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Thank you, Jim.
There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.
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.
Et lux perpetua...
The Sonnet Against Entropy still gives me the shivers.
I miss Mike.
Thanks for compiling this, Jim.
Thank you very much, Jim.
A bittersweet treasure this. Thanks.
Will this be collected and published in a book?
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?
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.
The SpecEng store is gone now? Damn, I should've bought more swag while I could.
Julie L @ 12
No, it's still there. (relieved sigh after checking)
This is by no means all, or even most, of the writing Mike did at ML.
I invite everyone to peruse the back threads.
"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.
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_:
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 My aim has been to cover all the allusions, in-jokes, historical references, indirections, and implications in Ford's novel.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...)
Wow! Great work, Andrew!
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.
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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