WOSSNAME -- JULY 2006 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued)
9) THE PTERRY MEDIA NEWSROUND
The 2007 edition of The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, published by
A.& C. Black, contains an article by Terry Pratchett (pp. 231-22)
giving advice on how to write SF. Titled 'Keep it Real' by Terry, it
appears as 'Notes from a successful fantasy author' (in line with
all the similar contributions from such authors as Joanna Trollope,
Bernard Cornwall, Simon Winchester, and J.K. Rowling). This is the
100th anniversary edition.
Terry's 2004 Worldcon Guest of Honor speech is being published by
ISFiC Press of Deerfield, IL 60015 (www.isficpress.com) in "Worldcon
Guest of Honor Speeches", edited by Mike Resnick and Joe Siclari,
Childsplay has announced that the transmission date for Johnny and
the Bomb is now confirmed as 4th September from 4-5.15 p.m. on
CBBC. It will be repeated during the Christmas holiday, date to be
confirmed, on BBC One.
The DVD is being released by Warner Vision on Monday 4 September,
following the CBBC transmission at 5 p.m. on Saturday 2 September.
For more details, see the site: http://www.johnnyandthebomb.tv
THE MAGIC OF HOLY WOOD...
According to The Stage, Sky is set to dramatise more Terry Pratchett
books, with producers optioning the rights on at least two novels to
be developed if the forthcoming Hogfather production proves a
success. This confirms comments made during the recent Meet The Mob
Whilst Hogfather is the first Discworld book to be turned into a
live action movie, it is understood that producers have optioned the
rights for more books in the series, including The Colour of Magic.
pratchett-adaptations or http://tinyurl.com/hbocb
P.S. DO *NOT* UNWRAP THIS HOGSWATCH PRESENT YET!
...but you can read about it:
USEFUL PIECES OF PRESSED TREES DEPARTMENT
The 2007 Ankh-Morpork Post Office Yearbook and Diary is published on
31 August and the Discworld Calendar on 12 September
The Hogfather Illustrated Screenplay should be published by Gollancz
on 2 November. Just the thing for those Hogswatch stockings!
Special thanks go as always to Colin Smythe for all the vital
10) MEETS AROUND THE WORLD
by Lu-Pi the Sage
Just thought you'd like to know (or not like to know, but you're
going to find out anyway) that the first LonMeet was a resounding
success. Both participants turned up, albeit one (myself) was an
hour late, but as the scheduled festivities were expected to run on
into the wee small hours (i.e., about now) that was ok.
After some fun (i.e., I texted Asti from behind the corner, watching
her stand up and look around, and snickered to myself) the meeting
started, with numerous of Asti's friends joining in. The two
critical parties, that being myself and Asti, chatted somewhat, albeit
mostly later, after Asti's parents had left. And doesn't
that sound -so- seedy :-)
After some food and a pint or two of something that was almost, but
not quite, entirely unlike a Long Island Iced Tea (it had Ice it in,
and Tea, but was pink. You get to guess. Or ask Asti.), we moved
inside, then on to the Ballroom, where we had some fun poking fun at
the children on the dance floor, who were dancing to music that was
old when they were 10 or so...
After that we all went home, more or less under the weather.
Oh, yes. It was Asti's birthday. Did I forget to mention the
balloons? We had balloons as a designated tracking device.
All in all, a good time. At least as far as I can tell. :-)
Lu-Pi, sage and thymely reporter.
WE ATEN'T DEAD
A Spontaneous MelMeet report by Annie Mac
It just goes to show there's life in the old University yet: after a
long spate of almost eerie quiet on the Bugarup campus, there's been
a sudden burst of activity on the BU mailing list. Stranger yet,
much of this activity has centred around - crivens! - the subject of
Discworld, most particularly the upcoming 2007 Australian Discworld
convention (all right, some of it has also centred around Asti's
birthday drinks party and Hania Ogg's breasts, but you know how it
is...). And then two days ago, out of the blue and coincidentally on
the heels of a rash of comments about how the Sydney campus is in a
state of persistent hibernation, who should pop up in Mel's Bourne
two days ago but our own SuperDan, BU Doctor of Thaumology and
undead sports journalist (erm, that is to say, he's our undead
journalist who reports on sport. Not to be confused with a - not
necessarily undead - journalist who reports on undead sport; for that
you'd have to see the Zombie Shuffle organisers). As he was in town
for the day to observe a soccer match, we used it as an excuse to
drink bee-, um, convene a Spontaneous MelMeet, so we rounded up Mad
Meg Mogg, SteVen, yours truly and a pair of exchange students (we
exchanged them for Seamstresses, but that's another story) on very
short notice and had a jolly meal at an alfresco cafe in the city
centre. Hania Ogg would have come but she was tied up making
suckrose and akwa potions for her victims, er, patients - no, not
*that* sort of tied up (though that, too, is another story).
Suggestions were thrown around the table for lines for the latest
Weird Alice Lancrevic song; plans were touched upon for the next
Wizards' Excuse Me; and of course the usual disparaging comments
were made about the Sydney campus. Later, SuperDan and I retired to
a local pub to perform the Ceremony of the Beer and the Ceremony of
Ogling the Attractive Bar Wench, and then it was off to SteVen's
place-of-ork to annoy the funny little technomancers (and make
disparaging comments about the Sydney campus).
Mad Meg Mogg pointed out that at least one of us will have to
attend Auscon, just to keep up appearances. I think we'll have to
draw straws. The horror, the horror!
Eventually SuperDan went off to do whatever it is that real sports
journalists do (we assume this involves beer and football. And beer.
Possibly also waitresses. Possibly even soccer-playing Bar Wenches.)
and all was well.
In a few weeks' time some of us are going to look at some Curious
Squid and discuss Strawberry Wobblers. Stay tuned.
11) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
Er. Um. Well. Actually, I'm quite sure there *were* some letters,
but they appear to have been eaten by Hurricane Ernesto. Whoops! Stay
tuned -- they may turn up next month, after the floodwaters recede...
Copyright 2006 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
If you did not get all 5 parts, write: jschaum111@...
End of Part 3, says my computer -- continued on Part 4 of 5