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The semester is over! And I have links to share...

My most recent StarShipSofa "History of the Genre" segment, which discusses Yevgeny Zamyatin's classic dystopia, We (the novel Ursula K. Le Guin called "the best single work of science fiction yet written"), is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

LibriVox has some new unabridged readings that may be of special interest:
* The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
* "Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Z. Gallun
* The Skylark of Space by E.E. "Doc" Smith

The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted two recent articles on Cherokee subjects, since senior writer Lawrence Biemiller has been hanging out in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. (These will be available to nonsubscribers for a limited time only.)
* "In Seminary Hall, a Lesson in Cherokee History"
* "Cherokee for Beginners"
The latter talks about the iTunes app for the Cherokee language (Tsalagi), which some of my students happened to use this past semester:

Happy early birthday wishes go out to tuilelindowen, whswhs, and arkhamdenizen. I hope each of you enjoy a great day and a wonderful year to come!

"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"
- Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle

"An ancestor of mine maintained that when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
- Spock, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


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Dec. 17th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm way behind on my Starship Sofas -- I'm just up to November now. But I will get there. "We" is one of those novels I keep meaning to read some day.
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know your thoughts if you read it! It's one of my favorites. And hey, once again, thanks so much for listening to SSS! I get behind, too - but it doesn't matter when you listen, it's just exciting that you do. :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! chorale and I are actually having a low-key celebration today, as tomorrow will be koressa's Cthulhumas party, which we're attending. And I've given myself the indulgence of ordering the Laundry rpg, based on Stross's mashup of Lovecraft, Fleming, and Le Carré.
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you had a most excellent time.
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Let's hear it for vacation! Woo hoo!
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
YAY! ::happy dance::
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Applause for the quotes today. When The Undiscovered Country came out, Spock's comment made me snort at the multi-layers of in-jokes to it. Because there had always been a lot of comparison of Spock to Sherlock, of course. But also because Nicholas Meyer, the screenwriter and director for the film is something of a Baker Street Irregular himself, with a number of Sherlock novels to his credit.

And of course, it's just a fun quote anyway.

Is Cthulhu impossible or just improbable?

Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked the quotes! It took me forever to make the connection between Nicholas Meyer from Star Trek VI and Nicholas Meyer, the author of the Sherlock Holmes pastiche novels. *slaps forehead* But then it all made sense! LOL! I suddenly remember that one of the first fanzines I ever read (it was an Enterprise Incidents, and I was a preteen or very young teen) had an article about Spock as Sherlock, complete with an illustration of Spock with a pipe and cape. So funny!

Is Cthulhu impossible or just improbable?


I'd tell you, but the answer would likely drive us both mad. *wink*
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