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"it is no good growing faint"

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! And happy The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún Release Day!

Happy birthday to keerawa and vyrdolak, as well! May you have a fantastic day today and many more to come.

In other news...

** I now have my schedule for ConCarolinas (which promises to be a terrific event, complete with sing-along showings of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Repo: The Genetic Opera). I will be on four panels:

Friday, May 29
4pm: Are You Lost Yet?: Is Lost now, officially, SF/F? How do we think it will end?

Saturday, May 30
11am: Sci-Fi Vs. Fantasy: Why are fantasy sales growing, while science fiction sales dim, and what can be done about it?
12pm: There and Back Again: A Hobbit Discussion: What's the latest on the new Hobbit movies?
3pm: Boldly Go!: What did we think of the new Star Trek film?

** I hope all of you Browncoats will consider supporting your local/regional Can't Stop the Serenity screenings of Serenity for charity this summer. As of yesterday, 43 cities worldwide have scheduled viewings, and more will be added soon. I'll be attending the Charlotte, North Carolina "shindig."

** I'm looking forward to the Apex Book of World Science Fiction, edited by Lavie Tidhar, which is now available for preorder here. The Table of Contents looks like this:

S.P. Somtow (Thailand)--"The Bird Catcher"
Jetse de Vries (Netherlands)--"Transcendence Express"
Guy Hasson (Israel)--"The Levantine Experiments"
Han Song (China)--"The Wheel of Samsara"
Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji)--"Ghost Jail"
Yang Ping (China)--"Wizard World"
Dean Francis Alfar (Phillippines)--"L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)"
Nir Yaniv (Israel)--"Cinderers"
Jamil Nasir (Palenstine)--"The Allah Stairs"
Tunku Halim (Malaysia)--"Biggest Baddest Bomoh"
Aliette de Bodard (France)--"The Lost Xuyan Bride"
Kristin Mandigma (Phillippines)--"Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang"
Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)--"An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind"
Anil Menon (India)--"Into the Night"
Mélanie Fazi (France, translated by Christopher Priest)--"Elegy"
Zoran Živković (Serbia, translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)--"Compartments"

""The War is not over (and the one that is, or the part of it, has been largely lost). But it is of course wrong to fall into such a mood, for Wars are always lost, and War always goes on; and it is no good growing faint."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Letters



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May. 5th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh, all of your panels are things I'd like to go to! And the Dr. Horrible sing-along! :-D
May. 8th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to them.

I'll sing along for both of us.. ;)
May. 5th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Will you be posting a report on your panels? I'd dearly love to hear what the consensus is on all four, but especially the second and fourth. As someone who prefers hard science fiction, I've certainly noticed the lack of it. And while most of the reviews on the new Trek movie have been favorable, the same could have been said of Titanic, which I thought mediocre at best. I'm not hopeful.
May. 8th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, if you're interested, I'd be glad to do so! I'm quite interested in the second one, as well. The traditional wisdom, broadly speaking, is that mainstream SF, which often looks forward into the future, peaks in popularity in times of optimism; mainstream fantasy fiction, which often draws either on an idealized past or a completely different world, peaks in popularity in times of general dissatisfaction and anxiety. This fits some with what I'm seeing in the explosion of dystopian fiction, especially for teen readers (which doesn't translate into a corresponding explosion in non-dystopian SF). So I'll be especially interested in seeing what people have to say about that.
May. 5th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, eldritchhobbit! And thanks for the tip on Can't Stop the Serenity, as well.
May. 8th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
May. 5th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I hope all of you Browncoats will consider supporting your local/regional Can't Stop the Serenity screenings of Serenity for charity this summer.

I, of course, will be keeping an eye on these events. I will be wearing blue gloves rather than a brown coat...
May. 8th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
I will be wearing blue gloves rather than a brown coat...

*gulps and backs away slowly*

May. 6th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Here's the official reaction to the new Star Trek film.
May. 8th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
LOL! :)
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