|Vol. 9 No. 2||
–e*I*49– (Vol. 9 No. 2) April 2010, is published and © 2010 by Earl Kemp. All rights reserved.
Contents – eI49 – April 2010Cover: “In the Turbine Hall,” by Harry Bell
The Anthem Series: FPCI, by Earl Terry Kemp
Back cover: “Machine Wars,” by Ditmar [Martin James Ditmar Jenssen]
THIS ISSUE OF eI is in memory of William Crawford and his numerous sf publishing ventures.
In the strictly science fiction world, it is also in memory of Jim Harmon, Phil Klass and George Scithers.
As always, everything in this issue of eI beneath my byline is part of my in-progress rough-draft memoirs. As such, I would appreciate any corrections, revisions, extensions, anecdotes, photographs, jpegs, or what have you sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and thank you in advance for all your help.
Bill Burns is jefe around here. If it wasn’t for him, nothing would get done. He inspires activity. He deserves some really great rewards. It is a privilege and a pleasure to have him working with me to make eI whatever it is.
Other than Bill Burns, Dave Locke, and Robert Lichtman, these are the people who made this issue of eI possible: Jacques Hamon and Earl Terry Kemp.
ARTWORK: This issue of eI features original artwork by Harry Bell and Ditmar, and recycled artwork by William Rotsler.
Change of address: Please note that emails should now be sent to email@example.com
By Earl Kemp
Wednesday February 3, 2010:Andrew Porter (PulpMags): You can get to it directly at:
"A Faan for All Seasons" is a fascinating look at Dick and Pat Lupoff and the panel on Edgar Rice Burroughs at the 1963 World SF Convention.
Friday February 5, 2010:
Chris Garcia: I love Victor Banis' stuff and this is another fine piece. Victor’s stuff is great and I'm so glad I bought his book after reading about it in eI. Pretty awesome stuff.
Michael Moorcock writing Doctor Who. That’s pretty freakin' rad! I completely see his point that the Doctor is infinitely interpretible. I'd only seen a few of the first run of Doctor Who when I started going to our local Who Club, The Legion of Rasillon, and watching the new ones starting with the Ninth Doctor. Even within a single performer and writing team taking on the Doctor, they put the character through a series is dislodgings, as it were and it works beautifully. David Tennant, one of the best actors working in the English language, managed to play the Doctor as everything from an intruder with a God complex to an alien who desperately does not want to understand this thing called...love. It’s impressive. The new Doctor is pretty good, as I've seen him on a couple of episodes he appeared in of Party Animals and Diary of a Call Girl. He’s impressive.
I really wanna read Michael’s take on The Doctor. I must admit to not having read much Moorcock, but I have to say that what I've read (mostly the proto-steampunk stuff) has been really strong.
You know, I've heard of Tides of Lust, but I've never seen a copy. Delany is a writer who, when approached from one angle, is an infuriating wreck of a prose-ist and when approached from another has a greater understanding of how to spit onto the keys of a typewriter and turn out magnificent pieces of stratified meaning. I still believe that Dhalgren is the best piece of science fiction from the 1970s.
I own a copy of The Power and the Pain, though I haven't read it. I need to get around to touching those books I boxed up on my last move to the smallest apartment in Sunnyvale. In fact, I think it’s in the storage closet at my Mom’s house. I should probably get that box back before she goes poking around into it.
Lensmen is one of the most important series of novels ever written if you're a fan of video games. Steve Russell, a volunteer here at the Computer History Museum, wrote the first major computer game, SpaceWar! in 1961 for the PDP-1. He did so with a few friends of his under the influence of Toho films and the Lensmen novels. Later, there was a Lensmen game, though it was horrible. Several games have specifically tried to use ship designs influenced by Lensmen, and again, they usually fail. As, every single gamer I know loves powered sugar donuts, and that’s the area where Doc Smith did a lot of his research. So many connections!
Sadlt, save for one wonderful afternoon in the BayCon Fanzine Lounge, I've never got much chance to chat with Dick Lupoff. I ran into him at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose back in October, but sadly he was a GoH and I was running around so much that I didn't get to talk with him much. I hear that he and Steve Stiles' The Adventure of Professor Thinwhistle & His Incredible Aetherflyer is coming back out! That makes me happy.
Monday February 15, 2010:
Charles Platt (via Harry Bell): I just searched online and found the essay, and read it. Funny to see those old books still receiving a little attention after all these years. Sort of like Nazi memorabilia collectors reminiscing about the Third Reich, although I doubt that Professor Gertzman would like the analogy. Anyway, much appreciated.
Monday February 22, 2010:
Lloyd Penney: Another eI to enjoy; thank you much. Issue 48, Vol. 9, No. 1...still lots to talk about and reveal? Very good. the .pdf will be here soon, no doubt. Let’s read some more now.
Toronto is the home of a large Doctor Who club, one of the largest on the continent, the Doctor who Information Network. Through a network of chapters, and its well-produced fanzine Enlightenment, it has kept its members informed about the last seasons of the original Who and kept the memory of the Doctor alive all through the past years. Some may have labeled them as geeks and anoraks, and ignored them, but as what happens to many things, everyone old is new again, and the Doctor is back. Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and now Matt Smith have allowed the Doctor to live again in this modern era, and spinoffs like Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures have made the franchise more vital than ever, and DWIN continues on, bringing modern DW fans together, and being in the unfamiliar forefront of SF today. I know many of the local Whofans, and those who have kept the club going. There’s a local DW convention, too. Yvonne and I assisted Who Party last year by running their on-site registration and pre-registration tables, and I was amazed by how many people turned out, nearly 400. When I asked how the chairman got so many out, of course, the new shows helped, but an inexpensive ad on Facebook brought out so many new fans. I haven't heard if there will be a convention this year. I am certain that if Michael Moorcock is writing a new Who, it will be superb. Should I let the local Who fans know about this?
I do have a copy of The Best of Xero, which I received at auction at Corflu Silver in Las Vegas. If there’s the possibility of an autograph, I will definitely go for it. I just have to find a convention I can get to with the Lupoffs in attendance. This is a mighty big continent, after all.
Friday March 26, 2010:
John Teehan: Recently finished reading eI48--another great issue. As my fanac waxes and wanes over weeks and months, I always try to remain relatively current I love the articles you print on the various paperback houses and trends of yore.
I seem to recall meeting a chap a year or two back who was selling adult books under the Olympia Press name. I asked if it was related to the same Olympia Press that published one of my all-time favorite books: The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy to which he claimed this was still the same imprint. I didn't believe him, but didn't want to press the issue. Any idea if the pedigree is true?
I was a little tickled to see mention of I Am a Barbarian. I happened across this title (Ace edition, 1985) in college shortly after a.) seeing the Vidal/Guccione movie about Caligula, b.) reading Albert Camus's Caligula play, and c.) reading J.P. Sartre's take on the same. Weirdest Christmas break ever. Of the four, I recall enjoying the Burroughs offering more. I wonder if I still have the paperback, likely not. More's the pity.
By the by, I greatly enjoyed listening in on the interview with you conducted by Bill Burns via Corflu's Virtual Con Suite. If the virtual suite's one-shot ever comes out, you'll see me claim that the poor resolution was a way to obscure you all and substitute everyone with cardboard cutouts, puppets, monkeys, etc., while you all actually sat in the hotel bar. I don't disavow this yet, although I'll note that the VirtConSuite's resolutions mysteriously improved shortly after my “wild” claims. Good to see and hear you there. Maybe one of these days I'll get my butt to one. At the very least, the recent virtual viewing has spurred me back into a little fanac.
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