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Publishing News & The Hobbit Turns 73

Happy 73rd birthday to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, which was first published on this day in 1937. You can see a collection of covers from various editions 1937-2007 here.

In personal publishing news, I'm happy to report that my essay "'Just Get Us a Little Further': Liberty and the Frontier in Firefly and Serenity" has officially been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming collection The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, edited by Dean A. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider and due out with the University Press of Kentucky in 2011. (My essay looks at the Firefly and Serenity 'verse through the lenses of historian Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis and political philosopher Isaiah Berlin's concepts of positive and negative liberty.) I'll post more details on the volume as it nears publication.

"I got no need to beat you. I just wanna go my way."
- Malcolm Reynolds to The Operative, Serenity


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Sep. 21st, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the published essay! Sounds like an interesting read :)
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
The 1966 Unwin edition was the one I read as a child. What nostalgia to see it there. Thanks!

Also, congrats to you! Anything we can use to crush those dirty Brown Coats is a blow for unity!
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
That edition is gorgeous! The early Ballantine covers, on the other hand, are pretty psychedelic - and not in a good way. Eeek!

Thanks for the kind words. But could you please stop applauding with your blue-gloved hands? You're making me a bit nervous.

Sep. 21st, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Sep. 21st, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, congratulations yet again!
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much!
Sep. 21st, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Lord god, I remember studying theories about the US frontier (and the shock of its closing, effectively, with the end of the great land grabs) way back at college in the 19[tumptitumpties]. I can't remember whose theories, mind, but they were fascinating. This sounds like a really interesting essay.
Sep. 21st, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes, I bet you read Turner, then. He was sort of the grandfather of that whole line of inquiry. (His frontier thesis dates back to 1893.) Definitely fascinating stuff! *bounces*

Thanks so much for your kind words about my essay.
Sep. 25th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I'm late on this . . .
... but, oh, you are the best, Dr. Amy! Turner *and* Serenity!! *hugs* and I miss you (btw, I'm a panelist at the American Gods con in WI later this fall).
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm late on this . . .
Aw, thank you! *hugs you back* And I miss you, too! Your panel sounds fantastic - I'd love to hear more. I hope you're having a terrific fall!

Edited at 2010-10-06 01:14 pm (UTC)
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