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Happy early birthday to izhilzha! May your day be wonderful and your next year the best yet!

I'm busily at work on my essay for the forthcoming The Philosophy of Joss Whedon collection, but I have several links I wanted to be sure to share:

* Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien is now officially available! I have an essay in the volume. You can see the book description and the Table of Contents here.

* There's a new science fiction writing contest for Native, First Nations, Indigenous, and Aboriginal students. Please pass along the word! See Imagining Indigenousfuturisms: Science Fiction Writing Contest. (Thanks to ithiliana!)

* The Locus Award finalists have been announced. Congratulations to all of the nominees! I'm pleased to see Kage Baker's The Empress of Mars (one of the books I nominated for the Hugo) on the list for Best Novel. I'll shortly be recording my narration of "The Island" by Peter Watts (nominated in the Best Novella category for both the Hugo and Locus Awards) for StarShipSofa.

* Several neat events are planned for my neck of the woods, and tickets are on sale now. I'll have to miss a couple of them due to other commitments, but I thought some of you might be interested:
-- Can't Stop The Serenity in Charlotte, NC, USA <- I'll be there!
-- ReConStruction, The 1oth North American Science Fiction Convention in Raleigh, NC, USA <- I'll be there!
-- The Browncoat Ball in Charlotte, NC, USA
-- The Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza And Meet-Up in Greenville, SC, USA

Jayne: Tell you what I think. I figure that fella we run into did everyone on board. Killed 'em all. Then he decided to take a swim, see how fast his blood would boil out his ears.

Wash: You're a very "up" person.

- Firefly, "Bushwhacked"


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
That's a great contest! I almost wish I were still in school so I could submit something since I pretty much write exclusively in the scifi genre. lol
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't it terrific? If you know of anyone who'd be interested and/or eligible, please pass it along - thanks so much!
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Philosophy of Joss Wheden
Now there is a book I can't wait to get my hands on!
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Philosophy of Joss Wheden
Thanks so much! I've seen the planned Table of Contents, and it made me salivate in anticipation. :)
Apr. 24th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think this is the year I'll FINALLY get to go to my first Browncoats Ball! I'm so excited, I want October to hurry up and get here. What does one wear to something like that? :)

Apr. 25th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I hope to go, too - I've got a substantial schedule conflict, but there's always hope. :) From what I've heard from reports from previous balls, you can fit in no matter what you wear, from 'verse-inspired costumes to contemporary dress. Pretty shiny, isn't it?
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