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* If you missed any of my past courses for the Mythgard Institute at Signum University, you can still catch the lectures (24 for each class): Mythgard is making the downloads of my past lectures available for purchase as "class packs." Among those courses now available are "The History of Science Fiction" Parts 1 and 2, "Taking Harry Potter Seriously," and "The Dystopian Tradition." You can find the class packs for these and other Mythgard courses here.

* R.I.P., Michael Ansara (April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013), who portrayed (among many characters) Commander Kang in three different incarnations of Star Trek. He has joined Kahless in the Black Fleet in Sto-Vo-Kor, but he will not be forgotten.

* Lovers of YA dystopian fiction have two reasons to be excited over the next month. Susan Beth Pfeffer's compelling Last Survivors series gets a fourth installment, The Shade of the Moon, and Nancy Farmer's brilliant The House of the Scorpion gets a sequel, The King of Opium. I'm looking forward to both.

Le Horla, Guy de Paupassant

Last but not least, happy birthday to Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (August 5, 1850 – July 6, 1893).

I go to bed, and I wait for sleep as a man might wait for the executioner. I wait for its coming with dread, and my heart beats and my legs tremble, while my whole body shivers beneath the warmth of the bedclothes, until the moment when I suddenly fall asleep, as a man throws himself into a pool of stagnant water in order to drown. I do not feel this perfidious sleep coming over me as I used to, but a sleep which is close to me and watching me, which is going to seize me by the head, to close my eyes and annihilate me.
- Guy de Maupassant, "The Horla"


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Aug. 6th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I had a peculiar parsing error when I read your title: I read it not as we [subject] people [verb] space [direct object] with phantoms [adverbial prepositional phrase] but as we [subject] people [appositive] space [verb] with phantoms [adverbial prepositional phrase]. So then I wondered what sort of action "spacing" was and what doing it with a phantom would be like. . . .
Aug. 7th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Bwah! I think I read it that way too!
Aug. 7th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Now I have this mental image of a ghost with a bong... "Dude, I'm just spacing. Wanna join me? Oh, right: Boo!"
Aug. 7th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I want ALL those courses!

Aug. 7th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm soooo tickled that they look interesting to you. Thanks!
Aug. 7th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind my pimping it here, but there's a Kickstarter for a dieselpunk Savage Worlds setting called Frozen Skies. Of interest to you is that the setting features some Lovecraftian elements (specifically having a dollop of At the Mountains of Madness). Unfortunately, pledges have been a touch anemic. I'm spreading the word in hopes that some eleventh hour pledges will help it squeak through.
Aug. 7th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! I'm glad you did. I just edited my latest post to include this (shamelessly ripped directly from your comment, ha) information. I hope it helps!
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