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"the shadow-truths that will endure"

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Happy birthday to arisbe, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

In other news...

* I couldn't be happier that Neil Gaiman won the Newberry Medal for The Graveyard Book! It's a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it to one and all.

* The Slice of SciFi podcast included in show #197 a loving tribute to the late Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban via a mash-up entitled "The Wrath of the Prisoner of Fantasy Island." You can catch it approximately 25 minutes into the show.

* Free Speculative Fiction Online has added a number of classic works to its archive, including truly excellent novels such as John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids and Harry Harrison's Make Room! Make Room!, among others. Read more here.

* The "Growing Up Star Wars 1977-1985 Flickr Group" originally started by Todd Franklin, Glen Mullaly, and Mike Middleton has hit the big time! From Time Magazine's "Tech and Geek Blog" (penned by The Simpsons writer Matt Selman), to Flickr's official blog, to feeder and aggregator destinations such as MetalFilter, Digg and others, the visibility for the group has grown tremendously. Long-time group member and Star Trek veteran Wil Wheaton even posted an entry on his blog about this group dedicated to looking back at the first wave of Star Wars fans and their many different ways of enjoying and expressing their love for "That Space Movie." You can visit the "Growing Up Star Wars 1977-1985 Flickr Group" here.

* On a related note, I've agreed to allow the Italian pop culture magazine Bang Art to print a picture of my six-year-old Princess Leia self in its forthcoming issue dedicated to Star Wars and its legacy. What can I say? Hand me a plastic lightsaber, and I'll be six years old again, in less time than it takes the Millennium Falcon to make the jump to lightspeed.

"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."
- Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream


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Jan. 28th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
You were an adorable Princess Leia!!
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :) I had Leia's whole "The Imperial Senate will not sit still for this..." speech memorized -- which, let me tell you, is a lot of "s" sounds to say when you lack your two front teeth. I'm sure I sounded more like Daffy Duck than Princess Leia. LOL!
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're adorable! (Well obviously at six, but now, too!) ::g::
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! *hugs* My mother deserves so much credit. Not only did she make the costume from scratch, but she (and a bizillion bobby pins) built the Leia buns! *wink* Then again, it's all because my father took me to see Star Wars. Repeatedly. *ahem* Good times.
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Very cute picture of you :) Hehe, I was typically Luke (at that time I had the pale blonde to match) :)
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I bet you made a fantastic Luke. Any pictures? *hopeful look* Did you have one of those "old school" inflatable lightsabers, by any chance? I swear, those new plastic ones are fantastic. You could put out an eye with one of those. My old inflatable one worked really well until it sprung a leak. Let me tell you, it's hard to "feel the Force" when your lightsaber requires duct tape! LOL.
Jan. 28th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Not sure if there are any... a large portion of my youth is undocumented... or at least I don't have the pictures :P

And nope... not an inflatable one. It was home-made. Took some clear mylar sheets, colored them with magic markers, and then taped them in a spiral around a flashlight. But yeah :P Its a pain when your lightsaber springs a leak. But hey! Duct tape is like the Force... It has a light side and a dark side and holds the Universe together :P
Jan. 29th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Duct tape is like the Force... It has a light side and a dark side and holds the Universe together :P

*cackles* That is absolutely brilliant. And so very true.

Wise you are, Master Arymetore. As Darth Vader would say, "Impressive. Most impressive."
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
At last! Your inner-princess gets the worship she deserves! :)))

Thank you for the "growing up" link - I didn't know about it and it looks fabulous! I'll have to see if my brother is cool with me adding his storm trouper costume pic (he was seven or eight.) :-)
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! Why thank you. :)

I'm so glad you like the community. It's lots of fun to see the costumes and drawings... and rather comforting to realize that everyone else had bad hair, worse clothes, and gold furniture in the '70s, too. Talk about a time warp.

If your brother's pictures are posted, would you please let me know? I'd love to see them.
Jan. 28th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
That photo of you is so adorable! On 2/14 I will be at an event that Carrie Fisher is attending. Now I will think of you, LOL.
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! As I recall, I insisted on wearing "Leia buns" to school even when it wasn't costume day. I must've kept the bobby pin industry in business single-handedly. ;)

I hope you'll post a report of the event with Carrie Fisher. Sounds like great fun!
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Aha, awesome picture. Kudos for getting the hair right!

I am so happy about Neil winning the Newbery Medal. Finally, I will be able to wholeheartedly recommend an awards book when people come up to me at the library. Obviously, I love some of the others we have, but not everybody does.

Aww, cute Luke icon.

Jan. 28th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Kudos go to my mother, who was the bobby-pinning architect of the Leia buns. And yes, for a while I insisted on wearing them even when I wasn't dressing up. That's hard core, man. Hard core.

duncatra made the icon, and it totally makes my day. Thanks for your kind words.

I am so happy about Neil winning the Newbery Medal.

Isn't it a brilliant book? I think it achieves Coraline status, which is really saying something. I do hope even more readers will be interested in it, or open to the suggestion of it, now that it carries this distinguished "seal of approval." I hope you have the opportunity to recommend it often! Go you!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Oh, Dr. Amy....
I want to hug the snot out of your six-year-old Princess Leia self!!
Congrats on making into a pop culture magazine. ;)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much. :)
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