July 8th, 2008

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"the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read"

I'm back from Oklahoma! My sister's wedding was beautiful. Thanks to all who wished Margret and Michael well. They are now honeymooning in St. Croix. To my great relief, I managed not to drop my bouquet, her bouquet, or the ring during the ceremony, or faint or burst into tears, and so I count myself a success as the matron of honor. I was particularly pleased by the geek content of the event; the song played during the ceremony was a slightly-rewritten standard from Pete's Dragon, and the newly married couple arrived at their reception to the sounds of the Star Wars Main Title. I hope to have pictures to share soon.

In other news...

Blogging News

* The Liberty and Power Group Blog, to which I contribute, and which is a part of the History News Network at George Mason University, has been named one of The Top 100 Liberal Arts Professor Blogs. Yay team! It is syndicated for LJ as power_liberty.

Television News

* Jeremiah, an excellent post-apocalyptic science fiction series by J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5), will begin airing in syndication on the SciFi Channel this Thursday, July 10. In my opinion, the first season is very good, but the second season is simply fantastic. I hope this worthy series gains many new viewers! I highly recommend it.

* It's also great to learn that there will indeed be a fifth season of the brilliant Hustle, which I have sorely missed.

Literary News

* R.I.P. Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008)
I was deeply saddened to read that science fiction author and critic Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) took his own life on the 4th of July. Honored with one Hugo win and two Hugo nominations, nine Nebula nominations, the John W. Campbell and Rhysling awards, and two Seiun awards, Disch had a long and distinguished career. I will remember him especially for his 1969 novelization of The Prisoner and his 1972 dystopian novel 334, as well as his nonfiction books The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World and On SF.

* A discussion recently began here on sf_with_bite regarding readers' top ten favorite SF short stories. I am more of a fan of novels and novellas than short fiction, but off the top of my head, here is my list, in alphabetical order:
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What are yours?

"Because of his intellectual audacity, the chillingly distant mannerism of his narrative art, the austerity of the pleasures he affords, and the fine cruelty of his wit, Thomas M. Disch has been perhaps the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read of all modern first-rank SF writers."
John Clute on Thomas M. Disch
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"the monster within idea"

Happy birthday to bouncybabylemur and fungus_files. May both of you fantastic ladies have terrific days and wonderful years to come!

For those of you in/near Charlotte, North Carolina, be sure to check out the events planned for the forthcoming American Zombie: George A. Romero's Film Revolution celebration. We'll definitely be attending the opening night screening of Night of the Living Dead followed by the Q&A Session with George A. Romero. What a great way to mark the film's fortieth anniversary! The fact it will be held in a historic church will make it all the more "morbid and creepifying," methinks. I can't wait.

"I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us."
George A. Romero
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