Neil Gaiman to write Batman (and he can’t do, well, “stuff” online unnoticed)

Neil Gaiman just posted on his blog today that he will be doing a two-part Batman story next year. Yay!

However, he also writes:

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HPLHS: At the Mountains of Madness

My few postings about audio dramas are – according to the WordPress stat tool – among the most popular of this blog, so maybe you guys will find this interesting. There is a review of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s audio drama production of At the Mountains of Madness up at SFFAudio. Continue reading

SFCD e.V. – Auferstehung aus Ruinen?

Du meine Güte… Heute kam Post, darunter die ANDROMEDIA NACHRICHTEN des SFCD (Science Fiction Club Deutschland). Da ging mir, wie so oft in den letzten Jahren, der Gedanke durch den Kopf. “Stimmt, da wolltest du ja eigentlich auch noch austreten und hast es wieder völlig vergessen.”

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Thomas M. Disch is dead

Thomas M. Disch committed suicide.

I heard about it just today, although he already died on the 4th of July. Well, this ain’t a news site, there are many others that are much better at that kind of thing.

Still… another of the great old men of Science Fiction is dead. That is SF not sci-fi, i.e. serious speculative fiction. <arrogance mode off>

Why do I blog about this? Because it reminds me of the the only Disch book that I got, which is probably the most well-travelled book in my collection. Years ago, I got a battered German Heyne pocket book edition of Camp Concentration from a pen pal in Brazil (SF author Roberto de Sousa Causo). How the German translation of a US science fiction novel ended up in Brazil only to be sent back to Germany years (decades, actually) after its publication will forever remain a mystery. And yes, that was before email was ubiquitous and available to everybody – we were actually writing letters…