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Happy birthday to mayree, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

In other news...

* SF Signal has a new "Mind Meld" feature in which science fiction experts discuss which predictions Golden Age science fiction got right and wrong.

* Meanwhile, the Sword of Gryffindor community discusses whether blogs can save literature and also has a new poll: who is the "most good" character in the Harry Potter series?

* Alex Ness of Pop Thought is running a new contest: send him an email and you may win one copy of A Life of Ravens: Epic Poetry and Narrative for you plus another copy for the library of your choice. Read more here (scroll to bottom).

* The finalists for the 2008 Audie Awards for best audiobooks have been named. Check out the science fiction finalists here, and follow the link for the rest of the finalists.

We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us. We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by John J.L. Mood, from "The Dragon-Princess"


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Feb. 5th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Regarding the Mind Meld link: Was it just me, or were most of the respondants dodging the question?
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I definitely think they were.
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Wow... Never have I been so completely clueless about anything before in my life... I had NO IDEA that Jack Finney wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Wow. What a *mind* that guy had!

And on another not-related-in-any-way-to-your-link note, in the sidebar of the blogging article is a poll for "What Harry Potter character is the 'Most Good'?" - Which, given the list of names provided, is an utterly fascinating question...

Oh, wait... You *do* mention that. :::D'OH::: :-)

Edited at 2008-02-05 03:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Isn't Finney marvelous? I have that audiobook, by the way - great stuff.

I'm fascinated by that "most good" poll. If limited to those choices, I think I'd have to go with Neville, but it's a really touch decision.
Feb. 7th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Darn, I wanted to refer back to the poll results but something is screwed up on the site... I can't remember the exact numbers but I was *fascinated* that Dumbledore ranked so high (considering the people who ranked below him.) I was pretty stumped - In the end, I went with Molly. Pretty much tied with Neville but she has a bit more maturity and experience under her belt so I went with her.

The choices were really interesting... And someone really important was missing but I can't recall who... Was it Tonks? Someone really key...

If you find people discussing this topic somewhere, please point me - I would love to hear what people have to say.
Feb. 7th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
If you go to the main Sword of Gryffindor site, the latest poll results are on the right sidebar.

I'm with you on being amazed by that. I'm also stunned how low Lupin and Arthur Weasley rank. There's a long discussion of it going on here.

Edited at 2008-02-07 03:53 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
I think it was a problem with Firefox... IE worked better (even though it took a good 60 seconds for the poll to finally pop up.)

Honestly, within the context of this question, in comparison to the others listed - Lupin doesn't rank very high with me either. He had some really major core value flaws. Now, the fact that Sirius ranks higher than Lupin... WTF? Arthur - Yeah, so so much higher than Dumbledore, I think.

I'll go read the comments... Looks fascinating!
Feb. 7th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 7th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a great one!
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