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Chris Dodson
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 02:37 am:   

Ellen, hope you don't mind me starting a new thread. Whenever I try to load the old one, my shitty computer just moans and says, "Oh God, I can't take it anymore!"

So . . . Laird Barron's "Parallax" is now officially live; anybody have any thoughts? I'm still digesting it at the moment and will report back when I have something coherent to say.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 10:04 am:   

Hi Chris,
That's fine.

Btw, did you get the books yet? I got your second payment. Thanks
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 10:58 am:   

Hi Ellen, I haven't got the books yet; I figured the situation in NOLA might slow down the mail, so it's no biggie.

On "Parallax": I have an idea about what "really" happened in the story, but it's pretty quirky and is probably completely divorced from the author's intentions, so I want to see if anybody else is leaning in the same direction before I post my interpretation.

Interpretations aside, I can honestly say that this is the worst Laird Barron story I've ever read (which only means that "Parallax" is merely very, very good rather than balls-to-the-wall excellent.) I commented on another board about how much Laird's work reminded me of T. E. D. Klein, but "Parallax" puts me more in mind of the short fiction of M. John Harrison, especially "The Great God Pan."

The line-by-line writing is stunning in quite a few places ("I think nothing changes because thunderheads roll like wheels. I think of wheels in wheels, the threshing scythes in the hubs of clattering chariots, and I think hasn't this gone on long enough?") You can definitely tell that Barron is a poet.
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 11:20 am:   

Actually, scratch that, Ellen; I did get the package today. For some reason, they left it at my back door instead of in front. I just went out to smoke a cigarette and, lo and behold, there it was. Thanks!

(Thanks for those magazines, too; there's some good stuff in there!)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 11:46 am:   

Chris, I've told Laird about your post and hope he'll come by.

Glad it showed up--those mags make great filler when I'm done with them :-)
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Laird
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 04:07 pm:   

Chris:

Thanks for reading and commenting--I appreciate it very much.

Parallax is definitely a stylistic departure from my other stories.

Best regards,

Laird
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Jason D. Wittman
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 11:09 pm:   

"I commented on another board about how much Laird's work reminded me of T. E. D. Klein, but "Parallax" puts me more in mind of the short fiction of M. John Harrison, especially "The Great God Pan."

Actually, "The Great God Pan" was written by Arthur Machen. Just to set the record straight.

(Either way, "Pan" is a good story, though a bit unorthodox.)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 07:19 am:   

Actually, M. John Harrison also wrote a terrific story called "The Great God Pan."
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 10:10 am:   

Machen's was about eerie pagan encroachments onto modern rationality. Harrison's was about an enormous skillet for frying divinities in.

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Jason D. Wittman
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 12:06 pm:   

Are you serious?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 01:04 pm:   

Marc isn't. I am.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 01:05 pm:   

I believe I reprinted Harrison's in an early YBFH.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 01:58 pm:   

And Carter Scholz wrote "The Nine Billion Names of God."
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 - 10:49 pm:   

And Cory Doctorow wrote "I, Robot."
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 01:15 am:   

Oh, and Laird, I got a question for ya. Is John Carson meant to be a fictional analogue of Jack Parsons? :-)
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Laird
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 08:58 am:   

Well done, Chris. Although, this is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Best regards,

Laird
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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 11:10 pm:   

Ellen: Just read Jason Stoddard's "Panacea" and thought it was very good indeed. Definitely one of the better alternate histories I've read in a long while. I've read his stuff in IZ and Strange Horizons. He certainly seems like he's developing into someone to watch.
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Jetse
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 04:53 am:   

Nominate him for the Campbell, so that he makes the shortlist for LACon IV!

He should be on it, but I would say that, right?

Anyway, I will read "Panacea" the moment I'm finished with the August email submissions (this weekend, hopefully).
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 09:10 am:   

Jonathan,
Yes, I thought it was a very good alternate history (which reminds me, I have to let the Sidewise award folk know about it).
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 11:44 am:   

For those waiting, I'm up to August 25th in my SCIFICTION non-slush manuscript reading.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 11:50 am:   

tentative fiction line up for the next few weeks:

October 12
Serial Murders by Kim Newman 29,500 part II
Painwise by James Tiptree, Jr.

October 19
Serial Murders by Kim Newman 29,500 part III--the end

October 26
Bears Discover Smut by Michael Bishop
All the Sounds of Fear by Harlan Ellison

November 2
The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode in On) by Howard Waldrop

November 9
Man for the Job by Robert Reed
The Beautiful People by Robert Bloch
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 12:38 pm:   

"Bears Discover Smut"?? LOL. I can't wait to read that one. :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 07:11 pm:   

Yes, and it's dedicated (of course) to Terry Bisson.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

Tentative line up through first week of December:

October 26
Bears Discover Smut by Michael Bishop
All the Sounds of Fear by Harlan Ellison

November 2
The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode in On) by Howard Waldrop

November 9
Man for the Job by Robert Reed
The Beautiful People by Robert Bloch

November 16
Different Flesh by Claude Lalumière

November 23
Stu by Bruce McAllister
The Great Wall of Mexico by John Sladek

November 30
Holiday

December 7
The Man Who Would be Kong by Andrew Fox
Classic tk
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 07:02 am:   

Please note that there is a different classic for the 23rd and that there is none for December 7th.
Ellen

November 16
Different Flesh by Claude Lalumière

November 23
Stu by Bruce McAllister
The Man Who Never Forgot by Robert Silverberg

November 30
Holiday

December 7
The Man Who Would be Kong by Andrew Fox

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Lee Battersby
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 06:20 am:   

Agh! What happened to the Sladek?
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m.
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 11:58 am:   

This is as close as I've been to Harlan since pulling a story from The Last Dangerous Visions in the late 1970s.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 01:20 pm:   

Lee,
It's happening. Just later in the year.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 03:46 am:   

But m! It's so close to coming out! (And a small bolt of lightning passes through my ceiling and leaves a small pile of ashes typing the rest of this comment) :-)

Pardon my Sladek uber-fanniness, Ellen. But seeing him in print, in any format, is important, so I'm glad to see he's still to be seen on the site. He is, in my humble opinion, one of the in-danger-of-being-forgotten masters, along with the likes of Fredric Brown and Murray Leinster: names to make me feel old when uttered in front of any number of puzzled fanthings at Aussie conventions.

Or I'm just a man out of my time.
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JeremyT
Posted on Friday, November 04, 2005 - 02:59 pm:   

Great Waldrop as always, Ellen.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, November 07, 2005 - 10:46 pm:   

Glad you liked it Jeremy. I've got the second that will be in the Capclave chapbook coming out in January.
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Bruce
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 01:50 pm:   

Fine Waldrop, indeed.

Just to clarify, Ellen: you're publishing 'The King of Where-I-Go and the chapbook will arrive January?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 02:17 pm:   

Sorry for the confusion.

I'm publishing "The King of Where-I-Go" on SCIFICTION in January. I don't know when the chapbook will be published. The chapbook was supposed to have been out for Capclave in October. It still isn't finished but I assume it will be out before the end of the year.
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Bruce
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 02:22 pm:   

Thanks, Ellen!

Anymore Waldrop stories lurking in your inventory?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 08:48 pm:   

Nope. He wrote those two specially for his appearance at Capclave. I'm hoping to get some more out of him in the next few months--for SCIFICTION and for an anthology.
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Michael Walsh
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 11:51 am:   

Ah, the Waldrop Capclave Ace Double with Emsh Covers Chapbook....

Here: http://www.capclave.org/, at the bottom of the page details some of the "adventures" with the chapbook.

Back? Good.... Mike Nelson is busily at work on it, and we would like to have the chapbook ready by early December, if for not other reason to save some postage by distributing copies to the Capclave membership at Philcon. Then off to the Post Office.

Folks, keep those fingers & tendrils crossed....


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Chance
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 12:46 pm:   

Ellen,

A sadly practical question - a friend was wondering if all SCI FICTION submissions can be considered released?

Thanks.
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Bruce
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 12:50 pm:   

Hi Michael,

Any chance of securing spare copies of that chapbook even if one weren't fortunate enough to go to Capclave?

Cheers,

Bruce
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 08:07 pm:   

Hi Chance. Yes, of course.
I'll be sending form letters back to anyone whose story comes in from now on.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, January 23, 2006 - 03:28 pm:   

Michael Bishop's story "Bears Discover Smut" has made the short list of the British Science Fiction Association Award. Congratulations and good luck to Michael!
The award will be given out April 15th in Glasgow at Eastercon.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 08:51 am:   

The Locus Recommended List came out, and the following stories from SCIFICTION are on it:

The Emperor, Lucius Shepard
Heavy Lifting, Suzy McKee Charnas
The Spear Carrier, A.M. Dellamonica
A Man of Light", Jeffrey Ford
"The Scribble Mind", Jeffrey Ford
The Canadian Who Came Almost All the Way Home From the Stars", Jay Lake & Ruth Nestvold
Little Faces", Vonda N. McIntyre
Panacea", Jason Stoddard
The King of Where-I-Go", Howard Waldrop
Is There Life After Rehab?", Pat Cadigan
Heads Down, Thumbs Up", Gavin J. Grant
Calypso in Berlin", Elizabeth Hand
Jane", Marc Laidlaw
Rocket Fall", David Prill
Anyway", M. Rickert
"Matricide", Lucy Sussex
Invisible", Steve Rasnic Tem
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 04:02 pm:   

Congrats, Ellen!

I'm very much looking forward to seeing your byline on a webzine (or magazine) again . . .
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 05:15 pm:   

Thanks, Chris. I'll likely have my name on anthologies before another magazine/webzine (although I live in hope :-) )
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 08:41 pm:   

September 11, 2006, 2 PM; WBAI's (99.55 FM in NYC) Cat Radio Cafe broadcast Rick Bowes’ reading of "There's a Hole in the City" as part of their day of tribute to the events of five years ago the same day. The reading was followed by a discussion between the radio station's Arts Director, Janet Coleman, and psychiatrist Charles B. Strozier of CUNY.


http://www.rickbowes.com/events.html

I just listened to the discussion and it's fascinating.

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