Tomorrow night I'll be at the Can't Stop the Serenity charity event in Charlotte, NC. I had a wonderful time last year, and this year promises to be even better, because shiny_elfriend will be there, and I'll also get to meet ashesngolddust for the first time. Will anyone else be attending? It promises to be a night full of Browncoat goodness, all for a good cause.
I have a few links and reviews to share...
* One of my very favorite poets (and one whose work has been featured on more than one episode of StarShipSofa) is Ann K. Schwader (ankh_hpl). Her new collection of dark science fiction poetry, Wild Hunt of Stars, is now available here. Deborah Kolodji, who wrote the introduction, had this to say, among other things: "Wild Hunt of the Stars is a book filled with 'familiar terrors tearing at our sleep' as well as 'quantum tantrums' you could have never imagined. Through it all, each poem is a testament to craft, each verse a testament to the incredible depth of Ann’s imagination." You can read a glowing review of the collection here at GreenGenrePoetry.
* Just after I posted that no recent young adult dystopia novel had impressed me as greatly as books from previous years, I read Nomansland by Lesley Hague (2010), which is a fascinating and compelling read. Set in a post-apocalyptic future of environmental hardship and genetic mutation, the story describes life in a tightly-controlled, all-female world in which even pondering one's reflection is considered a moral failing and men are considered to be the enemy. Some of the teens discover a half-buried home from our time, complete with relics from our culture, and this adds pressure to the fault lines appearing in their community. The story went in directions I didn't anticipate, refused to provide easy answers for complex problems, and repeatedly raised interesting questions. Oh yes, and it doesn't hurt that it uses John Wyndham's The Chrysalids as the springboard for the story (and, in fact, it can be read as an extension of Wyndham's universe). I recommend this one.
* Speaking of young adult dystopias, I'm pleased that last year's Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins has won The Hal Clement Award for Young Adult Science Fiction in the Golden Duck Awards. The Golden Ducks will be presented at a ceremony at ReConStruction/ The 10th North American Science Fiction Convention this August. I'll be there as a guest, and I'm looking forward to it!
* From SciFi Wire: "The 20 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies of 2011."
"Two, among the many orders of men who merit the contempt and hatred of their fellows, are undoubtedly these: the grovelling minds which have never aspired to fancy an Utopia, and those ardents who have had the generosity to conceive a plan of our future good, and cannot refrain from afflicting us with a presentation of it."
- from No Traveller Returns, John Collier (1931)