July 24th, 2008

LOTR/Sam Hero

"The English-speaking world is divided"

Happy birthday to two great gentlemen, arymetore and caster121. May you have a wonderful day and many more! Happy birthday also to a great lady, syrcleoftrees, with best wishes for today and always!

Happy birthday also to the wonderful agentxpndble, a super lady and the mistress of two great websites:

May you have a fantastic day and year to come, my friend!

In other news...

* Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest has become an online publication: check out the new issues of Apex Digest Online here.

* The hosts of the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series in New York City are holding a raffle of donated prizes from well-known authors, editors, artists, and agents to help support the series. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support the reading series, which has been a bright star in the speculative fiction scene for more than a decade. Raffle tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be purchased at the KGB website. You may purchase as many tickets as you want. Tickets will be available from July 14th, 2008 through July 28th, 2008. At midnight on July 28th, raffle winners will be selected randomly for each item and announced online.

* A not-so-new but nonetheless interesting article recently came to my attention: "What Did Poe Know About Cosmology?" by Emily Eakin.

* There's a new and interesting post here about Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Sartre.

* Kristin Thompson's 2007 book The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood is now available in paperback. Her blog is available at frodo_franchise. I was gratified to see that Thompson cited some of my scholarly pieces in her book and called me "perhaps the most prominent historian of slash fiction focusing on the Rings novel and film." Thanks, Dr. Thompson!

"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read it."
- The London Times in its original review of the Rings novels