* 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.
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"