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Happy Friday! A few random bits...

* Several friend have posted this news. If you have four-legged family members, please check it out: Purina pet food has started making dogs and cats ill.

* Last weekend the fantastic DarkCargo had a wonderful AtHomeCon, and I was interviewed about my upcoming "Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga" graduate course at the Mythgard Institute.

* If you love SF genre history as I do, don't miss Jess Nevins' series at io9, which speculates about which works might have received the Hugo Awards if they'd started back in the 1880's rather than the 1950's. Here are the "Victorian Hugos" thus far: 1885, 1886, 1887, and 1888.

It's that time when I start thinking about the year in retrospect. It probably will take me several posts to get this out of my system(!), but here's a start:

My Publications in 2011

"In Search of Fringe's Literary Ancestors"
in Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips and Mad Scientists
Kevin R. Grazier, ed., Smart Pop Books

"‘Just Get Us a Little Further’: Liberty and the Frontier in Firefly and Serenity"
in The Philosophy of Joss Whedon
Dean Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider, eds., University Press of Kentucky

"Reimagining ‘Magic City’: How the Casts Mythologize Tulsa"
in Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion in the P.C. and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series
P.C. Cast, ed., Smart Pop Books

"Top Ten ‘Must Read’ Time Travel Works"
in StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3
Tony C. Smith, ed., StarShipSofa

"H.P. Lovecraft and the Imaginative Tale," Part 1 and Part 2 in Revolution Science Fiction (August)

Works Written in 2011 to be Published in 2012

"If This Is The (Final) Frontier, Where Are The Natives?"
in Star Trek and History
Nancy Reagin, ed., Wiley Blackwell

"Native America and the Prisoner's Dilemma"
in The Enterpri$er (Month TBD)

The Demon of Brockenheim; or The Enchanted Ring by Anonymous (1877)
(Edited, Annotated, and Introduced by Yours Truly), Udolpho Books

Proposal Accepted, to be Written and Published in 2012

"From Both Sides Now: Lois McMaster Bujold and the Fan Fiction Phenomenon"
in Forward Momentum: The Science Fiction and Fantasy of Lois McMaster Bujold
Janet B. Croft, ed., McFarland

The quotes for the day are two passages I particularly loved from Barry Day's Sherlock Holmes and the Seven Deadly Sins Murders (my review is here).

[Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade at 221B]
How often had the three of us sat here like this, I reflected, while events grave and gay, some of them affecting the highest in the land, were unfolding around us. How often had the decisions we had arrived at in this room changed the lives of hundreds, even though they were never to be aware of it?

We were an ill-sorted trio. Holmes, thin and angular, perched in his chair at a moment like this, as if ready to take flight. Lestrade, small, almost - if I'm honest - ferrety but as tenacious as any of that under-rated species when he had determined his target. And me - how did I view myself? A middle-aged ex-soldier of no particular distinction with a war wound that played up in the damp weather. And yet that remarkable man, Holmes had told me on more than one occasion that I completed him - so who was I to argue. Certainly the three of us had survived more than a few adventures together and it seemed as though we were about to embark upon another.

[Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes talking]
"...the strangest thing of all is that, deep down, they are the closest of friends. The need each other. The one defines the other."

"Rather like Watson and myself?" said Holmes and I fancy he was only half joking, which pleased me more than a little.

Mycroft let the remark pass.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 9th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
I got your Holiday card in the mail yesterday. *happyness* First one of the season, besides my insurance agent (who doesn't count)
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! Thank you for letting me know it arrived. :)
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Lestrade, small, almost - if I'm honest - ferrety but as tenacious as any of that under-rated species when he had determined his target.

I consider that quite a compliment!!!!!
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed! So do I. :)
Dec. 9th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Your card arrived today, and it is beautiful. Thank you so much!! *smooch*
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! Virginia deserves all the credit, of course. ;) Thank you for letting me know it arrived. *hugs*
Dec. 10th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for the holiday card! It arrive yesterday.

Oh, and tell Virginia I think I heard Dancer and Prancer planning on double-teaming her over the Blitzen situation. ^_^
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Thanks for letting me know it arrived.

Virginia says to bring it on. She's ready for them! LOL. ;)
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
"From Both Sides Now: Lois McMaster Bujold and the Fan Fiction Phenomenon"


BTW, I'd love to see your pastiche hierarchy again (I'm sending my Christmas list to my family and quite enjoyed your rec, The Mycroft Memorandum).
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm ridiculously excited about the Bujold essay. Ridiculously.

I've just posted an updated version of that pastiche hierarchy today. I'm so, so glad you enjoyed The Mycroft Memorandum, too.

Edited at 2011-12-11 12:49 pm (UTC)
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