the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. V No. 4
30 November 2000
ISSN 1089-764X

Published bimonthly by whim and fancy for the Avram Davidson
Society.  Contents copyright 2000 The Nutmeg Point District Mail
and assigned to individual contributors.  All rights reserved.

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

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The newest collection of writings by Avram Davidson, Everybody
Has Somebody in Heaven : Essential Jewish Tales of the Spirit,
edited by Jack Dann and Grania Davidson Davis, is now available
from Devora Publishing, an imprint of Pitspopany Press of Jerusalem
and New York. The 285-page hardcover book includes most of Davidson's
early writings in Orthodox Jewish Life and Commentary as
well as several of his best-known stories with Jewish themes and several
previously unpublished pieces. There are forewords by the co-editors and
memoirs by Peter S. Beagle, Richard A. Lupoff, Lisa Goldstein, Carol
Carr, and Barry Malzberg. Ethan Davidson recalls some of his early
memories of his father in his introduction to a recently discovered
story, "One the Right is Michael." Eileen Gunn's detailed and
elegantly written biographical essay rounds out the volume. The
dustjacket features an original painting by Avi Katz.

The autumn luncheon of the Avram Davidson Society, held in New
York City on Thursday 26 October 2000, celebrated the book's
publication. The U.S. representative of the publisher, Dorothy
Tanenbaum, joined Davidsonians from near and far in a convivial
gathering. Tanenbaum spoke of Pitspopany's ability to ensure wide
distribution of the book and said that the firm's customary market
includes Jewish libraries and bookstores in the U.S. and internationally.
It seems more than likely that this book will attract new readers to
Davidson's work.

The book is available from :
Devora Publishing/Pitspopany Press
40 East 78th Street, Suite 16D
New York, NY 10021
Telephone :1.800.232.2931
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Everybody Has Somebody in Heaven will be reviewed in a future
issue of the District Mail.

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Physics or Biology? : Two Science-Fiction Approaches to Bicycles

Separated by the Atlantic Ocean, vast cultural differences, and nearly twenty years' time, Flann O'Brien (1911-1966) and Avram Davidson (1923-1993) wrote works dealing with the place of the bicycle in human society that are at once profoundly unsettling and uproariously funny. Violent death, the physical sciences, and the fact that there are men's and women's bicycles are all central to each writer's story ; yet there are also signal difference