July 6th, 2008


"Hey deadhead! Take a bite of peach!"

From SciFiWire:

BBC Video announced a four-city tour to promote the DVD release of Spaced: The Complete Series, the British SF-tinged comedy TV series, which becomes available for the first time in North America on July 22.

Creator-stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson), along with director Edgar Wright, will travel to New York, Los Angeles, Comic-Con International in San Diego and Austin, Texas, for special screenings, a marathon, panel sessions and signings for fanboys and fangirls.

The weeklong tour kicks off in New York on July 21 and stops in Los Angeles, Comic-Con and Austin's famed Alamo Drafthouse. The final stop on the tour is The Late Show with David Letterman, on which Pegg will be a guest, on July 28.

I have waited so damn long for Spaced to be available on DVD in the States! I can't wait, and the fact that they're touring with the release only makes it extra awesome!

You can find all the dates and locations here.

For my fellow New Yorkers, there will be an in-store signing at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square on Tuesday, July 22, starting at 5 PM. Let me know if you're interested and we can make a day out of it. (There's also a free screening the night before at the Village East Cinema, but that's of less interest to me. I'll be having all the free screenings I want when I buy the DVD set!)

Thomas Disch

Esteemed science fiction author Thomas Disch killed himself on Friday.

I never read any of his novels, but I did have an encounter with Mr. Disch back in the early '90s when I was in publishing. I was talking with him on the phone, trying to get a blurb for a Rachel Pollack novel we were publishing. I was most likely pushing too hard, because the conversation ended with Disch roaring into the phone, "Do you even know who I am?" and hanging up.

Now, you never know what kind of a day someone is having, so I tried not to hold it against him, but I suppose it left a bad enough taste in my mouth that I avoided his novels after that. From what I've heard, it's my loss.