Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Sunday, May 13, 2018


The 1964 World Science Fiction Convention was held in Oakland, California, with Anthony Boucher as Toastmaster.  Guests of Honor were Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton.  This 35-minute audio with images has Tony Boucher announcing that year's Hugo awards and Guests of Honor speeches by Brackett and Hamilton.  Leigh Brackett was a screenwriter (The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, The Empire Strikes Back), Spur-winning western writer (Follow the Free Wind), mystery and suspense novelist (An Eye for an Eye, The Tiger among Us), and author of both planetary romance ("The Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon," "Sea Kings of Mars") and more mature science fiction (The Big Jump, The Long Tomorrow).  Her husband, "World Wrecker" Edmond Hamilton, was a master of space opera and super science stories (Crashing Suns, Tharkol, Lord of the Unknown), creator of Captain Future, and writer for such classic comic books as Superman, Batman, and Legion of Superheroes.

Toastmaster Anthony Boucher was one one the most important influence in mid-twentieth century mystery and science fiction as a critic, editor, author, and mentor. 

Enjoy this blast from science fiction's past.

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