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Oink, oink, cough - er, oink.

Happy birthday to darthsindel1981! May you have a wonderful day and many more to come.

Today is also the birthday of the late Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy and father of Star Trek. May his memory live long and prosper.

In other news...

* My latest "History of the Genre" segment is up at StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine, the third of a three-part series on "Proto-Science Fiction," from the classical age through the early nineteenth century. Today's segment is available for download or streaming here. (You can listen to or download part one of this series here and part two here.)

* In The Guardian, Cory Doctorow explains "Why Free Ebooks Should Be Part of the Plot for Writers."

* From io9: "100 Amazing Science Fiction Stickers to Put on Your Laptop."

* From ComicBook.com: "10 Fall Movies for Comic Book Geeks."

* What does a science fiction/fantasy fan look like? The pictures in the 2009 WorldCon "Fan Photo" Collection by Kyle Cassidy are available here.

* There's now a "book trailer" for Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter (which includes my essay "When Harry Met Faërie: Rowling’s Hogwarts, Tolkien’s Fairy-Stories, and the Question of Readership”):

* And, for news of the whiny variety, it's official: I'm under treatment for, and quarantined through the week because of, the H1N1 flu. It's unclear whether this was a parting gift from the city of Montreal or a welcome home gift from the city of Granite Falls, but either way, it's a gift I'd gladly return. (So much for all the hand sanitizer I've been using!) Fortunately, my doctor caught it before it evolved into my decades-long nemesis, pneumonia, but I'm still being monitored carefully, as this is not an asthma-friendly ailment by any means. Blech, I say! And fie on my puniness! Now be sure to sanitize your computer properly after reading this post - break out the Lysol, you hear?! *wink*

"I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We're still just a child creature, we're still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We're growing up, we're moving into adolescence now. When we grow up - man, we're going to be something!"
-- Gene Roddenberry, at his Hollywood Blvd. "Star" acceptance speech, 1985


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Aug. 19th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Feel better soon.


Master Swift seems to be developing several of the symptoms throughout the day. Not cool at all. I'm another dodgy lung type.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

*hugs you back, sans germs*

I hope Master Swift feels much better, as well. Apparently, it's very important to catch this within the first few days if the available medicines are to be effective - just FYI, if his symptoms continue. (I hope they don't!) And best wishes to you for staying clear of it all! We dodgy lung types are easy targets, it seems.
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon!
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I appreciate it!
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
First of all, I absolutely love that quote and plan to swipe it.

Second, hurray for the Hogs Head Conversations!

Third and most importantly, I am sending gentle healing thoughts your way and wishes for a speedy and totally uncomplicated recovery. *many hugs*
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yay! I thought of you when I was choosing that quote. It reminds me of some of the great talks we've had. :)

And thanks for your hurray!

I'm so grateful for your healing thoughts and wishes. *hugs* I knew I was susceptible to this kind of thing, but you just can't live in a bubble, you know? At least I caught it early, and the medicines seem to be working!

*huge hugs*
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh geez..... get well soon! Maybe my email will help... heh.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, your email was the best thing ever! And the import worked. Thank you, thank you, thank you! *huge hugs*

Further proof that you do, in fact, rule. And rock. And all those good things. :)
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yuck on the Piggy-flu bug,hope you get better.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Ick! Sorry that it caught you and hope you recover soon from it. Definitely not a good thing for anyone with existing lung issues.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Ick is right! Thank you so much for your good wishes. I appreciate it. There for a while, I was feeling like Dr. Horrible after a few rounds with Captain Hammer. ;)
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Ack! Ack ack ack! Get well SOON!!!!

*hugs hugs hugs gently*
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *huge, non-germy hugs*
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon and vanquish the varminty swine!
Aug. 20th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Woah, great quote! One of the best I've ever seen from him.

And flu?! No fun! Hope you're over it soon ♥
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I am hopelessly, terribly behind on LJ, and I owe you a ton of replies for your fantastic Trek posts, which I've been thoroughly enjoying. (Those fandom secrets fitted me perfectly, too, by the way.) More soon, I promise! Sorry for being so tardy. Just because I haven't commented doesn't mean I haven't read and appreciated. ;)
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's sucky, but at least you caught it before it became pneumonia! Hope you recover soon! :)
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love your icon! I love tea.

(Sorry for breaking the flow of conversation.)
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Aug. 21st, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. That's no fun. Hope you feel better soon.

I'll have to listen to the StarShipSofa-cast this afternoon, I've enjoyed listening to it before.
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, on both counts! I really appreciate it.
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better quickly, with no complications and especially no pneumonia!
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks so much - I appreciate it! I still feel rather ratty, but it looks like I'm going to escape the pneumonia, thank heavens.
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
News of the whiny variety, or news of the swiney variety? Either way, get well Real Soon Now & thanks for the heads-up on your latest StarShipSofa appearance. Your segments are always must listens for me.
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
News of the whiny variety, or news of the swiney variety?

LOL! Well put. Both, I think.

Thanks so much for your good wishes, and your support of my podcast segments. Both are tremendously appreciated. :)
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh no!! I'm so sorry to hear that you're ill and quarantined and having to deal with that on top of everything else. Fie on bugs and for them picking on you!! You still manage to get so many things done, but I hope that for now, you're resting and letting your body take care of getting rid of the flu without it becoming something worse.

(((sanitized hugs))) ;)
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! {{{{sanitized hugs back at you}}}} I knew I was especially vulnerable to this, but you can't live in a plastic bubble, you know? Ah well. This too shall pass. Your good thoughts are most appreciated, my friend. I hope all's well with you!
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks for posting up the Youtube segment. It was a lot more enlightening than the Amazon listing for the book, which was terribly short on the subjects addressed and the people contributing.

And, re the flu, many sympathies and here's hoping you shrug it off easily. At least you're having it in summer and not winter :( I suppose a few thousand people gathered together are bound to sling germs at each other...
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
My pleasure! Thanks for checking out the video.

And thanks also for the good wishes. If this was the price for WorldCon - and, for all I know, I caught it en route back home or at home itself - still, it was worth it. ;)
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