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