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October Approaches

A few quick notes...

  • The end of October will be a week-long Harry Potter Fest at Lenoir-Rhyne University. I will be speaking, my friend and colleague John Granger will be speaking, and we will be speaking together; in addition, there will be film viewings, a live quidditch match, costume contests, and a wizard rock concert. It should be great fun! I'll post the scheduling details as the dates draw near.

  • In other Harry Potter news, J.K. Rowling will be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show this Friday.

  • Lois McMaster Bujold's new Vorkosigan novel, CryoBurn, was well worth the wait. (Thank you again, lbilover!) I'm still recovering from the ending, which continues to haunt me.

  • If you're a dog lover and you haven't watched OK Go's music video for "White Knuckles," go watch it now! (And if you have seen it, here's an excuse to see it again. You know you want to.)

  • Editor Lavie Tidhar has announced the Table of Contents for The Apex Book of World Science Fiction, Volume II. The first volume was excellent, and this one promises to be, as well.

  • If you want to hear a terrific discussion between two giants of SF, check out Frederik Pohl and Jack Vance in conversation here with StarShipSofa.

    And speaking of StarShipSofa, the second volume in its Stories collection will be out next month:

"It was a hopeless thing, he thought, this obsession of his to present the people of the Earth as good and reasonable. For in many ways they were neither good nor reasonable; perhaps because they had not as yet entirely grown up. They were smart and quick and at times compassionate and even understanding, but they failed lamentably in many other ways.

"But if they had the chance, Enoch told himself, if they ever got a break, if they only could be told what was out in space, then they'd get a grip upon themselves and they would measure up and then, in the course of time, would be admitted into the great cofraternity of the people of the stars."
- Clifford Simak, Way Station


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
OMG! I forgot she was alive!!!
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Bujold!
And well!
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I thought she had chosen to end the Vorkosigan Saga.
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I think she just set it aside to do the shorter Chalion and Sharing Knife series, something different. It's back and in good form!
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Pohl and Vance? I'm so there...
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
My reaction exactly.
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
:::whimper::: i wanna go :(((
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, it would be great to have you here!

I'll try to get some good pictures.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Sep. 29th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
That Harry Potter Fest sounds awesome!
My mind told me this is what you said, though...
"I will be speaking, my friend and colleague John Granger will be speaking, and we will be speaking together; in addition, there will be speaking."

Ohhh, OK Go and their amazing videos. :)
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
LOL! And then there will be additional speaking, followed by speaking.

I love their videos so much! But this is the best ever.
Sep. 29th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Love the OK Go video!!!
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Isn't it fantastic?
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
OMG, what a great video!! I can't imagine how much it work it was to get the choreography downpat. And you're very welcome! I'm so glad I could make someone happy with that book. :D
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Isn't the video amazing? It was all a single shot - no breaks/cuts anywhere. What work that must've been. And what sweet doggies!

Oh, believe me, you made me a seriously happy camper. :) Thank you! I'm planning to reread it again shortly, as a matter of fact.
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