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August 1st, 2002
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I sigh. Deeply do I sigh. After all that reading and $1.40 in overdue fines at the library, I did not vote for the Hugos. I have been busy this week with house guests and hanging out with Joe and Aimee who live in California but are here prepping for their wedding, and I never remembered to tell myself "before this day, ye shall have voted" and now the deadline is past. If I'd read all my email yesterday evening I would have been reminded and done it but I came home from my soccer game exausted and in pain. My back and head hurt and I had been fighting heat exaustion and on top of that I re-strained my left knee (though not badly). I think I could have kept playing on my knee if not for the systemic situation. so I left the game mid-way through the second half even though that left our team short one player (we tied anyway). Walking sucked just then, so I watched the rest of the game from the stands after I calmed down and drank the rest of my water. I came home and took a shower and helped coach Bill on making a wonderful pasta dish for him and Brian and me, and then I went back upstairs and to bed, with only a brief interlude lying there reading Fool's War, by Sarah Zettel.

Not once during the whole day (which was also busy with lunch with Jenny and going to Chelsea to help make wedding favors) did I realise what the date was or even think about the hugos other than to confirm with Geri I would have time to help proof the Hugo Program.

On a tangential note, I have started reading the works of Lloyd Biggle, Jr. If anyone has some of his SF they'd be able to loan me, please let me know.

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From:xiombarg
Date:August 1st, 2002 11:24 am (UTC)
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I have several of his books that I picked up at a library sale long, long ago. Fond memeories from high school. Email me a reminder and I'll tell you what I've got.
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Date:August 1st, 2002 02:04 pm (UTC)

Do not forget the Library!

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Anne its Jeff;

The Ann Arbor Library has these titles:


Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
A galaxy of strangers / Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976.

Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
Monument [by] Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1974.

Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
The rule of the door, and other fanciful regulations [by] Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1967.

Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
This darkening universe / Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1975.

Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
Watchers of the dark / Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1966.

Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
The whirligig of time / Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1979.

Biggle, Lloyd, 1923-
The world menders / Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Morley, Yorkshire : Emsfield Press, 1973, c1971.

Here is its URL and you can order online!
http://aadl.annarbor.lib.mi.us/
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From:tammylc
Date:August 1st, 2002 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Poor Anne. And you didn't even like most of the nominees, so you can't even write it off to personal improvement... Of course, I haven't read any of the nominees, so who am I to talk?
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From:fredcritter
Date:August 2nd, 2002 09:50 am (UTC)
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I think you're in for a real treat -- I really like Lloyd Biggle, Jr.'s writing a lot. I said as much to him once, and that I was quite moved by a number of things he'd written. He claimed he was "just a hack." Thbbbbbbt! I say. I guess it's not easy for an artist to have a reasonable perspective on their own work. Does he still show up for ... um ... what are they called? ... Stillyagi? ... meetings?

A caution -- I suspect you'll enjoy the "Jan Darzek" novels more if you read them in order.

TTFN!
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From:netmouse
Date:August 20th, 2002 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the recomendation regarding the Jan Darzek novels. I think I've started them in the right order.

I've read one of Lloyd's short SF stories and one of his mystery stories right now, as well as a third of the first Darzek novel. I'm still waiting for a pair of male and female characters to inter-relate as men and women are wont to do, but other that that the writing is quite good.

Lloyd does not come out for any Stilyagi parties or meetings this year as his health is not the best, but I'm hoping to get him out to the next ConFusion.

Speaking of which, you should come too.

I know Lloyd a little now through the Science Fiction oral History Association (SFOHA) -- He's the president and I am the Secretary, on the Board of Directors. We meet approx. once a month.
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From:fredcritter
Date:August 27th, 2002 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. I guess that about kills any pretense I may have had of being a critical reader. Now that you mention it, I'm trying to remember whether any male and female characters interrelate as men and women are wont to do in any of Lloyd's books. It's possible they do in Monument, but, fond as I am of that book, it's been quite some time since I've read it and I can't remember one way or the other. The Darzek books rather nicely avoid the issue after the first chapter or two of the first book....

I'm probably on shaky ground here, since it's been a few years since I've read any of Lloyd's books (other than what I think is the last of the Darzek books, which I just discovered at Wildside Press), but it seems to me that his concerns are more with other sorts of human relationships than those between men and women -- between the powerful and the powerless, the individual and the group, authority and ... mmmm ... individual freedoms ... you know, stuff like that. Oh yeah. And the power of music. If I remember correctly, that is.

Maybe, since you're currently in the midst of reading his work, you can provide a more informed viewpoint -- agree, disagree, expand upon, whatever....

Gee. ConFusion. That's an interesting thought. I haven't been getting out of town much for conventions for the past mumble-mumble years (with the exception of Congenial (lovely little convention, that)), and it's been since ... uh ... 1981 that I've been to a ConFusion.... I guess I am about due to make it to another. I think I'll put it high on my list for the next few years, when Gavi is just a wee tad older.

Sounds like you actually know Lloyd. I only just had the pleasure of meeting him the once (I think. Unless memory fails me again).
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From:netmouse
Date:September 17th, 2002 12:10 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, I have returned home from our vacation to find out that the appropriate statement is that I knew Lloyd. He passed away on September 12 after a long battle with leukemia and cancer. Alas, I did not know him well, having only met him at the beginning of the year.
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From:cannibal
Date:August 5th, 2002 05:52 pm (UTC)
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You might be able to fax your hugo vote in after the mail-in deadline... um, one year, I think you could.

I like Fool's War. I think Monument is my favorite of Lloyd's books, he and Howard each have a ton of copies.
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