WOSSNAME - JUNE 2008 - PART 1 OF 4
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
JUNE 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 6)
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below
Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake, Steven D'Aprano
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
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Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
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Copyright 2008 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
3) PTERRY FINDS G-, UM, PTERRY
4) DAVID FROST INTERVIEWS TERRY PRATCHETT
5) UPDATE: ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS INCREASES
6) WHEN FANS ATTACK! POTTERITES VERSUS PTERRYISTS
7) AGE BANDING OF BOOKS CONTROVERSY
8) WHERE TO SEE A GENUINE PRATCHETT: FORTHCOMING LIVE APPEARANCES
9) MAKING MONEY WINS LOCUS BEST FANTASY NOVEL AWARD
10) REDORBIT REVIEWS ALZHEIMER'S DOCUMENTARY
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS
11) DVD RE-RELEASE OF WYRD SISTERS AND SOUL MUSIC
12) ONLINE REVIEW OF MAKING MONEY (CONTAINS SPOILERS)
13) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
14) DWCON NEWS
15) KAREN DAVID INTERVIEW
16) DISCWORLD PLAYS: REMINDER -- CARPE JUGULUM IN ADELAIDE
17) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS: FORTHCOMING PRODUCTIONS
18) THE (DISCWORLD) DOMINO EFFECT: RETURN OF BLAKES 7
19) REVIEW: 'THE TRUTH' AT BRISBANE ARTS THEATRE
20) DISCWORLD T-SHIRTS...ISH
21) RHIANNA PRATCHETT INTERVIEW
22) THE BROKEN DRUMMERS: COME ONE, COME ALL, COME OOK!
23) BU CAMPUS NEWSROUND
====Part 3 -- ...AND MORE...AND WEIRD ALICE
24) ABP BITS OF INTEREST
25) ANSWERS TO LAST MONTH'S QUIZ
26) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC
====Part 4 --
27) WEIRD ALICE, CONTINUED
28) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"... the Quirmian philosopher Ventre, who said, 'Possibly the
gods exist, and possibly they do not. So why not believe in them in
any case? If it's all true you'll go to a lovely place when you die,
and if it isn't then you've lost nothing, right?' When he died he
woke up in a circle of gods holding nasty-looking sticks and one of
them said, 'We're going to show you what we think of Mr Clever Dick
in these parts..." -- Hogfather
"I don't think I've found God, but I may have seen where gods come
from." -- Terry Pratchett, June 2008
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Wotcha, WOSSNAME-ers! We've a packed issue this month, so I won't
rattle on much at the start. Read on for controversies, awards, DVD
releases, reviews, interviews and quite a lot of daftness from
several Discworld discussion groups.
It's been a year now since I officially (or possibly "officially")
took over the helm of WOSSNAME, and I still ate'nt dead. However, I'm
delighted to welcome our new News Editor, Fiona (Not Bruce) Bruce.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish a very happy birthday
to Joe Schaumburger, founder of WOSSNAME. Joe turns 78 on the 28th.
All the best to you, Joe, and I hope you're enjoying your well-
Right. On with the show...
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) PTERRY AND THEOLOGY: IN HIS OWN WORDS
"I number believers of all sorts among my friends. Some of them are
praying for me. I'm happy they wish to do this, I really am, but I
think science may be a better bet."
"I asked a teacher what the opposite of a miracle was and she,
without thinking, I assume, said it was an act of God. You shouldn't
say something like that to the kind of kid who will grow up to be a
writer; we have long memories."
To read the entire article, with its "by Terry Pratchett" byline, go
[Editor's note: the title of this one is somewhat misleading. For the
record, Pterry originally chose the title "The God Moment."]
A TEMPEST IN A PHILOSOPHICAL TEAPOT: the Bryan Appleyard interview
was what started it:
Our News Editor, Fiona (Not Bruce) Bruce, says she can't discern any
'change of heart' from the opinions Pterry expressed when interviewed
by Mark Lawson for the BBC ten years ago:
'Lawson started by asking Terry if he believed in God. Terry declared
that he was a "Victorian-style" atheist: "I don't believe anyone is
playing a cosmic game of snakes and ladders." But he did call himself
a "Christian atheist", meaning that he has basically Christian
values. He went on to remark that anyway, different religions have a
similar moral system, "because it works". Lawson said that Terry's
beliefs were humanist, and Pratchett agreed. I got the impression
that Terry shares the moral values of religions, even if he is an
...and another journalist took the Appleyard interview and
interpreted it to fit his own agenda. Some of the reader comments are
4) TWO BRITISH ICONS: DAVID FROST INTERVIEWS TERRY PRATCHETT
"Alzheimer's hovers, as it were, in front of my imagination -- in the
corner somewhere, like a kind of station ID."
Check this one out ASAP; it's an excellent interview, and who knows
but what it might be pulled off YouTube due to, say, copyright
5) PTERRY CONTINUES TO RAISE ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS
According to the UK's Daily Mail Online:Dementia, not cancer, is
now the greatest fear for the over-55s.
"I'd like a chance to die like my father did of cancer, at 86.
Remember, I'm speaking as a man with Alzheimer's, which strips away
your living self a bit at a time. Before he went to spend his last
two weeks in a hospice he was bustling around the house, fixing
things. He talked to us right up to the last few days, knowing who
we were and who he was. Right now, I envy him."
-- Terry Pratchett, quoted in the article
"The latest poll of 2,000 adults found 26 per cent were most
concerned about getting dementia, 41 per cent cancer, 11 per cent
heart attack and eight per cent stroke. Over 55s were most worried
about dementia (39 per cent), cancer (30 per cent) heart attack (9
per cent) and stroke (12 per cent)."
6) FAN WARS: A STUDY OF BRAND LOYALTY
"When JK Rowling, best-selling author of the Harry Potter books gave
an interview to the British Sunday Times in 2005, saying she was
unaware she was writing fantasy when she began the series and gently
mocking the genre her books inhabit, it started a fight that was to
play out on Internet pages with combatants drawn from every region...
It was about this time that an intrepid war reporter - or in this
case researcher - Toni Eagar caught up with the looming clash
"Eagar analysed the responses of fans on Pratchett and Rowling
internet bulletin boards. In the paper, she breaks down the behaviour
of the online fans into moral judgements, and what effect that had on
the group. The differences were stark. In the Discworld community
participants tended towards a positive moral judgement towards
Pratchett's letter, leaping to his defence and uniting in disparaging
the Harry Potter books. This, says Eagar, helped to reinforce group
identity. The Harry Potter community, however, saw a fracturing of
...and here's an amusing spoof "follow-up":
"London underground Transport police intercepted a large group of
midgets in full 'Dwarf battle attire' on the Piccadilly line shortly
after 3pm and turned them away from the city centre after
confiscating their weapons and 2 sacks of stale fruit scones."
...though there certainly are some ultra-passionate Pratchett fans
out there in real life -- particularly in the continent of Fourecks.
WOSSNAME newshound Mogg reports that earlier this week on Australia's
Triple J radio (an FM and internet subsidiary of ABC, the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation), during a regular segment called Nerds of a
Feather, someone decided as a prank to convince a "Discworld nerd" in
the state of Victoria that Pterry would be appearing in Perth,
Western Australia -- thousands of miles away, on the opposite side of
the continent -- for a special signing session. According to the
radio report, the fan promptly flew out to Perth in search of his
favourite author. As far as we're told, he's still searching. Ouch!
Triple J does put up Nerds of a Feather segments in mp3 format, but
as of publication time, the most recent one is last week's. It's
worth checking the web page below for updates, though. WOSSNAME hopes
to track down the real story and, if it is true, find out what
happened to the poor fellow:
7) AGE BANDING OF YOUNG READER BOOKS: BOON OR BANE?
According to The Telegraph (UK):
"From the autumn, book covers will bear a sign stating they are
intended for readers aged 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ and 13+/teen. The
guidelines are being introduced by leading publishers but have caused
such dismay amongst the literary community that more than 80 authors,
illustrators, librarians, teachers and booksellers have joined
together in protest.
"An online petition at www.notoagebanding.org says that the idea is
'ill-conceived' and 'damaging to the interests of young readers'. It
goes on: 'We take this step to disavow publicly any connection with
such age-guidance figures, and to state our passionately-held
conviction that everything about a book should seek to welcome
readers in and not keep them out.'
"Signatories include Michael Rosen, the current Children's Laureate,
and best-selling authors Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and
Also in The Bookseller:
and in The Guardian:
8) PTERRY'S FORTHCOMING LIVE APPEARANCES
Edinburgh Book Festival:
Terry Pratchett will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book
Festival on 16th August 2008, in the Main Theatre. Admission costs
nine pounds (GBP 9). For information: 0131 228 5444
"The inimitable Terry Pratchett takes us on an enlightening tour of
his most famous creation Discworld in the year of its 25th
anniversary. For fans from 8 to 80 this is a pleasure not to be
missed at any cost."
This is the world's biggest book festival: there will be some 800
authors from 45 countries, a new record, participating this year.
...and the Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival:
Speakers -- apart from Pterry! -- will include Vadim Jean.
In a related topic, this article at www.ireland.com about film
version of famous fantasy series bemoans that fact that Discworld has
yet to make it to the big screen:
9) MAKING MONEY WINS LOCUS MAGAZINE BEST FANTASY NOVEL AWARD
Surely this must be the first time a novel about banking has won a
fantasy award... Other category winners include China Mieville, Joe
Hill (who looks so much like his famous father that it's
appropriately spooky), Neil Gaiman, and Connie Willis -- all good
According to the Locus page, complete results of the Locus Poll will
be published in their July issue, and will be incorporated into the
Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards by the end of 2008.
10) REDORBIT REVIEWS ALZHEIMER'S DOCUMENTARY
The BBC documentary Mum and Me explores a family's management
of a relative with Alzheimer's and the importance of retaining a
sense of humour. This review in RedOrbit mentions Terry Pratchett:
"...fantasy author Terry Pratchett likes to make a joke of his
Alzheimer's. 'My name is Terry Pratchett,' he tells audiences at book
signings or events, 'I think.' I liked Terry Pratchett's one-liner
when I heard it on the radio this week. You won't be repeating it in
the pub tonight, but for anyone whose life has been touched by the
grinding unpredictability of dementia (that really is an awful word),
the wry humour rings true. To have an Alzheimer's sufferer treated as
a normal person being slowly hollowed out, rather than a doddery old
fool with little explanation why, helps retain everyone's dignity. By
tweaking the nose of this bewildering illness, you are proving that
an Alzheimer's victim has done nothing wrong."
"...a point Terry Pratchett made, and something I've seen at first
hand - that everyone connected appreciates the sense of the absurd
and just tries to rub along regardless... There are few other
illnesses as difficult to rationalise, so what else can you do?"
End of Part 1, continued on Part 2 of 4.
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