* Farah Mendlesohn, the editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, is currently writing an extensive survey of science fiction for children and young adults from 1950-2005. Because so much of what she's doing is new territory, she has opened a survey to gather reader responses to reference in her arguments. If you have the time, please consider dropping by her blog and filling out her questionnaire on science fiction reading habits. It's for a good cause.
* Topic: The Washington and Jefferson College Review has recently published Volume 54, an issue devoted solely to the Harry Potter series, featuring eleven essays by various scholars. It's worth a look and available for separate purchase.
* seemag reminds us that it's getting to be time for the ASC Awards for the alt.startrek.creative community. If you have Star Trek fiction you've never posted to ASC, you have until midnight local time on January 31 to post it for eligibility. If you're interested in reading Trek fan fiction, why not take part this year and vote?
* Fiction by Morgan Stuart and A Tear in the Space-Time Continuum: Morgan's Fan Fiction have been updated and/or tweaked.
* And, on a personal note, I'd like to congratulate Tom Shippey for winning The ORC Award for "Best Tolkien based Lecture presented at an Academic Function." I have read and learned much from Mr. Shippey's vast work over the years, and I know him to be a true scholar and gentleman. I consider it an honor to lose to him.
Since I'm dreadfully busy at the moment, I am for the sake of sanity also revisiting my personal "comfort film" (and most loved film of all time), The Lion in Winter, and in it one of my absolute favorite actors, the brilliant John Castle (you can find an unofficial website for him here and a terrific gallery for him here).
My quotes for the day, therefore, are selections from The Lion in Winter:
Geoffrey: It's isn't power I feel deprived of; it's the mention I miss. There's no affection for me here. You wouldn't think I'd want that, would you?
Henry: Good God, woman, face the facts!
Eleanor: Which ones? We've got so many.
Geoffrey: I know. You know I know. I know you know I know, we know that Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it. We're a knowledgeable family.
Henry: What kind of courage have you got?
Philip: The tidal kind: it comes and goes.
Henry: Your father would have wept.
Philip: My father was a weeper.
and, last but not least,
Geoffrey: Why, you chivalric fool - as if the way on fell down mattered.
Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.