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  • Lazarus 7:36 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink
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    The Nebula nominees for 2013 have been announced. Each year I recognize fewer and fewer writers. This year I only recognize 3 names, and of those I’ve only read books by two.

    http://www.sfwa.org/2014/02/2013-nebula-nominees-announced/

     

     
  • Lazarus 1:28 pm on December 31, 2013 Permalink  

    Happy New Year….

    (Weird. When I preview this in WordPress, it gives the date as:

    Lazarus 7:00 pm on December 31, 1969

    )

    I’m not concerned that the time of day is off by 5 1/2 hours, it’s the 1969 that concerns me. :)

     
  • Lazarus 2:41 pm on December 23, 2013 Permalink  

    I probably won’t have the chance after this so I’m going to be a wee bit early and wish all the crickets out there a Happy Holiday season. I do have presents for the Ruler of the End of the Universe who, unfortunately, I could not see in person this past year. But I will make the effort in the new year.

     
    • Capt. Xerox 11:43 pm on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hope you have a great holiday season since it looks like you and me are the only ones here, but if anyone else is out there, then the same goes for you, too!

  • Lazarus 10:14 pm on September 2, 2013 Permalink  

    Another one of the great grand masters has passed on.

    R.I.P. Fred Pohl

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederik_Pohl

     

     
    • Lazarus 10:42 pm on September 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Without a doubt, that will always be the highlight of his career. But “The Space Merchants” and “Man Plus” are also some of the best SF I ever read. And I have so many more to get to.

    • Capt. Xerox 12:02 pm on September 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I found out this morning. Sad news. I loved his Gateway books, among many others.

  • Lazarus 9:15 am on September 1, 2013 Permalink
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    News coming out of worldcon includes some interesting worldcon bids for 2017. Montreal and Nippon. I sorely regret not going to Japan a few years ago for their worldcon but I may have a that chance again. On the other hand if Japan loses it’ll be another Montreal worldcon. This is what you call a win-win situation.

    http://worldcon.org/bids/

     

     
    • Lazarus 4:04 pm on September 5, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If the voting was done in the usual manner, I think many people not only voted solely on author recognition, but in this case a pretty cool title as well. I shudder to think what the percentage of voters actually read what they voted for, much less reading all the nominees to make an honest comparative vote.

      Sorry to hear your streak of reading all the nominees was broken. You still read two more than me, if that makes you feel any better. (It should!)

    • Capt. Xerox 10:14 pm on September 2, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t see myself ever getting to Japan for a Worldcon, but I sure could dig another go at Montreal, but what are the odds that it would be back there so soon?

      Took the time to look up the winners for this year’s Hugo and was a bit surprised to see that Redshirts by John Scalzi had won. I forgot that it was nominated! At least it’s an original story, if not actually that good a book. Not sure why it got so many raves among critics, because it left me cold. I found it a bit too self-conscious. Still, it was a lot more entertaining than Kim Stanley Robinson’s brick, 2312. As for the other nominees, I never got around to reading any of them.

  • Lazarus 6:41 pm on June 24, 2013 Permalink  

    R.I.P. Richard Matheson
    I don’t even know where to begin listing all the genre accomplishments of this man. The great Incredible Shrinking Man? I am Legend?(Not to mention the many different movie adaptations fron that one story.) The many great Twilight Zone stories? All those Horror stories?

     
  • Lazarus 3:10 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink  

    Sad day. Master stop motion filmmaker Ray Harryhausen has passed away.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/07/181931429/ray-harryhausen-master-of-stop-motion-animation-dies

     

     
    • Lazarus 12:53 pm on May 8, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, it was great for Emru/Fantasia to have him as a guest that year. Would not have been able to meet him otherwise. He was the last of the Ackerman/Bradbury/Harryhausen trio. What great conversations they must have had over the years.

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 6:16 am on May 8, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have fond memories of him at Fantasia years ago, and have photos from it.

    • avdezign (Cosmic) 8:46 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      he had a full life with 92, he has already assured his place the history of cinema

  • Lazarus 2:34 pm on September 3, 2012 Permalink
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    Congratulations to Jo Walton and all the other Hugo winners:
    http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/09/announcing-the-2012-hugo-award-winners
     
  • Lazarus 3:51 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink
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    Sad to hear that Harry Harrison has passed away.  I first read “Make Room, Make Room” after seeing Soylent Green as a teen. But I was really hooked on Harry with his Stainless Steel Rat series. R.I.P Harry. http://www.harryharrison.com/

     
    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 10:59 am on September 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I saw him at Torcon 3, Toronto 2003. He said that many years ago he was an artist on the Flash Gordon strip, and hated it.

    • Lazarus 7:25 pm on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      After seeing Soylent Green and learning that there was a novel somewhere out there, “Make Room, Make Room” was one of the earliest books on my search list. I don’t remember if I first read the Stainless Steel Rat or MRMR, but SSR was certainly much more entertaining. Read a few in the series over the years, but not all.

      • Capt. Xerox 8:27 am on August 26, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Like any series, the SSR books peaked early then the quality declined, especially the later books that were written decades after the first ones.

        Possibly funnier than those books are Bill the Galactic Hero and Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, two titles which are the best send-ups of science fiction that I’ve ever read.

    • Capt. Xerox 3:53 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is indeed sad news. I was a huge Stainless Steel Rat fan and devoured each book I could get my hands on, but that series wasn’t my first exposure to Harrison. The first of his books that I can remember reading were the Deathworld books. They were very exciting adventure stories.

  • Lazarus 3:13 pm on June 12, 2012 Permalink
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    The reviews for Prometheus are still all over the place. One thing can be said for sure is that it is nothing close to the smash it some thought it would be. I was floored by the first trailer and very much wanted to see it. But then the negative reviews started pouring in. The problem is that many of those reviews criticize the movie for not being aligned with the Alien franchise, which is what Ridley Scott said almost from the start. So is it really a bad movie or is not the Alien movie the fans wanted?

     
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