Loc on Vanamonde 918 - 922 (John Hertz, ed.)
Here are some comments on the most recent five-pack of Vanamondes received at myaddress. I’ve only had bits of time here and there, but here’s what I’ve put together…
918…Fandom would like to be as tolerant as it says it is, but it often fails in the attempt. I remember the multi-same-sex wedding performed at Torcon 3 a decade ago now…we attended, and congratulated each new couple on their nuptials, but even in Toronto, where same-sex weddings has already been legal for some time, there was still some grumbling from people I thought wouldn't look twice atsuch an event.
Slow djinn is a homonym of sloe gin, a magenta-coloured liquor I know only too well. An aunt gave me a sip of what looked like soda pop when I was a kid, and apologies to the sloe gin makers, but I wouldn't clean my paint brushes in that stuff.
919…I have used Harry Warner as my own inspiration and example. With only the very odd exception, I have sent a loc to every fanzine I get. I don't know how many thousands of locs I have sent out over the 30-odd years I have been responding to fanzines, but I might guess at 7000-8000.
June and Len Moffatt wore their Star Wars shirts made from a Star Wars bed linens set. I think I met June at Loscon last year. How was this year's? It's hard to believe it's already been a year since Yvonne and I were there.
920…Was it Smokey Stover that drove a one-wheeled automobile? I might be getting myvintage comic strips mixed up. Mention of Bruce Pelz reminds me that Yvonne and I have signed up with the group staging the 2017 Bouchercon in downtown Toronto for non-committee work. It looks like I will be producing the daily newsletter there.
Once, I had thought to join First Fandom as an associate member, so I wrote a letter of inquiry, complete with US postage stamps, and got no response. I believe I tried twice by e-mail, and both times, my questions were ignored, so easy to do with e-mail. Eventually, I gave up, thinking that whoever is running the First Fandom organization can't be doing that good a job anyway.
921…and I see the name Joan Knappenberger, which I think was the person I had written to all those years back. Oh, well, such membership is no longer important to me.
922…I am hopeful that there will be a return to hard (meaning scientific and technology-based) science fiction. Robert J. Sawyer has called science fiction a 20th-century phenomenon, and I hope he is wrong in this. Imagination and predicting the future has been around a long time, and I don't think the 21st century will be any different.
That's all I can come up with, and I hope this will be in the mail to you soon. Our internet is bunged up at home, repairs are being made as I type, I hope, and with some luck, this letter will be with you soon. Take care,and I hope there will be more Vanamondes soon.
Yours, Lloyd Penney.