Paul Williams died yesterday, aged 64. I don’t expect this means anything to most people who visit this blog, but you should honour his memory for various reasons.
In the wider realm of popular culture, you should honour him as the founding father of rock journalism. The magazine he founded as a 17-year-old college student in 1966, Crawdaddy!, was the first publication to focus on serious writing about the then-new music. It launched the career of writers such as Jon Landau … More
Welcome to your weekly round-up of what’s been happening over at the SF Gateway, our sister site devoted to classic science fiction.
This week’s spotlights are . . .
Author of the Week is the wonderful Nicola Griffith, winner of the Nebula, Tiptree and World Fantasy Awards among many others.
There is a stunning premise behind Total Recall. Too busy, time-poor or just plain poor to go on the holiday of your dreams? No problem. Visit Total Recall (slogan We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) and they’ll implant the memories of the holiday of your choice into your mind. After all, how can you tell a real memory apart from an implanted one?
It’s such a great premise, and the play between memory and reality such a fruitful … More
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I remember the first time I became aware of Philip K. Dick, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Or, more precisely, according to the cover, the book that inspired BLADE RUNNER (in very big letters). I was about ten, and on holiday in a caravan in North Wales. That isn’t as bad as it sounds, I went every year and still go. When the sun shone (and it did, quite often), there was nothing like running around … More