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May The Fourth Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

It is a brilliant time to be a Star Wars fan, my friends.

And thanks to my fantastic mother, the handmade gang is all here with me:



While I'm giving grateful shout outs, my wonderful sister created this pattern for BB-8. (The pattern and the finished droid are available at her Etsy shop here.)



I hope your day is a great one!

My RavenCon Schedule

I'm very excited about heading off shortly to a truly fantastic convention, RavenCon. This year's schedule looks terrific! I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there.

I plan to post updates from the con on my Twitter feed.




Here is the schedule of my events at the con:

Friday
5pm: "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction" (This is my solo presentation.)
7pm: Opening Ceremonies

Saturday
11am: "Star Wars Literature: New Canon and Legends" (I'm moderating this panel.)
2pm: "Going Where No Man Has Gone Before: Roddenberry's Star Trek vs. Abrams' Star Trek" (I'm moderating this panel.)
5pm: "Podcasting"

Miscellaneous Genre News

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday!

* I'm delighted to be part of the ensemble cast who narrated the amazing "The Four Generations of Chang E" by Zen Cho for the latest episode of The Drabblecast. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!



* Here's a new Call for Papers that may be useful: "Monster Media in their Historical Contexts."

* If you're interested in the updates J.K. Rowling has been making at Pottermore and/or the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, I recommend checking out Chris Calderon's recent "The Allegory of Fantastic Beasts" guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog.

* Last, I'm happy to say that my essay "His Fordship in the Capitol and Big Brother in the Districts: The Hunger Games and the Modern Dystopian Tradition" is now out in the collection Critical Insights: The Hunger Games Trilogy edited by Lana Whited.

Happy 200th birthday, Charlotte Brontë!

Happy birthday to Charlotte Brontë (21 April, 1816 – 31 March, 1855)!

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)

Jane and I

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Here are a few calls for papers that I thought might be of interest.
* The Comics Work of Neil Gaiman
* The Female Science Fiction Western
* Future Humans (in literature, film, TV, history, & pop culture)

In other news, my most recent "Looking Back on Genre History" segment on StarShipSofa discusses the relationship between Star Trek and Arthurian literature. It's here on Episode 431. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

... It is now archived here!

I'm grateful to host S. Evan Townsend for a delightful discussion. The hour flew by so quickly!

If you listen, I hope you enjoy.

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Today (Friday, April 15) at 6pm Eastern, I'll be the guest interviewee of host (and bestselling author) S. Evan Townsend on The Speculative Fiction Cantina on the Writestream Radio Network. I'll be on the show for about an hour, and I think it will be great fun! Here are more details.

To listen to the show live, click on this link.

To call in during the show, you can dial (347) 945-7246.

Consider yourself invited!

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This Friday (April 15) at 6pm Eastern, I'll be the guest interviewee of host (and bestselling author) S. Evan Townsend on The Speculative Fiction Cantina on the Writestream Radio Network. I'll be on the show for about an hour, and I think it will be great fun! Here are more details.

To listen to the show live, click on this link.

To call in during the show, you can dial (347) 945-7246.

Consider yourself invited!

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April Come She Will

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."
- Robert Frost, "Two Tramps in Mud Time," 1926

Happy birthday to sarah531, vg_ford, and tunes84, and happy early birthday to captnofmyheart, wildviolet4, savagedoc45, lalam, silveraspen, denorios, prettybirdy979, sakuraember, cherylmmorgan, muuranker, and izhilzha. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

And happy April Fools Day to one and all!

someecards.com - I"m going to have trouble taking anything you say seriously today or any other day of the year.

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