* As I have mentioned before, I read the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast - a series that is set in an alternate-universe version of my hometown and my former high school, and which features (along with a substantial number of vampyres) cameos by real people I actually know. There's something to be said for the innovative way in which the series incorporates Cherokee culture and mythology, as well. The next book in the series (Burned) is due out on Tuesday, and I'm pleased to see that Book Chick City is devoting an entire week of posts to the series, including reviews of the novels, interviews with the authors, and other interesting information.
* Speaking of Cherokee culture, I was thrilled to learn that one of my very favorite actors, Wes Studi, was recently recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the White Sands International Film Festival.
* Here's a useful list of upcoming independent and under-the-radar SF films.
Last but not least, for your weekend amusement, here's the "Ewok Celebration Song" as performed by the barbershop quartet Crackerjack Junction. You'll never think of "Yub Nub" the same way again:
"I go to wed the lord of the dark waters."
– Antigone in Antigone by Sophocles (translated by Robert Fagles)