September 18th, 2008


"the products of a deranged imagination"

Happy birthday to my baby sister, Margret! (I posted a few pictures of us from her wedding in July here.) May you have a terrific one, Sis!

And happy early birthday to two other fabulous people, delenn1960 and lbilover. May you both have fantastic days and wonderful years to come!

A few notes:

* io9 poses a thought-provoking question: "Do You Really Want Science Fiction Books to be More Literary?"

* GeekDad has posted a list of "10 Favorite Actors from Geeky Movies and TV." It includes some of my personal favorites, including Sir Ian Holm, Lance Henriksen, Nathan Fillion, Clancy Brown, Alan Rickman, and of course The Chin himself, Bruce Campbell. What's not to love? (My one nitpick: I would have included Jeffrey Combs for both talent and geek cred.)

* Do we really want another Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, now that Douglas Adams is gone? Eoin Colfer, the author of the Artemis Fowl series, is giving us one. The Times is unimpressed.

* Now that I have the 10th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in hand, here is my revised/updated list of books coming out in the next few weeks/months that already are available for preorder and about which I'm quite excited: in October, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien with illustrations by Alan Lee; in November, Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli and Watermind by M.M. Buckner; in December, The Vorkosigan Companion by Lillian S. Carl and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling; and in January, The Sharing Knife: Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold.

* It's not just infatuation: I'm officially in love with my brand new Zojirushi rice cooker. I've made several different kinds of rice already as well as Irish oatmeal. Next stop: couscous. If anyone has any special recommendations for vegetarian rice cooker recipes, please let me know. Thank you so much!

"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
- Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe