Thursday, May 20, 2010

Godzilla Who?

So the Nebula's are awarded, and Shambling Towards Hiroshima did not win. But that doesn't mean you won't get to hear James Morrow's acceptance speech! Here's the stage, Jim, and best of luck with that Hugo:

Had Shambling Towards Hiroshima won the award, my acceptance speech would have begun like this: “The day before Kathy and I boarded the train for Orlando, I received a letter from an attorney in Tokyo representing ToHo Productions. The company is claiming that, in writing Shambling Towards Hiroshima, I plagiarized some obscure ToHo character named Godzilla. The attorney insisted that all copies of the novella be immediately destroyed, and I must cease and desist from using the character in my fiction.

“My fellow SFWA members, tonight I stand before you to attest that, until the letter arrived from Tokyo, I’d never had any knowledge of a monster called Godzilla. I’d never heard of that radioactive behemoth. I never had sex with that lizard.”

I would have gone on to dedicate the award to “my lovely and brilliant wife, Kathy,” and also to “a late, great writer named William Tenn, my comrade in satire, who lived an admirable human life under the pseudonym Phil Klass.”

My gratitude would also have gone to Tachyon editor Jacob Weisman, managing editor Jill Roberts, publicist Matt Staggs, long-range-planner Bernie Goodman, better-angel-of-Jacob’s-nature Rina Weisman, and Gorgantis fanzine editor Fred Ramsey.

As a final gesture, I would have noted that, while it’s wonderful to receive a Nebula, I’ve always wanted to win a Hugo, “so indulge me while I employ my Nebula-to-Hugo Conversion Kit.” The packet in question comprises a roll of Scotch tape and a Styrofoam coffee cup. When turned upside down and affixed to the top of a Nebula, such a cup has the immediate effect – when the lighting is sufficiently poor – of transforming the Lucite block into a rocket ship.
Visit Morrow's blog for the rest of his Nebula report and other fun stuff.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bay Area Reminder: SF and SF Movie Night is Tomorrow

Just a reminder, SF in SF is hosting a screening of KICKASS tomorrow night at the Variety Preview Room Theatre.

Doors and cash bar open at 5:00PM
Film starts promptly at 5:30PM

Don't forget to bring your gently used DVDs to donate to the UC Children's Hospital.

Also, this Saturday, May 22nd SF in SF will be featuring the artwork of artist RUDY RUCKER; prints and books will also be for sale along with the paintings. 30% of all art sales benefit the Variety Children's Charity.

For more info, check out the SF in SF website

Good Humor Man Makes Booklist's Ten Best List

Booklist Online has just released their Ten Best Adult SF and Fantasy books of 2009. We are VERY proud to say that Andrew Fox's The Good Humor Man is on the list.

Give it a look, Fox is in great company.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


SF in SF will host a special screening of KICKASS on Thursday, May 20th in the Variety Preview Room.

Doors and cash bar open at 5:00PM
Film starts promptly at 5:30PM

All proceeds go to the Variety Children's Charity, and remember, SF in SF is still collecting gently used DVDs for the UC Children's Hospital.

Tonight is Movie Night!

Don't forget, SF in SF's showing of The Fantastic Mr. Fox and 9 is tonight in the Variety Preview Room! Doors open at 6 PM, more details on the SF in SF homepage

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bookgasm on Lansdale

The Best of Joe R. Lansdale was reviewed on Bookgasm's motto is "Reading Material to Get Excited About", and we're happy they're just as excited about Lansdale as we are. Check it out!

I’m convinced — absolutely convinced — that if Joe R. Lansdale didn’t write in the realm of horror, America would be tripping over itself to praise him and hang literary medals around his neck..... I’ve never read a story of his that’s bad — excellence seems to be a constant presence in the man’s bloodstream.

Read the rest of the review at

Friday, May 07, 2010

Jacob on Hour of the Wolf

Our own Jacob Weisman will be a guest on Hour of the Wolf, on WBAI (99.5 FM) in New York City on Saturday mornings from 5 thru 7 AM. For those not in New York you can catch it streaming online at The interview will be available to listen to for two weeks after the broadcast, so be sure to catch it while you can!

From the website:

Hour of the Wolf is a two-hour live radio program presenting science fiction, fantasy, and related fields of endeavor. Each program promises either a reading, (preferably by the author, but more often than not by host/producer Jim Freund) or else a radio drama. Many such dramas come from the archives of Max Schmid, whose Golden Age of Radio has become one of WBAI's most popular programs. Some are from the WBAI archives, with such notable producers and participants as Baird Searles, Samuel R. Delany, and Joanna Russ. Live interviews with sf writers are a mainstay of the program. We also record and broadcast The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading series . Time permitting, we indulge listener phone calls. While the show concentrates on literary sf, we do have an occasional "Guilty Pleasures" episode regarding film and television.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Limited edition of The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals

Newly minted, the limited edition of The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals is available only from the Tachyon website. The signed hardcover edition is just thirty-four copies, each one dedicated to its own animal.

My favorite is the Pollo Maligno, the heinous cannibalistic chicken. Evil Monkey says: "When I say Pollo Maligno, I have no idea what I mean except I sound fierce...POLLO MALIGNO, POLLO MALIGNO, POLLO MALIGNO!"

Monday, May 03, 2010

SF in SF presents The Fantastic Mr. Fox and 9

Come on, you know you like animated movies. What grownup secretly doesn't? (a boring one, that's who). Did you miss your chance to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox because you were afraid of being the only grownup in the theater without a kid? Were your children disinterested in 9, forcing you to go without? Well SF in SF has got you covered.

On May 12th, this month's double feature will be The Fantastic Mr. Fox and 9.

Suggested donation and bar proceeds go to the Variety Children's Charity. Doors and bar open at 6:00, and the first movie starts at 7:00. There will be FREE popcorn, and you know what? You can bring the kids. We don't mind.

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor
- entrance between Quizno's & Citibank

582 Market St., at 2nd @ Montgomery, San Francisco