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Catching Up

Can it really be June already?

Guess so. Where do the days go? Where do the months go?

I've been so busy since getting back from Kansas City that I've hardly had time to breathe, let alone blog.

In broad strokes --
-- the trip through Kansas was a lot of fun. The highlight was our visit to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. For those of you who have not heard of it (most of you, I assume), this is an air and space museum second only to the Smithsonian. Truly an amazing collection. They have a V-1 and a V-2. They have the backup Sputnik. They have a Bell X-1... not the original, no, but the one used in THE RIGHT STUFF, which is almost as cool. They have a Blackbird. And they have, yes, the original genuine Liberty Bell 7 and Apollo 13, as well as all sorts of other amazing stuff. I know that Hutchinson, Kansas is not on many "places you have to see" lists, but the Cosmosphere makes a visit there well worth the while. (The salt mine on the other side of town is pretty damn cool as well),
-- Conquest was cool. The KC fen throw a great con. And I was heartened by all the people who came up to thank me for my posts about the Hugos. Even in the nation's heartland, it seems, there is considerable fannish anger about the Sad and Rabid Puppies pooping on our awards,
-- Yes, Puppygate has continued, though I've been too busy to post about it. The Sad Puppies continue to be clueless, moving their goalposts almost daily. The Rabid Puppies continue to be venomous. Lots of other people are reading the Hugo nominees and reviewing the finalists. That's what I am doing myself, though I am way behind in my reading,
-- MAD MAX:FURY ROAD did some great business for the Cocteau, despite showing on eight other screens around town. Third highest-grossing picture we've had since I reopened the theatre, behind only INTERSTELLAR and THE INTERVIEW. We've very pleased.

--Last Sunday, we hosted "Remembering Roger," a moving and memorable day in rememberence of our friend Roger Zelazny, one of the great SF writers of all time, who left us twenty years ago. Parris McBride, Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, Shannon Zelazny, Jane Lindskold, Stephen Gould, and Trent Zelazny spoke and gave readings from Roger's work, Joe and Gay Haldeman and Steven Brust joined us via Skype, and Neil Gaiman read one of Roger's stories on video from London. We also played an audio of Roger himself reading from SIGN OF THE UNICORN, paired with a slide show of Amber art and Roger's own life and times.

And that evening, the Cocteau presented a marvelous staged reading of GODSON, the musical play that Roger wrote not long before his passing. It was an incredible performance, and got a terrific reaction.

We hope to stage a couple more performances in the weeks to come. Watch this space, and the Cocteau website, for further announcements.


Jun. 4th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hi George, nice update. It's my birthday today, would mean the world for you to wish me a happy birthday! :)
Jun. 4th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
Happy name day. And many more.
Jun. 4th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
It all sounds great. I love that car. Thanks for the news.
Jun. 4th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're back! It's my dream to see a movie in Jean Cocteau but I live far away from Santa Fe. Anyway, what's you're favorite movie?

I have to add this: Sandor and Sansa should be happy together. Just sayin'.

Greetings from Poland!
Jun. 4th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thank You
The tributes were sublime, GODSON was amazing, and the entire day was beautiful. Thanks for making the trip from Massachusetts well worth it. Class act, GRRM.

- Jared
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Jun. 8th, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
Actually, the artist's name is Hannah Shapero (slightly different spelling). And her Trumps are beautiful indeed, though it's been a long time since I've seen them.
Pat Andriola
Jun. 5th, 2015 12:44 am (UTC)
Cocteau Theatre
George, have you thought about hosting some ASOIAF events at the Cocteau when TWOW comes out? I would probably take a trip cross-country just for a reading or Q&A when it's released, and I'm sure many others would as well. Seems good for business :)
Jun. 5th, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)
3 Body Problem
Wondering if you have started on 3 Body Problem yet. I finished it recently and enjoyed it very much. I particularly liked the first half which had some significant parts taking place during China's cultural revolution.
Jun. 5th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Mad Max Recommendation
I had mostly tuned out the movies over the last few years, waiting on Netflix, TV, etc. I happened to notice your rave here and saw the wild reviews Max was getting, so I caught it with an old friend.

Wow - what a great thing it was to see an old school action film where gravity exists. I am so CGI'd out. It's kinda why I always felt GOT on TV looks 1000x better than the Hobbit films - it's not layered in CGI for every shot. {end GOT discussion!!}

But, healthy congratz on the ongoing cinema success and thanks again for the recommendation.

Is there any better image than the chained up guitar player shooting fire? It's so ridiculously 80s.
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
Midnight Angel
Hi George,

Great finally meeting you in Kansas - thanks again for signing my Midnight Angel cover and letting me show you some of our art collection. Hope you get a change to read that article I gave you! Let me know if you ever want to buy or sell or swap some GRRM art! Cheers,

Jun. 7th, 2015 03:40 am (UTC)
re: Hugo readings
I too am going through all the titles. Goblin Emperor is still my first choice. It just kills me Tor Books made her create a pen name to avoid being tagged by a computer as a writer with bad sale numbers after her contract was not renewed with another Publisher.

Edited at 2015-06-07 08:32 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2015 06:41 am (UTC)
I never met him, except through the pages of his books, but Roger Zelazny is one of my favorite writers. May he always be remembered!
Jun. 9th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
George, love your posts! Have you ever been to Clarkston, Washington? My husband swears he saw you at the Costco a couple of months ago. Very random, but it's been bugging us ever since.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Not me, no.

I have been to Seattle.

And I will be in Spokane for worldcon.

But I've never even heard of Clarkston, sorry.


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