Monday, July 18, 2011

Scribbledehobbledehoyden: The Magpie's Eye: Page 138


From the Book of Secular Saints

Mike Ford wrote for the most intelligent person in the room, which was usually himself.  He seemed to be desperately trying to fail and never quite succeeding.  He will be forgotten, I think, because he never wrote that one work whose virtues would be as clear to the masses as they were to him.  Perhaps he would not care.  He was a stoic who went painfully down to early death, determined not to discomfort others with it.
He was the only person ever to win a World Fantasy Award for his Christmas card, a record likely to last forever.

To the left of the lamppost, it says no story here.  To the right, it says one here but I can't see it.

Every word in the abandoned brief sketch of the late John M. Ford was written in admiration, incidentally.  Just so you don't misunderstand me.  I was thinking about doing a short sketch of him, but just jotting down those few words made me so sad, sad, sad, I didn't have the heart for it.

A very smart, very witty guy.  I remember one Worldcon where they gave us all nametags reading HELLO.  MY NAME IS . . .  Under which he had written INIGO MONTOYEZ.  YOU KILLED MY FATHER.  PREPARE TO DIE.

He died too far young.  We all miss him.


1 comment:

HANNAH'S DAD said...

I knew John M. Ford only as a presence on _Making Light_ comment threads. Eventually I realised his was always the presence that was injecting the most delightful froth into the conversation - his rewrite of Henry the Fifth in the style of Damon Runyon was...

Hmmm... I just went looking for that quote about Langford's _The Spear of the Sun_ being "almost pointlessly brilliant", as I like to get my attributions right. It seems to have been said by one Michael Swanwick. How about that?

Anyway... I haven't liked all of his writing equally, but _The Last Hot Time_ simply amazed me. It is the ur-text from which all stories of faries in the modern industrial world derive (which implies time travel on his part, I know) and a damned fine Doc Savage story as well.

I had no personal connection with him of any sort, but I surely do miss his wit.