Speaking of special days, happy early birthday wishes to xanath and curtana. May you both enjoy many happy returns of the day!
In other news...
- Thanks to Henry Kessler for his kind and complimentary review of StarShipSofa and my "History of the Genre" segments for it. I'm grateful for the generous shout out!
- Librivox.org has added an unabridged reading of Raymond Z. Gallun's 1961 science fiction novel The Planet Strappers.
- Femspec, the interdisciplinary feminist journal dedicated to critical and creative works in the realms of sf, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore and other supernatural genres, has announced the creation of Femspec Books.
- Matthew S. Rotundo's story "The Woman Who Hated Halloween" (which I heard him read live at NASFiC and quite enjoyed) is now available in ebook format in perfect time for the season.
- I finally saw the film The Only Good Indian (2009), which stars the great Cherokee actor Wes Studi (I'd happily pay to watch him read the ingredients list off a cereal box), and also features solid performances from veteran J. Kenneth Campbell and newcomer Winter Fox Frank. I was particularly taken with the poetic use of Bram Stoker's Dracula throughout the narration to underscore the atmosphere of dread and the question of which person (or whose culture) is truly living or dead. The film also begins and ends with a clever inversion/subversion of John Ford's classic doorway shot from The Searchers. Here's the official synopsis: "Set in Kansas during the early 1900s, a teenaged Native American boy is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian 'training' school to assimilate into White society. When he escapes to return to his family, Sam Franklin, a bounty hunter of Cherokee descent, is hired to find and return him to the institution. Franklin, a former Indian scout for the U.S. Army, has renounced his Native heritage and has adopted the White Man’s way of life, believing it’s the only way for Indians to survive. Along the way, a tragic incident spurs Franklin’s longtime nemesis, the famous 'Indian Fighter' Sheriff Henry McCoy, to pursue both Franklin and the boy." While it's undeniably low-budget fare, it's nonetheless well worth watching -- and it's certainly a topic that deserves wider attention and visibility.
Here's the trailer, FYI:
"But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?"
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar