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January 26th, 2017
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Loc on Tightbeam 275 (Robert Jennings, ed.)
Dear Bob:

Thanks muchly for Tightbeam 275. I am still way behind with loccing, about a month’s worth of zines are waiting for me, so time to attack.

Fandom thrives on criticism and controversy? In many ways, I hope not. I am not expecting sweetness and light, but if there must be criticism, let’s make it constructive. I guess with my own attitude, I really couldn’t do fanzine reviews the way people wanted them. I am just happy that people are still producing zines; the feedback will determine which direction it goes, but a harsh review just pushes people away. We are our own biggest problem.

My own loc…we did see the Fantastic Beasts movie. Did we see the newest Star Trek and Star Wars movies? Nope, saw Hidden Figures instead, Yvonne’s found out firsthand how much of an old-boys network the space industry is, and we also found out that the space industry is American, and non-Americans can keep their distance.

Fahrenheit 451 may have not aged well, but the basic message will soon be relevant again, given the new administration in Washington. I see that Orwell’s 1984 has become a best-seller again, and the double-talk coming out of the White House makes it relevant again.

If you have enjoyed the various Abbott and Costello movies in the past, and you’re on Facebook, you might like to look up Lou Costello’s son Chris, who easily talks about life with his famous father, and that he was like as a husband and father. Chris Costello is also in touch with Bud Abbott’s daughters, and he talks about them, too. Looks like autographed photos are for sale, and I am sure there’s some amazing stories to be told.

I think I must fold it up for right now, there’s still a pile of zines to deal with. Many thanks for this, hope your Christmas and New Year’s were a good time, and we will see you with whichever zine you send my way.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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Date:January 28th, 2017 12:11 pm (UTC)
I did a re-read of Fahrenheit 451 not long ago and was struck when one character says that the whole book thing happened because people just lost interest, got distracted by other things, lost the ability to focus for long... In fact, I thought it sounded a lot like people's present-day absorption in social media and computer games. Those didn't exist when the book was written, but I bet Bradbury would have seen the connection himself ( In fact, he was not an Internet fan and it was a long time before he allowed his books to come out as ebooks!)
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