The Revival of John M. Ford

I suspect that basically anyone who might see this post has already seen at least one of the two links below. Both are worth your time.

But in summary, let me quote PNH from the second:

Tor will, indeed, be reissuing all of Mike’s novels, plus a new collection of short fiction and marginalia. We’ll also be publishing, for the first time, his unfinished final novel Aspects.

Huge thanks to the Ford family and to Tor executive editor Beth Meacham, who worked out this deal over the space of nearly a year. We could not possibly be more excited.

The program will begin with The Dragon Waiting in late 2020, then Aspects in early 2021.

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Once again, uncollected JMF material in a charity auction

The annual Con or Bust auction is ongoing (it ends Sunday) and I have a lot of ten issues of Asimov's containing stories and articles by JMF. Seven issues have material that has never been reprinted and another has a story (one of the Alternities, Inc. stories) which was only reprinted in an old Baen alt-hist anthology.

There are of course many other items of interest in the auction, as always.

Some uncollected JMF material in a charity auction

I have put up a small lot of JMF items in the annual Con or Bust auction.

This includes some things people here probably already have (The Dragon Waiting, Liavek: Festival Week), but also includes some old Asimov's issues with material that is not included in either Heat of Fusion or From the End of the Twentieth Century:

  • "Hot Pursuit," a story which has not ever been reprinted.

  • "Slowly By, Lorena," one of the four Alternities Inc. stories. It has only been reprinted in The Fantastic Civil War (a Baen alternate history anthology from 1991).

  • "What's Wrong with This Picture?," a collaboration with Barry Longyear and George Scithers which was only reprinted in Tales from the Spaceport Bar (a theme anthology from 1987). (The story is admittedly an extended joke.)

  • "On Playing Roles: A Second Look," one of a (short) series of role-playing game reviews. It's fairly lengthy and (I think) interesting despite its age, assuming you have any interest in RPGs. This has never been reprinted.

  • "On Opening Night at the Universe," which is about the premiere of Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show at the National Academy of Sciences. This too has never been reprinted.

There are of course many other interesting things in the Con or Bust auction.

  • djande

It strikes me . . .

At one of the panels at 4th Street, someone mentioned GROWING UP WEIGHTLESS.  As I thought about it, it struck me that there are still a number of Mike's stories that haven't been collected, and as such, I haven't read.  Does anyone have a comprehensive list of what remains uncollected?

Jazz Fish

Ahistorical Note or A Historical Note?

The Dragon Waiting opens with a brief prologue laying out what Ford is trying to accomplish, and more importantly what he isn't.

In the hideous mass-market paperbacks this is titled "Ahistorical Note," in contrast with the "Historical Notes" at the end of the book.

In the hardback, and also I'm told in the Fantasy Masterworks edition, it's "A Historical Note."

Anyone know which is likely to be the author's preferred text? I'd vote for "Ahistorical" myself, but I really don't know.
elf hill
  • elisem

Ask Dr. Mike

("Ask Dr. Mike" was a highlight of any convention that included it. As TNH said, when she did programming for Minicon, she learned never to schedule anything opposite "Ask Dr. Mike." While most of the hour-long improv was based on questions from the live audience, Mike sometimes would put some seed questions in, just in case there was a lull. These are some of his seed questions. Dating this list is left as an exercise for the reader.)

1) I have a question about household appliances. I once read a book where scientists kept talking about the speed of light in a vacuum. How is this different from the speed of light in, say, a blender?

2) Why do some Olympic athletes inject androids into their blood stream?

3) I've been following the space program for a few years, and I have never been able to understand weightlessness. Why does gravity stop just at the place where the earth's atmosphere peters out? Is this a coincidence, or what? How does gravity work on planets like Venus that don't have any atmosphere at all?

4) How do computers sometimes work?

5) Is it true what they say about Elvis?

6) What would happen if you paint a black hole a different colour?*

7) I was watching old Superman TV shows and noticed that the Man of Steel would just stand still and let bullets bounce off his chest. However, when the crook ran out of ammunition and hurled the empty gun at him, Superman always ducked. Why didn't he just let the gun bounce off his chest too?

8) In international law, what is the legal definition of an "Evil Empire"? Why has the Soviet Union lost its Evil Empire status in the last five years?

* Colloquially, "color"
elf hill
  • elisem

a silly thing from the past

A Literary Theme Park
Over 50 Great Rides and Attractions
* The Tunnel of Angst
* The Pre-Raphaelite Water Slide
* The Haunted Villa Deodati
* Henry James's Morose-O-Rama
* Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know Land
* T.S. Eliot's Cathedral of Fun

Mike wrote that and handed it around at gaming one night to amuse the general populace, I do believe. Enjoy!