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I will soon be posting an interview with Helen Lowe about her new book in the Wall of Night series, Daughter of Blood. Watch this space… 🙂

In the wake of the anniversary of three famous deaths – President Kennedy’s, C.S. Lewis’ and Aldous Huxley’s – there have been a slew of articles in mainstream press about the three men. I find it amusing (and edifying) that all three are united not only in death, but in the fact that they produced Great Fantasy, either in life or in death. I mean what I say: while Huxley and Lewis both wrote fantasy and science fiction to good effect, Kennedy’s death spawned myths and conspiracy theories to rival any novel. And from what I know of at least Lewis and Kennedy, both men also lived out various interesting fantasies on this earth – double lives, triple lives, versions of themselves. Huxley certainly investigated his own fantasies through the use of hallucinogens and managed I think to predict most accurately our own obsessions, now, half a century later. Hug me till you drug me, honey.

So tonight I raise a silent glass to these three men, interesting in different ways. Problematic in different ways. Complicated, complicated creatures. I particularly enjoyed this article on C.S. Lewis. Except I wonder why it doesn’t mention ‘Till We Have Faces.’ It’s my favourite of his novels. You can keep your Narnia and its thundering allegories… I will take Psyche’s older and much uglier sister, thank you.

Goodbye, Doris Lessing. Thank you for your worlds, both strange and familiar. You were sometimes cruel, controversial. Maybe you needed to be. I will miss your voice, your curiosity, your feistiness. It wasn’t perfect: it didn’t have to be. You came, you wrote. I am deeply grateful…

Doris Lessing

The nominations don’t stop at ‘Best Novel’, of course. There’s ‘Best Artwork’ for Frank Victoria’s work on the cover of ‘Tymon’s Flight’, and ‘Best New Talent’ as I am freshly minted and green around the ears (can’t you tell?)

See more at: the SFFANZ SJV awards page


This is mainly for LJ friends, but anyone else who feels like commenting is most welcome to do so. Might you click through to my maryvictoria.net site and leave a remark or three there, so I can get a feel for how the new WordPress blog works? While you’re at it, stick around and check out the new site! It’s not quite finished yet – some links remain to be tweaked – but we’re not far off. Exciting!

Meanwhile, just to keep you entertained, I shall break into song:

Some things in life are bad,
They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle,
Don’t grumble, give a whistle,
And this’ll help things turn out for the best… so…

Always look on the bright side of life. (dee dee, dee dee dee dee dee dee…)