Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Podcast from Greywater

A million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I looked more or less like the guy in the picture there, (1972, actually), I took a train down from Chicago, where I was living and working at the time, to Kansas City. There, at the very first KC science fiction convention, MidAmericaCon (not to be confused with the later worldcon, MidAmericon), I met Howard Waldrop. H'ard and I had been corresponding for almost a decade, since the fall of 1963, when I bought a copy of BRAVE AND BOLD #28 from him for a quarter. But he lived in Texas, and I lived in New Jersey, and never the twain had met.

Till KC.

We were both fledgling sf writers at the time, each of us with a few short story sales under our belt. When we met, we did what fledgling writers often did in those days: we decided to write a story together. We actually left the Playboy Club atop the con hotel to begin it. (Probably just as well. Beers were real expensive up there, I recall -- a whole quarter).

We only wrote a few pages at the con, but we kept at it afterwards, sending the manuscript back and forth, until it was done. "Men of Greywater Station," we called it. Pretty much everybody in the field rejected it until it finally got to the lowest paying magazine, where it was purchased and, finally, published. The readers seemed to like it well enough.

Howard and I remain close friends to this day, but we never collaborated again. Our styles were just too different. But it was fun doing it once.

And now, all these years later, it's been done as a podcast by Starship Sofa:


Check it out for yourself. It's free, and I thought they did a nice job.


Jun. 15th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
Listening and Watching
Thanks for the link. I have a hard time listening to recorded stories. I can't sit still without something in front of my face demanding my attention. I end up distracting myself with some task. In fact, I had to rewind this story a couple times because I 'forgot' to pay attention. The narration of the tale was really good. I worried at first that the Scottish accent would add another distraction, but it didn't. It was a good story. I liked the ending.

With the reawakening of Philae it made for a spacey-themed weekend (right up until I was plunged into medieval winter from watching GoT).

I also watched the first episode of BBC's Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell this weekend. I liked the novel ok, but had thought it a bit slow and slightly bland. The visuals seemed to spice it up. Or maybe it was just sped up. The TV Mr. Norrell feels like he climbed right off the pages of the book. They did good work casting him. The Gentleman with the Thistledown hair seems angrier than I had imagined him - but I suspect it's just the eyebrows. Our perceptions are such funny things.

Edited at 2015-06-15 01:23 pm (UTC)


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

April 2018


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner