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"Autumn is the mellower season"

Apologies for being quiet of late. I've been wrestling with pneumonia, but now I'm on the mend in time to enjoy some truly beautiful fall weather. I have a few links to share...

Articles

* From Donald Liebenson at The Huffington Post: "Yes, Virginia, There is a Star Wars Holiday Special."

* From Charlie Jane Anders at io9: "Blame Time Travel For Kirk's Scarred Psyche."

* From Sci Fi Wire: "South Park's 7 Awesomest Sci-Fi Moments." (And yes, I caught this past week's episode with the Goth kids vs. the Vampire kids: priceless.)

* Don't forget about The Year of Readers 2009!


Interviews

* To the Best of Our Knowledge devotes an episode to "The Future of Science Fiction," in which author George R.R. Martin talks about science fiction, fantasy, storytelling and literature; author Ursula K. Le Guin comments on science fiction as a literature of ideas; scholar S.T. Joshi discusses H.P. Lovecraft; and scholar Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. discusses his new book The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction.


Trailers
(I'm sure everyone's seen these trailers by now, but I feel compelled to share them anyway, as I'm quite looking forward to these films.)

* Coraline

* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

* Star Trek XI


Gratuitous YouTube Video - Just because it makes me happy: "Robots (The Humans Are Dead)" by Flight of the Conchords. Binary solo!



"Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for
biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season,
and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits."

- Samuel Butler

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thepirateship
Nov. 23rd, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had pneumonia. That's nasty!

Hope you feel completely well soon!

-Shane
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I appreciate it!
wellinghall
Nov. 23rd, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am sorry to hear that you have been poorly - I hope you finish recovering soon. Have some healthy *hugs*, and a *cute polar bear cub* to cheer you up!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :) I'm feeling better already!
ex_lbilover
Nov. 23rd, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Pneumonia! Eek, I'm so sorry, but very glad you are on the mend!! OMG, loved the Robot song. That rocked! *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked the song. It cracks me up!
beledibabe
Nov. 23rd, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better, dear!

(The Humans are Dead -- BWEE!!)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I am indeed.

Love the icon, by the way! I'm glad you enjoyed the song. It never fails to crack me up.
curtana
Nov. 23rd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're on the mend!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am indeed.
dodger_winslow
Nov. 23rd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
kangeiko
Nov. 23rd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Pneumonia is not fun! I'm glad you're feeling better, honey. (Although I'd query whether it's still autumn, as this balmy London morning saw snow...)

And thank you for the trailer links - having been sadly internet-deprived for a few weeks, I had most definitely not seen them! (And I'd been waiting on the new ST trailer for yonks. Although.... hmmm... while I generally don't hate time travel as a premise, it tends to be done really, really badly - stand up Braga, please - although with Nimoy's contribution... hmmm, I say. Hmmm.)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oooh, snow! They have it up the mountain - I can see it! - but none hear yet. Enjoy it for me, please.

Thanks for the good wishes. It's no fun on top of asthma; at the moment, I've got two separate inhalers to keep me breathing. Blech. But I'm definitely getting much better.

I agree with you about the overuse and poor use of time travel, especially in ST. I'm not in love with the young, rebellious Kirk, either. But I can't help but be excited at some of the opportunities this presents, especially to have my beloved Bones and Scotty back, each of which will be played by actors I really like and who seem to be taking the roles very seriously. And there's the Nimoy factor, too. Hmmm, indeed!
vulpine137
Nov. 23rd, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Eep, feel better soon.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
gryphonrhi
Nov. 23rd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Pneumonia? Youch! Hope you recover well and quickly!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! On top of my asthma it's been something of a pain, but I'm feeling loads better already. I appreciate your good wishes!
agentxpndble
Nov. 23rd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, God... The Star Wars Holiday Special! :::gougeseyeswithbluntpencil:::

ROTFLMAO - South Park is *awesome*! I particularly loved the LotR quest. :))) Then there's that quest-hamster... That D&D sort of quest they took through someone's body once and the hamster kept appearing with words of guidance. LOL!

Wow... I'm so completely out of it, I had no idea there was a new Star Trek movie out. Huh.

LOL! I've never heard of Flight of the Conchords - they're hilarious!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! I know the exact South Park hamster episode to which you're referring. :) Did you see this latest Goths vs. Vampires episode? I'll never see Hot Topic again without thinking of that show...

If you liked that Flight of the Conchords song, try this and this.
maidoforange
Nov. 23rd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Pneumonia! I am glad you are better. I can't wait for HPandtheHBP and Coraline. That Samuel Butler quote is lovely.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Note to self: pneumonia and asthma don't mix. *rolls eyes* As if I didn't already know that from past experience!

I am so excited about those movies! We'll have to compare notes on them after we've seen them. I love that Butler quote, as well. :)
alicambs
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Pneumonia! Been there, done that had the stay in hospital so very glad you're over it.

Absolutely adore the Flight of the Conchords and The Humans are Dead gets me every time - 'Come on sucker lick my battery.' :-)

eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yuck! Sorry you've been throught that, too. No fun at all.

Look at your icon! How awesome is that? I'm fairly knew to FotC, but I think they're fabulous. And "The Humans Are Dead" has to be one of the funniest things ever.
ankh_hpl
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're on the mend now. Pneumonia is seriously nasty stuff. Thanks as usual for all the invaluable links, especially the Joshi/HPL one!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It is indeed - and it doesn't mix well with asthma. :( I appreciate the kind words.

You're most welcome for the links! I was pleased Joshi/HPL got a portion of the "To The Best of Our Knowledge" episode.
fungus_files
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Oh dear. ((hugs)) Hope you're recovering well. I was about to make a(n inappropriate) comment about how this will teach you to go skinny-dipping when frost is in the air...but thought better of it.

*sends buckets of toasty, regenerative vibes instead*
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I feel better just looking at your hysterical icon. It cracks me up every time. Must. Not. Laugh Out Loud... *tries not to cough*

this will teach you to go skinny-dipping when frost is in the air

Whatever could you possibly mean? *blinks innocently*

Your buckets of toasty, regenerative vibes are most welcome. Thank you, my friend!

morfin
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
wow, Star Wars holiday Special. That brings back bad memories :) I was a freshman in college, and soooo pissed that Vader was only in it as clips from the movie. My wife actually found the video for sale online and bought it a few years ago. It's a cheap wine, it doesn't age well ;)

eldritchhobbit
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
It's a cheap wine, it doesn't age well ;)

ROFLOL!
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