Paul Soles has died. The Canadian broadcaster and the voice of several 1960s cartoons, including Hermey the Elf in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bruce Banner and Rick Jones in the ultra-low-budget Marvel Superheroes Hulk cartoon, and Peter Parker in the famously-themed Ralph Bakshi-produced Spider-man cartoon, was ninety.
Kraft wrote for several companies, and many remember him best as one of the writers who introduced social issues into his comic-book stories. He had particularly memorable runs on The Defenders and She-Hulk.
Winnipeg, Manitoba hosts the virtual edition of Keycon, and registration is free. The schedule features a number of events, from crafting to SF novels to Trek to Randy Rainbow parodies. I’m involved with one reading and two panels– one event each day.
If you’re looking for a virtual taste of a smaller SF/Fantasy Con, check it out.
Missing SF conventions? Michigan’s Penguicon, a meeting of SF/Fantasy Fandom, Techies, Open Source Coders, Hackers, and general nerds-at-large goes online this year, with a cost of only $10:00. It actually opened yesterday, but it really doesn’t take off until tonight, and there’s still a lot of virtual space available.
Arkady Martine’s debut novel A Memory Called Empire received multiple award nominations and won the Hugo for best novel. The first in a series, it was followed in March of 2021 with this novel, with more of the conflicts and intrigue involving the future Teixcalaanli Empire, the “barbarian” human settlements in its environs, and some very interesting extraterrestrials.
The more you explore your reality, internal and external….