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Can you spin a tale like H.P. Lovecraft? The Providence Journal is holding a short-story contest seeking original tales of terror that exemplify the best of H. P. Lovecraft's "weird fiction." Check out the details here.

And speaking of Lovecraft, there's this.

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So this happened.

Last night at the 57th Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony, my Reason article "Not Your Parent's Dystopias: Millennial Fondness for Worlds Gone Wrong" won the 2015 award for Best Magazine Review/Criticism/Column. The Los Angeles Press Club kindly added these official comments: "What a great job of looking at dystopias past and present through a cultural lens. Regardless of where the future takes us, Amy H. Sturgis has done a great job of explaining how writers and others have gotten us where we are."

My sincere thanks to the L.A. Press Club for this honor! Congratulations to the other winners and nominees.

From Reason Magazine


Happy early birthday wishes to lynn_maudlin, morningapproach, gods_lil_rocker, splix, divadiane1, markbourne, sunshinedew, ithildyn, melissagay, faramirgirl, agentxpndble, arymetore, caster121, syrcleoftrees, ghislainem70, and johnjosephadams. May you all enjoy many happy returns of the day!

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Happy Birthday, George Orwell!

Happy birthday to George Orwell (25 June, 1903 – 21 January, 1950)!

The Stanmore lanes project, again, NO STOPPING, Wikileaks


“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”
― George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

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Happy Birthday, Octavia Butler!

Happy birthday to Octavia Butler (22 June, 1947 – 24 February, 2006)!

R.I.P. Octavia Butler


“In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix
First
Must
Burn.”

― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (1998)

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Links Salad

My latest "Looking Back in Genre History" segment, which explores the story behind H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shunned House," is available here on StarShipSofa's episode 390. (Thanks to ankh_hpl for her kind words about this!)

I am glad that Kurt Vonnegut is a 2015 inductee in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Toasting Vonnegut


In other news...

* "This American Indian Dungeons and Dragons lets you weave powerful stories." Ehdrigor, a game created by a black, American Indian game designer, gently reflects the Native experience, and how that approach to storytelling differs from Western narratives. (Thanks to wellinghall!)

* Call for Papers: Seeking Chapters for Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Thanks to internet_sampo!)

* Call for Papers: Ordinary Chronicles of the End of the World.

The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic

Registration is open for my Fall 2015 online course The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic!

Here's the course description:

As anyone who has ever staged a mock lightsaber duel or made an imaginary jump to lightspeed knows, Star Wars is a shared language that unites multiple generations across the planet. What traditions and ideas inspired that galaxy a long time ago and far, far away? How has the Star Wars universe expanded and evolved since its debut in 1977? What can we expect from its future incarnations? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she examines the fabric of the Star Wars story and its participatory fan culture to discover the lasting meaning behind the epic and appreciate its unprecedented impact on film, fiction, and popular culture.

Don’t move along. This is the class you’re looking for.

Star Wars Course Banner


Please visit mythgard.org/starwars for more details, including a week-by-week breakdown of the course topics and information on our very special guest speaker. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Here is the course trailer.

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R.I.P., Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

Christopher Lee's elegant and intelligent presence looms large in so many of the 'verses I love and study and research and teach: the Gothic, Holmesiana, Tolkieniana, Star Wars, etc. I'm handling the sad news today by imagining his *epic* reunion with his dear friend, Peter Cushing. Two one-of-a-kind gentlemen.

*moment of silence*

Unexpected news of the delightful kind!

Wow! My article from the October 2014 issue of Reason Magazine, "Not Your Parents' Dystopias: Millennial fondness for worlds gone wrong," is a finalist for the L.A. Press Club's 2015 Journalism Award in the category of Magazine - Review/Criticism/Column. I'm honored!

From Reason Magazine


Congratulations to all who were nominated, especially the awesome folks at Reason - including my fellow finalist, the great Jesse Walker!

Happy Birthday, Ralph Waldo Emerson!

Happy birthday to Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May, 1803 – 27 April, 1882)!

"Explore, and explore, and explore. Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry. Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another's dogmatism. Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn? Truth also has its roof, and bed, and board. Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread, and if not store of it, yet such as shall not take away your property in all men's possessions, in all men's affections, in art, in nature, and in hope."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Literary Ethics" (1838)


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