Tachyon tidbits featuring Patrick O’Leary, Joe R. Lansdale, Daniel Pinkwater, and Michael Moorcock

The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.

In episode 176 of Eating the Fantastic, Scott Edelman shared dumplings and conversation with Patrick O’Leary.

We discussed the way his new novel 51 is similar to The Great Gatsby, why he believes his books will crumble if he attempts to describe them, the perils and pleasures of pantsing (and how his stories often don’t get any good until the 15th draft), the tragedy of being an invisible creature, our mutual fears of what aging might bring, his love for Marvel Comics (and especially the Silver Surfer), how Laura Ingalls Wilder introduced him to literature, the way reading Kurt Vonnegut taught him there were no rules, the two science fiction greats who literally left him speechless, and much more.

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Joe R. Lansdale joins The Chauncey DeVega Show to discuss Baz Luhrmann’s new movie Elvis.

“Champion” Joe Lansdale is the award-winning author of more than 50 novels including the amazing Hap and Leonard series. His Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella, Bubba Ho-Tep [reprinted in THE BEST OF JOE R. LANSDALE -RK], was made into a movie of the same name by Don Coscarelli and featured Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis.

Joe Lansdale shares what it was like experiencing the Elvis cultural phenomenon as a young man; the power of black music and Presley’s relationship to it; youth culture and sex; and Luhrmann’s new movie as a work of art and a type of true lie.

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Andrew Wheeler on his The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent. recommends Daniel Pinkwater’s CRAZY IN POUGHKEEPSIE.

Read CRAZY IN POUGHKEEPSIE if you want to be happy. Pinkwater encapsulates the smart-kid sense of a big wide world full of possibilities and neat stuff better than anyone else – does it so well even crusty old people can feel that as strongly as when they were twelve. Read this book, read Young Adult Novel, read The Education of Robert Nifkin. But read Pinkwater, and be happy.

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At Change.org, Christopher Neely started the petition Michael Moorcock Nobel Prize IN Literature.

There’s a kind, old English man that did everything the hard way and has given our culture iconic fiction, journalism, fantasy, and the foundation for a whole school of thought for both an entire branch of theoretical physics and one of the most successful entertainment franchises of the last two centuries.  And he’s still alive. He coined the word Multiverse almost 60 years ago. His characters are Iconic to the point that these attributes of humanity, story arc, and plot have become tropes in several genres of the literary world. He did it first, from steampunk, to his influence on cyberpunk with Jerry Cornelius. His alternate history writings alone are worthy of required reading for every thinking adult. He is an international treasure that transcends time and genres.  His contributions to music, art, and literature can hardly be overstated. He may very well be the most prolific original creator who’s works have ever been recorded. 

Is there any reason he should not be awarded the Nobel Prize. If anyone thinks of one, I would like to hear it, in full.

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