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Happy Friday

Happy early birthday wishes to lalam, silveraspen, and prettybirdy979. May all three of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

* I just finished the full draft of my essay for the Fringe Science collection (which has been the reason I've been so quiet recently). Next up on my "to do" list is completing my essay "From Amerind to Dorvan: The Future History of Native America in Star Trek" for the Star Trek and History collection. I also need to complete my annotations for and introduction to The Demon of Brockenheim. Those are my main non-fiction writing goals for the spring.

* In my undergraduate/graduate course on the dystopian tradition, my students are currently discussing Ever Since the World Ended, which we watched on Monday. I'm still surprised that this film doesn't come up more often in talks about science fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction. It's quite interesting in several ways. I recommend it, if you haven't seen it.

* The "Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences: The 2011 Potter Watch Conference" event, originally scheduled for Saturday, is being rescheduled for Fall 2011. I look forward to participating in it then.

* In other news, Librivox.org has a couple of new unabridged recordings that may be of interest:
-- The Mad Planet by Murray Leinster
-- Project Gutenberg Goth Collection of Spooky Stories

I spent a bit more time with Frankenstein yet again while preparing my Fringe essay, so this seemed appropriate to post:

funny pictures history - MARY SHELLEY'S SCHOOLBUS
see more Historic LOL

Walter: I've spent my life making things that bring joy and happiness to make the world a better place. Bubble gum, that was one of my first. Flannel pajamas. Ah, rainbows! And my latest project -- singing corpses!
- "Brown Betty," Fringe


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Apr. 8th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
It does sound like an interesting movie (ever since the world ended). Surprised I never heard of it before...
Apr. 9th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
It's particularly interesting in that it's framed as a documentary made by the survivors to try to capture their impressions before their generation's gone. Imagine how George R. Stewart's Earth Abides might "read" if Ish had owned a camcorder.

I just stumbled onto it a couple of years ago. I'm surprised it doesn't get recommended more often on lists of independent SF films. It's certainly sparked some great discussions among the students, that's for sure.
Apr. 8th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
You've been busy! I am crazy about Fringe! Read it has been renewed.
Apr. 9th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I am so excited that Fringe has been renewed. It just keeps getting better and better!
Apr. 8th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my, the essay on Native America and Star Trek sounds fascinating!!!! Would you mind sharing a copy when you've completed it?

Part of the reason I ask (she began innocently) is I've been working on an epic Trek AU/mash-up that rewrites a lot of "Paradise Syndrome" and I've been wrestling a lot with trying to restore true Native American elements to the Ameri tribe while still leaving enough wiggle room for plot reasons while still trying to be somewhat accurate and respectful WHILE STILL being a critique of colonialism. *exhausted exhalation*

Um, way to ramble on more than you probably ever wanted. In short, I'd be REALLY REALLY INTERESTED in what you have to say on the topic! *hopeful puppy eyes are hopeful*
Apr. 9th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, sweet! Your AU/mash-up sounds brilliant. And I greatly appreciate your desire to be accurate and sensitive and true to your message as you write this.

I'd be glad to share a copy with you. It may be mid-to-late May before I have a draft in proper shape for reading, if that's not too late. I'd welcome your thoughts, too. I've made a note to get back in touch with you as I'm getting this together. Thanks so much for your interest!
Apr. 10th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Sweet!! I can't wait to read it! :) :) :)
Apr. 8th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes, I really appreciate it!
Apr. 9th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a great one! :D
Apr. 9th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 9th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a wonderful one!
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