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( Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:29 pm)
I recall a British company who did modern translations (ie rude) of operas, but I can't for the life of me remember their name. London Mozart Players? English Opera? I think it was semi-professional, and it was either the Purcell Room or BAC if I ever saw them (which I think he did).

Tamaranth should remember...
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The RAA catalogue on their Anish Kapoor show makes a link between the uncanny and Edmund Burke, seeing the uncanny as the dark side of the sublime (linked to terror), but as far as I can tell Burke doesn't use the term "uncanny". Thus far google mainly finds the truism that Burke is uncanny about the French Revolution and Royle doesn't have Burke in his index. Ring any bells with anyone?
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( Sep. 18th, 2011 02:06 pm)
Are there any online indices to the sf pulps? (I think I've only seen incomplete ones). I want to work out when the first book reviews appeared in them. Or does anyone know?
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( Apr. 18th, 2011 10:37 am)
Is there any way to back up all entries with a given tag/keyword from Livejournal to Dreamwidth - say if I wanted to separate out all my film entries?

Obviously I could download all and then delete, or go to each entry and cut and paste, but that seems inelegant.
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( Jan. 26th, 2011 01:29 am)
I have a vague memory that one of the Moon landings had its television coverage interrupted by sport - I thought the Super Bowl, but none of the dates seem to fit, nor is it (as far as I can see) one of the World Series. Am I misremembering, or was it some other sport event?
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( Jan. 18th, 2011 12:34 am)
I wonder if the secret research centre - usually in a coastal village (or Collindale) - is a British sf thing? They're experimenting with time travel or teleportation in a private estate rather than a university lab or a military lab although big business is not necessarily excluded. Think "Piper at the Gates of Dawn", A Dream of Wessex, Chronicules, The Electric Crocodile, Charisma, bits of Jerry Cornelius. Various Doctor Who serials.It's not as ostentatious as the base in a hollowed out volcano. There must be US examples, but I'm blanking.


I sort of have an idea what it represents, but the coastal bit doesn't quite fit.
Anyone here know how to access the wifi at Senate House? My Eduroam stuff works at the Campus on the Hill and University of Liverpool (and sort of at the Secret Campus but not the iTouch), but I could quite get it to boot up last time I was in the Ministry of Truth.
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( Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:52 pm)
I'm trying to put together a list of sf writers active before 1950 - although I may push that back to 1945 or 1940 - and publishing sf in the 1970s. I've got:


  1. Isaac Asimov
  2. Alfred Bester
  3. Leigh Brackett
  4. Ray Bradbury
  5. Arthur C. Clarke
  6. Robert A. Heinlein
  7. Andre Norton
  8. Theodore Sturgeon
  9. A.E. van Vogt
  10. Jack Williamson


Naomi Mitchinson is a separate issue - she's not exactly first/agenda sf.

There's one Edmond Hamilton story, which I think I can skip over, Hubbard is busy, ah, I probably need to think about Jack Vance. I just wonder if I've missed the bleeding obvious.
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( Jan. 5th, 2010 10:55 pm)
Is there any Big Dumb Object fiction published by women in the 1970s? I'm dealing with Rama, Ringworld, Orbitsville, Inverted World and a couple more, but it's a blokey list. Up The Walls of the World, maybe? Novel, novella, short story, whatever. The mind has gone blank... I'm sure I'm missing something bleeding obvious.




9900 / 100000 words. 10% done!
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( Nov. 29th, 2009 01:51 pm)
I'm doing lectures tomorrow and next Monday on avoidable errors in essays and dissertations - formatting of titles, bibliographies, use of apostrophes and, above all, misused words.

You'll know the kind of thing - famous/infamous/notorious

"Robert de Niro famously played Travis Bickle."
"Robert de Niro infamously played Travis Bickle."
"Robert de Niro notoriously played Travis Bickle."

Defiantly for definitely:

"Robert de Niro is defiantly a good actor."

Bare/bear:

"The Americans have the right to bare arms."

"Paddington is bearly an illegal immigrant."

They're/their/there:

"Its' there birthday so their over they're"


If you have any gems and bugbears (bugbares?) to share I'd be grateful.
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( Oct. 5th, 2009 04:14 pm)
Does anyone know anything about Sue Payer - she published one sf novel (Second Body) in 1979 with Tower Belmont?

There's something odd here - I'm not convinced it's a real name because I'm not convinced it's written by a woman, or if it is by a woman I suspect a background in Harlequin Romances. It is copyright the publisher rather than her.

This is a quote from the novel as it appears in Ghastly Beyond Belief:

"This body was built for intercontinental hauling and had the apparatus that was made for endurance. It had everything a man could want in a woman. It was the wanton, uncivilised body that all men had longed to possess since the days of the cave man. It exuded purely animal sexuality."

And another quote gleaned from the net

"She was flat where women ought to be flat and curvy where women should be curvy. Doubly so, in fact, in both directions." -



Does this ring any bells with anyone?

Okay, so it looks like the DVD player died, so it's time to upgrade with something that has a hard drive.

I'm thinking of the SONY RDRHXD890 (here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-RDR-HXD890-Freeview-160GB-Recorder/dp/B0018PRXWE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top and here: http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/4214), which likely needs a multiregion hack (although I think Superfi does this). It is upward of the £200 mark I was thinking of as a max.


Anyone got any experience in this (and a Macbook was meant to be my next big spend...)?

ETA: I just descendezed the étapes (or something) to hear DVD player making loud whirring noise. As best I can see, my copy of Diamonds Are Forever is in there. Thank god it wasn't anything really embarrassing. I guess I am going to take the player apart tomorrow, if I can find the baby cross headed screws. A trip to Wilkos, methinks.
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Could of swore I bought a copy but may be I just think I have one each time...

Connie Ramos - what is her first name? The text I'm editing has Conseula, but I suspect it's Consuelo. A secondary source agrees, but if anyone can see it...
Does anyone have easy access to any of the following (I have a list of quotations to track which I'll then offload onto you...)

Algernon Blackwood, "The Willows", perhaps The Willows: And Other
Queer Tales
(1934) but any decent edition would do (a Penguin say) barring first edns

William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland (1908) or later edition with Ch. 18.

H.P. Lovecraft (1995) Miscellaneous Writings, ed. S.T. Joshi, Sauk City, WI: Arkham House.

H.P. Lovecraft (1999) The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, Penguin Classics (I have two of the three quotes pegged in this but can't locate third)

Thanks in advance...

And if anyone recognises Clute's phrase "Pre-Aftermath fiction" (I don't have his book on horror) let me know a source
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( Mar. 31st, 2008 04:54 pm)
Is the bar/cafe still on the fifth floor of Waterstones, Picadilly? I need to find a place to meet the Aged Ps and the last time I was there U2 had taken it over (18 months ago?) and before that... pass
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Is there anywhere that Jeff Noon uses the phrase "science fiction ghetto," "sf ghetto" or "sci-fi ghetto"? I felt sure he has, possibly in my interview with him in Vector (but apparently not there). I need a sentence with him disparaging the genre as a ghetto and saying that he's not part of it.

There's a review of Falling Out of Cars which says it - "reflects his attempt to escape from what he views the SF ghetto." - but I want it in his words.
For some reason I've always been convinced that practice works like advice - I advise you, but I give you advice. You go to football practice - but you are practising football. (Are you or have you ever been a practising accountant or a practicing accountant? May be you'll get better. I'd write with an s. You'll be in a practice.)

The phrase in question is "practicing media theory" in the sense of undertaking, using a particular theory - but it just tastes wrong to me. (It's complicating by the need for it to have a second sense of the theory of how to do practice.)


Any thoughts?

Edit: This would be UK usage, in case there's a difference. Google gives Practising over Practicing by only few thousand.
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( Oct. 1st, 2007 01:52 am)
Does anyone have a year of birth for Alan Erasmus, who co-founded Factory Records etc?
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