DAMON KNIGHT, PHIL FARMER
M.D.BROXON, POUL ANDERSON, JOHN SHIRLEY
processes in a very revealing speech.
Fan Guest of Honor Loren MacGregor captured the feelings a new fan has as he
humorously talked about*his fannish involvements over the past 10 years.
David Hartwell, editor of Pocket Books
talked about the publishing industry
while Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm discussed editing and writing. Other
speakers included John Varley, Orson
Scott Card, Elizabeth Lynn--who also did
an excellent job as Toastperson, H. Warner Munn, Poul Anderson, F.M. Busby,
Vonda N. McIntyre, Wilmar Shiras, Marta
Randall, Dean Ing, and many others.
John Shirley and the Monitors, a local
rock band entertained (?) on Friday nigh*:
followed by disco dancing. The autograph party was the best organized I've
ever seen. The huckster room was excellent, the art show and masquerade
mediocre. All the authors present participated in a round robin story which
is indescribable. The banquet food was
also indescribable and largely uneaten.
There were video rooms, game rooms, open
parties, singing, good weather, swimming
for hardy souls, D&D (both kinds), and a
cornucopia of other items.
An earlier edition of this same hotel
was the site of the 1961 World Convention. It was a strange feeling to stand
by the empty area around the swimming
pool and feel the ghostly presence from
those dear dead days of 18 years ago.
DAMON KNIGHT, PHIL FARMER, H.W, MUNN
VONDA MCINTYRE, DAVID HARTWELL
the event marked the end of the isolation
that has long prevailed in the Atlantic
Plans are now underway for HALCON 3
which, it is hoped, will succeed in
drawing mere people not only from elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, but also New
England, Quebec, and Ontario.
Anyone who might possibly be interested
in attending can contact the con organizing committee at the following address:
Halcon SF Society, P.O. Box 3174 South,
Halifax, N.S., Canada B3J 3H5.
The First Annual J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy
Literature was held over the weekend of
Feb. 24-25 at UC Riverside in California. Attendance was about 100, bringing participants from around the country.
Many papers were delivered, revealing
widely varying degrees of familiarity
with the modern sf field on the part of
the academics. Among the high points
of the conference's first day -- a discussion by Eric Rabkin (Michigan) of
the similarities in imagery between
fairy tales and such "hard ' sf as
Clarke's CITY AMD THE STARS; a rambling
talk by Greg Benford (UC Irvine) on
aliens, chicken sexing, and quantum
mechanics; and the keynote paper by Harry Levin (Harvard) on the relationship
between science and literature. There
was also a brief but lively exchange
between Tom Keeling (UCLA) and Brian
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Aldiss concerning the Gothic Novel and
The conference's second day opened
with a discussion of religion and science fiction. Stephen Potts (San Diego
State) delivered a well received paper
exploring the> philosophical roots of
Stanislaw Lem's fiction, and Robert
Hunt (Glencoe Publishers) compared the
visionary aspects of novels by Robert
Silverberg, Ian Watson, and Philip K.
The conference closed with a "Brian
Aldiss Symposium," which featured a discussion between Aldiss and three academics .
In addition to Aldiss and Benford,
other writers present included Jack Williamson and Suzette Haden Elgin. Other
notable academics included Mark Rose
(UC Santa Barbara), Will McNelly (Cal
State Fullerton), George Guffey (UCLA),
David Samuelson (Cal State Long Beach),
and Patrick Parrinder (Reading). The
conference was organized by George Edgar
Slusser (UC Riverside).
NORWESCON 2 was held March 23 to 25 at
the Hyatt House in Seattle Washington.
Approximately 700 people attended. Despite the size, it turned out to be one
of the best regionals of the past year
with just the right combination of organization and zaniness.
Guest of Honor Philip Jose Farmer took
the audience on a strange but fascinating tour through his mind and thought
hopes of including a record with the book (me and
Pavli and other musicians, including Langdon
Jones who has completed the music for RHYME OF
THE FLYING BOMB by Peake--soprano, bass, flute
and piano) and some of the music will definitely
be published in the text. Part of our trouble is
that we're primarily rock musicians and our various managers etc. are finding the conception of
a score hard to cope with! That's the score, we
say. That's it. You don't have to work it out
in sessions... It's more expensive on the hire
of musicians but far cheaper in the amount of
studio time required! It's strange, this mixture
of worlds. People seem so anxious to stay within their psychological ghettoes, as with sf, of
course, or those who 'don't like sf. But I
suppose it will all shake down into something in
the long run. "But whether we'll ever get
ENTROPY TANGO and GL0RIANA down on finished tapes
I don't know. It's partly our own fault because
we react badly to most of the bullshitters who
exist in the rock and roll business. Enthusiasm
without commitment, has fucked up many a writer,
musician or painter. But there you go. What
else? Have you seen the Dale editions of my
books? They have to be collector's items—bizarre changes from English swear-words to American euphemisms. Heaven help us all.
My piece on politics in sf, "Starship Storm-
troopers" appeared in Cienfuegos Anarchist Review recently, to my great pleasure, for I admire the magazine as the only one of its kind
which manages to combine humanity and humour,
but unfortunately most of the copies got damaged
on their way to Orkney, where the press is. The
article is, of course, a piece of polemics,
dealing with what I believe to be a basically
reactionary element in the majority of genre sf
and how it comes to be confused with 'radicalism.'
As usual, I'm horrid about almost everyone. Passion lingers, sight fades. Stuart Christie, the
editor, has nominated it for this year's George
Orwell prize, he says.
I shall sue anyone who uses my name in their
advertising without first getting confirmation
(or otherwise) from me in writing. That was why
I sent you a telegram. There's far too much
casual stuff of this kind going on, particularly
from enthusiastic academics who ought to know
better. This is not paranoia on my part--I
wish to keep my readers' respect and if they
think I haven't turned up when they assume I
said'I was going to I shan't keep it for long.
There are probably a hundred things I've forgotten to tell you.
PS Just got the latest issue (Feb). If the Great
Old Ones ever want to come outside, roll up their
sleeves, and set to it in a manly fashion, I'm