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Out of the Woodwork 147. February 2009
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Emmy-winning actor Patrick McGoohan, best known for starring in cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner, has died at the age of 80. He died in Los Angeles after a short illness, his film producer son-in-law Cleve Landsberg told Associated Press. McGoohan played the character Six in the surreal 1960s show, filmed in the north Wales village of Portmeirion. Full BBC story

Author John Updike, 76, died on January 27, 2009, of lung cancer. A major American novelist, poet, and critic, Updike wrote over 30 novels and collections in a career starting in the 1950s, winning virtually every literary prize, including two Pulitzers and two National Book Awards. His work spanned genres, and included The Witches of Eastwick (1984), literary post-holocaust novel Toward the End of Time (1997), and the internationally acclaimed series started with Rabbit, Run (1960). BBC tribute

The Crime Writers' Association has announced that the 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing, goes to Andrew Taylor. He said: “I am hugely honoured to receive this award. It's the sort of award that validates an entire career. What makes it particularly special is that I have been chosen by my fellow crime writers.” Andrew Taylor is the best-selling author of the Richard-and-Judy choice The American Boy and the highly-acclaimed Bleeding Heart Square, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Ellis Peters Historical Award. CWA

Terry Pratchett’s novel Nation is set to become the latest in a line of book to stage adaptations at the National Theatre, following in the footsteps of other hugely successful family shows such as War Horse, Coram Boy and His Dark Materials. The Stage announced on January 15th. Full story

Top Ten Literary Villains. The White Witch of CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia has terrified generations of children with her everlasting winter in which Christmas never comes. Luring a young boy into her palace with the promise of Turkish delight, her betrayal and tyranny has been ingrained in our consciousness since The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was written in 1950. And now the evil queen has been voted the scariest villain ever to appear in children's literature. The White Witch is among ten characters said to have been feared the most by 600 Penguin book readers.

1 White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis – 1950)

2 Captain Hook (Peter Pan by JM Barrie – 1904)

3 The Grand High Witch (The Witches by Roald Dahl – 1983)

4 Wicked Stepmother (Snow White by Brothers Grimm – 1810)

5 Cruella De Vil (The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith – 1956)

6 Voldemort (Harry Potter books by JK Rowling – 1997)

7 The Child Catcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming – from the 1968 film. Not the original book)

8 Miss Trunchbull (Matilda by Roald Dahl – 1988)

9 The Wolf (Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm – 1810)

10 Long John Silver (Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – 1883

Can anyone help Jim Whitford with this? Hi Simon, Can you help me find a listing of the complete GOLLANCZ SF series published from about 1960 onwards. Thanks, Jim

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins) won the 2009 Newbery Medal, given by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) for last year's outstanding American children's book. The award was announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver CO. Full story

Finalists for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Awards have been announced, they are in no particular order:

Emissaries from the Dead, Adam-Troy Castro (Eos)
Fast Forward 2, Lou Anders, ed. (Pyr)
Judge, Karen Traviss (Eos)
Plague War, Jeff Carlson (Ace)*
Terminal Mind, David Walton (Meadowhawk Press)
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, K.A. Bedford (EDGE)

The winner and any special citations will be announced April 10, 2009 at Norwescon 32 in Seattle. PKDick Award

Nominees for this year's BSFA Awards, presented by the British Science Fiction Association, have been announced. The awards will be presented in April at Eastercon LX.

Best Novel

Flood by Stephen Baxter
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Best Short Fiction

"Exhalation" by Ted Chiang (Eclipse 2)
"Crystal Nights" by Greg Egan (Interzone 215)
"Little Lost Robot" by Paul McAuley (Interzone 217)
"Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment" by M. Rickert (F&SF, Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Non-Fiction

"Physics for Amnesia" by John Clute (talk given at the Gresham College Symposium "Science Fiction as a Literary Genre")
Superheroes!: Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films by Roz Kaveney (I.B. Tauris)
What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon)
Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan)

Best Artwork

Cover of Subterfuge, ed. Ian Whates, by Andy Bigwood
Cover of Flood by Stephen Baxter, by Blacksheep
Cover of Swiftly by Adam Roberts, by Blacksheep
Cover of Murky Depths 4, by Vincent Chong
Cover of Interzone 218, by Warwick Fraser Coombe

Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV, 21 years (I can't believe it's that long ago!) after its initial launch. The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth. Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the line-up, including Coronation Street's Craig Charles. The hit show, which ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, won an International Emmy award. Full BBC story

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2008. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 63rd Gala Banquet, April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. MWA
Missing by Karin Alvtegen (Felony & Mayhem Press)
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Night Following by Morag Joss (Random House – Delacorte Press)
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
The Kind One by Tom Epperson (Five Star, div of Cengage)
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (Hyperion)
The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
Calumet City by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster - Touchstone)
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock (Random House - Doubleday)
The Prince of Bagram Prison by Alex Carr (Random House Trade) Money Shot by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime) Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney (Random House - Dell) China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library – Obsidian Mysteries) The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli (Random House - Bantam)
For The Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago
by Simon Baatz (HarperCollins)
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century
by Howard Blum (Crown Publishers)
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It To The Revolution
by T.J. English (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Hans van Meegeren
by Jonathan Lopez (Harcourt)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Company)
African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study
by Frankie Y. Bailey (McFarland & Company)
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories
by Leonard Cassuto (Columbia University Press)
Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction
by David Geherin (McFarland & Company)
The Rise of True Crime
by Jean Murley (Greenwood Publishing – Praeger)
Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories
by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Sterling Publishing – Metro Books)
"A Sleep Not Unlike Death" - Hardcore Hardboiled by Sean Chercover (Kensington Publishing)
"Skin and Bones" – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by David Edgerley Gates
(Dell Magazines)
"Scratch a Woman" - Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
"La Vie en Rose" - Paris Noir by Dominique Mainard (Akashic Books
"Skinhead Central" - The Blue Religion by T. Jefferson Parker
(Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base (Abrams Books for Young Readers) Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House Children’s Books – Wendy Lamb Books) The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow by Riford McKenzie (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books) Cemetery Street by Brenda Seabrooke (Holiday House)

The Italian Job enigma - solved : In the conclusion to the 1969 movie, Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine, tries to reach the gold, but as he does so, the coach tips up dangerously. Then gang leader Croker turns around and says: "Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea." So what was the idea?

Well the winner, John Godwin from Surrey, had a practical solution involving a three-stage process. First, the coach needed to be stabilised. This involved smashing out the windows on the part of the coach overlooking the drop and smashing them inward at the front end to improve the weight ratio slightly. One of the bullion raiders is then lowered outside and deflates the wheels to stop the coach from from rocking.

Second, its weight distribution needs to be changed, particularly over the rear of the coach which is overlooking the drop. This involves emptying the fuel tank which John Godwin discovered was at the rear of the coach. This, he estimated, would contain 140kg of fuel.

Third, he would allow a member of the team to leave the coach and bring rocks in to the front of the vehicle to ensure it was stable and the gold could be removed. - Brilliant. Full BBC story

Signs of the Times?

(a) Murder One, the specialist crime bookshop in Charing Cross Road, WC2, is to close at the end of January after nearly 21 years. Seven staff at the bookshop will lose their jobs. Full story - the bookseller.com

(b) The April 2009 issue of Realms of Fantasy Magazine will be the last. The bimonthly magazine had been edited by Shawna McCarthy since its introduction in 1994.

Lost in Space Robot star May dies - (warning! danger! warning! danger!)
Veteran actor and stuntman Bob May, best known for donning The Robot's suit in the hit 1960s TV show Lost in Space, has died at the age of 69. May died of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster, Los Angeles, his daughter Deborah said. He was particularly fond of his Robot role, once saying he came to consider the suit a "home away from home". Full BBC story

2008 WINNERS of the Aurealis Awards

best science fiction novel

K A Bedford, Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

best science fiction short story

Simon Brown, ‘The Empire’, Dreaming Again, Harper/Voyager

best fantasy novel

Alison Goodman, The Two Pearls of Wisdom, HarperCollins

best fantasy short story

Cat Sparks, ‘Sammarynda Deep’, Paper Cities, Senses 5 Press

best horror novel

John Harwood, The Seance, Jonathan Cape (Random House Australia)

best horror short story

Kirstyn McDermott, ‘Painlessness’, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), #2

best anthology

Jonathan Strahan (editor), The Starry Rift, Viking Children's Books

best collection

Sean Williams & Russell B Farr (editor), Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams, Ticonderoga Publications

best illustated book/graphic novel

Shaun Tan, Tales From Outer Suburbia, Allen & Unwin

best young adult novel

Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock, Viking Penguin

best young adult short story

Trent Jamieson, ‘Cracks’, Shiny, #2

best children’s novel

Emily Rodda, The Wizard of Rondo, Omnibus Books

best children’s illustrated work/picture book

Richard Harland & Laura Peterson (illustrator), Escape!, Under Siege, Race to the Ruins, The Heavy Crown, The Wolf Kingdom series, Omnibus Books

Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence

Jack Dann

Tintin Movie update - we like Tintin we do!
British actor Daniel Craig, best known for playing secret agent James Bond, has signed up to play the villain in the new Tintin movie. The 40-year-old has landed the role of Red Rackham opposite Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell, who will play the intrepid young reporter Tintin. Filming for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg, has already begun. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Mackenzie Crook will also appear in the film. Full BBC story.

Winners of the 2008 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards -- honoring works of SF/F/H that deal positively with gay characters, themes, and issues -- have been announced.
Best Novel: Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye Books).
Best Short Fiction: "Ever So Much More Than Twenty", Joshua Lewis (So Fey). Full story

Dept of Smug Self Satisfaction (cont)

Dear colleagues:

My order has arrived safe and sound.
Thank you very much!

Stephen king book received today, many thanks, for your fast shipping and thorough packing :). Considering its 18 years old condition is perfect.


Ramon Mangion


Thanks I received the book today and it's awesome. Do you have any additional books of Gregory's? I'm looking for Mirror Mirror, Son of a Witch, Lost, and A Lion Among Men. I'm looking for the UK versions that are like Confessions that don’t have the dust jacket -- but I'm sure that some UK's were released with a DJ.

I'd be interested in purchasing if you do


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