Stratus SF SIG News, 1988

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              Stratus SF SIG News #1---Friday, May 27, 1988

Hugo Nominations for 1987

     Hugos are awarded by readers of science fiction.  If you want to vote
     for the winners, you must be a member of the 1988 Worldcon.  To become a
     supporting member of Nolacon II, send $30 to Nolacon II, 921 Canal St.
     #831, New Orleans, LA 70112.  If you want to attend the convention, the
     membership rate is $70 until July~10 and will be higher at the door.
     The completed ballots for the Hugos are traditionally due on July 15.
     The Hugos will be awarded at Nolacon, which will be held in New Orleans
     over Labor Day Weekend.

            The Forge of God, Greg Bear (Tor)
            The Uplift War, David Brin (Phantasia/Bantam-Spectra)
            Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card (Tor)
            When Gravity Fails, George Alec Effinger (Bantam-Spectra)
            The Urth of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

            Eye for Eye, Orson Scott Card (IASFM, March)
            The Forest of Time, Michael Flynn (Amazing, June)
            The Blind Geometer, Kim Stanley Robinson (IASFM, Aug)
            Mother Goddess of the World, Kim Stanley Robinson (IASFM, Oct)
            The Secret Sharer, Robert Silverberg (IASFM, Sep)

         Buffalo Gals Won't you Come Out Tonight, Ursula K. Le Guin (F&SF, Oct)
         Dream Baby, Bruce McAllister (In the Field of Fire, Tor; IASFM, Oct)
         Rachel in Love, Pat Murphy (IASFM, Apr)
         Flowers of Edo, Bruce Sterling (IASFM, May)
         Dinosaurs, Walter Jon Williams (IASFM, Jun)

        Short Story:
            Angel, Pat Cadigan (IASFM, May)
            The Faithful Companion at Forth, Karen Joy Fowler, (IASFM, Jul)
            Cassandra's Photographs, Lisa Goldstein (IASFM, Aug)
            Night of the Cooties, Howard Waldrop (Omni, Apr)
            Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers, Lawrence Watt-Evans
                (IASFM, Jul)
            Forever Yours, Anna, Kate Wilhelm (Omni, Jul)

            Ed Ferman, F&SF
            Stan Schmidt, Analog
            Gardner Dozois, IASFM
            Dave Hartwell, Arbor House
            Brian Thompsen, Warner/Questar

        Pro Artist:
            Mike Whelan
            J.K. Potter
            David Cherry
            Bob Eggleton (1)
            Tom Kidd
            Don Maitz

        Other Forms:
            Watchmen (DC)
            I, Robot, Harlan Ellison (Screenplay, IASFM)
            Culture Made Stupid
            Wild Cards series
            The Essential Ellison

            Anatomy of Wonder, 3rd Edition (Bowker)
            SF/Fantasy/Horror 1988, C. Brown, ed. (Locus Press)
            Imaginations: The Work of David Cherry, Cherry (Starblaze)
            The Battle of Brazil, Matthews (Crown)
            Works of Wonder, Whelan (Del Rey)

        Best Dramatic
            Princess Bride
            Witches of Eastwick
            Star Trek 93: The Journey Goes On

        Fan Artist:
            Brad Foster
            Steve Fox
            Teddy Harvia
            Merle Insinga (2)
            Taral Wayne
            Diana Gallagher Whu

        Best Semi-Prozine
            Aboriginal SF
            SF Chronicle

        Best Fanzine
            File 770
            Lan's Lantern
            Mad 3 Party (3)
            Texas SF Enquirer

        Best Fan Writer
            Mike Glyer
            Arthur Hlavaty
            Dave Langford
            Guy H. Lillian III  (4)
            Leslie Turek (5)

        John W. Campbell Award
            C.S Friedman
            Loren MacGregor
            Judith Moffett*
            Rebecca Brown Ore*
            Martha Soukup*

            * last year of eligibility

There were 418 legitimate ballots. There were 122 ballots with best fanzine
nominations (29%, a high number). There were 182 ballots for Other Forms.

Honorable mentions:  OtherRealms (an electronic fanzine on USENET) placed
sixth in the balloting for Best Fanzine.  The Elric Costume (presented at
last year's Worldcon) placed sixth in Other Form.  The Shaft (a big piece of
metal sent from Boston fans to LA fans, and then to fans in Philly) placed
seventh in Other Forms.

Other nominations for Other Forms included: the 1987 tax forms; Reagan's
1987 budget and the Minnesota Twins.

This information was from:    Chuq Von Rospach      chuq(at)sun.COM   Delphi: CHUQ


     (1) Bob Eggleton is an artist from Providence, RI, who was the artist
         guest at the 1986 Boskone.  Some of you may have seen the
         Challenger print he created.

     (2) Merle Insinga lives in Marlboro and is married to a DEC employee.

     (3) The Mad 3 Party is a local fanzine, edited by (5) Leslie Turek.
         It is produced by Noreascon III, next year's Worldcon.

     (4) Guy Lillian is a member of this year's Worldcon committee, being
         the person responsible for their Progress Reports.  It is generally
         considered in BAD TASTE to appear on the Hugo ballot in a year
         that your convention is sponsoring the award.  For example,
         Leslie Turek and Merle Insigna are both involved with next
         year's Worldcon.  If either of them (or Mad 3 Party) is nominated
         next year, they would either withdraw from the nomination or drop
         off the Noreascon committee.

NEBULA Award Winners, for 1987 (as reported by Ben Yalow)

     Nebulas are voted on by writers, and were awarded last weekend at
     the annual Nebula banquet.

Best Novel:        Fallen Woman, Pat Murphy
Best Novella:      The Blind Geometer, Kim Stanley Robinson (IASFM, Aug)
Best Novelette:    Rachel in Love, Pat Murphy (IASFM, Apr)
Best Short Story:  Forever Yours, Anna, Kate Wilhelm (Omni, Jul)
Grand Master:      Alfred Bester

In case you missed either announcement, both Clifford Simak and Robert
Heinlein have died in the last month.  Both were 80 years old.


Willow:  Go see Willow.  Ignore the critics---they are dead wrong on this
         one (except for Michael Blowen of the Globe).  Find the BIGGEST
         screen you can, because the photography is phenomenal.  The
         baby is very cute, and the acting is very good, considering
         how lousy acting usually is in fantasies.


A few words on this mailing:

     The ``Stratus SF*SIG News #1'' is a collection of SF/fantasy/fandom
     news.  I'm serving as the editor/correspondent, and encourage all of
     you to send book reviews/movie reviews, and assorted news/comments to
     me.  While I'm pretty well-versed in the goings on of fandom, I don't
     read nearly as much as many of you do.  If you have any
     books/movies/conventions or other things you'd like to plug, please
     send them to me.

     I'll try to have this out at least twice a month, probably on a Friday.
     The due date for submissions for the next mailing is Thursday, June 9.

                                             ---->  Laurie Mann X2610

PS:  Since I don't know many of you, a few words of introduction.  I've been a
fan for the last 15 years.  I've been involved in convention-running and
attending since 1974, and co-chaired the 1988 Boskone (a 1250-person
convention held in Springfield).  I'm married to Jim Mann, who collects more
SF than you could possibly imagine (unless you are Kurt Baty).  Like many
people in fandom, I'm an unpublished fiction writer.  I've been involved in
fanzine fandom, and helped to bid for the 1989 Worldcon, which will be held
in Boston next September.  I've been at Stratus since September of 1983 and
work in the Publications department.


              Stratus SF SIG News #2---Saturday, June 11, 1988


     Compared to May, June has been very dull in the SF world so far.
     No awards or nominations or deaths to annouce.


     NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association), Box G, MIT Branch PO,
          Cambridge, MA  02139

     This club was founded in 1967.  NESFA sponsors Boskone, the biggest
     annual SF con in Massachusetts.  NESFA owns a club house in
     Somerville, publishes several books a year, and has two meetings
     a month.  The "Business Meeting" is usually the first or
     second Sunday of the month and is always held at the club house.
     The "Other Meeting" is held the third or fourth Sunday of the
     month at a member's house.

     June's Other Meeting will be held at Kurt Baty's house in Medway.
     Members of the Stratus SF SIG are welcome!  The meeting is an informal
     way to meet fans from all over Eastern Massachusetts.  If you are
     interested in attending, call Kurt or me for directions.  The
     meeting starts at around 2 and runs through the afternoon.

     Kurt's address is  26 Hill St. NE, Medway, MA  (429-4198)

     While NESFA sponsors LOTS of activities, Boskone is certainly its main
     focus.  Boskone 26 will take place in Springfield late next January.
     Tim Powers, Jim Gurney, and Tom Whitmore are the guests.

     If you'd like to be a subscribing member of NESFA, dues are just $15.00
     a year.  The dues cover a bi-monthly newsletter, and give you a
     discount at the NESFA sales table you'll see at some conventions.

     MCFI (Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc.), Box 46, MIT Branch PO,
          Cambridge, MA  02139

     MCFI has "one sole mission:" to run Worldcons in Boston.  MCFI ran the
     1980 Worldcon (Noreascon II), and will run Noreascon III next year.

     While memberships in MCFI are not available, MCFI does publish a
     wonderful little fanzine every few weeks called "The Mad 3 Party." TM3P
     is an insider's look at convention/worldcon planning and it is very
     amusing, even if you aren't intimately involved.  TM3P costs $1.00 per

     More convention information next issue.


from Laurie:

          I've been reading Donald A.  Wolheim's Best of 1987, a collection
          of short fiction that Wolheim thinks is the best of the year.  It
          includes several stories that have already won the Nebula and have
          been nominated for Hugos (Pat Murphy's "Rachel in Love" and Kate
          Wilhelm's "Forever Yours, Anna.").

          "Rachel in Love" is a wonderful story of simian intelligence, and
          what happens to a chimp who is also very human.

          Robert Silverberg's "The Pardoner's Tale" was somewhat pedestrian,
          a good read, but not what I'd call "The Best of the Year."

          Orson Scott Card's "America" was a story I remembered from
          _Asimov's_ last year, and is an intriguing story about
          a clash of cultures and mythologies.  I think this story
          was mostly overlooked by Hugo/Nebula voters, so I was
          glad that Wolheim didn't overlook it.

          I've missed something in my reading of "Forever Yours, Anna."  It
          wasn't particularly compelling.

     And what have YOU been reading lately?



Chris Tavares:

     Does anyone have the fourth book in Jack Chalker's "Rings of the
     Masters?" It took me a year to find the third one while the fourth was
     selling on the stands; now of course I can't find the fourth anywhere!

Someone asked (and I'm sorry, I deleted your name!):

     A couple of years ago L.  Ron Hubbard published a book, "Battlefield
     Earth".  It was supposed to be "soon to be a major motion picture".  Do
     you know anything about this?  I've never heard any further mention of
     it.  The paperback version came out about a year ago and said the same


                   Stratus SF SIG News #3---Friday, July 1


     Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the runaway BIG MOVIE of the summer.
     It is doing so well, that I'm talking about it under news rather
     than under reviews.  (Also, since I haven't seen it yet, I can't
     review it.)  Anyway, RR has appeared on the cover of NEWSWEEK
     and has received rave reviews by most of the major national critics.
     In short, if we have a rainy holiday weekend, GO SEE IT!
     Even if the weather's nice, go see it anyway.




     Lexicon is a "relaxacon" that NESFA runs each summer.  This one will be
     held from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7 at the
     Sheraton-Sturbridge Resort and Conference Center in Sturbridge.  A
     relaxacon has no program, art show or hucksters' room.  It a con suite
     that's open most of the time, a video room and a gaming room.
     Memberships are $15.  If you want to stay at the hotel call the
     Sheraton directly at 347-7393.  The rate is $85 a night.  The hotel is
     a resort hotel, which includes an indoor pool and jacuzzi, health club,
     lake, and nine holes of "mini-golf." If there's enough interest, there
     will be a Sheraton-catered barbeque on the beach on Friday night.  The
     barbeque is an additional $15 and your money will be refunded if the
     barbeque is cancelled.  Lexicons are fun and are a good way to meet
     other local fans.


     Nolacon II is this year's World Science Fiction Convention.  It will be
     held in New Orleans from September 1-5 at the New Orleans Marriott and
     Hilton.  A Worldcon has EVERYTHING:  Lots of Program, Films, People,
     Costumes, Parties, Hucksters, Art Exhibits, Video, Pros, Gaming....

     The memberships are $30 supporting (gives you the right to vote for the
     Hugo awards plus all publications) and $70 attending.  The deadline to
     preregister is 7-14-88, and the rate WILL be higher at the door.  Hotel
     rooms are still available.  If you are interested in attending and need
     a hotel reservation, include a self-addressed stamped envelope with
     your registration and hotel info will be mailed to you.

     Donald Wollheim is the Guest of Honor.  Roger Sims is the Fan Guest of
     Honor, and Mike Resnick is the Toastmaster.


A review from Bob Sweeney

Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation

     The latest in the Foundation Series. If your a fan of Asimovs and have
     read all of his Foundation and Robot books then you'll want to read this
     one. In "Robots and Empire" he losely tied the Robot Series to the
     Foundation Series. In "Prelude to Foundation" it all comes together.
     You learn a lot more about Trantor in the time prior to the decay
     of the Empire and how Seldon gets started on the development of
     psychohistory. Asimov leaves lots of room for more books between
     "Robots and Empire" and "Prelude to Foundation" and "Foundation" so
     hopefully there is lots more to come..


Fanzines for sale

     David Lubkin (an employee of another Massachusetts hi-tech
     firm that got very big very fast during the '80s) is selling
     off his fanzines.  He is selling a few hundred Star Trek, Star
     Wars, and other fanzines.  For a list of what's available,
     send a SASE to David Lubkin, 11 Westray Dr., Nashua, NH  03062

     Some of you may be asking "what's a fanzine?" A fanzine is a magazine
     written by a fan/group of fans about some aspect of science fiction
     and/or science fiction fandom.  Traditionally, fanzines were
     typewritten and reproduced by hecto, mimeo, or ditto.  Traditionally,
     fanzines are done for fun and not for profit---while the fan editors
     often charge something for each issue, it's more common to send them
     out to friends and contributors.  These days, fanzines are more likely
     produced with a word processor or desktop publishing system, and are
     frequently offset or Xeroxed.  A few fanzines accept advertising
     and pay contribtors.

     Over the years, the distinction between fanzines and professional zines
     has been blurred.  As a result, a new category, the "semi-prozine" has
     emerged.  A semi-prozine (Locus, Science Fiction Chronicle, Aboriginal
     Science Fiction) has less circulation than a major magazine (Analog, F
     & SF, etc), accepts advertising, and often pays the salaries of several

     You are reading an "electronic" fanzine.  This type of fanzine
     is becoming more common as more SF fans work with computers that
     are networked together.


                   Stratus SF SIG News #4---Friday, July 15


     Conspiracy Goes Bankrupt

     Conspiracy, the 1987 Worldcon held in Britain, is now in bankruptcy
     court because of some unpaid bills.  Conspiracy is the second Worldcon
     since 1983 to have severe money problems.  The 1983 Worldcon in
     Baltimore lost $40,000 and would up being bailed out by some other more
     solvent Worldcons and fans.  Even Noreascon III, the 1989 Worldcon to
     be held in Boston, has been having money troubles, due to some
     extraordinary legal expenses (we've been lucky enough to be able to
     budget around them, so far).

     Worldcons are becoming BIG business.  Unlike many professional
     conventions, attendees only pay in the $30-$70 range for memberships.
     Worldcon staffs are virtually entirely volunteer.  Still, Worldcons
     have to pay professional rates for convention space and security.


     Batman Movie Being Planned

     There will be a Batman movie going into production later this year.
     Tim Burton, who directed Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure and
     Bettlejuice, will direct.  Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Mr.  Mom, Gung
     Ho) will star as the Caped Crusader, and Jack Nicholson (no
     introduction needed?) will star as the Joker.

     Editorial Comments:  Keaton is, once again, badly miscast.  If you saw
     Beetlejuice, you know that he was absolutely out of control in that
     picture.  I'd rather see someone like Robert Urich because Batman has
     GOT to be the "straight man." I can't see Keaton being a straight man.


From Howard Ship

Review: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

     Why  waste  words?  See  it, see it, see it.  How about some
professional reviews?  The culture vulture  (WBCN):  "Buy  Disney
Stock!".   Siskel  and  Ebret:  "Two  thumbs  up,  and  two  jaws

     I'm an animation buff on top of being an SF buff, and I have
never  seen  animation  of this quality and smoothness before.  I
have heard that each frame was blown up and painted on directly -
and that means 24  frames/second  animation  (good  animation  is
usually 12, TV animation is usually even fewer).

     But  beyond  the  technical wizardry, "Roger Rabbit" is just
plain funny in a zany - actually, looney,  way.  The  screen  and
the  soundtrack  are  overflowing  with puns, jokes and animation
in-jokes, some of which will go right over the heads of most kids
(and some adults).

     Christopher  LLoyd  is,  as usual, excellent as the villian,
Judge Doom, as is the rest of the cast - human and "toon".

     See it, see it, see it.

From Bob Toxen:

RR is GREAT!!!  I think that the Stratus SF crowd would
especially enjoy it.  I also think that it will set a new trend
in movies.  The integration of animation and live acting as well
as the high quality of the animation is amazing.

From Laurie Mann:

Anamation freaks have probably already seen RR several times, but if
you've really been "out of town" for a while, you must go to it.
It is a very different blend of animation and live action.  The acting
is pretty good, though the plot is about as hackneyed as they come.
But the in-jokes, and combination of Warner Brothers and Disney
characters in the same movie is wonderful.


From Howard Ship

By the way, does anyone know about the current status of Michael
Moorcock?  I had heard somewhere that he was dead.

Response from Laurie Mann

I think he's alive.  When an author dies, the SF community usually finds out
pretty quickly (this isn't ALWAYS the case---C.L. Moore's death wasn't
announced for almost a year after the fact).

From Patrick Brazill

I like Jack Vance and Jack Chalker.  Could some of you suggest other
writers, who may write in a similar vein?


                   Stratus SF SIG News #5--- Tuesday, August 9


     Very quiet.  Not much going on.  Maybe everyone's gone fishing...
     (Except, see Rumors, below)


Batman Movie (from Howard Ship):

     The DC Editors have been claiming that the Batman movie will
be  straight,  not  camp  like  the  evil Adam West Batman of the
sixties.  Keaton as the Batman looks like they are wimping it out
and switching over to camp.  (Camping it up is easier - there are
problems in making a non-comic  book  audience  take  the  Batman
seriously - were talking about a guy running around in tights and
a cape).

     To do Batman justice though, you need somebody big and fast.
Urich  isn't  big enough.  In the books, the Batman is at least 6
and  a  half  feet  tall.  Remember  the  "viking"  fireman  from
Roxanne?  He could fill the physical requirements.

     Of  course,  its  not  just  the Batman movie hanging in the
Balance.  There are some other projects I'm equally excited about
- namely, the Watchmen movie (allegedly by the same  screenwriter
as  the  Batman movie) and a movie of Elektra:  Assassin.  If the
Batman falls, these will probably never get produced.

Suggested SF Authors  (Dave Wetzel)

This is a response to Patrick's request for recommended authors.  I have
just recently found an author by the name of Orson Scott Card.  He has
written a book I can recommend highly: Ender's Game.  I know he has more
work out there (there is a sequel to Ender's Game, but I haven't yet read it)
and I was very impressed with this one.

(Notes from Laurie:

     Ender's Game won both the Hugo and the Nebula Award for the best SF
     novel of 1986.  Card was nominated last year for the sequel, Speaker
     for the Dead, as well.  This year, he's been nominated for another
     novel called Seventh Son.  Seventh Son is an interesting blend of
     alternate American history and fantasy.  I think he is one of the best
     SF writers, and one of the few newer writers who is as good at writing
     short fiction as he is at writing novels.)


(From Laurie)

Big Top Pee Wee is a bore.  It lacks the graphic inventiveness of the
first film.  Unless your child is a real PW fanatic, don't bother.

I just finished The Falling Woman, an excellent novel by Pat Murphy.
The novel is well-written, and is a must if you are an anthropology/archealogy
fan.  This novel won the Nebula Award (given out by the Science Fiction
Writers of America) for the best novel of 1987.

I've started The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent.  Big, sprawling
novel about a post-apocalyptic society where a matriarchy reigns.
Has many interesting things to say about men and women.  Looks good
so far.


     Old Chinese Curse:

         May you live in interesting times

     The rumors coming out of New Orleans, home of the 1988 World
     Science Fiction Convention, indicate that those of us traveling
     down to the Worldcon are in for interesting times.....More next month!


                   Stratus SF SIG News #6---Tuesday, September 13



Nolacon-observations by Laurie Mann

     The Worldcon is THE big SF convention of the year.  While some
     media-oriented conventions may attract more fans, the Worldcon is still
     THE annual meeting of SF fans.  The Worldcon features lots of
     professional writers and artists, lots of fans, many program items,
     many movies, large Art Show and Dealers' Room, and plenty of all-night
     parties.  The Hugo Awards are given out at the Worldcon.

     Donald Wolheim, one of the most influential editors in the field,
     was honored as the Professional Guest of Honor.  Roger Sims, a longtime
     Southern fan, was the Fan Guest of Honor.  Mike Resnick did an
     excellent job as toastmaster.

     Stratus employees were in abundance in New Orleans.  Rick Kovalcik,
     Kurt Baty, Tim Mead, Dave Hooton, Andy Cowan and I all made the trip.
     (Any con reports from any of you???) Massachusetts sent the
     forth-largest group down to New Orleans, trailing only California,
     Texas, and Louisiana.

     Professionals in attendence included David Brin, Greg Bear, George R.
     R.  Martin, Joan D.  Vinge, George Alec Effinger, John Varley, Orson
     Scott Card, Robert Silverberg, Gardner Dozois, David Hartwell, Jack
     Chalker, C.  J.  Cherryh, Rbecca Ore, Brenda Clough, Bob Tucker,
     Michael Whelan, Frank Kelly Freas, Tom Kidd, Bob Eggleton, Alicia
     Austin, and David Cherry.

     Nolacon II was the best of cons, it was the worst of cons....

     On the plus side, I met/remet lots of great people, saw a very good Art
     Show, ran/co-ran, or attended lots of good parties, and had a very
     comfy room in the Marriott.  I touristed around New Orleans for most my
     first 24 hours I was there, visiting the French Quarter a number of
     times, and taking a long boat ride.  I had dinner in lots of nice,
     moderately-priced restaurants.

     On the down side, the convention was dreadfully "organized," it took me
     three hours to hang art for a friend of mine (Fan Art Hugo nominee
     Merle Insinga (yes, the one name that Hugo MC Mike Resnick
     mispronounced)), it took a few friends up to THREE HOURS to buy art
     during Art Show close-out, it rained more than I expected, and the
     facilities were crowded.  I met Paul Prudhomme, a famous New Orleans
     chef/restauranteur and a possible contender for a "Jabba-the-Hut"-like
     character in a future Star Wars movie and immediately decided to go on
     a diet.

     But the plusses far out-distanced the minuses.  Since I'd decided "not
     to work" Nolacon, I partied harder than I have at Worldcons in
     years---this was the first Worldcon since 1976 that I hadn't worked for.

     Nolacon proved without a doubt that no matter HOW BAD the Worldcon
     sounds, it's STILL worth trying to get there.

     The Hugo Awards were given out on Sunday night.

        Best Novel:  Uplift War  (David Brin)
        Best Novella:  Eye for an Eye (Orson Scott Card)
        Best Novellette: Bufalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight
                         (Ursula K. LeGuin)
        Best Short Story:  Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburger Stand
                         (Lawrence Watt-Evans)
        Best Dramatic Presentation:  The Princess Bride
        Best Non-fiction Book:  Works of Wonder (Michael Whelan)
        Best Other Forms:  Watchmen
        Best Professional Editor:  Gardner Dozois  (Isaac Asimov's)
        Best Professional Artist:  Michael Whelan
        The Locus Award:  (That's really "Best Semi-prozine"--Locus, again)
        Best Fanzine:  Texas SF Enquirer (Pat Mueller, editor)
        Best Fan Writer:  Mike Glyer
        Best Fan Artist:  Brad Foster
        Campbell Award:  Judith Moffitt

       Analysis:  I didn't read that much, so I don't have any strong
       feelings on the literary awards, though I liked Tim Powers' "On
       Stranger Tides" (which wasn't nominated) lots more than "Uplift
       Wars." Pat Murphy's "Rachel in Love" should have won Best Novelette,
       though.  It was absolutely one of the best "let's get inside the head
       of a non-human" story ever written.  "The Princess Bride" is probably
       the first fantasy movie to win a Hugo, and the best fantasy made in
       nearly 50 years.  While some people whose opinions I really respect
       love "Watchmen," I can't bring myself to read a comic-illustrated
       novel.  Pat Mueller may have been nominated due to fan politics
       (after being cast out of Texas SF Enquirer by a Texas fan group), but
       she's done a damn good job as a faneditor for an awfully long time.
       Her current "Pirate Jenny" will be on my ballot for next year.  It's
       also about time that "Aboriginal SF" won the Best Semi-prozine award.

     While I saw a great deal of the convention, I didn't get to the
     Masquerade, movies, and I missed most of the Program.  I did watch Joe
     Haldeman read excerpts from his current work-in-progress.  It's called
     "The Hemmingway Hoax" and it should be published in 1990.  Much of it
     is set in the Boston area, since Joe teaches at MIT for the fall
     semester each year.  I missed the appearance of Charles Fleischer (?),
     the man who was the voice of Roger Rabbit.

     The Worldcon for 1990 will be held in The Hague.  Joe Haldeman is the
     Guest of Honor.  The Worldcon for 1991 will be held in Chicago.  Hal
     Clement is the Guest of Honor.  Orlando and Washington D.C.  are in the
     middle of a hotly-contested bid to hold the 1992 Worldcon.  Members of
     the 1989 Worldcon have the right to vote on the site for the 1992


Correction from Jim M.:

     Speaker for the Dead won the Hugo for Best Novel.


      Does anyone know of another book besides Venus on the Half Shell
      by Kilgore Trout (aka Kurt Vonnegut???)?

(response from Laurie)

     Venus on the Half Shell is the only "real" book written by Trout, who
     is really Phil Farmer.  The CHARACTER named Kilgore Trout was created
     by Kurt Vonnegut, but Vonnegut never wrote under that name.  A number
     of other books are ATTRIBUTED to Trout in the writings of Vonnegut,
     since Trout is a hack SF writer in the Vonnegut universe.

Worcester Tech Events

     Two upcoming events at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that you might
     be interested in.

     Sunday, September 18 at 6:30pm, Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" and
          "The Life of Brian" will be playing at Alden Hall.  Admission
          is $2.00.

     Friday, September 23 at 8pm, Kurt Vonnegut will speak in Harrington
          Auditorium.  Admission is $2.00.


(from Faith Senie)

I just finished reading two of Isaac Asimov's latest.  I found "Prelude to
Foundation" to be a fascinating look at the beginning of the beginning for
the Foundation novels.  Here's proof that Hari Seldon is not God  -- he's
very human, with human insecurities and problems.  It's quite interesting
watching elementary psychohistory unfold before him.

Unfortunately, I can't be as kind to "Fantastic Voyage II: Destination
Brain".  Normally Asimov writes books I find difficult to put down.  This one
was very "put-downable".  The story drags along, held up by the cowardice of
the main character.  The only part of the book I really enjoyed was the last
paragraph.  Unfortunately, I had to read the whole book to understand it.
"Destination Brain" would be much better were it half the length and half as
cowardly as it is now.

One last note: Read Orson Scott Card's "Wyrms".  It's yet another reason to
like his work...


From Carl Ellison

     Before I throw them out, do you know anyone who might want
a handful (couple of years?) of Omni magazines from 1979, 80...?


                   Stratus SF SIG News #7---Tuesday, October 11



From Jim Mann

     Farmer was going to write more Trout novels, but Vonnegut was very
     upset about reviewers who, assuming that he had written Venus on the
     Half Shell, called it his best novel in years.  He apparently got very
     nasty when Farmer asked permission to write another Trout novel.

     In response to reviews of Prelude to Foundation:  I also liked it,
     though I found it a bit of a letdown at the end.  I wish Asimov
     wasn't bent on working his robots into everything.  Prelude would have
     been better without them.  They weren't needed, the novel would have
     worked just fine with just humans.

from Laurie Man

Kurt Baty Roast Transcript Available!

     Most of you know that Stratus employee/book collector/SF fan Kurt
     Baty has left Stratus for a chip company.  He was recently roasted,
     and I transcribed the evening's festivities.  If you would like
     a copy of the proceedings, please send me E-mail and I'll send it
     to you.

Misery into a Movie!

     While Misery isn't SF, many SF readers like Stephen King, so I thought
     I'd pass this along.  Rob Reiner's Castle Rock Productions as aquired
     the rights to Misery, and is getting William Goldman to adapt
     the novel into a script.  95% of Misery takes place in a house
     in  Colorado.  It's the story of a badly injured writer who is
     ``cared'' for by a psychotic woman who used to be a nurse.  It's
     a very well-done book, but I have trouble seeing it as a movie.
     Some of the most interesting stuff in the book is the writer's
     internal ruminations on creativity, writing, and pain.

New Twilight Zone Episodes

     The TZ episodes which were on a few years back have been re-edited into
     half hour packages for syndication.  Additionally, another 30 episodes
     are in the process of being filmed.  I don't know if this will be on in
     the Boston area or not---does anyone out there know?




Readercon 2         18-20 November, Lowell, MA  (Lowell Hilton)

          This is a "serious" convention for readers.  In short, if you
          love to read the stuff, you'll love the convention.  If you
          go to cons to game or watch films, skip this one.  Samuel
          Delany is the Guest of Honor.  Other guests include
          David Hartwell and Ellen Kushner.  I highly recommend this

          The rates are $15 if your membership request is postmarked
          by October 14 (that's Friday, folks!).  Rates will be
          $20 at the door.  Call the Lowell Hilton if you want a room.


                   Stratus SF SIG News #8---Friday, November 11


     Last week's computer virus has put a crimp in nationwide networks,
so I haven't seem much of sf-lovers in the last week or so.  Not that
there's been much going on in it lately anyway!


From Laurie Mann

     The November NESFA Other Meeting will be held at my house in Northboro
on Sunday, November 13 at 2pm.  Other Meetings are informal get-togethers,
and are a way to meet other local fans.  If you're interested, give me a
call and I'll E-mail you a map.


From:           Joe Wirtz

  I have just finished reading "Strangers From The Sky" by Margaret Wander
Bonanno.  It's a novel of the first contact between man and Vulcan, from
the Star Trek series. Its a story about an alien spacecraft that crashlands
in the South Pacific, bearing visitors from Vulcan, and Earth must
decide whether to extend the hand of friendship, or the fist of war.

  While in the distant future Admiral James T. Kirk begins to have horrible
dreams prompted by his reading of an old book STRANGERS FROM THE SKY. He
has dreams of an alternate reality where he somehow changed the course of
history - and destroyed the Federation before it began !

  Its not really a bad book, I just felt it to be a little dry for a Star
Trek Novel. If you are a Trekkie then you would enjoy the new insights
that this book brings about the history of the Vulcans.



Boskone 26        **      January 27-29, 1989         **        Springfield, MA

Guests:  Tim Powers, James Gurney, Tom Whitmore

Others:  Joel Rosenberg, Melissa Scott, Judith Tarr, Gary K. Wolf,
         Esther Friesner, David Hartwell

Boskone is NESFA's annual convention, with an expected attendance of about
1500.  It features a terrific Art Show, varied Program, and lots of
interesting people.  If you want to go, send $25 to Boskone 26, Box G, MIT
Branch PO, Cambridge, MA 02139.  Boskone prereg closes on December 15; the
at-the-door rate will be $40.

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