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"the crowning glory of the year"

* My most recent unabridged dramatic reading (of the political SF story "Escape from New Austin" by Paul di Filippo) is up in the latest episode of the StarShipSofa podcast. You can download it here, listen to it streaming here, or get it via iTunes under "StarShipSofa." A list of my other podcast commentaries, interviews, and unabridged dramatic readings is available here with links. To those of you who listen, many thanks indeed!

* Mental Floss notes "5 TV Shows that Predicted the Future" here. Yes, The Lone Gunmen made the list.

* Divers and Sundry lists the "Best Genre Films of the '20s and '30s" here. Perhaps Häxan (1922) should be on the list, but on the whole, I think these are excellent choices.

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November."
- Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905


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Nov. 12th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links! I want a complete list of all Sci-Fi books films and TV that predicted the future. That would be a really long list! Now the question is, how many of them actually inspired and created the future? Has there been a documentary? There should be a documentary.
Nov. 16th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
It would be a really long list! I love your idea of works that inspired the future. I know there's been a documentary about Star Trek affecting the future, from communicators inspiring cell phones to data chips inspiring floppy disks - but the thing that especially fascinates me is all the people who went into tech-related fields (physicists, engineers, biologists, astronauts) because of watching Star Trek (or reading Heinlein or Asimov, etc.) who ended up creating new things undreamed-of by those who inspired them. Yet, without those inspirations, these people would never have been in the position to become inventors or innovators. Lovely ripple effects! Ideas have consequences. :)
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Just listened to "Escape From New Austin." I think your narration brought the main character to life nicely -- reminded me of hearing Connie Willis read at a con, once. Well done.

And the Lone Gunmen really were frighteningly ahead of their time, weren't they?
Nov. 20th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
First of all, thank you so much for listening! And second, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. And a comparison to Connie Willis, even - you've made my day!

And the Lone Gunmen really were frighteningly ahead of their time, weren't they?

They were indeed. Shockingly so.

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