Making Howard finish a book

Tue 16 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Waldrop is back in Austin recovering from his latest bout with the health industrial complex. He had quintuple bypass surgery this summer then some follow-up stuff just for fun. The good news is that the VA hospital forgave part of the cost. The bad news is that he will need to sell a few more stories to Playboy and The New Yorker to pay the rest of the bill.

We really don’t want Howard to die, then for some geniuses to discover him and make movies and tons of moolah for his descendants—although since Ed Park selected Other Worlds, Better Lives as one of the Best SF Books of 2008 in the LA Times, maybe interns in La-La Land will alert the higher-ups and someone will read the book and before you can say Bo Diddley, “A Dozen Tough Jobs” will be in the theaters.

So maybe while we wait for that (and for Howard to finish The Moone World) to happen we will ask Howard to write up some more bloggity posts about all this and make a pretty little book out of it. We could ask a Texas illustrator or two to make some pretty pictures, send the pages to Howard to sign (he’s getting better every day, he can sign some pages), and maybe raise some money for the guy io9 says Built Your Crappy Future Word by Word. (He also built some excellent pasts.) So, maybe in spring?


No Responses to “Making Howard finish a book”

  1. Tim Pratt on December 17th, 2008 1:45 am

    Unfortunately, A Dozen Tough Jobs was already in theaters, only they called it O Brother, WHere Art Thou? and they didn’t give Howard any money. (Though there was a character named “Waldrip” which some say was the Coen Bros. giving Howard a little homage. Though they should’ve given him money instead.)

    I buy pretty much everything the guy does, so I’d buy the book you describe, too.

  2. Steve Berman on December 17th, 2008 9:52 am

    Sounds great. Though perhaps invoking Diddley is not the proper reference considering the concern.

  3. lcrw on December 17th, 2008 11:54 am

    Tim, you’re right about O Brother, shows my back brain is smarter than the forebrain. As, indeed, does the Bo Diddley ref.

    The Coen Bros should do something with Howard’s stuff. I suppose giving him money would be the nice easy way.

  4. Michael Walsh on January 1st, 2009 11:09 pm

    Mr Waldrop disagrees with Mr Pratt. In his afterword to “A Dozen Tough Jobs” he explains why the Coen Bros weren’t using his story for the film.

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