Archive for March, 2007

2007 Hugo Nominations

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Although this is intended as a log of updates to my own sites, I can’t resist having a little gloat over the just-leaked Hugo shortlist. Thanks to all! — although I suspect my alarming run of luck is set to end this year.

As Others See Us

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Ansible doesn’t have an index page for this department, but today I fudged up a little “lucky dip” script to retrieve and display a randomly selected “As Others See Us” quote. Here it is.

PS (April): The chap who wrote this Wired story had invited me to do his homework (excitingly phrased as “ interview request”). Being short of time, I gave him the featured Battlestar Galactica quote and referred him to the above page; also to my columns for SFX issues #37, #105, #126, #133 and #142. Didn’t get a credit, alas, just an unobtrusive link.

An essay by David I. Masson

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

David Masson‘s death in February is especially saddening because Chris Priest and I had a long and enjoyable correspondence with him while (and after) preparing the expanded 2003 edition of his fine sf collection The Caltraps of Time. Recently, Peter Weston sent me a heap of back numbers of his fanzine Speculation, and in the May 1970 issue I found an essay by David Masson which he’d forgotten and I’d never known about: “Some Thoughts on Language in Science Fiction”.

SFX 151 column

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

“John M. Who?” No doubt this will seem pretty trite to those who knew Mike Ford, but I felt that — although the editor discourages me from doing too many memorial pieces — I had to tell SFX readers about him.

Ansible 236, March 2007

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Another issue rolls down the slipway….

By the way, I have no idea why the previous posting suddenly started claiming “1 comment” which (even using administrative super powers) I am unable to locate.