December 9th, 2009

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Thank you!

I have many thanks to offer today!

* I'm grateful to all of you who nominated me for the Sofanaut Awards! Thanks to you, I'm now a finalist in two categories for my work on StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine: "Best Narrator" and "Best Fact Article Contributor." Beginning today, voting in the Final Round is open to everyone here! I'm very thankful for your ongoing support and encouragement, my friends. Thank you so much.

* Thanks also to janissa11, dodger_winslow, killerweasel, heidi8, thrihyrne, lothithil, cyloran, st_crispins, agentxpndble, gilda_elise, izhilzha, marthawells, and an anonymous friend for the wonderful holiday LJ gifts! Your kindness made my week and put a huge smile on my face.

* Speaking of StarShipSofa, my latest "History of the Genre" segment, which this month is about the literary character of Captain Nemo, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

Best wishes for a terrific rest of the week!

"Sir, your error was in supposing that the past can be resuscitated, and in contending against inevitable progress. It is one of those errors which some admire, others blame; which God alone can judge. He who is mistaken in an action which he sincerely believes to be right may be an enemy, but retains our esteem. Your error is one that we may admire, and your name has nothing to fear from the judgment of history, which does not condemn heroic folly, but its results."

The old man's breast swelled with emotion, and raising his hand to heaven,--

"Was I wrong, or in the right?" he murmured.

Cyrus Harding replied, "All great actions return to God, from whom they are derived. Captain Nemo, we, whom you have succored, shall ever mourn your loss."

- Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island