Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

  • Music:

"Whisper my name to the stars"

A few genre notes:

The Guardian recently ran an interesting article by author Margaret Atwood: see "Aliens Have Taken the Place of Angels": Why We Need Science Fiction.

And speaking of science fiction, I recommend the short film EPIC 2014. I plan to show it to my first-year students as an introductory example of recent SF in which no spaceship launches, alien attacks, or explosion... well, explodes. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course!) The film's explicit homage to 1984, for good or ill, is particularly noteworthy. has been updated to include new content regarding Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

My quote of the day requires some background information. Think Lost in Space, the original series (1965-1968). (For a nostalgia-inducing picture gallery, see here. For more information on Lost in Space, see here.) Three decades after Lost on Space left the air, actor Bill Mumy (the original Will Robinson) wrote a dark and tragic song about what happened to those aboard the Jupiter 2 years after the events depicted in the series. The song, entitled "The Ballad of William Robinson," not only explains the premise of the show, but also possesses the same serious, somber tone of the first episodes of the series, before it became truly campy. I grew up on Lost in Space reruns and really love the song (and wish it had launched a thousand fanfics). Lately it's been on my mind, so I offer it as a quote for the day.

Show me mercy in this universe, or show me God's true face.
Whisper my name to the stars for I am lost in space.

from Bill Mumy, "The Ballad of William Robinson"

"The Ballad of William Robinson" by Bill Mumy

My name is William Robinson: I'm 42 years old.
I've seen the hot side of the sun. I've seen blue icy cold.
I've shot the one-eyed giant down with laser in my hand,
But I'll never see my home again on walk on Earth's green land.

In 1997 we set out on the Jupiter 2,
Bound for Alpha Centauri, my family and small crew.
We ran into a meteor storm - the wrong time, the wrong place.
It's been six months and thirty years that we've been lost in space.

My father died five years ago. There was no better man than he.
My mother's never been the same, and now it's up to me.
Our pilot is a handsome man, my sisters both could tell.
And Dr. Smith will get us killed and that may be just as well.

I've worked the mines of many worlds for fuel to power our ship.
I have a robot for a friend and helper on our trip.
I'm sending out this message now from this ungodly place
In hopes someone will rescue us from being lost in space.

My name is William Robinson and I'll never take a wife.
No children will I father. I have no normal life.
Show me mercy in this universe, or show me God's true face.
Whisper my name to the stars for I am lost in space.


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