* My most recent StarShipSofa "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, which discusses the nearly-forgotten speculative fiction writings of author Ella Scrymsour (including short stories with the first great fictional female "paranormal detective," Shiela Crerar, Psychic Investigator), 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.)
* Today's TeeFury shirt design is from Fringe!
* The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2011 Mythopoeic Awards. A number of terrific titles made the final ballot. I'm pleased to see that Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien is a nominee for "Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies." (This collection includes my essay "'Tolkien is the Wind and the Way': The Educational Value of Tolkien-Inspired World Music.") Congratulations to editor Bradford Lee Eden, and to all of the nominees!
I've got no use for dragons,
I've got no use for swords.
I'll never make a wordy toast
To a table full of lords.
Of pearls and opals give me none,
Of rubies red as fire;
The beer at The Prancing Pony
Is all that I desire.
- "The King's Beer," Glass Hammer