If this is a news blog, I really ought to get better at posting items in a timely fashion. Don’t hold your breath…
Here’s a quick mention of three (fairly) recent book publications — a couple of which have been mentioned before, but which are now available to buy. The first is published in the UK, but should be available from Amazon sites in most countries – and if it isn’t, you can use your Amazon log on to buy from amazon.co.uk. The other two are US publications — they’re listed on Amazon UK as well.
The Stainless Steel Rat, script by Kelvin Gosnell and art by Carlos Ezquerra, was published by 2000 AD / Rebellio in July 2010. This reprints the comic adaptations of three Rat novels – The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World, and The Stainless Steel Rat for President. These are reproduced in black and white from the artwork as it originally appeared in the weekly 2000 AD comic. At 26 x 19cm (10 x 8″) the page size is smaller than the original comics, but doesn’t really suffer as a result, and doesn’t suffer from having been ‘invisibly mended’ and colorised, as the Eagle Comics versions were in the USA.
If I have one tiny criticism it is that the paper quality could have been slightly better – though, of course, it’s a million times better than the newsprint paper of the old 2000 AD.
Many of us in the UK grew up reading these weekly instalments, and Ezquerra’s artwork captures the quirkiness of Harry Harrison’s characters and situations perfectly. A must-have volume for all Rat fans. Buy it, and then write to 2000 AD and ask them to adapt more of the stories…
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010, edited by Bill Fawcett, was published by ROC/Penguin in April 2010. This volume contains material relating to the 2009 Nebulas, and also includes Harry Harrison’s award of Grand Master. Harrison’s short story ‘The Streets of Ashkelon’ is included in the volume, and their is the very brief ‘An Appreciation of the Grand Master: Harry Harrison’ by Tom Doherty.
There is the award-winning fiction, of course, plus seven essays – each a retrospective on a decade of science fiction, from the 1930s through the 1990s.
And the acceptance speech of Ray Bradbury Award-winner Joss Whedon, whoever he is…
Gateways, edited by Elizabeth Anne Hull, was published by Tor in July 2010, and is described as ‘a feast of great new science fiction honoring grand master Frederik Pohl.’
Harry Harrison’s contributions to the book include fiction titled ‘The Stainless Steel Rat and the Pernicious Porcuswine,’ being the first three chapters of The Stainless Steel Rat Returns; he also wrote a four-page piece called ‘Knowing Fred,’ detailing the various times that his and Fred Pohl’s paths have crossed since their first meeting at the Hydra Club.