* I've officially been named a member of the Advisory Board of the Mythopoeic Press. (My edited volume from the Past Watchful Dragons conference will be published by the press later this summer.) This is the publishing wing of The Mythopoeic Society, which is a non-profit international literary and educational organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.
Links to share:
*Romantic Circles Electronic Editions is a searchable archive of texts of the Romantic era. This archive includes great hypertext versions of a number of important books, including one of my favorite novels, Mary Shelley's The Last Man.
* In 2005, the Science Fiction Foundation co-ordinated an academic track on "The Matter of Britain" for Interaction, the 63rd WorldCon. Several of the papers presented on this topic of Arthuriana and science fiction are now available online here and are well worth reading.
* Valancourt Books has several intriguing new titles out this month.
* Neil Walsh has a new "Overlooked or Over-Hyped?" column up at SFSite.
And last but not least, news of the weird:
"China's capital is seizing ghost and horror books from shops to protect the 'physical and mental health' of its youngsters, local media said on Tuesday." Read the article "Beijing bans scary stories to protect young."
Clearly the authorities missed the insight of C.S. Lewis in "On Three Ways of Writing for Children": "A far more serious attack on... children’s literature comes from those who do not wish children to be frightened... that we must try to keep out of his mind the knowledge that he is born into a world of death, violence, wounds, adventure, heroism and cowardice, good and evil... [This] would indeed be to give children a false impression and feed them on escapism in the bad sense. There is something ludicrous in the idea of so educating a generation which is born to the Ogpu and the atomic bomb."
Have a great weekend, everyone!