Novembernumret av Ansible har två observationer med svensk/finlandssvensk anknytning; en genuint intressant och en av mer roande karaktär:

J.M.Coetzee, as Gordon Van Gelder points out, is the first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (announced on 2 Oct) to have been shortlisted for the Philip K.Dick Award. The 1982 US paperback of his Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) lost to Rudy Rucker’s Software.

Tove Jansson may have died in 2001, but on 4 Oct the Guardian books editor Nicholas Clee included her The Summer Book in a list of new bestsellers by first-time novelists. A very late debut….