* Here are two great posts from my colleague Michael Drout re: Tolkien's Children of Húrin:
Part 1: Children of Húrin or, Tolkien: The Scholars and the Critics
Part 2: How to Critique Tolkien's Prose Style
* This month's Asimov's Science Fiction includes an excellent review of online Heinlein sources and resources: "On the Net: RAH."
* One of my favorite television series, Hustle, returns this Wednesday for a new season on AMC: read a new article about it.
* Winners of year's British Science Fiction Association Awards, announced at Contemplation/ Eastercon, are novel End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, short fiction "The Djinn's Wife" by Ian McDonald, and artwork Angelbot (cover of Time Pieces, ed. by Ian Whates) by Fangorn.
* Nominees for this year's Rhysling Awards, presented by The Science Fiction Poetry Association for best sf/fantasy/horror poetry of 2006, include poems by Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford, Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, Joe Haldeman, Lawrence Schimel, and many others. Winners will be announced Saturday, July 7, at Readercon in Burlington, MA.
• Finalists for this year's Compton Crook Award for best first novel of the year, to be presented at Balticon 41, are Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora (Bantam), Jana G. Oliver's Sojourn (Dragon Moon), Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon (Del Rey), and Joshua Palmatier's The Skewed Throne (DAW).
Quote of the day:
"Unruly children will be given espresso and a free puppy." - sign at Java Joe's in Lebanon, TN