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"what it means to be human"

Happy birthday to theladyrose! May you have an excellent day and a fantastic year to come.

I have some links to audio fiction to share with you today:

* Maria Lectrix has just begun posting her audio version of Astounding Stories of Super-Science’s February 1930 issue, the second issue of the magazine, the text of which was recently added to Project Gutenberg. Her readings begin with this post.

* Librivox.org has released several new unabridged readings of interest to genre readers:
- The Last Enemy by H. Beam Piper
- The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
- Short Science Fiction Collection Vol. 16 by Various Authors
- Short Science Fiction Collection Vol. 17 by Various Authors

"And how do you think people have survived? How do people remember who they are and where they're from? And how do they know what it means to be human, what makes us more than animals? How do they pass these things on to their children? Stories, that's how."
- from Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick



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May. 24th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Excellent, I am a fan of H. Beam Piper
May. 26th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
May. 27th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Wow. That quote couldn't have come at a better time. I'm editing my essay for the collection (yes, at this point, it's MY essay that's holding the thing up), and it's all about the Moral Imagination (Burke/Kirk). Kirk wrote, “The end of great books is ethical—to teach us what it means to be genuinely human.” The whole essay is now geared toward Rowling's "Moral Imagination" expressed through the Potter stories.
May. 27th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - I can't wait to read your essay! It sounds fantastic. (And very much like something I can use in my classes, as well!) It's uncanny how well this Sedgwick quote does fit, isn't it? I just came across that while reading the novel recently. Clearly, we're on the same wavelength.

Hey, may I ask you a question? What web host do you use for The Hog's Head, and do you recommend it? I'm going to be moving over to WordPress and probably switching hosts, as well; thus far, Blue Host has been recommended to me by several people, and I wondered if you had any experience with it. Thanks!
May. 27th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
I use Bluehost as well, and I've been very happy with it. I've helped a couple other friends out with sites on different servers, and have found them far less helpful, intuitive, and user-friendly than Bluehost.

So yeah, I'd recommend it, and if you run into any bugs along the way, I could probably help you out.
May. 27th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, terrific! Thanks so much for your recommendation and the help!

Edited at 2009-05-28 01:03 pm (UTC)
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