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August 21st, 2019
03:34 pm

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Loc on Fadeaway 61 (Robert Jennings, ed.)
Dear Robert:

I am once again some time behind, but there is always time to catch up. I hope I am not too late to get a loc in for Fadeaway 61.

I had heard of Read, the magazine, some years ago, as a means with which to encourage reading. It was a magazine, and the magazine format is nearly unknown by a large portion of the population. It certainly predicted America in the Year 2000, with people ignoring one another with electronic devices in their hands. Such encouragement is needed today, and I suppose it could take the form of a podcast, but it would be one podcast in a field with hundreds of thousands of podcasts, lost in an e-field.

We were part of a group of fans going to a convention by train. The trip there was Traincon 1, and the trip back was Traincon 2, and we actually had con badges. At the end of the Winnipeg Worldcon, a number of us were getting our laundry done in the hotel’s laundry room, and we called that Laundrycon. Why not? Those gatherings were fun, and silly, too.

We weren’t attracted at all by the idea of as remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still; the original is iconic in our eyes. Michael Rennie was the perfect Klaatu. We spotted Rennie in a British WWII movie just a few nights ago, and sure enough, he didn’t appear in the end credits. Keanu Reeves is Canadian, but his career appears to be on the downslide. He has agreed to star in another John Wick movie or two, plus another Matrix movie, and even another Bill and Ted.

I have hopes that Amazing Stories Magazine will be moving forward…they already have a couple of minor awards under their belts, and I know the editor-in-chief has confidence in its future plans; e-mailing him just yesterday. I think is has s good future, with upcoming plans. Yes, I am biased, but it does look good. In response to your response to Bill Plott, there are efforts to get it onto the newsstands.

My loc…we were not able to get into the local anime show where our sales are always the best, but we do have a number of events coming up where were do have tables, so we hope those sales will make up for not being at the anime con. England was three weeks of great times, we already miss, and we are already musing about our return.

I fear I have run out of pithy commentary, or I need to top up my own caffeine supply. I suspect it’s a combination of both. At least, I can take care of the latter. Thank you for this issue, and I am sure that 62 is in the prep stages. See you when it arrives.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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12:02 pm

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Loc on OASFiS Event Horizon 378 & 379 (Juan Sanmiguel, ed.)
Dear OASFiSians:

So busy, and with a very busy schedule, and once again, I am behind in a lot of things. I am three issues behind is responding to the Event Horizon, and I have 378, 379 and 380 here, waiting to be responded to.

378… The Nebulas is an event I’d like to attend sometime, but it is often private, and the Hugo ceremonies have always been great fun. Yvonne and I got to present a fan Hugo at the Montreal Worldcon.

Ah, my letter…both Discovery and Murdoch had great season finales. We did have a great time with the events on July 1 in Toronto’s east end, plus a couple of days up in the village of Coldwater for the big annual Coldwater Steampunk Festival, a great time. Queen Victoria did not appear at either event this year, but she may be there for the Coldwater event next year, its 10th anniversary. Our trip to England was such great fun!, and we’d happily return, but would need a windfall to afford.

379, even thought it was still numbered 378… The Locus Awards gave Best SF Novel to Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, which also won the Hugo for Best Novel at the Dublin Worldcon. If it’s going to win all these awards, looks like I need to take a look. Charles Vess also won a Locus Award here, and he picked up two Hugos in Dublin.

380…I thought I had downloaded it…but nothing has appeared. If you could resend it, I will respond to it.

I guess that’s all for now…take care, and see you with more.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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August 16th, 2019
12:47 pm

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Loc on The National Fantasy Fan Vol. 78 Nos. 4 & 5 (George Phillies, ed.)
Dear Neffers:

Once again, I am behind, and I just can’t seem to get going sometimes. I have the June and July issues (Volume 78, Nos. 6 and 7) of The National Fantasy Fan, and I need to get this going for the August issue. Here goes!

June… The idea of Prose Bono is a very good idea, and I am sure there are some soon-to-be novelists in and out of the club who could use whatever information and opinion may be in it. Good to see the Correspondence Bureau up and about again…we live in an age where we consume what we find online, but seem to be loathe to contribute or create. Correspondence today seems to be a word or two in a short conversation on social media. I seem to be among the few who remembers how to write a letter. I could put it on paper and in a stamped envelope for papermailing, but I use e-mail for speed. Deadlines and all…I like the noise they make as they go whooshing by…

My letter… The job hunt continues onwards, but I have two on-site interviews lined up for next week, so I suspect my revised resume may be working. As I type, the Dublin Worldcon is in its second day, and we are definitely not there. However, lots of people are, and we should see news from the Worldcon soon, if it isn’t already on File 770.

July… Election time again. I hope the membership will participate in high numbers. Looks like you have all created more and more for the membership to participate in, always good for a club to supply to its members. And, it looks like you are getting plenty of feedback from your members on the club publications. Good to see Amazing Stories getting some love, too, but then, I am far from objective there.

On the Supermen of America club…thanks for the mention of Joe Shuster. The annual Canadian comic book awards are named the Shusters, and one of Joe’s famous relatives was Frank Shuster, one of Canada’s best known comedians from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s, and with his partner Johnny Wayne, was one of the most popular acts to ever appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. I met Frank Shuster many years ago at the main studios of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or CBC.

Done for the moment…I hope I am not too late for the August issue! See you all then.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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August 14th, 2019
01:07 pm

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Loc on My Back Pages 22 (Rich Lynch, ed.)
Dear Rich:

Thanks for My Back Pages 22. It’s been a while since it arrived, but I must catch up. The Irish Worldcon is temporally nearly here, a couple of days away. We won’t be there, we had our trip to England in May and June, so I will have my Irish time by following everyone else.

We had cellphones fairly early, but we have never gotten smartphones. We have flipphones and tablets, and they do us just fine. California seems serene, but they value their serenity, and I doubt they’d share it with too many people. Last time I was there, I kept seeing signs that said, “Welcome to California, now go home.” Can’t say I blame them.

In some ways, I’d like to return to Worldcon, but in many ways, I am glad I am not there. I am finding life as a steampunk vendor less stressful, more profitable, and certainly interesting. Before my firther involvement with fanzines, Yvonne and I were costumers, and we participated in Worldcon masquerades in the 80s. Our steampunk interests bring us back to those costuming days, and we are certainly having fun, and making a few bucks, too.

Just recently, this past weekend in fact, Yvonne and I had brought our wares to the village of Coldwater, Ontario, for the 9th annual Coldwater Steampunk Festival. We made some money, had some fun, saw a number of friends from the steampunk community from Montreal, Ottawa, London (Ontario), and of course, Toronto and area. Always a wonderful time. It was also a reminder that it is difficult to wear a costume when it is warm outside, especially in a steampunk costume of multiple layers. We have a number of smaller shows to go to locally this fall and early winter, especially for Hallowe’en and Christmas shows. Some of them are offering free tables, so we must take advantage of those.

Time to fire this off. Many thanks for this issue, and I will look forward to seeing more. See you then.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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August 4th, 2019
09:49 pm

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Loc on This Here... 17 - 19 (Nic Farey, ed.)
Dear Nic:

Either I have fallen way behind (there’s always that), or you are putting out This Here… a lot faster than you used to do. Either way, or both ways, I find myself three issues behind. I have here issued 17, 18 and 19, and I will try my best today to get myself caught up with all of them.

17… Working a 60-hour week is not good, but is still better than a zero-hour work week, which is what I have had, up until now. As of August 12, I will working in the offices of the distribution building of Holt Renfrew, a chain of expensive women’s wear stores in Canada. The older we get, the tougher it is to find some employment with decent money attached. A friend gave me her resume, I took out some information, I added a little colour to it, and the new resume seems to have worked. I have a week to go to start going and see what they have for me. Yvonne dropped out of retirement to take on a job with the company she retired from, mostly to rebuild our travelling account after our great three weeks in England, and with this job, I finally have the chance to resume putting my share into the bills and other finances.

The FAAn Awards…I couldn’t possibly have gone to it, and with the revised categories, in most of them, I didn’t feel I was knowledgeable enough to vote. I lost track of time, and did not vote at all. I think John Piurcell and team might bring the old categories back to see if the past FAAn Award voting numbers can also come back. A question…how many wins is enough? I think Robert Lichtman has won Best Letterhack 8 times, and I have won it five times. Is that enough? I freely admit that I enjoyed winning those awards; I am not doing this to win, but it certainly fun when I do.

Given current events (mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, plus Orange Monster cheering the burglary at Elijah Cummings’ home), I will withhold any commentary on Graham Charnock’s column until the end.

The locol? I may have said this before (I can see I mentioned it briefly in the locol for issue 18)…Yvonne worked for Diageo Canada some years ago, so we got a tour of the Crown Royal bottling plant in the town of Amherstburg, not far from the bridge to Detroit. I think the purple Crown Royal bags gamers have enjoyed for years go on the American product only; we never saw them at the Amherstburg plant.

18… All Fandom? It’s just a memory. I know lots of enthusiasts of the newest popular interests, names, anime, comics, gaming and Dr. Who. They don’t call themselves fans, for they know that it is short for fanatic, and they aren’t about to call themselves that. Many of them are friends of ours, and they recognize the fact we’ve been around since the glaciers were advancing.

Getting hot and bothered in the discussion on the FAAn Awards…they have never been mine to change, and never will be. All I can do is hope for the best on them, and hope they get back some of the lost lustre. With teams that compete in sports leagues that are generally American-team-dominated (MLB, MLS, NHL, NBA), a championship is something to rave about and enjoy.

My loc…as said above, I now do have some employment, and I hope I can make it last longer than the two months the assignment is for.

19… I know we’re all at the age where we’re losing parents and aunts and uncles, and we are on some kind of prescription drug, or two or three. We have to be (for most of us) belatedly aware of our health, and take those pills, try to lose some weight, eat better, the usual stuff.

Bless your heart, Nic, and thank you for a little egoboo. I write about 200 letters every year, and have written as many as 315 in one calendar year. That may be all the brag I am allowed, but after so many years of people like Mike Glicksohn telling me that the heart of the hobby is the locol, I have taken that to heart, and no one will ever know all the letters I write unless they see all the zines I receive, and I do get a lot.

The promised comment on America the Damned/Darned/Doomed…it’s looking more like the last one now. I think their democracy is in danger, and fascism looms in the current management of the country. Canada is looking at the same kind of fascist movement with the current right-wing Conservative Party lying and lying some more in order to kick out the current Liberal Party, that seems more intent on getting things done for every day Canadians, including middle-class and indigenous people. Our federal election is coming up in October, and we as always must get the vote out.

I have been asked if I will be going to the next Corflu in Texas. As much as I would like to say yes, the answer must be no. The new job will possibly replenish my bank account a little bit, but right now, Yvonne is the main breadwinner, and I don’t want to be spending her money. The safest thing for me to do is simply say no, thank you, and as usual, live vicariously in the trip reports.

With the smiling Buffy at the end of things here, I will give you my thanks for this issue, apologize for letting things go, and try to promise that it won’t any more, and who am I kidding? We will see you again with the 20th issue.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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August 2nd, 2019
03:37 pm

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Loc on Trap Door 34 (Robert Lichtman, ed.)
Dear Robert:

I am not sure how, for I usually keep real paper fanzines in a readily accessible file, but it looks like Trap Door 34 got stuck in another box in my faulty filing system. I have just now fished it out…it’s been a few months, but seeing it’s usually an annual zine, it’s not too late yet! Time for comments.

Indeed, real life does get in the way of all the neat things you’d like to get done. I just got myself some new work that starts in a week and a half, so I will have to make new plans, and the weekend will become that much more valuable. I hope since this issue, your health issues are once again under control. I celebrated my 60th birthday in England recently, so I know about eye concerns. I have new glasses, and I am still getting used to them; I liked my previous pair better. I am not quite at the point where I might need larger-type zines, but this is, unfortunately, where the electronic zine does come in handy. If it’s okay, I will stay with the paper edition.

Worldcon…I am sure it has changed over time, as have we all, but the desire to be there is not what it was, and I can certainly say the same about our finances. Yvonne is retired, and with some new work, we might now be able to keep up with the bills. Still, it is good to read about what happened in Finland recently, or at the Nycon in 1939. It is good to know our history. So many of the people who attended that first Worldcon have such a history, all worthy of research. A shelf of books have been published on this extensive topic, and I am sure more could be published. Thanks to Andy for all his researches.

I admit that I have never really has the interest in joining FAPA because I started out in APAs before joining into fanzines. Looks like I did the usual thing, but in reverse. I was with TAPA, from Toronto, for 9 years, and with The Final Frontier (a Trek APA that changed its focus, but not its name) for 6. My apazines were Yeggs & Picaroons and Breakfast in Bedlam respectively. I have had several invites to join eAPA…sorry, Garth. Time these days never quite allows for all the things I would like to do.

The locol is always stellar, and I am sitting here, trying desperately to come up with comments on it, and I am failing miserably. It might have something to do with the fact that I haven’t had any coffee yet today (and too late in the day to do anything about it), or possibly that it is Friday. One or the other, or both. Anyway, I have tried, and I will try again…

…once the next issue arrives, and I am always grateful for it. I might be on my A-game when it arrives, you never know. Many thanks for it, and see you when it arrives. Take care, and thanks again.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 26th, 2019
01:44 pm

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Loc on Probe 178 (Gail Jamieson, ed.)
Dear SFFSAns:

I am probably way behind with this, but I have here issue 178 of Probe, and it is dated December of 2018. Am I really late, or did it get sent out late, or has the global post office sent it around the world a few times before mailing it here? No matter, a letter of comment, and I will see what I can say.

An extremely detailed and interesting wraparound cover. Excellent work, Gary Kuyper! Great colour in it, too.

We are having a warm summer here in Toronto, but it has seldom gotten above 32°C, maybe once or twice. I see that Europe is having an unprecedented heatwave, with some places suffering under temperatures above 40°C. That means fatalities, both human and animal, and scenes of people trying to escape the heat in public fountains. There’s more than three coins in the fountains…

I see that SFFSA had its 50th anniversary in June! Congratulations! I did send in some good words for it. But, it was to go into issue 180? Either I am way behind, or there are issues 179 and 180 coming here via the post office some time in the future.

Mech for Life, is an excellent story, even with the difficulty of getting through what the author calls New-Spel. I suspect the language will go that way in the future; it’s heading that way now, and I am stubborn in the English language I learned being used correctly.

Rain Maker…I have recently read that plants can feel pain, and the smell of freshly-cut grass is actually a symptom of that pain and distress. It does make me wonder if, for example, a maple tree would feel pain when it is tapped for its sap to make maple syrup? Alama seems to feel something when the tribesmen cut into it, but what it is looks more fulfilling than painful. We are learning more and more that we have ruined our planet, and the demand for money and power will ensure that those who care, those who want to save what little we have left, will be thwarted at every turn, and pushed aside by the powerful.

Just some days ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. We watched various documentaries, saw something about the restoration of Mission Control for Apollo 11, and saw people talking about those days past. And we are back to our usual racist/sexist/anti-non-Christian nonsense. Those days 50 years ago brought so many of us together in a heady time of adventure. I think we could use some adventure these days.

I found The Cloaker as an interesting mystery, but I cannot offer any more comments than that.

And, I will wind this up, and get it to you as soon as the Web allows. Many thanks, happy anniversary, and I hope more issues are coming soon.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 25th, 2019
11:42 am

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Loc on Skyliner 6 & 7 (Alan White, ed.)
Dear Alan:

My apologies for letting this go. I could offer any number of excuses, and all of them good! Spent a month getting the last bits done for our three-week vacation in England, getting ready for a big steampunk event in the village of Coldwater, Ontario, fighting insomnia, all the usuals. And, of course, responding to fanzines took a back seat. I am back, and I am TWO issues of Skyliner behind, so here goes for issues 6 and 7.

6… “The Letter From Lloyd”? Am I really the only one responding? Loccing Vegas zines is an old habit I am happy to keep indulging. Can’t others respond as well? Hmm?

I won’t say I never drink, but I seldom do, even with a really nice strawberry-kiwi flavoured cider at the Eastern European grocery store down the street. Marijuana? I have never smoked anything, and I don’t really care to start, but with it now being legal here, it has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Even the provincial government here is involved, but I gather the quality is poor, as you might expect, licenced stores are out there with better stuff, but always, the best stuff comes from the neighbourhood independent vendor, shall we say. Every so often, the air around this building gets a little skunky.

I had my cataract operation early, close to ten years ago now. Easily fixed, and with my artificlal lens card in my wallet, I am truly the Bionic Man.

Around here, fandom, at least what I remember, is nearly dead, but every year, the dead come back to life at Ad Astra, our annual litcon which has become the annual fannish family get-together. This was earlier this month, and we had ourselves an old-fashioned blast. And like before, every so often, the air around the con got a little skunky. Such as it always was. Fandom has become a little too PC for me these days, and that’s one of many reasons we don’t go to Worldcons any more. A long hug from a female friend got whispers of “Get a room!” and a threat to tell Yvonne…

I wonder if the talented people that were in fandom, or who could have been in fandom, took to social media to get a more immediate audience on a continuous basis, instead of having to wait for conventions to come around. That way comes some immediate sales, too. It seems that social media may be used to (if not designed to) keep us in our apartments and houses, and live our lives remotely.

I find fandom is still that hotbed of simmering sexuality, even though we are older. At Ad Astra this year, there were so much exposed female flesh, and miles of cleavage everywhere. Even at my age (turned 60 in London), it would be easy to get a little overstimulated. The costumes were fantastic, too. At the annual anime con (which we did not get to this year), there are always quiet librarian-types who use the weekend to let prudery go to the four winds, and wear something truly revealing and low-cut.

Love DeDee’s nun costume…Yvonne has one, too! She is the fannish Sister Wendy. Lately, she’s been using a similar costume to be Queen Victoria for the various steampunk events. At the Coldwater event coming up, she hasn’t been asked to the Queen, and she won’t be bringing the costume up, and four people so far are terribly unhappy that QV won’t be there! It is good to be in demand, but at the end of this year, I think QV is going into permanent cold storage.

While there was no nudity at the conventions I would frequent, I will say there was one local well-built female costumer (ah, memories) who would appear at various cons as Tigra, and while no costume is no costume, a little body paint sure is a little body paint. You missed a spot… (And it also made it real easy to pack for the con.)

Somewhere around here are pictures of Yvonne in ape makeup, too. Arnold Gargulio’s Jr. was a prosthetist, and he specialized in the Planet of the Apes makeup, and as she often does, volunteered to have the makeup applied. She spent half the con wandering about in ape makeup and a top hat. Lunch consisted of hot dogs and French fries, long food to get past the facial appliances.

What do we do these days? Lots of steampunk for me and Harry Potter for Yvonne. Fandom was getting stale (What do you mean, getting?) and we looked close by for other things to do and be involved in. We know of all the local steampunk and HPO events coming up, and there are surprisingly mean of them. Some, we will vend at, other, we will just go and have some fun. Sounds like you’ve done the same thing with HempCon or HempFest. Something like that will be here at some point, as soon as the various levels of government can get their heads out of their asses and coordinate the legality of the green leafy stuff.

And, my letter… more work on Amazing Stories! Just finished my edit on what’s being called issue 5, but really is Volume 77, No. 1, I think. I’ve actually put all of that on my resume, and I am still job hunting… I wonder if mention of Amazing Stories is making some of the people in the HR departments curious, or even nostalgic…

7… Wow, what a change. My original shops were Bakka Books (the local SF shop) and Silver Snail Comics. Who introduced me to these places? None other than Ed Greenwood, he of many D&D dungeons and lots of Elminster novels. Ed and I met at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, both getting our BAA in Journalism. While I was studiously taking notes, Ed was designing his dungeon he sold for millions. Who spent their day better, hm?

I never was a comics reader, but it wasn’t from lack of trying. I remember buying two old Dennis the Menace comic books, and really enjoying them, and then putting them aside to do other things. My mother threw them out, because “Well, I didn’t see you reading them!” My folks never saw the appeal of collecting, and while I did have a collection of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! paperbacks, I was constantly asked what I was going to do with them. All are gone now, no idea where they went, unless my brothers sold them to their friends while I was back east going to Ryerson.

So much here was of interest, but so much more unfamiliar. Comics were frowned upon by so many, and for me, much of it was unavailable in Canada, and if it was there, it was unavailable to me because I never had more than a buck or two in my pocket; my parents made sure of that, even with me having two paper routes.

I am about to hit two full pages, so something here hit a chord with me. Sorry I let two issues pile up, but I think I am now caught up. Thanks for this, and thanks for more, soon, I hope.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 24th, 2019
01:58 pm

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Loc on Beam 14 (Nic Farey & Ulrika O'Brien, eds.)
Dear Nic & Ulrika:

Many thanks for Beam 14, and sorry this has taken so long to get to. We spent a month getting ready to go for our three-week vacation in England, so there’s two months there. I am slowly catching up, so here’s a loc.

Part of the slow passing of fandom is the fact that fans don’t qualify for fan awards any more. The Fan Auroras in Canada aren’t won by fans any more, but by pros running conventions for their fellow pros, and by the friends of pros, often producing radio shows and podcasts most of us cannot access. With that, the fans have largely given up on the Auroras, and the pros have more opportunities to put Aurora Winner! on their publications. Part of that was from some years ago when the price of voting in the Auroras was put at $10.

In 2010, I was nominated for Best Fan Writer, but out of a field of five, I came in fifth. Fred Pohl won it that year. I didn’t mind, but it was for a website showcasing the best writings of Fred Pohl, and the webmasters decided it would be great to get Fred one last Hugo. Good idea, but not fair to the rest of us that year.

One thing we did do when in London was go to a First Thursday at the Bishop’s Finger. I gather we had been advertised as Canadians coming to join the party. We had ourselves a wonderful time, and chatted up UK fanzine friends, but as the evening wore down, and we did too, we took a black cab back to our hotel. We were also advertised Canadians at two other club gatherings we went to, with the steampunk groups in London and Lincoln.

I gather that for the Dublin Worldcon, none other than Kees van Toorn is managing WOOF. I will have to see if I can generate something to go in it, but these days something original in fanzine format seems beyond me. Hey, Jacq! Hugs!

My loc… I stand corrected since our trip to Liverpool in mid-June… The Beatles played twice in Toronto. Yvonne got to one concert at Maple Leaf Gardens, I think the second one, and she indeed meet them all. Three weeks in England n was marvelous fun, and we’d happily do it again, if the cash presented itself. Not to worry, Ulrika, I expect severe editing on my letters, and I am pleased if even bits are published.

The moment…I am at home, getting caught up on letter writing, getting caught up on making jewelry for a huge steampunk festival in the village of Coldwater, Ontario this coming August 10, and trying desperately to find work, and failing miserably, even with a revised and updated resume. Such is life right now, but still happily married. Yvonne is retired, but has gone back to work for a few months to restock the travel account, seriously depleted by our trip to England. This very moment…I am thanking you both for this issue of Beam, and hoping another issue will grace my IN box soon. See you then.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 23rd, 2019
05:31 pm

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Loc on Spartacus 32 & 33 (Guy H. Lillian III, ed.)
Dear Guy:

Here I am back again…now, I am two issues of Spartacus behind, so now for commentary on issues 32 and 33.

32… Condolences on the loss of Patrice Green. Time continues to march on. Many years ago, I was pleased that I had all four grandparents alive. Now, all of our parents are now gone, and time is now going after friends our age. Just not fair.

Seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was hard to watch, but seeing how the millions of dollars flooding in from companies was hard to watch as well. The church is quite rich, and could easily rebuild, but the money seemed endless. Given that Paris’ poor could have used even a small amount of that money, I felt that the charity was misguided.

Robert Mueller testifies in from of one of the houses tomorrow. He is restricted from talking about anything but what was in his report. I am waiting for Republican sources to try to being him down, and I hope he might have the opportunity to tell them to go to hell. Please vote the monster out of the presidency. Only then can he reveal his true colours to all, have his supporters fight to prevent from being evicted from the White House, and his eventual departure can bring some measure of sanity to the US and the world. Our provincial premier is a Trump devotee, all set to slash benefits that go to the poor here, all done “for the people”. Our federal election is in October, and our right-wing opposition party is ready to use Republican-style tactics to bring in their Trumpish candidate. They even admit to having taken money from the Koch brothers, which I thought was illegal.

I think I did see that Kees van Toorn will be looking after WOOF in Dublin. I don’t know copy count, but it looks like they may say send your zine electronically, and someone else will look after sufficient copies.

33… Some political cartoons I have seen lately are more sad than funny…the Statue of Liberty being told she isn’t white (pale green, actually), and she should go back where she came from. Liberty and Justice are the two bodies lying in the reeds on the edge of the Rio Grande. Could it get more disgusting? (I shouldn’t ask questions like that…Trump will go below the bottom of the barrel, and scrape around in the topsoil underneath.) We all pray and hope. That cartoon of the US soccer team kicking Trump in the trashcan (GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!), I have seen several times online. Keep kicking, ladies.

The movies seen lately… Echo in the Canyon was very good. I guess Jakob Dylan needs something to do, and he did it well. And, Bohemian Rhapsody was fantastic, thanks mostly to Rami Malek.

The locol…I see Trump getting re-elected too, seeing that the racist white Christians can always be depended upon to vote Republican. But, I am hoping for a Democrat resurgence, and someone smiling and sane in the White House (and not at the golf course every weekend). May that be the result…the world will breathe a sigh of relief.

And, happy belated birthday! I turned 60 this past June 2 while we were in London. I rarely celebrate my birthday, seeing only Yvonne really cares, but this time, I thought, let’s have some fun, and we did. We never imagine being as old as we are. Right now, there’s a few aches, but for the most part, I don’t feel old, either. Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional, and I vote no.

WE are getting ready for a massive festival in the village of Coldwater north of Toronto, so we’re getting homemade bunting ready, I am making more jewelry, I am making various lists to ensure we are ready for the 100-mile trip to the north on the second Friday of August. Otherwise, the resume continue to stream out, and I hope I can catch a little something to keep me employed soon. Thanks for these two issues, see you with the next.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 22nd, 2019
02:07 pm

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Loc on Askew 28 (John Purcell, ed.)
Dear John:

Still on the massive catch-up with things since we returned from England, and next up for a loc is Askew 28. No beer before 10am? It’s got to be beer o’clock somewhere!

I have kinda stepped away from anything to do with voting, like Hugos, fan funds, Aurora Awards, etc., because I can’t really participate any more, or I have simply lost interest. The exception to this was that Yvonne and I were two nominators that gave this year’s CUFF to Fran Skene of Vancouver. Beyond that, I have chosen not to participate. I did see something about WOOF in Dublin, and I think I will pass there, too. I agree with you that the Asylum would be a great place for a fan fund winner to go to, but I doubt any of the usual voters would stand for it.

A loc from Seattle unfortunately reminds me that we recently Andi Malala Schecter recently. I hope she has rejoined her beloved Stu. I remember her as a very bubbly young lady in Boston fandom, and I suspect that’s how she will stay in my memory/

Old and cranky is party of the job description these days, I guess. I am studying up myself. Actually coming back from England, my sleep habits have greatly improved, which seems to mean no more insomnia.

My loc…Yvonne decided to take a three-month assignment with the company she previously retired from in order to build up her savings again after our trip to England. She hates the idea, but wanted the money. She has promised herself that this will be the last assignment she will take, for she wants to enjoy some retirement time. As for me, I have revised and updated my resume, and still no nibbles.

Corflu 37 is unfortunately one of the events I am forced to say no to. There are other steampunk events who would like us there, but the cash isn’t there, and isn’t likely to be there ever again. I hope I am wrong, but lotteries are notoriously hard to win.

Not bad for an eight-page zine. Thanks for all of this, and see you with the next Askance, I hope.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 19th, 2019
02:06 pm

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Loc on Challenger 42 (Guy H. Lillian III, ed.)
Dear Guy:

I am so far behind, and I never know if I will ever catch up. Here is a letter of comment on Challenger 42, two months after I received it. Gotta do it, must catch up…zzzzz…

Hm? Whoa! Okay, I’m awake, I’m awake! Robots, hm? I see so much in the way of SFnal tropes these days, but it is mostly marketed towards children, as if thinking of the future is somehow childish. Hmm, there’s a Groff Conklin anthology I’d don’t have. I do recognize some great stories and authors.

My, Rosie’s has a few upgrades. I would like to see what happens with Rosie next, if we don’t destroy our world through harsh pollutants or harsher politicians. The idea of AIs looks so good, but will we ever spend the money and time to explore it further? The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is great, but I would hope we’d still be doing this instead of picking fights all over the world. Alan Turing devised his test to distinguish a human being from an intelligent machine. Turing will soon appear on the British £50 note. Rosie, how well did you know Hal, anyway?

Great article from Chris Garcia, but IIRC, he’s been laid off from the Computer History Museum. With two kids, I hope he finds more employment soon. Rosie, could you help him with that? I am sure you could pull some strings with some of the HR bots you know.

Great article from you, Guy…if there were steampunk zines any more (except for Chris Garcia’s Exhibition Hall), this article would be right at home in their pages. Maybe I see a niche to fill… Of all the robots out there, I do like Wall-E. That movie has some real important stories to tell, but as always we do not have the attention span to learn from them and do something about it.

I’ve learned a bit more about Alfred Bester. I still remember showing some of Bester’s books to a friend who honestly thought that Alfred Bester was a Psi cop on Babylon 5, played by Walter Koenig. The world is bigger than we think…

Vale Ellen Vartanoff…I lost track of her, seeing her mostly at Worldcons. I hate finding people, only to find they have passed away. I think we met when Yvonne and I were mostly connected with costuming and masquerades. Ellen, we missed you a lot.

I have a small stack of Simak books, and the only reason I would call it a small stack is that it isn’t very tall, but has a lot of books in it. As a working journalist (what I had aspired to be), Cliff Simak knew the value of telling a story in as few words as possible. Good for him as a journalist and reporter, not good for him in the SF field, where one was paid by the word, and good for us where we could get a great story in about 130 pages, instead of the 700-page doorstops or the mega-logy series of books we can get today.

It isn’t easy to serve humans…they are tough and stringy, hard to cook well, and few actually like them, even with the fava beans and Chianti. Red Dwarf is coming back, so we may see more Krytenesque adventures soon.

My loc…well, it is a little old. Good to her word, Yvonne and I went to England for three weeks near the end of May, the day after our 36th wedding anniversary, and I celebrated my 60th birthday in London. This trip was the best gift Yvonne could ever have given me. Besides two weeks in London, we took trips to Bath, Stonehenge, Liverpool and Lincoln. This weekend, we plan to watch all the picture we took while there on a USB connected to our TV.

Murray Moore’s loc…indeed, Worldcons have always been expensive, but a lot of us were spoiled by the fact that for the longest time, Worldcons were largely somewhere on the North American continent. London, Helsinki, Dublin this year, and New Zealand next year…we are not so well off that we can simply go without some serious saving, so Worldcon for us is a thing of the past.

Seeing how long ago my loc was, some personal news I can relay…if you haven’t seen it already, the latest magazine incarnation of Amazing Stories is out and about. The publisher/owner is Steve Davidson of New Hampshire, and the editor-in-chief is Ira Nayman, of Toronto. When I saw the first new issue come out, I asked Ira if he needed an extra proofreader, and he said yes. So, I have been on the masthead of Amazing as a copy editor / proofreader since issue 2, and recently gave Ira my edits on issue 5. It’s been great fun, and if I ever had a bucket list, working on Amazing Stories would probably have been there, so I am certainly pleased doing this. This past weekend, I talked with some friends at our local literary con, Ad Astra, and if I can come up with a decent business case, my name might appear on the front cover of a book; we will see what happens. I have a lot to do and learn, but I will try; worst they can say is no, but they might say yes.

And with that cryptic remark, I shall close out this loc, and fire it off into the ether. We are absolutely baking in the heat, and a new AC unit was installed yesterday, so hurray for that. Take care, and see you when I get to the latest Spartacus, which shouldn’t be too long.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 18th, 2019
02:05 pm

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Loc on Sporadic 54 (Bill Plott, ed.)
Dear Bill:

I am slowly but surely recovering from being behind so much. I have here issue 54 of Sporadic, and I must respond, right now.

Tornadoes and tropical storms are extremely dangerous, and I do not understand why people don’t get out of the way faster. I must admit I also don’t know why they continue to rebuild in flood plains, or live in those areas in trailers. It’s almost as if they are daring the storms to come and get them, and the storms take the dare.

The Caps Lock is a pain. My current version of Word will automatically fix that. Doesn’t stop me from occasionally typing that way, though. That Wiley Non Sequitur strip appeared in our local paper, and I got to see what it was all about. I laughed, and the strip continues on in the Toronto Star. A cartoonist from New Brunswick lost some papers publishing his work. His political cartoon of twop bodies lying in the weeds on the side of a river was converted into two bodies in the water hazard of a Trump golf course, and Trump himself asks if he can play through.

We try to keep in touch with Spider Robinson when we can. He is alone these days, having lost both his wife and daughter to cancer. His writing has been a comfort, and I hope he has some comfort in his life.

I don’t know if Yvonne has any of the G.K. Chesterton Father Brown books, but she certainly does enjoy the television version of the books as seen on the Buffalo PBS station. I was surprised about the Abdul-Jabbar books…gotta do something after you retire, I guess.

Comments to Guy Lillian III on Queen…their music might be a little bubble-gummish, but we saw Bohemian Rhapsody in a second-run theatre a few nights ago, and Freddy Mercury was a real and self-styled artist. My favorites are Bicycle and Radio.

We spent three weeks in England earlier this year. We left for London Heathrow on May 29, the day after our 36th wedding anniversary, and I turned 60 while in London. Two weeks were spent seeing the sights in London, and another week was spent taking tours to Bath, Stonehenge, Liverpool and Lincoln. A great time, and we already want to return.

Thanks for this issue, and I am probably already behind. Take care, see you with the next.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 16th, 2019
02:27 pm

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Loc on Purrsonal Mewsings 67 & 68 (R-Laurraine Tutihasi, ed.)
Dear Laurraine:

I have been so far behind in many things, especially after spending a month planning for our three-week vacation in England. I have two issues of Purrsonal Mewsings, 67 and 68, and you are probably workin on 69 right now. Here goes anyway, with a fast loc.

67…we can love our cats, but we have to be reminded every so often that they will never truly be domesticated. They will still hear the call of the wold, and escape as best as they can. Sometimes, I see cats roaming the neighbourhood, and I do hear of feral cats here and there. I wonder how many of them were housecats who were happy inside until they saw an open door.

Sounds like the Westercon was lots of fun. We don’t have regional conventions here as such, but the closest to it is Ad Astra, which was just this past weekend. For the past few years, we’d go for the Saturday only (last year, we had other commitments in Michigan), but this year, we went for all three days, and were rewarded with good panels, good times with old friends, and a most enjoyable weekend overall. We hope to return next year, but as always, we will make the decision about one day versus three.

My letter…we went on our trip to England on May 29, and we returned June 19, so we are back about a month. We did all we planned, or attempted to, anyway. We did all of our homework, but you can’t predict what might happen…one museum we found was closed with a reopening date of July 1. We did get to Liverpool, Stonehenge, Bath and Lincoln, and we had wonderful says at each. I took over 1100 photos, and once we’ve had our own look at them, I plan to put them up on my Facebook page. I have tried to find Yvonne opportunities to be Queen Victoria again, with this year seeing her 200th birthday, but interest is lukewarm. She plans to retire the Queen at the end of the year. For those LEGO fans, Bricks in the Six takes place in Toronto mid August.

Jerry Kaufman’s name reminds me that we lost Andi Malala Schecter a couple of days ago. Wallace Simpson once said you know how old you are by how many friends you lose, and she is too correct for comfort.

68… When we went to England, we researched what the weather would be like, and we packed accordingly. But yet…the first couple of days we were there were warm. I got my first sunburn of the year on the Thames River. But after that, the weather turned cool. It never hit more than 19C (66F) the rest of the time we were there, and when we’d buy souvenir t-shirts, we’d wash them and use them to keep warm. Yvonne bought a sweatshirt for the same reason.

I always have trouble with sleeping on planes. It’s often too noisy, there’s at least one crying baby or child, and people are never careful enough when walking past. I often have insomnia, but I slept well in England, and have slept well since returning.

The trip to England is done, and so is Ad Astra, so now, our next big event is a steampunk event in the heart of rural Ontario north of Toronto, the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, and we will be vending there, and with luck, doing well. We will also be assisting with the set up, so once again, it’s a big event for us, with some rewards, we hope. Other smaller events will keep us busy for the rest of the year, but in 2020, we will have to see if we can continue as we have been doing, and shut down our little business, or carry on as we have. We will have to make that examination every year from now on, I think.

Time to fire this off to you, and see you with the next issue.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 12th, 2019
11:45 am

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Loc on Ansible 382 - 384 (Dave Langford, ed.)
Dear David:

My schedule is just now getting back in line. Yvonne and I spent a month doing the final preparations for our three-week vacation in England (two weeks in London (got to the Bishop’s Finger!), plus trips to Bath, Stonehenge, Lincoln and Liverpool), and three weeks of recovery…time to move further with my gigantic list of Things To Do. Next up is responding to the May, June and July issues of Ansible, 382, 383 and 384.

382… One day, I shall attend an Eastercon, but not today. After I finish this very letter, I shall be getting ready for going to Ad Astra, our annual literary SF convention, which starts in mere hours. For once, we are both looking forward to the event, mostly to hook up and see old friends. We weren’t able to attend this convention last year, so many will see us for the first time in two years. How many will embrace us, and how many will mutter “Oh, Gawd, not them again…” We shall find out soon.

Good to see The Asylum listed again. Organizer John Naylor continues to have to fence with the elected officials of Lincoln and Lincolnshire to get enough room nights and parking spaces for this burgeoning event. He’s worth an interview.

And there’s the RIP file…Vonda McIntyre is much missed here, as is Gene Wolfe. A young actress died at the age of 16? There is certainly an unfortunate story there.

I am not sure if it’s within your purview of news, but I can report that Fran Skene of Vancouver won this year’s CUFF race (once again, only one candidate, but at least this time, our nominations were not the kiss of death). She will attend this year’s CanVention in Ottawa.

One thing I can also report myself, and I may have done so in an earlier loc, but I will do it again… I have been working on issues of the newest Amazing Stories revival, and have been a working copy editor/proofreader since issue 2. Just yesterday, I sent my suggested edits to editor-in-chief Ira Nayman for his perusal. I know better than to every have a bucket list, but if I did, working on Amazing would be there. It’s good to know that I can still do the job.

383… Conflatulence… Well, that’s what happens on the Sunday of a convention, especially when the gamer climb out of the basement of the hotel.

Jo Ellison may look askance at fandom, but I am recently finding that she is not alone. Some of my younger friends in local fandom would never describe themselves as fans, for there is a toxic feeling behind such an appellation. Another fandom I am observing at this time has appeared as especially toxic, seeing that some of the characters within are forming ‘ships’ with each other, and people are screaming at each other over who belongs with who. (‘Ships’ are short for relationships.) Well, it wouldn’t be the first time, people are fighting over the love life of fictional characters, but these days, it seems terribly out of hand. I think it will get worse, and the whole idea of being a fan will die, and soon.

Congratulations on your FAAn Award this year! I did not vote, but even so, the organizers of the event gave me a supporting membership, with all publications. I doubt I will ever get to another one of these, and I am not sure I would ever attend another local version of it. Paul and Cas Skelton were visiting with Mike Glicksohn’s widow Susan Manchester, and we came over to visit, too. Paul cannot fathom why he ever gets a FAAn Award for being a letterhack. He writes a few, but they must push all the right buttons. One day, I hope he will tell me where those buttons are. And, I am pleased to say that I share a birthday with Bob Madle. I turned 60 on June 2.

384… We saw so much of this ‘Christian’ outrage over Good Omens. We didn’t get to see the movie itself, but the fuss over the movie was entertaining as well. I can only imagine Neil’s words over the overwhelming lack of intelligence from these people. But, such is what comes out of the US on a regular basis. That’s why we often do not watch much of the evening news. Our provincial premier is a Trump admirer, and we shudder to think what these politicians are saying now… (We watched BBC1 while we were staying in London, and the insanity is spreading…)

That RIP is just out of control. A future issue may have to go more than two pages. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but it sure does look that way. And The Dead Past reminds us that fandom is now more than 80 years old. It’s still tottering around, but may fall over and not be able to get back up soon.

When we were in London, The Cartoon Museum was one of the many places we wanted to get to. But unfortunately, a sign in the window said it would reopen on July 1. Oh, well, I hope someone goes and takes some pictures. (We were there between May 29 and June 19.)

And done! I usually do two issues at a time, but three presented themselves, and I am so far behind otherwise. I hope my crazy schedule will allow for more in the near future. Many thanks for these, and I will look for more soon.

` Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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10:19 am

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Loc on Ethel the Aardvark 198 (LynC, ed.)
Dear MSFCers (and LynC!):

Thank you for Ethel 198, and my apologies for taking so long to respond to it. We spent a good month getting ready for a three-week trip to England, so there’s two months with little letter-writing done. I am sure much of 199 is already done, and you must have some special plans for issue 200. Anyway, here’s my letter for the issue at hand.

Mmm, earthpig good! Nomnomnom… Don’t run, or you’ll be kitty kibble!

To all, good luck at next weekend’s AGM. Please do support your club, and help to make it run the way you want it to. Don’t be the Happy Deadwood, participate, and make your voices heard.

I met Rose Mitchell some years ago at a Worldcon, possibly the one in Montreal. I can identify with some of Rose’s answers at the meeting’s Q&A. Yvonne and I were on the committee of our local convention for 30 years, and we finally did retire about nine years ago. I can confirm this, for the convention we retired from starts this very afternoon, as I type.

Good to see Ed McArdle’s Crostics again. Some habits are hard to break, Ed, and I know there’s lot of folks who are glad you haven’t broken this one.

Star Trek: Discovery…we’ve really enjoyed this Star Trek, especially with the references to the original series, but with Season 3 being shot right now, the ship is flung into the far future, and who knows what will happen with that. I wish I could tell you more…Discovery is shot right here in Toronto, and no one hears a word. If there are any rumours, I haven’t heard them. I do gather that Doug Smith likes it here, and is occasionally seen on the downtown streets.

My past letter… I did get to see the movie on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien after all. There are explanations of his life and connections with his creation of Middle-Earth. We did go to England, and celebrated our anniversary and my birthday, we did go to Mr. Fogg’s, we also saw friends in Lincoln, and took trips to Bath, Stonehenge and Liverpool. The trip of a lifetime, but I do hope there’s more travelling ahead.

Like I said earlier, today is the first day of our annual literary convention, Ad Astra, and I will be meeting with Yvonne later in the day to go up to the convention, which is in the town of Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto. We are ready to go, just charging up camera batteries right now. Take care all, have a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to Ethel 199 and 200.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 5th, 2019
02:53 pm

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Loc on OSFS Statement 482 & 482 (Grant Duff, ed.)
Dear OSFen:

Yvonne and I spent a month getting the last bits ready for t three-week vacation in England, so that’s about two months right there. We had a great time, but when we returned, there was so much to get caught up on, and for me that included fanzines. Here are comments on issued 482 and 483 of the Statement.

482… The CRISPR genetic editor is quite the bit of technology, but as always there is the room for abuse. If a single gene can change the direction of curl of a snail’s shell, what else could happen if another gene was removed or switched off? As always, we will need controls and legislation to make sure the worst that could happen doesn’t.

My letter of comment… So many can’t seem to see that getting angry with your Liberal or NDP government, and voting Conservative in the next election is a really bad idea, especially if you rely on government health programmes. The cue seems to be the word “efficiencies”… We did leave for London on May 29, we returned on June 19, and we did vend at the big Canada Day event in Scarborough… beautiful day, but poor sales. A day in the park was our reward. Yvonne was not Queen Victoria that day; looks like the organizers forgot about that. That’s okay, I think Yvonne is retiring the Queen at the end of this year.

We are attending Ad Astra and ConBravo! this month, and I suspect we will be there on the Saturday of both. We need to see what will be happening both those days; many cons now list their roster of activities in order to bring more people in.

483… I would like to see an animation of Messier 51 on its future timeline to see how the galaxies within it will distort over the coming centuries. I think I might have to send you a new list of upcoming events. I did not get to Anime North this year, and it is often a good source of upcoming convention information. But with Ad Astra and ConBravo! on the horizon, I should be able to pick up more info soon.

Time to go; hope this is in time for the July edition!

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 4th, 2019
09:40 pm

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Loc on This Here... 16 (Nic Farey, ed.)
Dear Nic:

Welcome back to This Here…! Yvonne and I spent more than a month getting things perfected for our three-week vacation in England, heading all over London (we even got to The Bishop’s Finger for First Thursday), plus side trips to Bath, Stonehenge, Watford and Liverpool. And since we returned on June 19, we are still recovering from our travels, and I am so far behind. Comments only now commence on issue 16.

Ain’t nothin’ like regular employment…wish I had some. I stopped looking a couple of months before the trip to England, and have picked it up again, but it is the summer. With luck, something will happen in the fall, or most likely, I will get some short-term, work-at-home editorial work. Apple-flavoured whisky…whatever happened to whisky-flavoured whisky? A lot of that stuff is made here, anyway. There is a Crown Royal bottling plant in Amherstburg, Ontario.

The FAAn Awards breakdown is out…looks like I will have to pick up my game if I want anyone to notice me. But then, so many of us do not participate in the voting, including myself this year. Once things calm down, perhaps there will be more next time, in Texas.

Want some footy content? Look up Toronto FC, Major Leagues Soccer champions of 2017. Wish they were doing better this year, but it is always difficult to repeat as champions. When we were setting up Yvonne’s retirement dinner in 2017, the restaurant we were in was showing the game, and the place went nuts at full time.

I’d like to see Graham’s take on the so-called military parade Trump put on for today, July 4. So few people were actually there, the organizers actually turned off the webcams on the mall near Pennsylvania Avenue. And, the rain bucketed down, making Trump look even more foolish than usual.

The locol…like Chris Garcia, we will never own a home. The price of a one-bedroom home in Toronto is now close to C$600,000, and the value rises faster than people can save for it. Greetings to Mark Plummer, and we met this past June at The Bishop’s Finger. We had a wonderful time.

The sun goes down, and so do my eyelids, so I’d wrap this up. Many thanks for this issue, and to quote myself from the locol, don’t let it be another year, okay? See you nextish.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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09:58 am

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Loc on Tightbeam 296 - 298 (George Phillies and Jon Swartz, eds.)
Dear George and Jon, and the whole club:

Happy July 4th, happy Independence Day! It’s a hot day, the AC isn’t working, and I am waiting for the repairman to come and cool this place down, I hope. In the meantime, I find that I am three issues of Tightbeam behind. We spent much of a month getting ready for the three-week vacation in England, so no wonder I’m behind. Time to get moving.

296… Condolences on the passing of Tom McGovern. My letter… Got more coffee on the go. Issue 4 of Amazing Stories is now available, and I have some of the body of issue 5 ready for a good proofreader/editor go-through. We returned from England on June 19, and in some ways we are still recovering. We saw so many parts of London, plus Bath, Stonehenge and Liverpool. Great fun, and we want to go back already!

I know Kareen Abdul-Jabbar as a former all-star basketball player, but ten novels written? I guess that proves that I don’t read the New York Times. A quick Google…he is in his early 70s, he has written a lot about his basketball days, and he has a few novels under his belt, mostly Holmes pastiches. I guess Anna Waterhouse has been helping him out with his writing skills.

Thanks to Jon for the article on Hugh Cave. I have read some of his work, and found it interesting, but not spectacular…perhaps his name was what stuck in my mind all these years.

Discussion… It looks like you might need some way to get issues of fanzines out to all the members. I have tried that in the past with a little newsletter we send out locally, and we were accused of spamming by our ISP. We now use MailChimp, with no problems at all. Perhaps a look into it is warranted.

297… True, some of us look back of the history of fandom, and our involvement in some cases, and marvel over the fact we’ve been involved for 20, 30, 40, 50 or more years. For me, 42 years and continuing, although my interests have certainly changed here and there.

I remember reading the Dick Tracy cartoon strips when I was a kind, remewmbering that nothing like that could have happened in the small town I grew up in, but I never had anything like the BLBs. I doubt my parents would have bought anything like that for me, anyway.

It’s a shame few are participating in the electronic round robins, but there are so many electronic areas to discuss any particular topic with a large audience to discuss it with (and in front of).

298… “Forensic accounting, it seemed, was a class of sorcery all its own.” I have to relay that to Yvonne, who has done her share of forensic accounting, and there’s at least one person who served time for his own creative accounting…

Stephen King’s 11/22/63… When this book first came out, I remembered a Twilight Zone reboot episode called Profile in Silver, starring Lane Smith and Andrew Robinson, about a descendant of John F. Kennedy’s going back in time to meet his famous ancestor, and affecting the event at the Dealey Plaza in Dallas. I won’t reveal anything more, other than to say they have some similarities.

I know I have one Miriam Allen deFord book on my shelf, and a quick check, and it is indeed Xenogenesis. Thanks to Jon for another great chunk of research.

I guess I am caught up, although I wanted this letter to be more than it is. I guess the coffee didn’t do all for me that I wanted, but it can only do so much. Many thanks for these issues, and I will try to keep up in the future.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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July 3rd, 2019
03:06 pm

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Loc on The Obdurate Eye 5 (Garth Spencer, ed.)
Dear Garth:

So far behind…two whole months was spent on getting ready to go on our big trip to England, and then going, and the zines just pile up… Well, here is some late feedback for The Obdurate Eye 5.

I have never understood tattoos. Some say the skin is a canvas for us to decorate. I know of at least five people who have covered themselves with tattoos, from little ones to those that might cover an arm or their back. Yes, they are very pretty, but…we have learned that every tattoo is detrimental to your health, and makes it more difficult for your immune system to fight infection and disease. A couple of these friends have had serious health problems, but they refuse to see that the tattoos may have compromised their health. The others have had no health problems; at least, none they will speak about.

I do not know of any connection between whiskey and pine tar, but pine tar helps keep the skin problems away. I had some serious psoriasis on my left foot a while back, and it took some very expensive cream medication to get rid of it, the use of pine tar soap in the mornings keeps it away. It also helps to soothe any itchy area you might have to deal with, especially good in the summertime with the heat we deal with.

Governments should be rated, indeed, but the worst ones are the ones who do not care about the people who elected them. I can think of several off the bat… And, respect is definitely earned, but sometimes, to get it means you have to give it. It’s tit-for-tat, but someone has to start the process.

I see where fandom as a whole is dying across Canada. Communications between the cities was always poor, and people were usually too busy bitching about Toronto to do anything constructive. The fan Aurora Awards are usually won now by friends of the pros, or the pros doing something like running conventions for their fellow pros. Fandom, such as it is, seems to no longer qualify for its own awards. With this in mind, that’s one reason why Yvonne moved forward into other areas of fandom, including steampunk, to keep up with the level of participation we enjoy.

My loc… While we were in England, I turned 60, so it’s now official. Chris and Martin seem to be firmly settled in Toronto again, and they found some place to live that is exorbitant, but on the outer edge of affordable.

I am having trouble seeing the screen in front of me…every since we got back from England, I have been sleeping well, mostly because every evening, I feel exhausted. I need to build up my stamina again, but with all the walking we did in London, I thought we’d done that. Anyway, that’s all my tired mind can dredge up, so I’m done. See you next issue.

Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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