RARA-AVIS: Re: Connie Willis

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 29 Oct 2007

Well, the fact is that none of us are as young or as firm as we used to be. Alas. Please don't judge anyone by those standards.

And I posted the link to the video so people could judge for themselves what happened a year ago. As I looked at it again I have to say I am less certain of the intent. Given their history I always thought it was a joke gesture gone awry. Looking at it again, I am more convinced of some variation of that.

But anyone reading my full posting knows it was from a full "fanboy" from a long admirer of Ellison and not to be judged as anything objective.

I am somewhat surprised that (from the basis of the Cleveland article Harlan pointed to) Connie Willis has not responded to his overnighted apology/explanation in the year since he sent it. She could have lifted any cloud from this by her statement.

Whatever. I am not ready to write anyone off on the basis of one event and the fact is the event isn't as clear cut as I once assumed. I guess the bottom line is that I accept Harlan warts and all because of the great pleasure his creativity has given me. I understand that what he may or may not have done during the Hugo Awards ceremony in 2006 is out there and I know there are many other negatives but on a purely personal basis: I DON'T CARE!!!

He has entertained me, he has challenged me, he has enlightened me. As was a common saying in my southern upbringing, the fleas come with the dog and I accept both without reservation.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Randy Krbechek <randyk@...> wrote:
> At 10/29/2007, Rick Ollerman <ollerman@...> wrote:
> >Would you kindly go to "rara avis" -- a Latin phrase that goes way
> >way back before Hammett used it -- and tell Richard Moore thank
> >for the kind words, and advise him that no matter what he THINKS
> >saw in the video...
> >
> >I DID NOT...
> >EVER...
> If Mr. Ellison had done so, or thought about doing so, my advise
> would have been to aim for someone younger and firmer.
> See picture:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connie_Willis
> Bye.
> Randy Krbechek
> Fresno, CA

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