ERBzine News: Gordon Scott RIP ~ Fury's O'Sullivan book ~ Princess in SF Weekly Fraser in Mummy 3 ~ Vonnegut RIP ~ Tarzana Airship in China
- ERBzine News
April 30, 2007
Gordon Scott, popular '50s film Tarzan, died today in Baltimore
Any help in notifying family members, including sons Michael and Peter and former wife, Vera Miles, would be appreciated. Obituary and tributes from friends and family to follow.
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Maureen O'Sullivan No Average Jane by David Fury
Artist's Press 2007, 520 pages, 150+ photos, $40
The first full-length biography of the beloved Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan, after several years of research, has been published by Artist's Press. Author David Fury has also written biographies of Burt Lancaster, Chuck Connors, and Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller, also fondly remembered as Tarzan of the movies. While O'Sullivan is remembered as Jane of the Tarzan pictures, she was a major star with MGM in the 1930s and had lead roles in many classic films.
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A Princess of Mars Classic Books Review
SciFi Weekly ~ April 30, 2007
From the creator of Tarzan comes the saga of a Civil War soldier who escapes an Apache attack only to find himself in the midst of a Martian war. It was in his next work, the fantasy novel Tarzan of the Apes (All-Story Magazine, 1912; book, 1914), that Burroughs created the best-known character of the 20th century. However, it was his interplanetary romances, especially his John Carter of Mars series, that made him the most influential author of 20th-century SF. Scores (probably hundreds) of writers pastiched his interplanetary romances with their own tales of swashbuckling Earthmen on alien worlds, but Burroughs' influence spread beyond this subgenre to cover the entire SF field. A few of the many writers who have directly or indirectly acknowledged his influence are Terry Bisson, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, James P. Hogan and Michael Moorcock. And the new millennium brings a revival of the Burroughsian interplanetary romance, reimagined for the 21st century in works like Al Sarrantonio's Haydn of Mars (2005), Chris Roberson's Paragaea (2006) and S.M. Stirling's The Sky People (2006). It's strange to think, at this late and literarily sophisticated date in SF history, that a turn-of-the-20th-century pulp writer could have penned anything other than a now-unreadable pile of purple-prose poop, especially in his first published fiction. However, A Princess of Mars is surprisingly good. The prose style, while clearly beholden to an earlier era, is generally smooth and clean, and, in defiance of the "glacially slow" image of Victorian fiction, the novel moves at a vigorous pace that many a modern SF author (or director) might do well to emulate. John Carter is more complex than pulp's typical cardboard character, mixing the expected bravery and love of combat with kindness and a strong sense of honor.
A Princess of Mars is clearly a parent of the Star Wars movies, and just as clearly overdue for film adaptation. Now that technology has finally caught up with Burroughs' vivid imagination, there's a John Carter movie in progress. Here's hoping it turns out better than the Tarzan movies. More>>>
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FRASER RETURNS FOR 'MUMMY 3'
Brendan Fraser has closed a rich deal to return in "The Mummy 3," but Rachel Weisz is not coming back. Rob Cohen will direct the pic, which is expected to begin production late in the summer.
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84
New York Times Review ~ April 12, 2007
Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84. ==============================================
Operations of Tarzana's newest Aeros 40D Sky Dragon airship begin in China
Aviation News Network ~ April 13, 2007
Tarzana, CA -- The FAA Type Certified Aeros 40D Sky Dragon airship - the most technologically advanced on the market - began operations in China. Worldwide Aeros Corp, leading airship manufacturer in the world and maker of the airship, launched operations with the successful first flight on March 27, 2007.
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