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Men in Black

When doing the pictures for the next issue of NYRSF, I came across this great shot of Stephen Dedman, John Clute, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett riding the up escalator -- the many attitudes of men in black:

David took lots of great pictures at the Worldcon, but I think this one is the best. UPDATE: Neil says:

As I was going up the escalator, on the friday morning at Worldcon, in company with several shady types I'd bumped into in the dealers' room on the way (viz. and to wit, S. Dedman, J. Clute and T. Pratchett OBE), I noticed that, across the hall, on the escalator going down, was a mysterious figure whose face was obscured by a camera. He was pointing the camera at us. Then the camera came down, revealing the cheerful face of uber-editor David Hartwell. He waved. I waved back.

"That photo'll never come out," I thought, with the prescience and prophetic ability that has made me the talk of the SF-and-futurological community over the years.

The photo is quite wonderful. . . . It looks a bit like it's waiting for the caption competition, or for me, Steve, John and Terry to have a high-profile reunion and release our first CD in decades.

Here's the table of contents of the new issue, which I think is an especially good one:

ISSUE #194 October 2004
Volume 17, No. 2 ISSN #1052-9438


Ariel Haméon: The Singularity Ate My Homework and Other Reasons I Can't Predict the Future: 1
Iain Emsley: Fantasies of England: 6
David V. Griffin: At the Whitney: 14
Adrian Pocobelli: "Pre-Uterine Claims": Cultural Contexts and Iconographic Parallels in Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition: 18

Two Views: Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, reviewed by Farah Mendlesohn and John Clute: 1
Amy Thomson's Storyteller, reviewed by Greg L. Johnson: 10
Richard K. Morgan's Broken Angels, reviewed by Paul Kincaid: 12
Jim Butcher's Storm Front, reviewed by Carol Pinchefsky: 12
Peter F. Hamilton's Pandora's Star, reviewed by David Mead: 16
Brian Rosebury's Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon, reviewed by Jenny Blackford: 17
Bruce Sterling's The Zenith Angle, reviewed by James L. Cambias: 21
Bruce Sterling's Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years, reviewed by Damien Broderick: 22

Predict the Future! (4); some Screed (23); and an editorial (24).