Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Assorted almost Zelazny news

I figure in the Big Venn diagram, there's a fair amount of overlap between people who are interested in Roger Zelazny and people who are interested in Chris Kovacs, Renaissance Man and one of the people who put together the Collected Stories. He and his wife, Susan M. MacDonald, author of the young adult book,  Edge of Time wrote a piece for the The New York Review of Science Fiction: "Medical Myths and Errors in Science Fiction and Fantasy." I haven't read it, but I'm told it looks at the tropes we see in genre works and examines how realistic they are. That's in the September issue.

While were on the subject of Chrises and their works, if you enjoyed Chris DeVito's Anise you might also enjoy this interview with him about the story.

And if none of that tickles your fancy, Dr. Kovacs was kind enough to point me to a video of Zelazny reading LOKI 7281. (There's also a bit with Merlin at the end, but I assume everyone will just want to skip that part.)

Link to the video of the reading..


  1. Thanks for the mentions, Josh. In other news, Neil Gaiman has been promoting the concept of All Hallows Read, "give someone you love a scary book on Halloween." It's a great concept that promotes reading, and there's a website devoted to it. Under "Book Recommendations" it was missing the essential and obvious A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER. So I've fixed that with a comment; you may want to second the recommendation. It's at

  2. Thanks for the tip. That's a rather egregious omission on their part, but hopefully we can fix it.

  3. I seconded (thirded? Fourthed? Whatever) the recommendation for Lonesome October on that All Hallow's Read page. And, in proper Zelazny fashion, my comment was fueled by the power of puns.

    If even one person gets a used copy of Lonesome October this Halloween because of us, I think we can consider this a resounding victory!