August 19th, 2009


Oink, oink, cough - er, oink.

Happy birthday to darthsindel1981! May you have a wonderful day and many more to come.

Today is also the birthday of the late Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy and father of Star Trek. May his memory live long and prosper.

In other news...

* My latest "History of the Genre" segment is up at StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine, the third of a three-part series on "Proto-Science Fiction," from the classical age through the early nineteenth century. Today's segment is available for download or streaming here. (You can listen to or download part one of this series here and part two here.)

* In The Guardian, Cory Doctorow explains "Why Free Ebooks Should Be Part of the Plot for Writers."

* From io9: "100 Amazing Science Fiction Stickers to Put on Your Laptop."

* From "10 Fall Movies for Comic Book Geeks."

* What does a science fiction/fantasy fan look like? The pictures in the 2009 WorldCon "Fan Photo" Collection by Kyle Cassidy are available here.

* There's now a "book trailer" for Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter (which includes my essay "When Harry Met Faërie: Rowling’s Hogwarts, Tolkien’s Fairy-Stories, and the Question of Readership”):

* And, for news of the whiny variety, it's official: I'm under treatment for, and quarantined through the week because of, the H1N1 flu. It's unclear whether this was a parting gift from the city of Montreal or a welcome home gift from the city of Granite Falls, but either way, it's a gift I'd gladly return. (So much for all the hand sanitizer I've been using!) Fortunately, my doctor caught it before it evolved into my decades-long nemesis, pneumonia, but I'm still being monitored carefully, as this is not an asthma-friendly ailment by any means. Blech, I say! And fie on my puniness! Now be sure to sanitize your computer properly after reading this post - break out the Lysol, you hear?! *wink*

"I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We're still just a child creature, we're still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We're growing up, we're moving into adolescence now. When we grow up - man, we're going to be something!"
-- Gene Roddenberry, at his Hollywood Blvd. "Star" acceptance speech, 1985