"Such athletic. Very claws. So amaze."
Kamala Khan, ladies & gents.
(from Ms. Marvel, issue #6)
Me every time I go on the internet
Someone read the comments on av club’s Fargo recap…
For all you Knasgaardians of the Galaxy: this is tonight.
Knasgaardians of the Galaxy: I love this phrase more than life itself.
This solicit cracks me up.
SECRET AVENGERS #7
Ales Kot (W)
Michael Walsh (A)
Cover by Tradd Moore
• “EXECUTIVE DECISION”
• DEADPOOL DEADPOOL DEADPOOL DEADPOOL DEADPOOL! WE HEARD THAT DEADPOOL RAISES SALES SO WE’RE DOING THIS EARLY ON.
• JUST KIDDING. ALL ABOUT THE ART. YOU’RE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS, RIGHT?
• THE NOOSE: TIGHTENS! SECRET AVENGERS: HUNTED! MARIA HILL: INVESTIGATING! ALSO DEADPOOL!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
This is the best solicitation text of my career. I wrote it, I turned it in, and I did not expect it to survive. But survive it did, intact.
luv u ales
How Gene Wolf turned a mistaken 1971 Nebula Award into several new short stories:
'When Asimov came to the Short Story category his eyes slipped over “No Award” and he read the first real name on the list — which was Gene Wolfe, author of “The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories.”
As Wolfe stood up a SFWA officer promptly whispered a correction to Asimov. Asimov went pale and announced he’d made an error. There was “No Award” in the Short Story category. Wolfe sat back down.
As the author explained:
A month or so after the banquet I was talking to Joe Hensley, and he joked that I should write “The Death of Doctor Island,” saying that everyone felt so sorry for me that it was sure to win. I thought about that when I got home and decided to try, turning things inside out to achieve a different story.
He did, and his novella “The Death of Doctor Island” won a Nebula in 1974. Wolfe adds:
After that a hundred readers or so challenged me to write “The Doctor of Death Island.”
Which he also did. The story appeared in Immortal, Jack Dann’s 1978 anthology. (Though no Nebula that year.)
Before long these stories were gathered in The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (1980), that delightfully-named collection of Wolfe’s best short fiction.’
This is amazing!
I want to live my life with this attitude.
Dave Eggers wrote a rhapsodic introduction to the tenth-anniversary edition of Infinite Jest. But in 1996, when the novel was first published, he had less enthusiastic things to say. (The phrase “wildly tangential flights of lexical diarrhea” is especially damning.)
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.
People should be allowed to change their opinions of novels, and pretty much everything. My opinion of Roth changes with every book I read, and it took four Dickens novels before I started enjoying them (David Copperfield did the trick). Infinite Jest if anything is a novel that defies first impressions.
Plus Ginchface has been ragging on me for years regarding my first opinion of Forrest Gump. I get it! It’s a good movie! I was wrong!