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"be the poem"

Happy birthday to primroseburrows, and happy early birthday to gbsteve, eowynmaiar, and sally_maria. May you all have an excellent time and many happy returns of the day!

I'm still unable to speak and sentenced to an all-liquid diet in the wake of my oral surgery, which of course means that I'm having elaborate fantasies about singing at the top of my lungs in the shower and, more importantly, enjoying steaming plates of chile pablanos and eggplant parmigiana. Alas!

* My latest "History of the Genre" segment is up at StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine, and with it I begin a three-part series on "Proto-Science Fiction," from the classical age through to the early nineteenth century. The segment is available for download or streaming here.

* From SFX: "The 10 Most Crucial British Science Fiction Novels." This is not thorough, of course, but it's quite a good list, especially if you count the "honorable mentions."

* Librivox.org has released its Short Science Fiction Collection #18.

* R.I.P., David Eddings (1931-2009).

* R.I.P., David Carradine (1936-2009). Although I watched and enjoyed many of his television and film performances, by far the most moving experience for me was going with my parents when I was thirteen to see the American Indian Theatre Company's production of Black Elk Speaks, which starred a simply brilliant David Carradine, as well as the legendary Muscogee-Creek actor Will Sampson and the excellent Cherokee actor Wes Studi. There have been many times when I've looked back on that intense, wrenching performance and realized what a significant and life-long impact it had on me. He will be missed.


"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem."
- David Carradine

Comments

whswhs
Jun. 5th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
No Olaf Stapledon? Surely one of Star Maker (religious epic based on modern cosmology ca. 1930), Odd John (the classic treatment of the "superman," complete with the premise that supermen will be indifferent to human morality), and Sirius (perhaps his best novel) deserves inclusion. That's probably the worst omission, though something by Clarke really ought to be on the list too.
gbsteve
Jun. 5th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Olaf appears on page 11 along with some other also rans.
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think some of the "also rans" would have been better placed in the list.