7 November 2021 Today I discovered something I'd have kept back for Ansible if not for the December deadline involved. The National Library of New Zealand quietly announced in July that it's giving a huge tranche of discarded books from its overseas collection to the Internet Archive, which will digitize them all and put them online. In October it was revealed equally quietly that authors who'd rather not be pirated have until 1 December to opt out. See here. I downloaded the immense spreadsheet of 428,232 titles and found only one by me. But 46 by or edited by Robert Silverberg; 24 by Michael Moorcock; several by Chris Priest; many more still-in-copyright titles. Author friends may want to check for their names. Later, 29 November: plans for the donation, now given as 600,000 titles, have been put on hold.
3 November 2021 Covid booster shots today at the local pharmacy: Pfizer this time. Perhaps my arm felt a little bit sorer that night than after the previous AstraZenecas, but nothing alarming happened.
21 September 2021 Here's a belated review of All Good Things: The Last SFX Visions. Also, Keith Freeman points out that The Leaky Establishment is cited in the comments to this recent story at The Register.
24 August 2021 An unexpected bookplate discovery on the front endpaper of a volume in my collection (The Story of Manon Lescaut, 1731; translated by Helen Waddell for the New York Heritage Press, 1935):
25 June 2021 At last I've disposed of that long run of complimentary copies of SFX magazine, after going through the whole lot and (for the sake of future bibliographers) noting all the title changes they made to my long-running column there. More than I remembered. In the collections – The SEX Column and Other Misprints, Starcombing and All Good Things: The Last SFX Visions – I naturally used my original titles, thus causing fearful confusion at the Internet SF Database.... Do I regret not having that regular soapbox for (almost) anything I cared to write? Not really, although I could have had some fun with the true and terrible history of the online SF Encyclopedia following the Gollancz announcement that they will be pulling the plug on this noble enterprise in October 2021. Instead – in between the agonies of constructing a replacement website where the SFE show will go on – I've written about all this for the next issue of William Breiding's fanzine Portable Storage.
1 June 2021 Here is Ansible 407, which also announces today's launch of another ebook in the free TAFF site library, compiled and with commentary by Rob Hansen (click on cover image for the download page):
21 April 2021 Hazel and I had our second AstraZeneca vaccinations today at the Mills Archive Trust, a familiar place within easy walking distance which Hazel the watermill fan had visited many times before. Now waiting to learn which super powers will develop.
1 April 2021 Not only Ansible 405 (guaranteed to contain no April Foolery) but a new ebook for free download at the TAFF site: Creative Random Harris, a huge collection of fanwriting by Chuck (alias Chuch) Harris, one of the founders of TAFF.
10 February 2021 Phone call at 5:15pm calling me and Hazel to the local surgery for COVID-19 vaccinations (our first) at 6pm. AstraZeneca. Back home again by twenty past.
22 January 2021 Chris Priest has released an ebook of The Magic, his long essay on the complex relationship between the film The Prestige and the original novel. This ebook was prepared by (faint noises of trumpet-blowing) Ansible Editions.
21 December 2020 The winter solstice is also the official release date for another Langford lockdown project, a new paperback collection of my own writing for fanzines and other offbeat venues, titled Beachcombing and Other Oddments. Now available for mere huge sums of money!
1 December 2020 Besides the usual festive event cancellations and merry obituaries, Ansible 401 promises yet further free fannish ebooks at the TAFF site, which if all goes well will be released just before Christmas. [Later: no, this isn't going to work out. One of these is still bogged down in proofreading while the other awaits a promised afterword from an old-time fan. I now hope to announce the availability of both ebooks in the next Ansible, expected on 4 January 2021.]
5 November 2020 Unobtrusively announced in the depths of Ansible 400 below, Ansible Editions has released the first ebook edition of David Langford's and John Grant's definitively tasteless horror spoof Guts. The blurb quotes by noted horror authors on the linked page are all genuine, the first three written specially for Guts and the last appropriated without permission.
9 October 2020 Gosh: someone remembers and has written about one of my very early stories for the Armada Ghost Books. I've never quite mustered the courage to go back to those anthologies in search of material for another collection. Chris Priest eventually brought together his uncollected early work as Ersatz Wines (2008), but what makes that book is the long autobiographical introduction plus the detailed "Then" and "Now" notes on each story's genesis and, with hindsight, flaws and virtues. The latter, for me, would of course require the horror of actually reading them again. "Then: I think I needed the money. Now: Oh God!" At present I'm working on yet another nonfiction collection, mostly of fanzine material somewhat in the vein of the long-ago The Silence of the Langford (1996), but without that book's bonus short stories.
1 September 2020 We enter the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and Ansible 398; as a bonus, the project to release all Bob Shaw's short fanzine writing in three ebooks is now complete with Slow Pint Glass:
29 August 2020 Now it can be revealed: the latest from Ansible Editions is The Jonbar Point: Essays from SF Horizons, bringing together two long critical studies by Brian Aldiss that never appeared in any of his own collections.
16 August 2020 A new issue of Cloud Chamber doesn't come along every week or even every blue moon, but somehow during the dog-days of lockdown I got into the mood again: here is Cloud Chamber 164. The archive of back numbers is here.
Look On My Works, Ye Mighty
SF Encyclopedia All Book Pages All Good Things: The Last SFX Visions *The Complete Critical Assembly *Crosstalk: Interviews Conducted by David Langford *Different Kinds of Darkness *Don't Try This at Home: Selected Convention Reports *Guts *He Do the Time Police in Different Voices *The Leaky Establishment *The Limbo Files *The SEX Column and Other Misprints *Short Shrift: A Big Book of Little Reviews *The Silence of the Langford *The Space Eater *Starcombing *Up Through an Empty House of Stars: Reviews and Essays 1980-2002
My first solo book War in 2080: The Future of Military Technology – hardback first edition, signed with errata sheet – remains available for the cost of postage within the UK only, plus transaction fees: call it £3.50. PayPal button below. Feel free to bump up the amount if feeling madly generous.
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