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Have a great weekend!

Belated birthday cheers to sunnysky. I hope your day was wonderful and this next year will be the best ever!


In other news...

* John Scalzi has posted a list of the Top 50 Science Fiction/Fantasy Personal Blogs.

* Last year was the first time The Library of America ever printed a volume by an author who solely wrote SF. (The book was H.P. Lovecraft's Tales). Now The Library of America has announced its second SF volume, due in June 2007: Four Novels of the 1960s by Philip K. Dick. The contents will include The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik.


After I give a final exam today, I am off to Los Angeles to co-lead a colloquium on Literature and Politics sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies. (My half of the event will cover SF dysopias generally, and George Orwell's 1984 and Ayn Rand's Anthem, specifically.) I'll be back online by Monday, and ready to give the last of my final exams on Tuesday. And that's the end of the semester!

I wish everyone a great weekend.


"But you see," Provoni said, "they're the same way. There is an invasion of Earth by nonterrestrials, and everyone - everyone! - wants merely to continue living... Do you know what the French gentry were afraid of during the Revolution? They were afraid someone would come in and smash their pianos. Their narrow vision..." He broke off. "Which even I share," he said aloud, "to an extent."
- Philip K. Dick, "Our Friends from Frolix 8"

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altariel
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Damn, I love that icon. Hope the colloquium goes well; I'd be interested to hear more about it.
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's courtesy of lemonrocket. The colloquium went really well; we had about two dozen invitees, all of whom read the texts (Orwell and Rand plus Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men and a couple of essays.) My colleague and I gave mini-talks and facilitated the discussions, and the discussions were incredibly productive and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, I'm back with work to do now, and my brain's tired. ;)
agentxpndble
Dec. 7th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
And that's the end of the semester!

You say that like your schedule opens up or something... ROFLMAO!

Have a safe trip!
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yep, I hit a mountain of work when I got back. But today I'm entering all of my grades, and that feels official. So how long does it take to get the Dr. Who soundtrack from the UK? You're going to make me have to get it, you know, with all that squeeing you're doing. If there's anyone's squee I trust, it's yours!
agentxpndble
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Every hair on my arms just stood up - I was just literally - LITERALLY - wondering if you had ordered a copy and how I was going to find out... Um. If you're saying you haven't pre-ordered a copy, don't (nudge nudge wink wink.)

Did you ever download the CiN concert (I sent you a link a while back) - Also a must have as it carries it's own charm hearing the live performance versions of certain pieces. I almost wish they would release an official recording of that as well (although the rips are pretty darn good quality.)
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
I tell you, we're on the same wavelength! *gets chills*

If you're saying you haven't pre-ordered a copy, don't

Awww! *hugs* Well, I haven't, and I won't. *blinks innocently*

Did you ever download the CiN concert (I sent you a link a while back)

Ack! I am an idiot. I just went back through your messages and I found that one. Somehow it had gotten lost. I never even saw it! *headdesk* I apologize for being clueless. I am going to run to the links and see if everything is still available. It sounds fabulous! Many, many thanks! *hugs and then scampers off*

syrcleoftrees
Dec. 7th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Great Userpic! I have become book deficient. I have nothing to read.

I am hoping that makes me write better. o.O

((EH))
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
*huge hugs to you*
eveningblue
Dec. 7th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Your colloquium sounds interesting! I hope you will report back on it. I'm a big fan of Orwell, and am currently reading a book called Finding George Orwell in Burma, by Emma Larkin, in which the author spends time in Myanmar (Burma) and talks to people about Orwell, who spent some time there and wrote about it. Because of the repressive political regime there, many citizens do find books like 1984 and </i>Animal Farm</i> very relevant to their lives.

Also, speaking of dystopias, have you read helenish's SGA slash fic "Take Clothes Off as Directed"? There's been much discussion of it lately.
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that Larkin book sounds excellent. I really enjoyed Orwell's Burmese Days novel.

And thanks a million for the link to the fic! I will definitely check that out. It sounds very intriguing.
eveningblue
Dec. 13th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Let me know what you think. I found it hot and sexy but also very disturbing and thought-provoking.
ithildyn
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
You too! And thanks so much for the card :) You're pup is adorable!
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! She's our little sweetheart. :)
dracschick
Dec. 8th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Have a great weekend!
Have a good conference.

*hugs*
take care,
Chris
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Have a great weekend!
Thanks so much - it was great!
*hugs*
sneezythesquid
Dec. 8th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
After I give a final exam today, I am off to Los Angeles to co-lead a colloquium on Literature and Politics sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies. (My half of the event will cover SF dysopias generally, and George Orwell's 1984 and Ayn Rand's Anthem, specifically.) I'll be back online by Monday, and ready to give the last of my final exams on Tuesday. And that's the end of the semester!

Whoo-hoo! Congrats on the new speaking engagement! That rocks that people want you to share your wisdom! If it had been a Lovecraft lecture, I'd have said your starry wisdom. ;)

See ya when ya get back!
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks so much!
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