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