Critical Mass, July 28th: a chat with Rob Hansen via Zoom

Due to the likelihood of continuing restrictions on gatherings, the July Critical Mass will be Zoom only.
We will not be meeting at Kappys, so you can enjoy the chat in your own home.

Please join us at 6:30pm Wednesday for a chat with Rob Hansen, who describes himself as “an old time fan since the mid 1970s whose main output these days is almost all related to British fan history”.

Rob Hansen wrote a history of British fans THEN: SF fandom in the UK, 1930-1980. Currently available as an updated version from Ansible Editions.

In 2019, he co-edited a compilation of fan writings with Vince Clarke: THEN Again: A UK Fanhistory Reader 1930-1979.

Available from the TAFF Ebooks site for a donation, this companion to Rob Hansen’s monumental THEN brings together the writings of many players on the stage of British and Irish fandom from 1930 to the end of 1979, telling in their own words the stories of SF groups – including the BSFA – fanzines, famous fannish addresses, bizarre fan activities and much more.

Rob’s latest ebook, FAAN FICTION (1930-2020), is also available at the TAFF ebook site.

In this combined critique and anthology, Rob Hansen discusses the phenomenon of fan fiction (in the fannish fanzine sense) with a particular focus on the UK. His commentary is interspersed with many examples from such diverse fan writers as John Berry, C.S. Youd (John Christopher), Leroy Kettle, David Langford, Mark Plummer, Bob Shaw, Ian Sorensen, James White, Walt Willis – and Rob Hansen himself, including previously unpublished work. There are several surprises.

We’ll talk about the selection and reprinting of fannish writings as Epubs (both the Ansible ebooks and the TAFF collections).

6:25 for a 6:30 start (Adelaide time) via zoom only.

Zoom detail:

Topic: July Critical mass
Time: Jul 28, 2021 6:30pm Adelaide, 7pm Melbourne, 10am London

Rob Hansen on SF Fandom in the UK and the reprint of fannish writing.

Rob will talk for about 20 minutes, then we’ll open it up for questions and discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87838007079?pwd=TWcvMUJBOFNIOVBIQVJQOEc2ckhWZz09

Meeting ID: 878 3800 7079
Passcode: CritMass

More Sandman from Audible

The next season of Audible’s Sandman audio drama is nearly here. According to the audiobook company, it will be released on September 22nd.

Audible released the adaptation a little over a year ago — a 10-hour audio drama based on Neil Gaiman’s comic series, following the story of the Sandman, aka Lord Morpheus as he’s imprisoned on Earth by a cult. Earlier this year, Audible announced that it had renewed the series for an additional two volumes Dirk Maggs, who directed the first volume, will return to work on the next two, while Gaiman will return as narrator.

We know who’ll star in the project: McAvoy will return as Dream/Lord Morpheus, as well as Kat Dennings (Death), Michael Sheen (Lucifer), and Andy Serkis (Matthew the Raven).

The new season will also include Emma Corrin (Thessaly), Brian Cox (Augustus), Arthur Darvill (William Shakespeare), Miriam Margolyes (Despair), John Lithgow (Emperor Joshua Norton), Joanna Lumley (Lady Johanna Constantine), Bebe Neuwirth (Bast), Bill Nighy (Odin), Regé-Jean Page (Orpheus), Kristen Schaal (Delirium), Kevin Smith (Merv Pumpkinhead), David Tennant (Loki), Niamh Walsh (Nuala), and Jeffrey Wright (Destiny).

Andrew Liptak, “Audible Reveals Cast and Release Date for Sandman Act II Audio Drama”, tor.com

Dune Soundtracks released

Whenever I see that a director has brought on Hans Zimmer to score a film, I inevitably give the soundtrack a listen, regardless of whether or not I enjoy (or even see) the film. When Warner Bros. announced that he’d be scoring Dune, it immediately became one of the components that I’ve been looking forward to the most.

Now, we can get a listen to what’s in store: WaterTower Music has released two tracks from the film that give us a sense of what Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation will sound like.

Andrew Liptak, “Listen to Two Tracks From Hans Zimmer’s Dune Soundtrack”, tor.com

The Lost Star Wars show…

Somewhere, 39 completed, official episodes of a Star Wars television show exist. A show George Lucas helped create. A show with Darth Vader, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more. And yet, according to the show’s co-creator, odds are we’ll never get to see any of it.
That show is called Star Wars Detours and it was announced back in 2012. Co-created by the Robot Chicken team of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, Detours was an officially licensed Star Wars animated comedy using characters from all the films up to that point. Lucas himself even gave his approval and consulted with Green and Senreich on the show. Brief glimpses were released (as well as a description Gizmodo truly trashed at the time), but when Disney purchased Lucasfilm soon after the announcement, the show was shelved awaiting further actions. Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Green says that’s kind of where things still are almost a decade later.

io9, “Star wars detours release not likely”
Han Solo from Star Wars Detours

The Radium Age

Under the direction of Joshua Glenn, the MIT Press’s Radium Age is reissuing notable proto–science fiction stories from the underappreciated era between 1900 and 1935. With new contributions by historians, science journalists, and science fiction authors, the Radium Age book series will recontextualize the breakthroughs and biases of these proto–science fiction classics, and chart the emergence of a burgeoning genre.

Glenn says Do we really know science fiction? There were the Scientific Romance years that stretched from the mid-19th century to circa 1900. And there was the so-called Golden Age, from circa 1935 through the early 1960s. But between those periods, and overshadowed by them, was an era that has bequeathed us such memes as the robot (berserk or benevolent), the tyrannical superman, the dystopia, the unfathomable extraterrestrial, the sinister telepath, and the eco-catastrophe. A dozen years ago, writing for the sf blog io9.com at the invitation of Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, I became fascinated with the period during which the sf genre as we know it emerged. In honor of Marie Curie, who shared a Nobel Prize for her discovery of radium in 1903, only to die of radiation-induced leukemia in 1934, I dubbed it the “Radium Age.”

from http://file770.com/
Covers of the first four books

Locus Awards 2021

Last weekend, Locus Magazine announced the winners of the 2021 Locus Awards during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Author Connie Willis served as MC for the awards ceremony, which you can watch online here.

The list of best SF and Fantasy novels is below. Congratulations to all! Full details of all categories at tor.com

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • WINNER: Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga Press; Gollancz)
  • Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor Books; Ad Astra)
  • Unconquerable Sun, Kate Elliott (Tor Books)
  • Agency, William Gibson (Berkley; Viking UK)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books; Solaris)
  • War of the Maps, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US & UK)
  • The Last Emperox, John Scalzi (Tor Books; Tor UK)
  • Interlibrary Loan, Gene Wolfe (Tor Books)

FANTASY NOVEL

  • WINNER: The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US & UK)
  • The Trouble with Peace, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
  • The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison (Tor Books; Solaris)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US & UK)
  • The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit)
  • Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Katherine Tegen Books; Allen & Unwin; Gollancz)
  • The Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press; Solaris)
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor Books; Titan UK)

Critical Mass, July 28th: a chat with Rob Hansen

Our guest for the July Critical Mass is British Fan Rob Hansen, who wrote THEN: SF fandom in the UK, 1930-1980. Currently available as an updated version from Ansible Editions.

In 2019, he co-edited a compilation of fan writings with Vince Clark: THEN Again: A UK Fanhistory Reader 1930-1979.

Available from the TAFF Ebooks site for a donation, this companion to Rob Hansen’s monumental THEN brings together the writings of many players on the stage of British and Irish fandom from 1930 to the end of 1979, telling in their own words the stories of SF groups – including the BSFA – fanzines, famous fannish addresses, bizarre fan activities and much more.

Rob’s latest ebook, FAAN FICTION (1930-2020), is also available at the TAFF ebook site.

We’ll talk about the selection and reprinting of fannish writings as Epubs (both the Ansible ebooks and the TAFF collections).

6:15 for a 6:30 start (Adelaide time), at kappy’s and via zoom.

Zoom detail:

Topic: July Critical mass
Time: Jul 28, 2021 6:30pm Adelaide at Kappy’s

Rob Hansen on SF Fandom in the UK and the reprint of fannish writing.

Rob will talk for about 20 minutes, then we’ll open it up for questions and discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87838007079?pwd=TWcvMUJBOFNIOVBIQVJQOEc2ckhWZz09

Meeting ID: 878 3800 7079
Passcode: CritMass

DisCon III Hugo Voter Packet Available

File770 notes

DisCon III notified members today that the Hugo Voter Packet is available to download at the members’ area.

This download of materials from Hugo Award finalists is supplied free of charge* as a courtesy by creators, publishers, and studios. The purpose is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to make an informed choice among the finalists. We deeply appreciate the publishers, studios, authors, artists, editors, and other creators who have generously provided their works to this year’s Hugo Voter Packet. We also ask that you honor publishers’ and creators’ request that you reserve these copies for your personal use only and that you do not share these works with non-members of DisCon III.

BEST NOVEL

Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery / Saga Press / Solaris) – EPUB, MOBI, PDF       

The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) – EXCERPT PDF

Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) – EXCERPT  – EPUB, MOBI, PDF

The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books / Solaris) – EPUB, MOBI

BEST NOVELLA
Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Finna, Nino Cipri (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com) – EPUB, MOBI

Full details of material from other Hugo award categories at File770

*Note that the package, which is available to supporting members (cost US$50),
also includes the right to vote for the Hugos in all categories.

New TAFF ebook

The Road to Fame — D.R. Smith
ISBN 978-1-913451-79-0

This early example of UK fan fiction – in the modern sense of stories that make free with other authors’ characters – was written in the 1940s and first published as a collected edition in 1953. There have been multiple reprints but no previous ebook.

The expedition team led by cranky Professor Challenger in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World here joins assorted characters from other fantastic fiction – including the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter of Mars and Tarzan), John W. Campbell, E.E. “Doc” Smith (the Skylark and Lensman series), H.G. Wells and several others – on a quest for literary immortality.

The perils en route are reminiscent of the much earlier The Pilgrim’s Progress and the somewhat later The Enchanted Duplicator:

“On the journey you will have to face such obstacles as the Impassable Precipice of Public Ridicule, the high passes of the Mountains of Contempt through which howls the High Wind of Carping Criticism, the Bog of Apathy in the lowlands beyond, and the vast waterless Plain of Mediocrity where hunt the Wild Wolves of Fierce Competition.”

This ebook takes its text from the 2004 reprint by Ruth Berman’s McArdle Press (still available; see “Acknowledgements and Publishing History” within for purchase details) and adds a substantial profile of its British author D.R. (Donald Raymond) Smith. This was written by Rob Hansen for Peter Weston’s fanhistorical journal Relapse, which ceased publication before it could be printed.

Published as an Ansible Editions ebook for the TAFF site on 30 June 2021. 25,000 words.

Atlas vs. AI

Deadline reports:

Jennifer Lopez is set to star and produce in the Netflix sci-fi thriller Atlas with Rampage helmer Brad Peyton directing. Aron Eli Coleite is writing the most recent draft of the script based off Leo Sardarian original script.

The film follows Atlas, a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. To outthink this rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most — another AI.

More details at Deadline