Times and Cemetery Dance, Lambshead & Booksense, New
Heinlein Novel for November, Book Junk and Spaceship
Times and Cemetery Dance
A very nice Edward
Miller-like painting from Jeff
I hope readers will bear with me
as I slowly spiral back to reality, such as it is.
I hope to have the final Worldcon column out later
today, but the way things are looking it may be
Thursday. Rest assured I'll follow up on a number
of dangling threads. I took notes.
The latest issue of
Dance has just arrived,
and I must say I'm pleased. My interview with F.
Paul Wilson leads the issue, and his tense and
terrorizing story 'Feral' follows. Fiction by
Elizabeth Engstrom, Jeffrey Thomas, Tony Richards,
Harry Shannon and Jack Slay, Jr. follows, with the
usual column contributions of Paula Guran, Michael
Marano, Ed Gorman and Thomas F. Monteleone. Check
out Paula's review of a new John Shirley book that
sounds particularly good titled 'Crawlers'.
Who need SF magazines
when you have FT?
And once again, the
Times demonstrates why
you can let all your SF magazine subscriptions
lapse and just pick up with FT. Sense of wonder,
imagination and wilder hairs in places you never
thought to exist; it's all there in Fortean Times.
Their book review section will give you titles
you'll know you need. How can you resist Bernard
Heuvelmans' 'The Kraken and the Colossal Octopus'?
You can't, can you? From aquatic apes to Yeti
urine, this magazine covers the world in a way no
other publication dares. Consensus reality is being
tweaked daily. No reason not to give it an
additional twist or two.
Advance reading copy;
bug your local independent
bookstore to carry this
Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric
Diseases' is now
available to Booksense Independent Bookstores.
We'd love to get this in the Booksense 76, and I
feel it's a perfect fit; a very original, yet
funny and accessible anthology with boatloads of
big names, illustrations and more general
weirdness than you expect to hit the shelves.
Ask your bookseller about this book! Demand they
carry it, then buy it. Yes, it's self serving,
there should be no doubt that I'd be enthused by
this venture even if I weren't in it. It's got
an Agony-approved hit list of authors and a
wonderful fictional-non-fiction premise.
Books isn't making
enough of these things, I wager, so I'd buy
early and often. There's a signed by all
contributors, limited edition as well. Think of
it; Mieville, Gaiman and Moorcock in one place.
It's a place you want to be.
Heinlein Novel for November
This man was too racy for his
It could not even be mailed.
tradition of L. Ron Hubbard, expect a new, never
published Robert A. Heinlein novel this
November. It's titled, 'For Us, The Living: A
Comedy of Customs'. It was written in 1938-1939
shortly before his first SF short, 'Lifeline'
and was never published; not because it wasn't
good, but because it was too racy for the times.
According to The
Heinlein Society, it
couldn't even have been shipped by the US mail.
In general, Heinlein's earlier work is more
appealing to me than his later work. It will
include an introduction by Hugo 2003 MC Spider
Robinson. and an afterward by Robert James.
Threads of his later work appear in this novel,
which is being published pretty much as written.
A glimpse into the early writing of one of SF's
greats; hard to resist.
None of these books will be covered in
Occasionally you glean some
treasure in the trash, and I had to bring you this
one; book-oriented junk email spam. Beach books, join
the club, 99¢. Too bad THE SUMMER IS OVER.
GONE. DEAD.DEAD.DEAD. These bestsellers are in
fact what most of the readers of this column are
trying to get away from.
In Case You needed to know, here's the web
If you needed to know how big your
favorite starship is in comparison to your second
favorite starship, here's the web page to tell you;
Dimensions. It's pretty wild
stuff. In case you were wondering; no Firefly vehicles