jupiters are not expected to form…

(17) 00P$. “Google AI chatbot Bard sends shares plummeting after it gives wrong answer” reports the Guardian. “Chatbot Bard incorrectly said James Webb Space Telescope was first to take pictures of planet outside Earth’s solar system.”

Google’s response to ChatGPT has got off to an embarrassing start after its new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot gave a wrong answer in a promotional video, as investors wiped more than $100bn (£82bn) off the value of the search engine’s parent company, Alphabet.

The sell-off on Wednesday came amid investor fears that Microsoft, which is deploying an ChatGPT-powered version of its Bing search engine, will damage Google’s business. Alphabet stock slid by 9% during regular trading in the US but was flat after hours.

Experts pointed out that promotional material for Bard, Google’s competitor to Microsoft-backed ChatGPT, contained an error in the response by the chatbot to: “What new discoveries from the James Webb space telescope (JWST) can I tell my nine-year old about?”…

(18) APPARENT VIOLATION OF THE ROCHE LIMIT. Of course you know what that is. Errr…. “Astronomers Discover Unexpected Ring around Distant Dwarf Planet” at Sky & Telescope.

The distant dwarf planet 500000 Quaoar appears to have a ring that spans far beyond where it ought to be stable. “That is not where it was supposed to be,” says Bruno Morgado (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), lead author of a team of 59 astronomers who report the discovery in Nature

French astronomer Edouard Roche defined the concept of the Roche limit in 1848, calculating where a planet’s tidal forces would exceed the gravitational force holding a moon together. Inside that region, the stronger gravitational force of the planet overpowers the moon’s gravity and that tidal pull eventually tears the moon apart. Only outside that limit can small objects, dust, and debris coalesce under their own gravity to form a moon. With the ring’s discovery, the Roche limit may need a rethink….

How much trouble can they get into for violating the Roche Limit? John A Arkansawyer guesses, “They might get thrown out of the Astronomical Union?”

(19) DID THE EARTH MOVE FOR YOU? Matt O’Dowd of PBS Space Time displays multiple different ways of looking at the same question in “How Earth REALLY Moves Through the Galaxy”.

[Thanks to Mike Kennedy, John King Tarpinian, Chris Barkley, Cliff, David Goldfarb, Steven French, Scott Edelman, SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie, John A Arkansawyer, Andrew Porter, Michael Toman, and Cat Eldridge for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day by Daniel Dern.]

35 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 2/9/23 Fifty Ways To Scroll Your Pixels

  1. (3) there was an SF novel in the 80s set in a universe where raccoons are the dominant intelligent species on earth, and humans never evolved. [found it: Architects of Sleep, by Stephen R Boyett. Recommend it.]

  2. (1) No. No one should be telling everything about themselves to the world. The people who think everyone knows anything anyway are fools – no, they don’t. And telling everything is a great way to have your house sold out from under you (happened to a Canadian couple), and your bank accounts emptied.
    (5) Oh, thanks so much Mike for posting this. There’s no way I can hide it from my partner….
    (10) Disagree. I, like a lot of folks I’ve spoken with over the years, think it most certainly is Heinlein again, after the brain surgery… but it’s more like 2.5 novels smooshed together, Podkayne, and…. The strongest one was the one after, Job. Come on, how can you fault a novel where St. Peter calls up the Holy Ghost on a phone, and begins with, “Hey, Spook!”?

  3. Clive Swift – not Ecto, but Ector, as in Sir Ector, foster-father to the young Arthur.

    Ciaran Hinds has quite a few other genre roles – I’d mention his appearance (alongside the frozen head of Albert Finney) in Dennis Potter’s Cold Lazarus, and he was in the TV adaptation of Dan Simmons’s The Terror. And is Ivanhoe genre? Because he made a magnificently moody Brian de Bois-Guilbert in the 1997 mini-series.

  4. In The Prisoner of Zenda the real prince spends most of his time languishing out of sight in a dungeon, which keeps the reader from noticing what a jerk he is. In the sequel it becomes painfully obvious.

    Hope also wrote a number of society magazine short stories, which are surprisingly readable.

  5. Mike – ARGH! She’s seen it! She’ll have to buy a case to put it in – the cats have already once or twice knocked over the Shuttle, and the Hubble, and that doesn’t count the time one of the members of WSFA knocked over the Saturn V/Apollo 11…..

  6. 3) Boyett’s The Architect of Sleep ended on a cliffhanger. No sequel was ever published. Rumor had it that the sequel contained an extremely explicit and unpleasant scene.

  7. (11)>>>>….Rupert of Hentzau. Well so says online sources but I never heard of the latter novel. Any of you heard of it?…..
    On April 4, 1975 (I used to write the date and place I bought a book in it), back in high school, I bought this book at the old “Little Read Bookstore” in Detroit. It was printed in 1905. I’m not sure what led me to pick it up off the shelf; it was old and worn and an odd shade of dark green, but there was a castle with a high tower surrounded by spooky clouds on the spine, and more of that castle on the front cover. When I opened the book, I found affixed to its first blank page an oval photograph of a stunning young brunette woman with enchanting eyes dressed in an Edwardian gown. Below the photo someone had written in elaborate cursive script: Jeane Laurel, as “Princess Flavia”, Lyceum Theatre, May 14, 1902.
    I was immediately smitten with her, then, an again a few moments ago, when after reading Mr. Glyer’s comments, I had walked over to a bookcase and plucked out and opened the book. It was not unlike the scene in “Somewhere in Time” where Christopher Reeve’s 1979 character beholds and falls in love with Jane Seymour’s character’s 1912 photo, except, dammit, I never time traveled back to meet her……. Oh, well…. My 2023 self just went looking for Jean Laurel on the Internet, and found no trace of her. Has anyone else ever heard of her? Anybody got a time machine I could borrow????

  8. Mark I am trying to figure out where the $499 is coming from, I figure I can get James to build me a case to protect my Legos from the cats. Since we don’t have any wall space, I’m thinking of maybe a new coffee table case.

  9. @K–

    (11)>>>>….Rupert of Hentzau. Well so says online sources but I never heard of the latter novel. Any of you heard of it?…

    Yes. One of the shared pleasures in my often contentious relationship with my sister when we were kids.

    Rupert of Hentzau

  10. I have a paper copy of Rupert of Hentzau! But in checking to see if there’s an audiobook I discovered it’s the third book in a trilogy and the first book is The Heart of Princess Osra! Fortunately it’s available through the LA County Library system.

    There is an audiobook of Rupert, but sadly, none of the many libraries I have a card from carry it.

  11. When I discussed Prisoner of Zenda on SFF Audio, Jesse noted that there was a sequel but we didn’t know anything about it other than its existence.

    But there is also sorts of weird things like that out there–like the Tom Sawyer sequels, including one where Tom and Huck take a balloon across the Atlantic to Africa…

  12. A simple and elegant explanation for Quaoar’s ring is that it is a new feature (the result of a recent collision) that hasn’t had time to coalesce into a single body; per Mencken it may also be wrong.

  13. 11) One of the things I’ve always found interesting about Rupert of Hentzau is how near the end, our hero, Rudolf Rassendyl, finally decides to take/assume/usurp/steal the throne that is his morally — but not by blood — and dies almost immediately. Struck down by the hand of God, you might say. I’ve always felt like it’s a statement of Victorian England’s morality about staying in your station.

    Also: imagine a modern editor’s reaction to a short novel in which three of the main characters are named Rudolf, Rudolf, and Rupert. They’d have a fit!

  14. One of the joys of a rural library with a long-suffering librarian is that you can occasionally find old books like Rupert of Hentzau in them.

    I found it…interesting.

  15. David Gustafson: I can’t believe you spoiled the ending of a book I said I had just started reading.

  16. It occurs to me that a feminist reimagining of the original Prisoner could make for a fun read. Until then, Wikipedia reminds me of the Fourth Doctor story The Androids of Tara, and I think I have that on DVD somewhere.

  17. I can’t believe no one is talking about Fanthorpe. I discovered him in my teens back in Cleveland – “Negative Minus” was the book. It was the Odyssey transferred to outer space; all the characters kept their Ancient Greek names, only spelled backwards. My favorite line from it is “One by one, food and alcohol overcame the revelling princelings.”

    Fanthorpe’s books have supplied material for many “Turkey Readings” at conventions. Fanthorpe himself is quite a charismatic, multifaceted character. He was a guest of honor at an Orycon (Portland, Oregon convention) years ago, and attended at least one more.

  18. Fanthorpe himself is quite a charismatic, multifaceted character. He was a guest of honor at an Orycon (Portland, Oregon convention) years ago, and attended at least one more.

    One year, we had both Fanthorpe and Terry Pratchett as guests at OryCon!

  19. I read “The Prisoner of Zenda” in the 1970s — or at least I thought I had read it, until years later I remembered that I had actually read my grandmother’s “Reader’s Digest Best Loved Books for Young Readers” version. I recently went back to read the undiluted version (Thank you, Project Gutenberg!) and it was, um… OK.

    If you’re interested in the story, I strongly recommend the Doctor Who version instead (“The Androids of Tara”). The Doctor is a much better hero than Rudolf, and both Strella and Romana are a LOT more interesting than Flavia.

    PS: As for Ciarán Hinds – The first role I will always associate with him in my mind is the noble Captain Wentworth, from 1995’s “Persuasion” (my all-time favorite Jane Austin adaptation ever). But that association has strong competition with his portrayal of Mance Rayder, “the King Beyond the Wall”, in Game of Thrones.

  20. It’s genre adjacent-adjacent at best, but for me Ciarán Hinds will always be Julius Caesar in HBO’s Rome.

  21. And apparently Soonercon 31 begins June 30 in Norman (city of University of Oklahoma). The graphic, the Facebook page — neither says this. And it’s, um, kinda important. If you want to, like, attend.

    So in case you were wondering.

    And I have no idea about the raccoon either. I got nuthin.

  22. If it was supposed to be a Guardians of the Galaxy reference the raccoon would be armed, so I guess it’s not that.

  23. Aah Ciaran Hinds (the Irish actor). My (now late) mum was an extra in a scene with him (in non genre movie “Some Mothers Son” (1996)). And that –then controversial — film (it had to do with the then “Troubles”) was mostly filmed round my home town, just north of Dublin city. They even repainted the Irish (green) mailboxes into red!! (This was unlike my own, very very short (2 secs/48 frames-blink and ye will miss me) appearance as a young dead boy on a bike (gassed by Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee)) in sort-of genre movie “The Face Of Fu Manchu” (1965). Also filmed locally in the same town…

  24. A lot Fanthorpe’s books are available as ebooks from the SF Gateway, though probably not in the US. However, Tales From the Vatican Vaults contains a Fanthorpe short story and should be available as an ebook in the US.

  25. Stuart Hall says A lot Fanthorpe’s books are available as ebooks from the SF Gateway, though probably not in the US. However, Tales From the Vatican Vaults contains a Fanthorpe short story and should be available as an ebook in the US.

    There are three fat collections of these stories available as epubs. You do know that he didn’t actually exist but was the pen name of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe?

  26. One of the sub-plots of The Great Race ( dir. by Blake Edwards) was a Prisoner of Zenda takeoff, with Jack Lemmon as both Professor Fate and Prince Frederick Hapnik. Tony Curtis fenced with Ross Martin ( the villain of the segment).

  27. There are three fat collections of these stories available as epubs. You do know that he didn’t actually exist but was the pen name of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe?

    Only the later works are actual collaborations, all of the early stuff was written before they were a couple. They have only been attributed to both of them retrospectively. Lionel was only 16 when he published his first story.

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