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Blair Witch ethics...
Dear Locus Online,
[ Points taken -- I wasn't thinking about the film's website, or companion book, or mockumentary, none of which I saw; I was considering only the effect of the film itself. But from what I've gathered about those tie-ins, they strike me as clever, sophisticated ways of saying ''This is a true story'' -- as stories and films have long done, in one way or another, to enhance verisimilitude -- in the language of modern media, the web in particular. I can't get too worked up about historians in AD 2500 who might not get the joke. I'd worry more about the effects on people in AD 2000 of shoddy journalists, publishers of ''New Age'' books, and TV shows like The X-Files, that collectively perpetuate myths of Roswell and Loch Ness, UFO aliens and faces on Mars. Newspapers that publish astrology columns: now there's intellectually dishonest journalism to be concerned about.
Famous last words...
Dear Locus Online,
Daniel Conrad & Benoit Domis
I'm trying to find an anthology I read many years ago, probably in the 1960's, but I have not been successful. I can remember two of the short stories, but I'm not certain of the titles, and I do not remember the authors.
The first story is actually a VR story. A man finds himself walking in a railway tunnel, with know knowledge of who he is or how he got there. A train comes and he is forced to dive under it. Immediately he find himself near some Joshua trees, which turn out to be dangerous creatures in disguise. He is transported to a new situation as soon as he solves the problem in the current one. He is of course wired up in a lab, being trained to handle mind blowing situations, after the first starship returned with all the crew turned into babbling lunatics. Eventually he remembers and regains control of his mind.
I thought the story was called "The Tunnel", but there is more than one story with this title in your database and I not certain of a match.
Another story in the anthology was called "The Analog", I thought. Again I cannot be certain of a match. In that story, an alien diplomat's spaceship has broken down and a mechanic must repair it or else there will be a diplomatic incident. To repair the alien technology he must get an "analog" of the alien's brain. The diplomat refuses. The mechanic takes it anyway and repairs the ship.
Any help would be appreciated.
Bravo! Those stories made my morning.
You had me going for about 2 paragraphs. I reread paragragh 2 of the article before I finally figured out what was troubling me about the anouncement :-)
BTW if you ever hear Gene Wolfe anouncing a tie-in to the Star Trek universe, please wack him in the head with a rolled-up Locus Magazine :-)
I'm -still- LMAO! Great job!
(The Shatner story -is- a joke, right? Please?)
April cover. Great issue. Can't wait to read the Shatner interview nor the various Harry Potter reviews. This is the level of professionalism that Locus should have been striving for all along. :-)
Your April cover is certainly stunning, but I would kind of like to have had a look at that issue with William Shatner on the cover and see what reviews that bunch of oddsock contributors would have produced.
Comments: I have to congratulate you on your April Fool's Edition. However, I think you unintentionally left off White Wolf's upcoming print run of Ellison's "The Last Dangerous Visions: I Really Mean It This Time!" and Del Rey's recent find of Heinlein's "The Stone Pillow" under, appropriately enough, a rock. And who can forget NESFA Press' huge upset by landing the publishing rights to the Complete Grocery Receipts of Stephen King?
[ Thanks are due to Gordon Van Gelder, Charles Brown, Kuo-Yu Liang, Rick Wilber, Joe Haldeman, and others around the pool-side table at the ICFA in Ft. Lauderdale a couple weeks ago for coming up with most of the ideas; to the Asimov's Undergrad students for cooperating; and to Locus's Kirsten Gong-Wong for assembling the William Shatner cover. --ed. ]
And some didn't...
I think it's past April 1st, and since you've got two copies of the "April 2000" issue online, I can safely assume that there is -not- a review of Winter's Heart in the issue, and that all the hype, commotion, and turmoil in the Internet community caused by Jordan fans is inaccurate?
For shame, I was sincerely interested in the material your magazine offers, but leaving something like that on your site past the appropriate "humorous joke" time actually made many people believe it to be legitimate. As much as I enjoy Sci-Fi, I'll get my news from somewhere else.
[ Received Monday morning, April 3; the April 1st homepage, with the April 1st date, was left up until mid-day on Monday. ]
Wow! I love the online site.
I've been reluctant to take a look at it, based on experiences with other magazine to web conversions I've seen, but I shall doubt no more. The links from the books received to the stores that sell them is just wonderful. After half an hour of browsing I had put something like 12 books in my Amazon shopping cart. Dangerous to my wallet! The layout, simplicity of navigation and overall look and feel is lovely.
Keep up the excellent work.
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