Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Sherlockian.

Yes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has co-authored a Sherlockian pastiche called Mycroft Holmes: A Novel. It’s scheduled to come out in October. (Found via Brickmuppet.)

First off, it’s not surprising. The 1970’s were a great time for people who liked revivals of Victorian and pulp adventure stories, which blended well with martial arts adventure. I believe Abdul-Jabbar is known to like martial arts and fantasy flicks, and in the 1970’s, Holmes was like the next door neighbor to those genres. (Sometimes literally, depending on the cinema or bookstore.)

My thoughts:

1. Other than Mycroft deserving more stories of any kind, this novel is partially set in Trinidad and that is awesome.

2. Everybody who says that fandom is hostile to black nerds (and who hasn’t noticed Klingon fandom) can now go shut up and sit in a corner.

3. Everyone who hasn’t noticed that we’re living in a Sherlockian Golden Age with tons of new fans and tons of stuff for the old fans, please pay attention.

4. Considering the incredibly tiny size of the really hardcore, old school Sherlockian/Holmesian fandom, I am now probably somewhere within three to four fannish degrees of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, this pleases me.

UPDATE: Laurie R. King, a popular pastiche writer herself, reports on this year’s BSI weekend. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat at her table at the BSI dinner. Very nice for both of them.


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