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Monstrous Crowd at the Alex
Here’s a snapshot of the line waiting to get into Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA on October 25. Tough crowd! John King Tarpinian was on hand not just to see the movie, but …

Harlan Speaks From The Hospital
On Friday HarlanEllisonBooks.com released a recorded message of Ellison speaking from his hospital room. Harlan, practicing the Always Be Closing mantra, finishes by saying  – “Please buy books.” Harlan Ellison Books editor Jason Davis also reported Ellison has progressed so far he …

Gerard Parkes, 1924-2014
who played Doc the inventor, the only human character on Jim Henson’s 1980s children’s show Fraggle Rock, died October 19 at the age of 90. He appeared in many other children’s television shows as well, like The Littlest …

Jeanne Gomoll Resigns from WisCon
Ending a 38 year association with WisCon, Jeanne Gomoll resigned from the convention committee and the board of its parent organization, SF3, on October 5. “Leaving it has broken my heart,” she wrote. Gomoll was chair of WisCon 20 (1996) …

Internet Dumpster Diving
Suddenly I’m getting dozens of hits on a post I withdrew last week mere hours after it appeared because Jason Sanford put up a link to the Google cache file. Well, I knew people were going to look at that — …

Harlan Ellison Update 10/23
Dennis Coleman told The Harlan Ellison Facebook Fanclub on October 23, “He’s doing OK but really wants to get out of the hospital. Not quite ready yet, but soon we hope.” And the staff of The Simpsons has sent him …

Inaugural Harris Collection Literary Award
George R. R. Martin and Tor publisher Tom Doherty are being presented the Harris Collection Literary Award today, October 23, at Brown University in Providence, RI. They are the first recipients of the new award celebrating the influence of literature in popular …

WisCon Releases Statement on 2014 Co-Chair Evans
WisCon has announced that “in response to member concerns” 2011 and 2014 co-chair Piglet Evans will not be handling harassment reports in any committee position she may hold in the future, nor will she serve in any of the convention’s …

An Unprofitable Day’s Work
Unless extras are getting paid a lot more than I’ve heard, someone’s about to take a hell of a loss on their gig as a background extra in Batman v. Superman. An extra is facing a $5 million fine after blabbing details …

Avengers “Age of Ultron” Teaser Trailer
After viewing this trailer I’d say, yessir, I’m ready right away to pay my money and see this movie. Too bad they’re making us wait til May 1, 2015!

The Most Valuable Hugo
When Ray Bradbury’s 2004 Retro Hugo brought $28,734 in an estate auction last month that made me wonder — What individual Hugo Award is worth the most money? There wasn’t much reason to wonder before. In all the other transactions …

Vintage Trek and Batman Clips
By James H. Burns: It’s easy — particularly across a matter of decades! — to lose sight of the era, or milieu, in which a teleseries, or movie, first appeared. I’m intrigued by this sequence of clips someone put together …

Smofcon Scholarships Awarded
CanSMOF Inc., the parent organization of the 2009 Montreal Worldcon, has selected the recipients of two scholarships to attend Smofcon 32, a convention for conrunners. Jean-Louis Trudel of Quebec City and Jared Dashoff of Washington, D.C. will each receive 500 …

Today In History 10/21
October 21, 1977: Post-apocalyptic classic Damnation Alley opened in theaters. The film was based on a novel by Roger Zelazny. (Well, about as much as any “based on” movie ever is. It had the same title, anyway.) Damnation Alley involved a …

Asimov’s Advice About Creativity
The Advanced Research Projects Agency, now known as DARPA, was created in 1958 by President Eisenhower. In 1959, an agency contractor working on ballistic missile defense systems invited Isaac Asimov to become a consultant. After a few meetings he stopped attending …

A Profitable Plague
Ebola has become a goldmine for GIANTmicrobes Inc., maker of plush dolls of microorganisms 1,000,000x life size. Its plague-related toys have, dare we say, gone viral. The company ordinarily offers a regular plush Ebola, a Gigantic Ebola Virus, and an …

Furry Future Updates and Issues
Anthology editor Fred Patten sent this status report about his current project: I’ve accepted eight stories so far for The Furry Future, from J. C. R. Coates, Dwale, M. (Maggie) C. A. Hogarth, David Hopkins, Mary E. Lowd, T. S. …

Bhob Stewart Memorial and Scholarship Announced
Some of Bhob Stewart’s former students and other friends will hold a memorial gathering in Boston at the New England School of Art & Design (NESAD) on Thursday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:00 p.m. If you …

Lynda Bellingham (1948-2014)
Lynda Bellingham OBE, who starred in the 14-part Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986 as the Inquisitor, died of cancer on October 19. She was 66. She was born in Montreal but adopted out to …

Eric Farrell: Applying Music and Pop Art Marketing Insights To DIY Publishing
Introduction: Eric Farrell is the author of In Through the Out Door, an online serialized science fiction novel available at www.ericmatthewfarrell.com.  On a quiet street on the outskirts of Greenwich Village, Saul Selinger stumbles across a grandfather clock frozen in time. When he …

Patten Seeks Stories For “The Furry Future”
Anthropomorphic fiction expert Fred Patten is editing The Furry Future, an anthology of original fiction, for FurPlanet Productions. He’s still looking for proposals, though the window will close in a couple of weeks. The theme is the future, with furries. …

Warwick Davis Joins Star Wars Ep. VII
He was Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, played Weazel and Wald in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace­, and he’s been waiting and waiting for a call from J.J. Abrams about Star Wars: Episode VII. The …

Vijay deSelby-Bowen Passes Away
Past TAFF winner Velma J. “Vijay” deSelby-Bowen died October 18 in Seattle after a long struggle against cancer. As the 1999 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate she attended Reconvene, the British Eastercon in Liverpool. When notified she’d won, Vijay told Dave Langford, “The …

Return of the Space Shh!uttle
By James H. Burns: Many years ago, I can remember the idea being floated that there was a secret manned space program… And, at first, as a kid, while I relived my anger over the Apollo program — and most …

Ed Green’s Oktoberfest Moment
Ed Green, LASFS President emeritus and veteran commercial actor, appears in this Passenger music video — you’ll see him at about 1:26 playing a tuba. His musical effort and intensity is apparent from his bright red face, although the fact …

Hevelin Fanzines To Be Digitized By University of Iowa Libraries
Over 10,000 fanzines in the Rusty Hevelin collection will be scanned and incorporated into the UI Libraries’ DIY History interface, it was announced on October 17. Hevelin’s collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries after his death in …

More Good News About Harlan Ellison
Dennis Coleman had more good news for readers of The Harlan Ellison Facebook Fan Club on October 18. Harlan told him the prognosis at the hospital for him is “amazing.” His right leg is moving and more physical therapy will …

2014 Deutscher Phantastik Preis
The 2014 Deutscher Phantastik Preis winners were announced October 11 at BuchmesseCon in Dreieich, near Frankfurt, Germany. Best Novel in German Ann-Kathrin Karschnick: “Phoenix – Tochter der Asche” (“Phoenix – Daughter of Ashes”) Best Debut Novel in German Gaby Wohlrab: “Eldorin – Das …

Today in History 10/18
1851: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was published. It was an important book in American literature and central to a big step in Ray Bradbury’s screenwriting career. Here’s a video of him speaking about being hired by director John Huston to …

1967 Hugo Story Withdrawn
The story from Andrew Porter I published earlier today about the 1967 Hugos was denied by Ted White, chair of Nycon 3 and will receive no further attention here.

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Added archive issues from Kurt Erichsen: Snickersee #1 and Endeavor #12 ( both 1977)
Added Opuntia #287, edited by Dale Speirs, plus archive issues 47.1B and 57.3
Added Graham Charnock’s Vibrator 2.0.7
Added Christopher J. Garcia’s The Drink Tank #388
Jonathan Crowe’s Ecdysis #4 is available at the linkAdded John Berry’s 1966 (?) review of Walt Willis’s Red Letter Day

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