February 18th, 2009


"huge, terrible, and glittering"

Happy birthday to firiath! May you enjoy a great day today and a wonderful new year to come.

In other news...

* io9 has published the latest installment in its "Pre-Golden Age Science Fiction" series, which I quite enjoy. This one is "The Super-est Supermen of Pre-Golden Age SF."

* M.S. Corley has redesigned the Harry Potter book covers to look like classic Penguin Books volumes. Very clever!

* Once again, I have thoroughly overhauled my working list of dystopian fiction written specifically for a young adult audience. I'm particularly interested in Earth-bound stories - and yes, I'm defining "dystopian" rather broadly in this case to include relevant post-apocalyptic works, as well. Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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"The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering — a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons—a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting — three hundred million people all with the same face."
– George Orwell, 1984