From the blog team:

Elizabeth Anne Hull

    Elizabeth Anne Hull

Safe travels to all you fen headed for the World Science Fiction Convention, Sasquan, in Spokane this week! Betty’s winging her way there, too. (Sadly, the rest of the blog team will have to follow con highlights from Chicagoland via Facebook.)

Those of you lucky enough to attend Sasquan, be sure to stop by and see Betty at her autographing, Sunday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in Exhibit Hall B, and take a look at this panel:

Sasquan

Not Always Far Apart: The Mainstream Intersection with SF,” at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bays 111C, with Elizabeth Anne Hull, Robert Silverberg, Rich Horton, Rick Wilber and Gary K. Wolfe:

“It used to be that science fiction was considered the outlier. Now, it seems to be part of the mainstream. Is this good for science fiction? Is science fiction still a long ways away from mainstream topics?”

Sounds fascinating! (Not as fascinating as this year’s Business Meeting will likely be, perhaps, but no one there’s apt to start throwing punches, either. Stay safe!)

Prof. Betty will spend Thursday afternoon on a busman’s holiday, as one of the coaches in the writers’ workshop. If you’re an entrant, they probably told you when and where it is.

Have fun, everyone! Don’t let the Kolektinbugs bite … much.

Gateway

 

From the blog team:

Heechees on TV! Fred’s 1977 Hugo-winning novel, Gateway, has moved a step closer to your TV screen.

Now there are script writers: David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) are collaborating on adapting the book for the proposed hour-long TV series, starting with a pilot script written by Pate and revised by Eick.

“David and Josh are masters of telling authentic, multidimensional stories set in wholly unfamiliar worlds, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them and Syfy to translate Frederik’s beloved and timeless adventure saga into an equally exhilarating television series,” said Pancho Mansfield, president of global scripted arogramming for Entertainment One Television (Hell on Wheels).

Syfy is a new partner in the project, along with Universal Cable Productions (Monk), joining eOne and De Laurentiis Co. (Dune and Hannibal) to develop and produce the series adapted from Gateway, which was one of Fred’s favorites, and a winner of the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1978 Locus Award for Best Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel.

Eick and Pate will also serve as executive producers, along with Martha De Laurentiis and Lorenzo De Maio of De Laurentiis and former eOne TV exec Michael Rosenberg. Plans are to distribute the series worldwide.

Gateway is thought-provoking and unsettling, raising profound questions about mankind’s possible relationship with alien life,” said Bill McGoldrick, executive vice president for original content at Syfy.

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Here’s the schedule for Elizabeth Anne Hull’s upcoming appearances.

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Attending Capricon?

Come by and see Betty on Saturday:

Del Rey Centennial – 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Birch A
Betty, Gene Wolfe and Steven Silver discuss Lester del Rey (1915–1993). Del Rey was born one hundred years ago and is, perhaps, best known for loaning his name to a successful science-fiction publishing line. Before that, he wrote and edited scores of short stories, novels, non-fiction, reviews, under a variety of names while suffering writers block and creating a personal history that wasn’t revealed until after his death. Learn about this influential author, who wanted academics to “get out of my Ghetto.”

EcoSF , 11:30 to 1 p.m. – Birch B
How does SF treat ecological disasters? Who writes/films them with scientific realism, and who takes some liberties with the science? Is it more entertaining when not accurate?
Betty moderates this panel with Dale Cozort, Mark Huston and Jody Lynn Nye.

Autographing, 3 to 3:45 p.m. – Autograph Table

Where will Betty be next?

Operacon with Somtow Sucharitkul, March 12–15, Milwaukee, Wis., a very unusual relaxacon — with music!

—The blog team

Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Walter M. Miller, Jr.

In the 1950s, a story bearing the name of a brand-new author, Walter M. Miller, Jr., showed up in John Campbell’s magazine, now known as Analog. It was quite a good story and was soon followed by another written by the same hand and just as good. And then another.

They didn’t all appear in Analog. A few weren’t even science fiction, but they were coming out in considerable volume and the science-fiction world had begun to take notice that an unheralded major new writer had appeared.

At lunch one day, the man who became Miller’s principal editor, John Campbell, talked about him with mock embarrassment: “He keeps sending them in one after another,” he said, “and I just can’t stop buying them.”

They weren’t merely good, either Some among them were immediately hailed as great — A Canticle for Leibowitz, for instance. Before long it was evident that a strong new force had emerged in American science fiction, and its name was Walter Miller, Jr.

 
All right, friends. Now we come to the hard part, because I’m doing my best to tell the sometimes unpleasant truth. Miller wasn’t just a writer I respected He was also the man my estranged wife Judy Merril had taken up with.

At first we all acted pretty civilized about it. Then, when Judy and I got into our endless Annie Wars over the custody of that very nice little baby, Ann Pohl, that the two of us had jointly brought into the world, Miller totally took her side.

I don’t mean just in verbal encounters. I mean that once when I went to the house Miller and Judy had rented — my daughter Ann living with them because we were all trying to make a system of taking turns in having Ann live with us work — and went to their house to pick Annie up because it was my turn, the two of them refused to give her up.

What happened then was just about what you would expect to happen: disagreement, followed by yelling. But then Miller got tired of talk. He went into their bedroom, and when he came out he was carrying a rifle pointed at my face. He ordered me to leave.

Continue reading ‘Walter M. Miller Jr.: My last fist fight’ »

 

 

 
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve doubtless seen the meme that asks you to list books that have resonated with you.

A few years ago, Suvudo asked Fred about his favorite books.

Fred mentioned several works that had stayed with him throughout his life, including Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way, but then went on to write at length about L. Sprague de Camp’s alternate history Lest Darkness Fall and how it influenced him.

We recommend both Fred’s review and de Camp’s novel.
 

The blog team