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Happy birthday to llembas! May you have a terrific day and a wonderful year to come.

And congratulations to StarShipSofa's Aural Delights, which celebrates its 100th podcast episode today. This includes my narration of Elizabeth Bear's story "Two Dreams on Trains." You can listen to or download the show here.

Also, in celebration of this milestone, StarShipSofa has released an anthology of some of the great stories it's featured over the past episodes. Read more about StarShipSofa Stories, Volume 1 here.

In other news...

* From The Telegraph: "J.R.R. Tolkien Trained as British Spy."

* Lavie Tidhar maintains The World SF News Blog with posts about the genre as a global phenomenon.

* Per my post yesterday on The Wild, Wild West, this from Gayle Martin's Journal: "Artemus Gordon - The Ideal Man."

"So what is World SF? And more importantly, what shape is it going to take in, say, the next two decades? That's the real interesting question. And that's something that has to be answered by both "sides" of it, the English writers and readers and the non-English writers and readers. But the future simply isn't American any more. The Asian space race is a reality, China and India are massive economic powers - the balance of power is shifting. It's going to be an interesting century to live in... "
- Lavie Tidhar, interviewed by SF Signal


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Sep. 19th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that sounds like a perfect day. And you're most welcome. ;)

Many congratulations on reaching hobbit adulthood! May the hair on your toes never fall out. :)
Sep. 17th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh, they wanted him at Bletchley Park, that makes sense. I was imagining him being a secret agent! Lord of the Rings could have ended up more like John le Carre (Alec Guinness as Gandalf, playing elaborate espionage games with Patrick Stewart's Saruman?) or Len Deighton (Harry Palmer as... Aragorn?). The mind boggles.
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
*cackles* Now that would be something to see...
Sep. 17th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
I recall reading that Tolkien did some sort of war-related work anyway.
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Interesting stuff! Now, I guess, we have a bit more of the story.
Sep. 17th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Congratulations! And, that's a cool book cover.
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I love the retro-pulp look of the book cover. Apparently Larry Santoro, the horror writer, is now writing a story based on the cover! :)
Sep. 17th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Yes, the future might not be American. A growing number of writers are taking that idea in cool directions. I'm looking forward to more worldbuilding diversity in future...
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Me, too!

I'm looking forward to the forthcoming Apex Book of World SF that Lavie Tidhar is editing. It sounds fascinating.
Sep. 19th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
It does! When I was growing up, I had a book with SF stories from all around the world -- only one entry allowed per country. It was really, really cool.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds so fantastic. What a great introduction to the different voices of the genre!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
It was great. I wish I still had it -- I can remember some of the stories in it to this day.
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
My favorite Artemus Gordon moment comes from the first season episode Night of the Torture Chamber. That was the one with the gallery owner who had the governor of California kidnapped and replaced with a look-alike who would embezzle state funds to fund the gallery owner's big price tag acquisitions. The really brilliant point was returning the governor so that he would take the heat for the embezzlement, since no one would believe the truth. Anyway, at one point, Artie arrives disguised as a representative of the French goverment (as the gallery owner's ultimate purchase was to be the Mona Lisa), and then proceeded to claim that half the acquisitions were fakes. By the time Artie was done, he had the guy convinced that he had been duped in his purchases.
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember that one! Brilliant, wasn't it? As I recall, Artie became increasingly nonchalant about the whole thing as the man became increasingly distressed. Smooth man, that Artie. ;)
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