eldritchhobbit: (books/coffee)
I am delighted to share that The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 from Hocus Pocus Comics is now available here through Comixology.

“Edgar Allan Poe has lost everyone he ever loved and now he is losing his mind. Haunted by his dead wife and his literary failures, the poet tumbles into a fantastic world created by his genius…and his madness.”

Here is the trailer.

eldritchhobbit: (books/text)
The Journal of Science Fiction currently seeks reviewers for books we receive from publishers. We are looking for reviewers to write objective, academic book reviews rather than the more casual book reviews commonly found on Goodreads, Amazon, and other venues. If you would like to submit a book review, please consult the book reviews we published in Volume 1, Issue 3 of our journal or these sites to better understand what we're looking for:
-- Writing Critical Book Review
-- Book Reviews
-- Book Reviews


We currently have the following titles available for review:
The Berlin Project (by Gregory Benford).
Codex Orféo: A Novel (by Michael Charles Tobias).
Europa's Lost Expedition: A Scientific Novel (by Michael Carroll).
The Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery Novel (by Wallace Kaufman and David Deamer).
Murder on the Einstein Express and Other Stories (by Harun Siljak).
Science Fiction and Futurism: Their Terms and Ideas (by Ace Pilkington).
Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories (ed. by Michael Brotherton).
Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (by André M. Carrington).
Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer's Guide to Human Biology (by H.G. Stratmann).

To request a book for review, or if you have any questions about the book review process for the Journal of Science Fiction, please contact Monica Louzon (Managing Editor) at monica.louzon@museumofsciencefiction.org.
eldritchhobbit: (Rogue One/Baze smiling)
Hi, everybody! I’m now seventeen films into my viewing of all of Jiang Wen’s remarkable works. I have five more lined up before I decide what to do about those that don’t have subtitles. The themes of history, memory, and agency in many of these movies speak to me in a powerful way. The films he directed are genuine, meaningful works of art, and so are many in which he starred. So be warned (ha!): there will (soon!) be a post breaking down, commenting on, and ranking/recommending his films.

I’m also doing some reading on his works, too. And speaking about texts on Jiang Wen, if you’re interested in him and and his perspective, you definitely should check out everything posted under the “#Books on Baze” tag here. Must reads!



On a somewhat related note, I’ve also managed since first watching Rogue One to see ten or so Donnie Yen films, and I’m sure there are more of those to come, as well – so, yes, that’s probably another forthcoming post. (Two words: Ip Man.)

On a more loosely-related note, if you have the chance to see the brilliant Genghis Khan exhibit at Charlotte’s Discovery Place, do so! It’s wonderful and it’s leaving very soon. I had the good fortune of catching it just after finishing John Keay’s China: A History, so that was excellent timing.



Currently I’m reading Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion that Opened the West by William Hogeland, which I’ll be reviewing for Reason.

It’s finals time in university land, so if I’m quiet, just know that I’m grading. And grading. And then grading some more!
eldritchhobbit: (Default)
Just in case your Monday needs a smile, here's my niece.

eldritchhobbit: (SW/BB-8)
The news from Star Wars Celebration Orlando is that we have three new titles to look forward to preparing the way for The Last Jedi.

- Captain Phasma, a 5-issue comic by Delilah S. Dawson
- Leia: Princess of Alderaan, a YA novel by Claudia Gray (whose Bloodline and Lost Stars are among my favorite Star Wars novels)
- The Legends of Luke Skywalker, a novel by Ken Liu (I am most excited about this! Ken Liu? Luke Skywalker? Yes!) Ken Liu talks more about this title here. Fantastic.

I'm still having a difficult time finding the most efficient way to post images to Dreamwidth. Every option seems very clunky to me. So it goes.

eldritchhobbit: (SW/WildHair Old Luke)
Here's the trailer.

Here are the behind the scenes photos.

And here's the poster:




"I only know one truth: it's time for the Jedi to end." - Luke Skywalker, The Last Jedi

How long is it until December?
eldritchhobbit: (Default)
I am beyond delighted to be a featured speaker at Asheville Wordfest 2017: Ten Years of Multiculturalism at the Mic on April 18-23, 2017, speaking about world science fiction. If you're in beautiful Asheville, please do join me! And check out the amazing programming planned for the rest of the weekend!
eldritchhobbit: (Default)
Hello, everybody!

I haven't "moved in" here quite properly yet, but I will be doing so soon.

For right now, I wanted to rec a thoughtful and thought-provoking Star Trek article on Strange Horizons: "Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift" by Erin Horáková. Very much worth reading!
eldritchhobbit: (Star Wars/Obi-Wan/Truths)
It's a true and honor and delight to be the focus of Episode 25 of the brilliant My Star Wars Story podcast. What great fun I had recording this! If you listen (via iTunes or here at the podcast's website), I hope you enjoy!

eldritchhobbit: (Rogue One/Baze smiling)
... Body in Question: Image and Illusion in Two Chinese Films by Director Jiang Wen is a wonderful resource. I thought I'd share my mini-review here. I'm still working on my post with a breakdown/review of his films, FYI.

Body in Question offers extremely useful insights for unpacking renowned Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen’s subversive and celebrated films In the Heat of the Sun and Devils on the Doorstep (especially considering that the author met with Jiang Wen “to confirm the views expressed” in the book) and also understanding/appreciating Jiang’s larger vision and process as a filmmaker. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in political, banned/censored, independent, and/or Chinese film -- or, for that matter, anyone interested in 20th century political/social history.

For students of Jiang Wen's work, this is a "must read."



Under the cut, a few passages of note. )
eldritchhobbit: (Star Wars/binary suns)
I was recently asked for a list of my Star Wars works that are available online, so I thought I'd post that here. I'm happy to say that more is coming very soon!

Read December 2015 Reason Magazine article "Star Wars, Remixed" here.



See/hear my August 2015 Mythgard Academy guest lecture on Star Wars, "The Jedi, the Cowboy, and... Thomas Edison?" here. (This is also available via iTunes U.)

Listen to my "Looking Back on Genre History" segments on the StarShipSofa podcast about Star Wars here:
- "From Republic to Empire in Star Wars"
- "Inspirations for the Jedi in Star Wars, Part 1"
- "Inspirations for the Jedi in Star Wars, Part 2"

See my Star Wars YouTube Videos here:
- Star Wars: Does Fear Cost Us Our Liberty?
- Star Wars: Behind the History
- Star Wars: Good and Evil

Hear my interview as scholarly guest on NPR's "Talk of The Nation" national program, (May 19, 2005) here: "The End of Star Wars, But Not Its Fans
eldritchhobbit: (Banner Icon)
Way back in history 3,000 years,
In fact ever since the world began,
There's been a whole lotta good women sheddin' tears
Over a brown eyed handsome man.

*raises virtual lighter*

R.I.P., Chuck Berry (1926-2017).



eldritchhobbit: (Headstone)
I am delighted to share the book trailer for Elevator #1 from Hocus Pocus Comics!

eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Bilbo/Party)
It's 3/14. Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi (π) Day!
eldritchhobbit: (Frankenstein)
First of all, happy 199th birthday to what is perhaps my favorite novel and definitely the pioneering work of modern science fiction, Frankenstein! Here are five reasons to celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley today.



Also, the latest episode of StarShipSofa includes my new "Looking Back on Genre History," part one of a two-part discussion of the relationship of one of my very favorite authors, Lois McMaster Bujold, to fandom (and fan fiction, in particular). Here it is! If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

(And speaking of StarShipSofa, heartfelt thanks to those of you who have helped make Everyone: Worlds Without Walls a reality! We're most grateful to you!)

Last but not least, it seems that I've embarked on an in-depth study of the films of award-winning actor-director-writer Jiang Wen, sort of a personal (and multi-month-long) film festival that also includes reading the popular and scholarly analyses of his work that are available in English. (I've found that his films are kind of dream dining for someone who does intellectual history, though I'm having to brush up a bit on my knowledge of recent China, which, hey, is a good thing.) When that's all done, expect a report, including breakdown of his films with brief reviews/reactions. Consider yourself warned, ha!



I am still recovering from The Ick That Wouldn't Die, but I'm much better than I was. And we're expecting snow tomorrow, which makes me very happy indeed. I hope all of you are doing well, my friends!
eldritchhobbit: (Hitchhiker's Guide)
Happy birthday to Douglas Adams (11 March, 1952 – 11 May, 2001)!

A Wholly Remarkable Book


“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Don't Tread)
Blech! Very sick here. So many are! The ick is making the rounds. 'Tis the season, I suppose. My husband is two weeks into it and he still has little voice and lots of coughing. I'm just in week one, full of antibiotics. Joy! /Whinging

I hope all of you are well, my friends!

Here are several cool Calls for Papers for anyone so inclined:
* "Special Edition of Fantastika Journal" (incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space)
* "Representing Rural Women"
* "Stranger Things: Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence"
* "Science Fiction Beyond the Western Canon"

Most of all, I just want to share the news about an amazing and inspiring project created by StarShipSofa's Districts of Wonders network, one I'm deeply honored to be a part of: Everyone: Worlds Without Walls, a speculative fiction anthology of new and diverse voices from around the globe. I invite you to check it out!

eldritchhobbit: (Equilibrium)
Happy Valentine's Day to all!



Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
All the air is thy Diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners,
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird, with the red stomacher;
Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.

Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
Thou mak'st a Taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
(Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests,
Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine....


from John Donne, "An Epithalamion, Or Marriage Song, On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine Being Married on St. Valentine's Day"
eldritchhobbit: (Read more science fiction)
Happy birthday to Jules Verne (8 February, 1828 – 24 March, 1905)!

Jules Verne Statue


"The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears. Ah! sir, live--live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!"
- Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
eldritchhobbit: (Dr. Horrible/Coming Along)
The Hocus Pocus Comics Kickstarter has begun! Please check out this fundraiser for Houdini's Silver Dollar Misfits, a graphic novel for all ages! Gravity Falls meets Harry Potter in this magical action-adventure mystery created by Harvey-nominated writer Dwight L. MacPherson.

All pledge tiers come with rewards, and the first begins at just $1. Thanks for considering supporting us!






In other news, my latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, which reviews five 2016 documentaries on Star Trek and Star Wars history, is up now on the latest episode of StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

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