Morning Cuppa – 02/18/13 – Han Solo! Writer’s Estates! Apex readers’ poll!

 

  • It is rumored that Han Solo will be returning to play Han Solo, so why are we sad? Before he was Indy, he was Han. In my mind Harrison Ford will always be that rakish rogue, galaxy hopping with a hirsute giant. But the news that the real man is coming Harrison Ford in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)back to reprise the old role is a little bitter-sweet. Why? Some have pointed out that he’s just a bit nuts now. Frankly, while that clip is funny, I could care less about that. It’s the realm of artists to explore the boundaries of human experience, including consciousness. I think it was the phoned-in performance for the last Indiana Jones movie that has me worried that he’ll do a similar thing with the new Star Wars.
  • Apex announced the winners for their short fiction readers’ poll, Alethea Kontis and Katherine Duckett.
  • What if you’re a mid-list, or virtually unknown author? Should you bother with managing your estate? What if, like has happened to so many other authors and artists, your work sees a renaissance long after your death? Wouldn’t it be to your family’s benefit to at least put something in writing, even if chances seem extremely remote of such a thing happening? Kristine Kathryn Rusch discusses this very possibility, using Philip K. Dick’s work as an example.
  • Finally, the New York Times takes a rare step into the fantastic and asks some writers and television producers to come up with a story idea based on the recent meteorite that surprised the world.