In other news...
* The Liberty and Power Group Blog, to which I contribute, and which is a part of the History News Network at George Mason University, has been named one of The Top 100 Liberal Arts Professor Blogs. Yay team! It is syndicated for LJ as power_liberty.
* Jeremiah, an excellent post-apocalyptic science fiction series by J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5), will begin airing in syndication on the SciFi Channel this Thursday, July 10. In my opinion, the first season is very good, but the second season is simply fantastic. I hope this worthy series gains many new viewers! I highly recommend it.
* It's also great to learn that there will indeed be a fifth season of the brilliant Hustle, which I have sorely missed.
* R.I.P. Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008)
I was deeply saddened to read that science fiction author and critic Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) took his own life on the 4th of July. Honored with one Hugo win and two Hugo nominations, nine Nebula nominations, the John W. Campbell and Rhysling awards, and two Seiun awards, Disch had a long and distinguished career. I will remember him especially for his 1969 novelization of The Prisoner and his 1972 dystopian novel 334, as well as his nonfiction books The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World and On SF.
* A discussion recently began here on sf_with_bite regarding readers' top ten favorite SF short stories. I am more of a fan of novels and novellas than short fiction, but off the top of my head, here is my list, in alphabetical order:
"The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin
"The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
"The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster
"Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Samaritan" by Connie Willis
"The Screwfly Solution" by Raccoona Sheldon
"A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman
"That Only A Mother" by Judith Merril
"Usher II" by Ray Bradbury
What are yours?
"Because of his intellectual audacity, the chillingly distant mannerism of his narrative art, the austerity of the pleasures he affords, and the fine cruelty of his wit, Thomas M. Disch has been perhaps the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read of all modern first-rank SF writers."
John Clute on Thomas M. Disch