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"to save wisdom"

Happy birthday to an excellent gentleman indeed: vonjuntz! May you have a wonderful day today and many more to come.

In other news...

* Revolution Science Fiction has added a new wing to its "Science Fiction Hall of Lame" (aka "The Lameassery") here. To see previous inductees into the "Hall of Lame," see here.

* Graham Sleight has a retrospective of the writing career of Ray Bradbury in Locus here.

"If you try to save wisdom until the world is wise, Father, the world will never have it."
- Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz


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Feb. 9th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links to the lameassery. Lol. I noticed, though, that while Jar Jar is mentioned, he isn't actually included in the list when he should really be highlighted as he is the penultimate of lameassery! :P
Feb. 9th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Trust me, we'll get to him. Jar Jar deserves his own wing in the Lameassery. :)
Feb. 9th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Jar Jar is the very definition of lame. His image should be next to the word lame in the dictionary. :)
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't take me for an English Nazi for pointing this out, but I think you meant pinnacle, as penultimate means next to last. A similar misuse of penultimate was brought up in a recent Word Detective column.
Feb. 10th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yes! How embarrassing to mix up those two words. Thank you
Feb. 9th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Whoo! Thanks for the RevSF shout-out. This is one of Joe's best bits:

"Wait a minute! Tuvok isn't Black Vulcan! Can Tuvok wear short pants? No. Can he throw lightning bolts? No. Can he stand and look bored, as if he were unskillfully animated? Yes. Yes, he can."
Feb. 9th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
That is too funny!

To give Tim Russ his props, though, I think Tuvok's story in the final episode of Voyager was one of its only redeeming factors. I remember thinking "Oh great, they waited until the last hour of the show to make him an interesting character...!"
Feb. 9th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, yours has already arrived - I'm green with envy! :D

Mine's not slated to arrive till 13th February. :( *weeps*
Feb. 9th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Locus? If it's any consolation, the new online version is up now.
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
No, the LOTR Musical soundtrack! *bounces excitedly*
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
*slaps forehead* Of course! Duh, Amy. I must say, it's wonderful. I can't stop listening. Unfortunately, they redid part of the "Wonder" song by Galadriel, changing it from the arrangement performed in Toronto, and I liked the earlier version better. But the hobbit sections, in particular, are just perfect on the soundtrack.
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
I love Bradbury's work. Thanks for the link:)
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a great one!
Feb. 10th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Something else that should go in the Hall of Lame is the Reavers as portrayed in Serenity. In Firefly they had this Lovecraftian vibe going for them. As we all know, Lovecraft is not lame (as least not much). What is lame is forcing on a half-arsed revelation for the sake of a Blake's 7 homage. When I first saw this, my reaction was similar to Tolkien's over how Great Birnam wood came to high Dunsinane hill.
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
LOL! I did love the Firefly Lovecraftian Reavers, I must admit, but I'll go a long way towards forgiving the Serenity Reavers because of the great point it lets them make about the unintended consequences of the paternalistic state. And, of course, Jar-Jar Binks was far, far more lame. ;)
Feb. 12th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Making a point (no matter how good) can never forgive lameness, especially when the alternative is Lovecraftian. For a better executed example of unintended consequences, there's the Doctor Who episode Bad Wolf.
Feb. 12th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
From the 1st listing of Lame: Wesley Crusher! Ahahhah! I must've been one of the few who liked Wesley, even in the midst of his uber-genius-kiddedness. He was cheesy goodness. The character I've always had a (heaving) gut reaction to is Deanna Troi - and I've worked hard to erase images of Troi and Riker from my mind...oh, no, they're ba-ack!
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Nooooooo! Not Deanna Troi!!!!!! *runs away*

One of my favorite things about Galaxy Quest was Sigourney Weaver's character repeating what the computer said. Her job skill set had all the importance of Deanna Troi's: after all, did we really need someone to tell us that lifeform X was feeling hostile, when he/she/it had just fired phasers?
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