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"What kind of courage have you got?"

Happy birthday to the fabulous curtana! May you have a fantastic day and a wonderful year to come.

A few quick notes:

* I am the interviewee today in a special "Engine Room" episode of StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine. The interview, which covers subjects related to science fiction, fantasy, and coffee, among other things, is a little over an hour - the entire show, in fact. You can download it here or via iTunes under "StarShipSofa," or listen to it streaming here. A list of my other podcast commentaries, interviews, and unabridged dramatic readings is available here with links.

* io9 recently posted two interesting features on one of my favorite literary topics, dystopias:
"The Best Future Dystopias Where The Liberals Have Won"
"The Best Future Dystopias Where The Conservatives Have Won"

* One of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, has a powerful new poem available online: "Mystery Train."

Henry: What kind of courage have you got?
Philip: The tidal kind: it comes and goes.
James Goldman, The Lion in Winter


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Sep. 27th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
That's where I developed my crush on Timothy Dalton. He has the most amazing eyes!!
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
He does indeed. And what an amazing performance he gives in the film! He's also my Rochester of choice in Jane Eyre.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! Perfect Rochester.
Sep. 28th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
That Sherman Alexie poem is quite sweet. Thanks for the link.

Missed you on 9/22.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! And I missed you, too.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! And thank you for the little cupcake on my user info, it's so cute :)
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I hope your cold gets better soon. It sounds like you've had an adventurous time of things lately!
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Just popped across from Starship Sofa to say how much I enjoyed the show.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That makes my day. It was great fun to do.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
That was quite the interview.
Sep. 30th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
LOL! Just when you think we're done, we talk some more!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Sep. 30th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I just feel like I know you so well now.

P.S. He's right...looking through your house, although very entertaining, makes me feel like a stalker. I mean more so than usual.

Oct. 17th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
LOL. You're not stalking if you're invited! ;)
Oct. 14th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I was another Starship Sofa listener most impressed by your interview. It was very enlightening and I wish I was one of your students. :)

If you ever lecture or attend a conference in Ottawa (University of Ottawa or Carleton University) I would love to show you around the place.
Oct. 15th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Your kind comments have made my day. It's always great to meet another Sofa-naut!

I'll definitely remember your kind offer. I usually get to Canada once a year or so, depending on my schedule and what events are there, and I'd especially like to spend some time in Ottawa. I don't know the city well at all, but I've heard wonderful things from those who do.

Again, many thanks!
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
It's a pleasant mixture of small city personality with big city convenience. If an event happens in the middle of winter, you could even take advantage of Winterlude when we have a giant ice-canal which people skate along. Or I could simply drag you to Bridgehead. http://www.bridgehead.ca This might be one of the most coffee-addicted cities in the world.

By the way, I have a friend of mine who is beginning her PHD studies in Wales where she is planning on a focus toward Steampunk as a genre. Do you happen know of any seminal works or important sources which I could direct her toward?
Oct. 19th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
This might be one of the most coffee-addicted cities in the world.

Awesome. :)

Do you happen know of any seminal works or important sources which I could direct her toward?

What a fantastic dissertation topic! I'd love to know more about it. I'll put on my thinking cap. The one that comes immediately to mind as classic is Steffen Hantke's "Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk" from Extrapolation 40 (1999).

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