That said, I had a wonderful time giving my keynote address ("Pushing the Boundaries of English Studies: From Middle-earth to Hogwarts") at the English Studies Symposium this past Saturday, and I'd like to thank everyone at Tennessee Tech University for their terrific hospitality!
In addition, I'd like to wish a happy early birthday to bellatook and thepirateship. I hope you both have fantastic days and fabulous years to come!
I also have some links to share:
* Librivox.org has added a new unabridged reading of the remarkable The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson, a classic work of weird fiction and a significant influence on H.P. Lovecraft.
* I am a great fan of the music put out by the Prikosnovenie label. Now Prikosnovenie has a sampler called "The Four Winds of Prikosnovenie" for free download here featuring artists such as Artesia and Aythis, among others. Give it a listen!
* The list of finalists for this year's Hugo Awards includes links to many of the works available online.
* Among the finalists for this year's Bram Stoker Awards is the short story "Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment" by M. Rickert, which I narrated for StarShipSofa here.
* The finalists for this year's Prometheus Awards from the Libertarian Futurist Society have been announced.
* And, in non-awards news, Abebooks has a nifty list of post-apocalyptic fiction here.
"You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men."
- Li Bai