July 11th, 2005

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"Whisper my name to the stars"

A few genre notes:

The Guardian recently ran an interesting article by author Margaret Atwood: see "Aliens Have Taken the Place of Angels": Why We Need Science Fiction.

And speaking of science fiction, I recommend the short film EPIC 2014. I plan to show it to my first-year students as an introductory example of recent SF in which no spaceship launches, alien attacks, or explosion... well, explodes. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course!) The film's explicit homage to 1984, for good or ill, is particularly noteworthy.

HogwartsProfessor.com has been updated to include new content regarding Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


My quote of the day requires some background information. Think Lost in Space, the original series (1965-1968). (For a nostalgia-inducing picture gallery, see here. For more information on Lost in Space, see here.) Three decades after Lost on Space left the air, actor Bill Mumy (the original Will Robinson) wrote a dark and tragic song about what happened to those aboard the Jupiter 2 years after the events depicted in the series. The song, entitled "The Ballad of William Robinson," not only explains the premise of the show, but also possesses the same serious, somber tone of the first episodes of the series, before it became truly campy. I grew up on Lost in Space reruns and really love the song (and wish it had launched a thousand fanfics). Lately it's been on my mind, so I offer it as a quote for the day.

Show me mercy in this universe, or show me God's true face.
Whisper my name to the stars for I am lost in space.


from Bill Mumy, "The Ballad of William Robinson"


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