Posted by : atcampbell | On : June 11, 1996

Dinner with William Browning Spencer

We had so much fun with Resume with Monsters that we took the author, Bill Spencer, out to dinner. Eight of us met Bill at Senor O’Brien’s, where we devoured their delicious nachos. We learned a lot of secrets about Resume with Monsters: “I wrote it in four months;” “If you think this cover was bad, you should have seen the first one;” “My editor had never heard of Lovecraft or Cthulhu before he read this book;” “My typesetter friends complained about the kerning on the cover.” Talking to the author about his work was fascinating; we’ll likely invite the next local author whose book we discuss (this means you, Brad Denton) to dinner with us.

–A.. T. Campbell, III



Posted by : atcampbell | On : June 4, 1996

Resume with Monsters by William Browning Spencer

We’ve been doing some fun and different stuff with the FACT Reading Group lately. The F.A.C.T. Sheet editor, a participant in the group, asked me to share our recent activities with the rest of FACT.

Eight people showed up at the FACT Office on June 4 to discuss Resume with Monsters by local author William Browning Spencer. We all liked this comic novel about a man who has a succession of terrible jobs at companies invariably owned by monsters from the Cthulhu mythos. We appreciated Bill’s skill in making us sympathize with a character who can’t hold a decent job, spends a lot of time in mental institutions, and has trouble letting go of doomed relationships. One member said it best: “We like this guy because his life is worse than ours.”

–A. T. Campbell, III



Posted by : atcampbell | On : March 19, 1996

The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt

After discussing a disappointing book at our last meeting, we were happier with Jack McDevitt’s The Engines of God. Despite suddenly relocating the meeting due to bizarre plumbing problems at Adventures in Crime & Space, eight people turned up at the meeting. A representative comment on the McDevitt book was “There ought to be more books like this!”.

The schedule for upcoming books is as follows:

  • April 2: Permutation City by Greg Egan (at the FACT Office)
  • April 16: Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (at ACS)
  • May 7: Jumper by Steven Gould (at the FACT Office)
  • May 21: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter (at ACS)

Meetings take place on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Meeting sites alternate between Adventures in Crime & Space bookstore (609-A W Sixth St) and the FACT Office (1204 Nueces). New people are always welcome at the discussions. For more information, please contact A. T. Campbell at atc@arlut.utexas.edu or 833-5269.

–A. T. Campbell, III



Posted by : atcampbell | On : March 5, 1996

Grunts! by Mary Gentle

Seven people participated in the March 5 discussion of Mary Gentle’s Grunts!, a book that no one in the group liked or was even able to finish reading. As one person put it, “we ought to rethink our algorithm for choosing books.”

–A. T. Campbell, III