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I'm back from a most productive and enjoyable experience in DC, and I'll be catching up shortly.

In the meantime, a quick note: as I've been compiling a list of unabridged audio versions of the texts assigned in my upcoming "Science Fiction, Part 1" seminar for my students, I discovered that there's not a convenient and free reading of Edgar Allan Poe's wickedly satirical and clever 1859 short story "Mellonta Tauta" online. (The title translates as "These things are in the future" -- an appropriate sentiment, as the story is set in the year 2848.) I decided to remedy this and record my own.

Here, free for adoption, is my narration of Poe's "Mellonta Tauta." If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

Last but certainly not least, happy birthday to febobe, and happy early birthday to manzanas_verdes, gamgeefest, and janissa11! May all of you enjoy a brilliant day and a wonderful year to come, my friends.

Talking of drag-ropes -- our own, it seems, has this moment knocked a man overboard from one of the small magnetic propellers that swarm in ocean below us -- a boat of about six thousand tons, and, from all accounts, shamefully crowded. These diminutive barques should be prohibited from carrying more than a definite number of passengers. The man, of course, was not permitted to get on board again, and was soon out of sight, he and his life-preserver. I rejoice, my dear friend, that we live in an age so enlightened that no such a thing as an individual is supposed to exist. It is the mass for which the true Humanity cares.
- "Mellonta Tauta," Edgar Allan Poe



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 6th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, sweetie! :D
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Hugs to you, m'dear! :)
Ace Hamilton
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)

I have returned to my Octopus Books complete edition of Poe again and again.

I was wondering if you have read The Weird, that excellent 1100+ page anthology that came out this year. I am on about page 950.
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks.

I've read wonderful reviews of The Weird, and it's on my "to read" list. Are you enjoying it so far?

Ace Hamilton
Aug. 13th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
I've finished The Weird now. Amazing. Absolutely one of the most essential books of the year for my money.

Apropos of nothing, my daughter is a budding editor and has been doing a lot of things on Youtube. I thought you might get a kick out of this brief Doctor Who/Sherlock thing:

Aug. 17th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I definitely will get it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Also, I laughed out loud over your daughter's video. Such a CLEVER mashup! Very well done indeed. Two thumbs up. Thanks for sharing!
Ace Hamilton
Aug. 20th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. She also did the world's only Sherlock/Teletubbies video (so far).
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Please check audio Poe's link
Sorry Professsor Amy, can not listen,I tried 2 browsers IE and Chrome,
of Poe's "Mellonta Tauta."
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Please check audio Poe's link
Ooops, I'm sorry! You can't download the MP3 file at all? I've also put it up here for download, as well. I hope this link works for you. I think you'll need to download it first before you try to open and play it with whatever program you prefer. Please let me know if this does/doesn't work for you. Thanks!
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Please check audio Poe's link
Thank you Prof Amy this new link works fine.
I have not read this Poe story, very fun.
Aug. 16th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: Please check audio Poe's link
Oh, wonderful! Thanks so much for letting me know. I appreciate your listening. It's a very wry and funny piece!
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