April 2nd, 2019

mourning

Another good one gone

Vonda N. McIntyre may be best known for trying to make the novelization an art form, filling out and explaining Star Treks II-IV. (Among other things, she gave Mr. Sulu a first name, which became canon.) She then novelized a nonexistent TV show (Starfarers) and wrote two Nebula-winning novels: Dreamsnake and The Moon and the Sun. It is reported that she finished one last novel before cellular life on its own terms got her.
gargoyle

Living in science fiction

I am about to join the 21st century (“dragged kicking and screaming” would be an exaggeration) by getting a smartphone. The part that bothers me is writing messages, as I am clumsy (“dick-fingered,” the Texans say) with hands that have always trembled and age has withered and/or custom staled. (The term I like is claudication, because it is an Anthony Burgess word; no Burgess novel is complete without claudication and apotropaic.) I am told one can get a phone with a stylus, which should help. Suggestions and advice gratefully accepted.