May 28th, 2008

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"True Poems flee."

Happy birthday to gondoriangirl and happy early birthday to viven529! May you both have wonderful birthdays and many, many more to come!

* May I share some news? I came home from my trip to learn something utterly unexpected: I am a finalist for the Greater Southern California Press Club Award in the "Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Column" category for my article "Florida's Forgotten Rebels: Rediscovering the Most Successful Slave Revolt in American History" in Reason Magazine. The winners will be announced on June 21. More details are here. I certainly didn't see that coming!

* Robert Asprin, R.I.P.
Science fiction and fantasy writer Robert Asprin, born 1946, died on May 22, 2008 at his home in New Orleans. Asprin's first novel was the science fiction The Cold Cash War (1977), but he was best known as creator and editor of the Thieves' World series of braided anthology/novels, and as author of numerous comic fantasy novels including series beginning with Another Fine Myth... (1978) and Phule's Company (1990). His latest book is Dragons Wild (2008), first book in another new series. Asprin won a Locus Award in 1982 for anthology Shadows of Sanctuary and he won two Balrog Awards, for that book and for anthology Storm Season the following year. Read more here.

* And as a vegetarian, I should share the news about this vote:

Emmylou Harris and Sean Astin Have My Vote for the
I am still catching up from my time away. I look forward to getting up to speed with everyone's posts.

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
~Emily Dickinson