Posts Tagged ‘Howard Waldrop’

Library Additions: Chacal #1 Signed by Tom Reamy

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

I just got a big box of books from a dealer holding a 70% off sale, which I’ll probably be cataloging for the next week or so. This is the item that made me start piling things in the virtual basket for immediate purchase:

Chacal No. 1. First edition magazine original, a Fine- copy with slight bumping to top of spine. Signed by contributors Tom Reamy, Howard Waldrop, Richard Corben, Tim Kirk, and publisher Arnie Fenner.


Reamy Sig

Tom Reamy was widely acclaimed as the very best SF writer in Texas, winning a John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer as well as a Nebula Award for “San Diego Lightfoot Sue.” Reamy died of a heart attack on November 4, 1977 at the horrifically young age of 42. Reamy had no books of his own published during his lifetime, and things signed by him are genuinely rare and seldom come on the market.

Chacal was Arnie Fenner’s first magazine, a big color glossy magazine featuring first-rate fantasy fiction and art. (After two issues this would be followed up by Shayol, which had more of a science fiction focus, co-edited with Fenner’s then-wife Pat Cadigan.)

Howard believes that this was almost certainly signed at the 1976 Worldcon in Kansas City, which is the only time he recalled all of them being together at the same place and time after it was published.

Price paid: $29.99.

Photos from the 2013 San Antonio Worldcon

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I knew that dealing books at Worldcon would eat up a lot of time, but I had no idea just how much time it would take me to not only get all the books back on the shelf, but to catch up on everything I set aside while getting ready for, then recovering from, Worldcon.

Which explains why I’m just now putting up the pictures I took there. Here are the handful of pictures I took at Worldcon that came out decent.

Clotheshorse that she is, the lovely and talented Gail Carriger kicks off our review with the first of three outfits I managed to photograph.


A second.


And a third.

And here’s the same outfit she insisted I snap with her own camera. “You’ve got to include the shoes!”


Stina Leicht, sitting next to me at the Rayguns Over Texas event at the San Antonio Library.


Scott Cupp and Josh Rountree at the same event. The other photos I took there came out crappy.


Bookseller and con chair Mike Walsh.


Lou Antonelli channels Flavor-Flav.


Howard Waldrop and Eileen Gunn, just before Howard went three rounds with a concrete step.


And here’s Howard just after that bout.


Andrew Porter, now free of the terrible burden of publishing a semi-prozine.


Pat Murphy, back again.


Ex-NASA employee Al Jackson.


Ex-Austinite Maureen McHugh.


Kim Stanley Robinson, back from whatever frozen locale he’s visiting this time. Possibly Iapetus.


Gardner Dozois at full rant.


Gardner Dozois at full rest. The two modes are deceptively similar.


In 2012, Pat Cadigan asked me to take down one of her pictures. So this year I made sure that this picture with Robert Silverberg was 100% flattering.


I think this is a very good picture of Dwight Brown.


Rich Simental, who spent much of the con in his room working on a completely different con.


Ben Yalow. Or possibly one of those hundreds of Ben Yalow impersonators you hear so much about.


Max Merriwell, in a very clever diusguise.

David Kyle

David Kyle, who I think has passed the late Forrest J. Ackerman for Most Worldcons Attended.

I’m sorry that I didn’t get pictures of Alastair Reynolds, David Brin, Jack McDevitt, Joe and Joy Haldeman, and Lois McMaster Bujold (among others I missed), who were all kind enough to come by the Lame Excuse Books booth.

Howard Waldrop and I Review The Hobbit

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Over at Locus Online.

I liked it more than Howard did.

Howard Waldrop and I Review Prometheus

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Over at Locus Online. It wasn’t as good as we hoped it would be.

Howard Waldrop and I Review The Avengers

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

In a new land speed record, Mark Kelly had our review up at Locus Online about thirty minutes after I mailed it to him.

And anything that pushes The Hasslehoff Recursion further down the page is a blessing for the sanity of others…

Howard Waldrop and I Review John Carter

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Over at Locus Online. I liked it more than Howard did…

Movies Howard and I Will Review: Iron Sky

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Assuming it comes to Austin sometime in 2012 (answer cloudy; ask again later), Howard Waldrop and I will be reviewing Iron Sky, AKA Attack of the Space Nazis. Here we have not one, not two, but three teaser trailers, arranged from oldest to newest.

I’m hoping Iron Sky (which seems to have been made with a great deal of crowd-source funding) will be good, silly fun, as well as an amusing poke at the whole Nazi saucer mythos.

Films Howard and I Will Review: The Avengers

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Continuing this series of trailers on movies Howard Waldrop and I will be reviewing is The Avengers, which comes out May 4th. We liked the Iron Man movies, but weren’t particularly wild about Thor.

Hugo and Georges Méliès

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Howard Waldrop and I reviewed Hugo over at Locus Online, which we liked an awful lot.

The film involves (slight spoiler) the work of French film pioneer Georges Méliès, who produced, directed, wrote, and starred in over 500 silent short films, many of which no longer exists. But several of the ones that do are up on YouTube, and I thought I would gather them here. Méliès, a former stage magician, was the first to create a number of optical effects.

His most famous film, A Trip to the Moon, with the classic image of the shell embedded in the man-in-the-moon’s eye.

Interestingly, this was not his first film featuring the moon, as shown by The Astronomer’s Dream:

Another interplanetary voyage, this time by train, to the sun (in hand-tinted color, no less):

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:

The Haunted Castle:

Mélies himself is front and center as each of The Four Troublesome Heads:

Likewise as the Man With the Rubber Head:

Armadillocon 2011 Photos for Saturday, August 27

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

A chipper-at-all-hours Kasey Lansdale, having no pity on us poor souls discomforted by having to get up at the crack of noon.

if we’re going to show Kasey, I suppose we should show her father, Joe R. Lansdale. I think he’s written a book or two.

Neal Barrett, Jr. “You working on anything right now, Neal?” “I’m a writer, I’m always working on something. That’s what writers do.”

Howard Waldrop, relieved that we only have to review Cowboys & Aliens once.

Rob Landley, the man who helped found both Penguincon and Linucon. And yet, somehow, he still walks among the living.

Paolo Bacigalupi, wondering just where that alligator might have gotten to.

Brad Denton, who foolishly exposed his skin to direct sunlight for almost 15 full seconds.

Brad again, after the espresso kicked in.

Martha Wells, reclining in the position usually reserved for her palanquin.

Elizabeth Moon’s expression shortly after hearing that she wouldn’t have spend three days being condescended and lectured to by dour, joyless feminists.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke, who’ had to cut back on his previously extravagant vest budget.

Kurt Baty towers over Lego creations. Deep in the night, he sneaks into his unfinished mansion to loom over them and shout “I’m the God! I’m the God!

With his portable manual typewriter, Lou Antonelli may be taking his emulation of role-model Howard Waldrop a little too far…

Just one of the many, many martinis Scott Bobo drank that weekend, not all of which had Ed Scarborough looking on.

Scott, Ed and Dwight wait for dinner.

Dwight, Rich and Milton.

Little Chuckie, Emma Bull and Stina Leicht just before the Elizabeth Moon and Wiscon panel, more about which at a later date. No one was killed during the panel, which counts as a rousing success.

Ben Yalow and Emma Bull.

Matthew Bay, with beer and wearing a utility kilt, key clues for the police to piece together the horrific orbital belt sanding disaster that befell him moments later.

There used to be a picture here. Now there’s not.

Lovely con newbie Jamie Hott and here +5 Camera of Smiting.

Paolo attempts to re-enact the cover shoot from Peter Gabriel I.

The second of my blackmail photos of Mark Finn, this time cavorting with shameless married hussy Emma Bull.

The unsuspecting Will Shetterly sits next to his wife, none the wiser to the lascivious gyrations performed shortly before.

Oh yeah, baby! Finn and Dave Cake demonstrate that Fezes are TOTALLY coming back! It’s only a matter of time!

Brad offers Paolo the traditional SFWA Salute of Respect.

“I just ate what?”

Here serial cavorter Finns plys his oleaginous charm on the unsuspecting Jessica Reisman.

“Tonight the monkey dies!”

Kasey Lansdale reacts with calm, cool aplomb to Brad Denton missing a deadline.

This is what happens when you attempt to photograph the Tetragrammaton.

And finally (two base notes) in a world…where dinner can take three hours…one man…will drink…a martini!

Scott Bobo Drinks a Martini