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Proto-SF, Native America, and Chile

* Happy early birthday wishes to batteredhaggis and clara_swift! May you have a wonderful day and a fantastic year to come.

* My latest StarShipSofa "History of the Genre" segment, which this month is about the proto-science fiction pioneer Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

* At the invitation of the Friends of the Rudisill Library, I will be giving my presentation "'I Take My Life in My Hand': A Tale of Two Cherokees and the Trail of Tears" at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Friday, March 12. I also will be signing books after my talk. The evening is free and open to the public. More information is here.

* This is very sad news indeed about a woman I've admired for many years: Former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer. My heart goes out to her and her family.

* From Cheryl Morgan: "If you are looking for information from Chile or ways to help the relief effort, I’d like to recommend Gabriel Rodríguez. He’s the artist for the fabulous comic, Locke and Key, scripted by Joe Hill, and he lives in Chile. He has posted here about the situation, including a bunch of links to relevant charities."

"I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves."
- Wilma Mankiller


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Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I will definitely be listening to the sofa this Friday in my car :)
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you very much, my good sir!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear that. I have distant Cherokee heritage... She was always my hero.
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
What you said. She's been a hero to generations now, I think; she won't be soon forgotten, that's for certain. I've taught her autobiography several times, and my students are always impressed by her strength -- and by her description of dancing with her young daughters and singing along to Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." :)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much :o)
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a fabulous day! *hugs*
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Your latest History of the Genre segment is impressive, even by your own high standards. I knew nothing about M. Cavendish, & I'm supposed to be an SF poet! However, I missed the links -- treadmill listening will do that. Can we find them somewhere?
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so tickled that you liked it! Thank you so much for your kind response. Here are the links:

Her Atomic Poetry
The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World
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