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"walk the truth into existence"

Happy birthday to lexie_marie! May you have a wonderful day and many more to come.

I have some links to share ...

* From Booklist Online: "Core Collection: Dystopian Fiction for Youth." Booklist notes some forthcoming sequels of which I was unaware, and so I've updated my list of YA dystopias accordingly. (Thanks to sunnysky.)

* Also from Booklist Online: "Top 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth: 2009."

* Paul Kincaid has an in-depth and thought-provoking review of The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by
Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. at SFSite here.

* The incomparable Ursula K. Le Guin once again defends the genre: "Calling Utopia a Utopia": "Editors, critics, and others who use it not as a description but as a negative judgment are wrong to do so. And they do wrong. They are gravely unjust both to the science fiction of literary value that they refuse to admit is literature, and the science fiction of literary value they refuse to admit is science fiction."

* Yesterday marked the return of that irregularly-occurring and much-loved holiday I have celebrated since 1994, new Tori Amos album day. I've been listening to Abnormally Attracted to Sin constantly, and thus far, "Curtain Call," "Welcome to England," and "500 Miles" are my very first loves, but the album is extremely strong from start to finish. Here is the remarkable "Curtain Call":

"Stories walk the truth into existence."
- from Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick


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May. 20th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
first of all, belated Happy Tori Amos release day!!! i spent half of my lunch break running to go pick it up, and have not been disappointed either. yay to share such a wonderful day!

also, very lovely to see another virginia pic! we all adore the world's most beautiful boston terrier. :)
May. 21st, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you haven't been disappointed either. It's very hard to pick out my favorites thus far (although "Curtain Call" blows me away) - I've just been listening to the entire thing over and over. Isn't it lovely to have new Tori to enjoy?

Virginia thanks you, by the way. :)
May. 20th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Old Dystopias
Amy, I'd love to hear your reaction to this list of old dystopian novels. Seems like it's right up your alley.


May. 21st, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Old Dystopias
Thanks so much for the list, Fred! I will post it tomorrow here, if that's okay. I must say, I think it's excellent; I kept thinking of books they missed, only to find them farther down the list. In fact, one of the ones on the list features in one of my upcoming StarShipSofa segments...

I'd add "The Comet" by W.E.B. Du Bois (1920), but on the whole, these are the best and brightest, to my mind.
May. 20th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Since you mentioned Tori Amos, I was wondering if you had picked up the fabulous Comic Book Tattoo? I know a couple of the artists who contributed to the volume. It's quite something!
May. 21st, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely gorgeous! I don't own a copy, but I have read it, and I was extremely impressed by all of the imaginative takes on Tori's songs. And the artwork is breathtaking!
May. 20th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to Ursula Le Guin's article. I've heard these sentiments more than once, but it's great to see them so thoroughly nailed down.
May. 21st, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I thought she made her point very well.
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