Re: [mythsoc] Ellison and fandom
- OK, One Ellison story - I've actually met him several times and lived,
but the best one...
I was wearing my Volcan Bell Dancer Outfit - lots of silver tinkle belly
dancing jewelry and cloth in the appropriate places. A friend we were
giving a ride home to was in the audience listening to his talk, which
was running late. She was in a wheel chair so they put her in front. So
we walked as quietly as we could to get to her, but belly dancing
jewelry is not made to be quiet. He did stop talking <g>. He made some
Harlan remark about the costume, Harold remarked back. People applauded
and laughed. He glared as he waited for us to extract our friend and
head out. I wasn't so quiet heading out. Belly dancing jewelry makes
some lovely noise <g>.
I forget the remarks, they were both pretty forgetable 25 years later,
but Harold Did Shut Up Harlan Ellison! It can be done.
And I'm alive to tell the tale.
And Lizzie, Mythies are actually a very nice bunch. I don't have nearly
enough time for all the reading I want to do, but I enjoy listening to
others talk about the books. It helps me focus for what little time I do
have for reading. Do come if you can get the time and money together.
- Lisa that is such a great story! Do you have pictures of this outfit ?
amor vincit omnia
- Not from that con, but from another one. We won for "Best Star Trek
Nostalgia" at the 1977 Westercon, since everyone had become Star Wars
fans by then <g>.
But it is only a photograph, and we haven't scanned all those into the
computer - yet. So there is no way to share it long distance.
Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
>Lisa that is such a great story! Do you have pictures of this outfit ?
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From: Elizabeth Apgar Triano [mailto:lizziewriter@...]
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Ellison and fandom
What Earnest said, only with a slightly different flavor. I'd be terrified
to meet half of the Mythies, cos I'd feel like a stammering or at least
incoherent fool. Forgetful and over my head, but hopefully forgiven. And
hearing folks hold out on fun creative subjects would be cool. Thanks,
David, for your words about socializing. I get terrified at going to big
events alone... but smaller things, or going with an angle or some group to
meet, makes it all the more fun. And can you imagine how much fun it would
be to go to a used bookstore or shop and swap table together? Wow....
I've been to a used bookstore with one other member of this list and dream
regularly of getting to do that again. So much more fun than alone or with
****Don't be terrified! At a recent Mythie, I have to say this is a very
welcoming group, and the size of the conference is far from intimidating.
In addition to the scholarly papers, there are also panel discussions and
talks with writers, and a dealer's room which usually includes booksellers..
And the way we take meals, with people drifting from table to table,
encourages getting to know people in a more casual way. So if you can get to
a Mythcon, please come! Nashville this year, Ann Arbor in 2004, and I think
it's Birmingham, England, in 2005.
As for Ellison... I think I saw a picture of him (is he the scarred-looking
one? Or is that the guy that died recently? See, I told you I was
incoherent) on a book jacket. Deliciously spooky !!
******Ellison's the really short one with the big ego.... I went through a
phase as a teenager where I read all his stuff, and thought his Dangerous
Visions anthologies were wonderful. But I now find New Wave SF unappealing.
I enjoy reading his invective, just because it's so over the top. And I
always enjoyed reading Isaac Asimov's stories about their rivalry at cons.
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- Harlan is 5 foot two on tippy toes according to Asimov <g>.
Having met Harlan, the five foot two is probably accurate, but he
doesn't need tippy toes.
My husband, being a native New Yorker, got to see several encounters. He
says it was great fun! Isaac was always giving Harlan a run for his money.
Croft, Janet B wrote:
>******Ellison's the really short one with the big ego.... I went through a
>phase as a teenager where I read all his stuff, and thought his Dangerous
>Visions anthologies were wonderful. But I now find New Wave SF unappealing.
>I enjoy reading his invective, just because it's so over the top. And I
>always enjoyed reading Isaac Asimov's stories about their rivalry at cons.