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August 27, 2007

Mike Ford: Occasional Works: Coda
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 10:09 AM * 20 comments

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John M. Ford, 1957-2006 by Teresa Nielsen Hayden


Here endeth Mike Ford: Occasional Works
Comments on Mike Ford: Occasional Works: Coda:
#1 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 27, 2007, 02:43 PM:

Thank you, Jim.

There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.

#2 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: August 27, 2007, 04:11 PM:

Thank you, Jim. It's a gift you've given us.

I have one more bonbon for your list, from before Mike had the keys to the control room. It shows up MT as one of my posts, but it's all Mike: From correspondence, 30 January 2004.

#4 ::: dan ::: (view all by) ::: August 27, 2007, 06:25 PM:

Et lux perpetua...

#5 ::: Emma ::: (view all by) ::: August 27, 2007, 09:23 PM:

The Sonnet Against Entropy still gives me the shivers.

#6 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: August 27, 2007, 10:13 PM:

I miss Mike.

Thanks for compiling this, Jim.

#7 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 01:53 AM:

Thank you very much, Jim.

#8 ::: Martin Wisse ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 03:05 AM:

A bittersweet treasure this. Thanks.

#9 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 05:23 AM:

Will this be collected and published in a book?

#10 ::: Jan Vaněk jr. ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 08:09 AM:

I don't see the need, really. Now having a Selected Fanwriting (Selected Nonfiction?) of John M. Ford, THAT would be something - but where do you get an editor to do such a task justice? Hmm... or rather, how do you pay her?

Which reminds me: what's the latest on what's going to happen with Aspects?

And how bad is the situation with his literary estate anyway?

#11 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 10:36 AM:

Finding an editor won't be a problem; some of the best editors on the planet read ML. It just seems that the material deserves a wider audience than it can get here.

#12 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 01:36 PM:

The SpecEng store is gone now? Damn, I should've bought more swag while I could.

#13 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 02:07 PM:

Julie L @ 12

No, it's still there. (relieved sigh after checking)

#14 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2007, 02:40 PM:

This is by no means all, or even most, of the writing Mike did at ML.

I invite everyone to peruse the back threads.

#15 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: August 29, 2007, 01:23 PM:

"Read All By" is a swell feature.

Yeah, it should be a book. Hardcover. Of course, one thing would be better, but God doesn't seem to be so inclined.

Thanks for collecting these. Man.

#16 ::: Andrew Plotkin ::: (view all by) ::: September 03, 2007, 06:42 PM:

I know this is not the open thread, but I have an announcement, and this is the topical thread.

Every once in a while, in fandom, these words float by: "Somebody oughtta write notes for John M. Ford's _The Dragon Waiting_." This has happened a lot since Ford's death.

I've written them. In stacks.

Draco Concordans: a concordance for _The Dragon Waiting_:
http://eblong.com/draconc/

This is a big chunk of work. I started in back in February, and I've been pounding on it steadily since then. My aim has been to cover all the allusions, in-jokes, historical references, indirections, and implications in Ford's novel. I also index the appearances of all the characters and historical figures. All cross-referenced and cross-linked for your edification.

I am under no illusion that I found everything. (In general, I don't know history from a hole in the ground -- although I did a lot of digging in this particular field.) Contributions are welcome; I expect the knowledge of fandom to outrun mine by leagues. Feel free to post in this thread, or email me. I will be updating the site as information arrives.

(My secret hope (big wide eyes) that the Benevolent Masters will dedicate a Making Light thread to such discussions. I don't know whether to expect a few comments or a hundred-post cavalcade of detailed historical analysis. Surprise me, everyone...)

#17 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: September 03, 2007, 08:12 PM:

Wow! Great work, Andrew!

#18 ::: ctate ::: (view all by) ::: September 04, 2007, 04:39 PM:

Full disclosure: I saw Draco Concordans (#16) when it hit closed beta release, and contributed a few notes.

That said -- I was blown away. I knew the novel was good, but without something like A. Plotkin's liner notes I never would have grasped just how good.

Wow.

#19 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: September 06, 2007, 01:05 AM:

I definitely look forward to re-reading The Dragon Waiting with the notes. Not until well after the upcoming Farthing Party, however.

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