eldritchhobbit: (SF/Exploring space)
I'll shortly be on my way to MidAmeriCon II/the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. If you're attending, I hope you'll say hello!

Below is my schedule. I'm delighted and privileged to be on panels with some stellar folks in the SF community. Each event title links to its official description and list of participants.

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Thursday, August 18
2pm: "His Fordship in the Capitol and Big Brother in the Districts: How The Hunger Games' World of Tomorrow Builds on SF's Classic Past"
This is my stand-alone academic presentation, which is part of the Campbell Conference/Academic Track.

Friday, August 19
11am: "Queer Star Wars"
This panel is part of the 40th Anniversary Star Wars Day programming.

Saturday, August 20
10am: "Alienation and Science Fiction"
I am the moderator of this panel.

12pm: "Inspiring the Creativity"
I am the moderator of this panel.

2pm: "Magazine Group Reading: Escape Artists, Inc."

8pm: The Hugo Awards
I am honored to be the official representative of Hugo nominee Tales to Terrify at this year's ceremony.

Sunday, August 21
12pm: "Criticism in Speculative Fiction"


I plan to post updates and photos on my Twitter feed.

Catch you on the flip side!
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/Sherlock and John giggling)
Last night at the 57th Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony, my Reason article "Not Your Parent's Dystopias: Millennial Fondness for Worlds Gone Wrong" won the 2015 award for Best Magazine Review/Criticism/Column. The Los Angeles Press Club kindly added these official comments: "What a great job of looking at dystopias past and present through a cultural lens. Regardless of where the future takes us, Amy H. Sturgis has done a great job of explaining how writers and others have gotten us where we are."

My sincere thanks to the L.A. Press Club for this honor! Congratulations to the other winners and nominees.

From Reason Magazine


Happy early birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] lynn_maudlin, [livejournal.com profile] morningapproach, [livejournal.com profile] gods_lil_rocker, [livejournal.com profile] splix, [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1, [livejournal.com profile] markbourne, [livejournal.com profile] sunshinedew, [livejournal.com profile] ithildyn, [livejournal.com profile] melissagay, [livejournal.com profile] faramirgirl, [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble, [livejournal.com profile] arymetore, [livejournal.com profile] caster121, [livejournal.com profile] syrcleoftrees, [livejournal.com profile] ghislainem70, and [livejournal.com profile] johnjosephadams. May you all enjoy many happy returns of the day!
eldritchhobbit: (Scott & Bailey/glasses)
Wow! My article from the October 2014 issue of Reason Magazine, "Not Your Parents' Dystopias: Millennial fondness for worlds gone wrong," is a finalist for the L.A. Press Club's 2015 Journalism Award in the category of Magazine - Review/Criticism/Column. I'm honored!

From Reason Magazine


Congratulations to all who were nominated, especially the awesome folks at Reason - including my fellow finalist, the great Jesse Walker!
eldritchhobbit: (Firefly/Jayne/Bendy)
* The nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards have been announced, and a very fine set of finalists they are. Congratulations to all of the nominees! I'm thrilled to say StarShipSofa has been nominated; heartfelt thanks to our listeners, supporters, and all the members of our extended family!

* R.I.P., Richard Griffiths (1947-2013), wonderful actor of stage and screen.

* I thought this Call for Papers might be of interest to some of you good Browncoat folk.
Call for Papers: Joss Whedon's FIREFLY )

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sarah531, [livejournal.com profile] vg_ford, and [livejournal.com profile] tunes84, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] captnofmyheart, [livejournal.com profile] wildviolet4, [livejournal.com profile] savagedoc45, [livejournal.com profile] lalam, and [livejournal.com profile] silveraspen. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

And happy April Fools Day to one and all!

someecards.com - I'm going to have trouble taking anything you say seriously today or any other day of the year.
eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Bilbo/Not at Home)
Tonight I'll be offering a lecture ("'I Take My Life in My Hand': A Tale of Two Cherokees and the Trail of Tears") at the meeting of the Catawba County Executives' Club, and then tomorrow I'm off to Oklahoma for the induction into the Broken Arrow Great Graduates Hall of Fame. I'll be catching up with everyone as soon as I'm back home!

I had a lovely time at Harry PotterFest 2012. I was very pleased by the attendance and reaction at my talk. Danielle Tumminio was fantastic, as were Hawthorn and Holly. It was great to spend some time with [livejournal.com profile] gods_lil_rocker and others at the "Insufferable Know-It-Alls" trivia contest, too!

On another note, I just got the happy word that I'll be presenting my paper "'Crowded in My Sky': Frontier Narratives and Freedom in Firefly and Serenity" at Joss in June: A Conference on the Works of Joss Whedon. I'm looking forward to it! FYI, the Call for Papers is still open, if you're interested in submitting a proposal. It should be great fun.

I'll leave you with a photo. My niece Kaitlyn was Tigger for her very first Halloween. :)

Halloween 2012
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/Haunted)
A few quick notes:

* Thanks to everyone who took part in yesterday's poll. It's still open, if anyone else would like to participate.

* Don't forget about this month's giveaway, which is open through October 30. Everyone who enters will win!

* I have some happy news to share. You may recall that I was part of the filming of the Italian documentary Oltre la Frontiera (Beyond the Frontier) in South Dakota - in fact, the filmmakers, Francesco and Massimo Piccioli, were kind enough to give me second "actor" billing behind the fabulous star, my friend Giuseppe Festa. Well, the film just aired at the prestigious 23rd International Film Festival in Rovereto, along with a number of films from different countries, and it won an award as the best in its category ("Archeology and Society")! The Italian papers have run several stories on the film over the weekend, and I couldn't be happier. Congratulations to Giuseppe, the Piccioli brothers, and everyone involved.

Now, on with the countdown!

amami fino alla morte ed io verrò con te


Text of the Day: Today's work is the eerie The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens (1812-1870), who turned 200 years old this year.

Excerpt: Everybody said so.

Far be it from me to assert that what everybody says must be true. Everybody is, often, as likely to be wrong as right. In the general experience, everybody has been wrong so often, and it has taken, in most instances, such a weary while to find out how wrong, that the authority is proved to be fallible. Everybody may sometimes be right; “but that’s no rule,” as the ghost of Giles Scroggins says in the ballad.

The dread word, GHOST, recalls me.

Everybody said he looked like a haunted man. The extent of my present claim for everybody is, that they were so far right. He did.

Who could have seen his hollow cheek; his sunken brilliant eye; his black-attired figure, indefinably grim, although well-knit and well-proportioned; his grizzled hair hanging, like tangled sea-weed, about his face, - as if he had been, through his whole life, a lonely mark for the chafing and beating of the great deep of humanity, - but might have said he looked like a haunted man?

Who could have observed his manner, taciturn, thoughtful, gloomy, shadowed by habitual reserve, retiring always and jocund never, with a distraught air of reverting to a bygone place and time, or of listening to some old echoes in his mind, but might have said it was the manner of a haunted man?

Who could have heard his voice, slow-speaking, deep, and grave, with a natural fulness and melody in it which he seemed to set himself against and stop, but might have said it was the voice of a haunted man?

Who that had seen him in his inner chamber, part library and part laboratory, - for he was, as the world knew, far and wide, a learned man in chemistry, and a teacher on whose lips and hands a crowd of aspiring ears and eyes hung daily, - who that had seen him there, upon a winter night, alone, surrounded by his drugs and instruments and books; the shadow of his shaded lamp a monstrous beetle on the wall, motionless among a crowd of spectral shapes raised there by the flickering of the fire upon the quaint objects around him; some of these phantoms (the reflection of glass vessels that held liquids), trembling at heart like things that knew his power to uncombine them, and to give back their component parts to fire and vapour; - who that had seen him then, his work done, and he pondering in his chair before the rusted grate and red flame, moving his thin mouth as if in speech, but silent as the dead, would not have said that the man seemed haunted and the chamber too?

Read the Complete Work: Here.
eldritchhobbit: (Hobbit/Bilbo walking)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] knesinka_e, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ithildyn, [livejournal.com profile] melissagay, and [livejournal.com profile] faramirgirl. May all of you have fantastic days and wonderful years to come!

All the Hobbit news from Comic-Con sounds wonderful! It looks like I'll be teaching my Tolkien seminar again for the Spring 2012 semester, and I expect the energy will be terrific.

It's amazing; it seems like just yesterday I was in Toronto for the Gathering of the Fellowship, The Lord of the Rings: The Musical, and the Imperishable Flame Award Ceremony and such, but it's been six years! (For my new friends, my old post on those festivities is here and the picture post is here.) And the Toronto premiere of The Return of the King and all of the related festivities, which I also attended, was three years before that! Good grief!

TORn now has a great spoilery report of the new footage of the film that was just shown at Comic-Con.

And here's a lovely group interview:

Miscellania

Jul. 8th, 2012 10:49 am
eldritchhobbit: (MST3K)
Where has the time gone? Both of my summer classes are in full swing, and I have several essays due to editors this month, and... oh, that's where. Right.

I hope all's going well in your neck of the woods, my friends!

A few quick notes:

* Why had I never heard of the film The Lazarus Project? It's well done, really well shot and atmospheric, and I wish I'd seen it sooner. Consider it recommended.

* I laughed at io9's list of "10 Great Science Fiction Novels with Go-Back-To-Bed Depressing Endings." I'm unsurprised that I've read eight of the ten, and several are among my absolute favorite novels. That's just how I roll. (I'd love to turn this into a top 25 or 50 list...)

* The always-excellent Lovecraft eZine is asking for support. Please help if you can!

* My unabridged narration of Stephen Volk's powerful and wrenching story "After the Ape" is now available here on the latest episode of the Tales to Terrify podcast.

* I always, always seem to test as the INTJ personality type, no matter the year or setting. I just realized that this site proposes fictional characters with the same type. So I'm intellectual kin with Professor Moriarty, Hannibal Lecter, and Gandalf? Really?

* I was knocked off my feet by the wholly unexpected and humbling news that the alumni association of my high school (which was and is the largest high school in my home state) has named me a "Great Graduate." It's a tremendous honor -- the other recipient of this year's award has both a Tony and an Emmy to her credit -- and I'm still rather flabbergasted, especially since I'm only just eligible, due to how recently I graduated (relatively speaking, of course!). I figure I'd better run with it before someone realizes they've made a mistake! ;) I'm grateful and delighted that I'll be able to return to accept the award during this year's homecoming celebration. No way to stop BA! Go Tigers!

sci fi fantasy Harry Potter - People Listen to a Man with a Pointed Stick
see more Set Phasers To Lol


"We live on a minute island of known things. Our undiminished wonder at the mystery which surrounds us is what makes us human. In science fiction we can approach that mystery, not in small, everyday symbols, but in bigger ones of space and time." — Damon Knight
eldritchhobbit: (VA/Do Not Want)
A few quick notes:

* I'm happy to say that The Philosophy of Joss Whedon (University Press of Kentucky, 2011), which includes my essay "‘Just Get Us a Little Further’: Liberty and the Frontier in Firefly and Serenity," is a finalist for the 2012 Long Mr. Pointy Award, an award given by the Whedon Studies Association for the year's best long work of scholarship on a Whedon-related topic. Yay!

* Thanks to MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron for helping spread the word about my Hogwarts 101 summer course!

Under the cut, here's the promo. )

* My latest unabridged narration for StarShipSofa, which is the first half of Kate Wilhelm's novella The Bird Cage, is now available to stream or download on the newest episode of the podcast. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of links to my unabridged dramatic readings is here.)


Most of all, Virginia and I offer a heartfelt THANK YOU! to everyone who sent good wishes for her recovery. She's under treatment and working hard to get well soon. Here she is, ready for her closeup as always:

Virginia, taking it easy
eldritchhobbit: (Fringe/Walter/Self-Medicated)
Good things:

* The nominees for the 2012 Hugo Award have been announced. I'm thrilled that StarShipSofa is a finalist, and I'm grateful to everyone who listens to and supports the podcast. Special congrats to my friends at the wonderful Apex Magazine for their nomination, as well!

* In honor of the second series of Sherlock coming to the US next month, the brilliant folks at DarkCargo (who are always up to something interesting) are hosting a "Sherlock! a-long!" for reading (or re-reading) the stories that correspond to the episodes.

* My appreciation for the Hunger Games film, which already was quite high, only increased after seeing it a second time. It definitely rewards multiple viewings.

* Speaking of The Hunger Games, have you seen the new Katniss Barbie? I can't quite decide if I'm horrified, amused, or pleased by this development. (After all, this may be the first one since the Dana Scully Barbie that actually represents a positive role model!)

Mattel Katniss Everdeen Barbie -- Ordered!


* The first official shirt for The Hobbit makes me smile with glee. I can't wait to see Martin Freeman's performance.

* Now that Justified's season is over, there's Breaking Bad to anticipate. Of course, I'd be even more excited if this happened:

sci fi fantasy Harry Potter - Breaking Bad Season Five
see more Set Phasers To Lol


* Happy early birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] prettybirdy979, [livejournal.com profile] cherylmmorgan, [livejournal.com profile] muuranker, [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha, and [livejournal.com profile] justicemuffins. May each of you enjoy a wonderful day and a brilliant year to come!


It doesn't feel cruel here; this morning it was 38 degrees and glorious! Oh, summer, never come...

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”
- T.S. Eliot
eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Bilbo/Party)
Just a few quick notes today...

* My most recent StarShipSofa "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, which discusses the nearly-forgotten speculative fiction writings of author Ella Scrymsour (including short stories with the first great fictional female "paranormal detective," Shiela Crerar, Psychic Investigator), is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

* Today's TeeFury shirt design is from Fringe!

* The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2011 Mythopoeic Awards. A number of terrific titles made the final ballot. I'm pleased to see that Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien is a nominee for "Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies." (This collection includes my essay "'Tolkien is the Wind and the Way': The Educational Value of Tolkien-Inspired World Music.") Congratulations to editor Bradford Lee Eden, and to all of the nominees!

Middle-Earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien



I've got no use for dragons,
I've got no use for swords.
I'll never make a wordy toast
To a table full of lords.

Of pearls and opals give me none,
Of rubies red as fire;
The beer at The Prancing Pony
Is all that I desire.
- "The King's Beer," Glass Hammer
eldritchhobbit: (Default)
Lots of happiness today...

* My essay "In Search Of Fringe's Literary Ancestors" is completed and accepted for the forthcoming book Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists. I'm quite looking forward to reading the other essays in the collection when it's published.

* StarShipSofa, for the second year in a row, has been nominated for a Hugo Award! Yay Team! Tremendous thanks to all who listen to and support us. There are many other reasons I'm excited about this year's Hugo nominees, too, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Doctor Who, and Saladin Ahmed, among others.

* Sherlock has been nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Best Supporting Actor (Martin Freeman) for the BAFTA TV Awards.

* It's grey and rainy, my favorite kind of day.

I hope you have a wonderful one!


Walter: Why not bring a little life to the dead I say!
- "Brown Betty," Fringe
eldritchhobbit: (Fringe/Walter/Self-Medicated)
Lots of happiness today...

* My essay "In Search Of Fringe's Literary Ancestors" is completed and accepted for the forthcoming book Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists. I'm quite looking forward to reading the other essays in the collection when it's published.

* StarShipSofa, for the second year in a row, has been nominated for a Hugo Award! Congratulations to Tony C. Smith! Yay Team! Tremendous thanks to all who listen to and support us. There are many other reasons I'm excited about this year's Hugo nominees, too, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Doctor Who, and Saladin Ahmed, among others.

* Sherlock has been nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Best Supporting Actor (Martin Freeman) for the BAFTA TV Awards.

* It's grey and rainy, my favorite kind of day.

I hope you have a wonderful one!


Walter: Why not bring a little life to the dead I say!
- "Brown Betty," Fringe
eldritchhobbit: (SF/Weird Tales)
Hi everyone! We've been buried under the snowpocalypse for the last two days, but it looks like the weather's passed for now. Which is good, because I'm due to fly up to Washington, D.C. tomorrow for a four-day conference, and to do that, I need to get to the airport! The conference should be fascinating, and it feels like it's been ages since I was in D.C. (I had a short internship there while I was in college, and I do get back now and then). I'll be online to a degree while I'm gone.

A few quick notes:

* First of all, tremendous thanks to everyone who participated in the Sofanaut Awards. Because of your kind support, I've received the 2011 Sofanaut Award for Best Fact Article Contributor for my regular "Looking Back on Genre History" segments on StarShipSofa. I'm very grateful for this affirmation of something I so love to do, and I appreciate the wonderful listeners, who make it all worthwhile. Thank you, and congratulations the other winners of this year's Sofanaut Awards!

* Second, my most recent StarShipSofa "Genre History" segment, which discusses Native American authors of speculative fiction, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

* Third, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] mjolnir1964, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] altariel, [livejournal.com profile] pwilkinson, [livejournal.com profile] lukeski, [livejournal.com profile] seemag, [livejournal.com profile] pinkfinity, and [livejournal.com profile] thrihyrne. May each of you enjoy a wonderful day and a fantastic year to come!

* Last, I thought these two articles on young adult dystopias might be of interest:
--- From author Paolo Bacigalupi, in the New York Times: "The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction"
--- A response from author Mike Brotherton, in his blog: "Dystopias are Realistic? I’m Not so Sure Paolo…"


This, I think, speaks for itself:

A Happy Imperium Family
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"All I'm gonna say to you is this: evil wins when good folks do nothing."
- Stevie Rae, Awakened, P.C. and Kristin Cast
eldritchhobbit: (Tori/Tomorrows)
* Tremendous thanks to all of you who nominated me for the 2011 Sofanaut Awards. I'm very grateful for your support! The final round of voting begins today, and I'm on the shortlist both for Best Fact Article Contributor (for my "Looking Back at Genre History" segments) and for Best Narrator. If you listen and enjoy StarShipSofa, I hope you'll take part in this final round of voting. To vote, go here and click on the "2011 Sofanaut Awards" banner on the right. No registration is necessary. Thanks for participating, and best wishes to all of the nominees!


* I thought this might be of interest to many of my friends: "The Relevance of YA for Adults: The Harry Potter Effect" by Jaym Gates at the Apex Book Company blog.


* Speaking of young adult literature, it's time for an update of my working list of young adult dystopian novels. There have been a number of new releases and forthcoming titles announced lately. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for me, I'd be most grateful! Thanks so much. (Note: This list has been updated since my last posting. If you follow/bookmark this link, you'll always be directed to the most recent iteration of this list.)
--Fifty Years of English-Language Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, With Links )
--Secondary Sources Relating to Young Adult Dystopias, A Select Bibliography )


* Last but not least, 'tis the season to revisit a favorite holiday song, Jonathan Coulton's "Chiron Beta Prime":




I just love this...

"Well, I don't like it; but I suppose it must be," said I. "When do we start?"

"You are not coming."

"Then you are not going," said I. "I give you my word of honour - and I never broke it in my life - that I will take a cab straight to the police-station and give you away, unless you let me share this adventure with you."


- John Watson and Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," Arthur Conan Doyle
eldritchhobbit: (Pros/Literary Type)
Happy Hanukkah to all of my friends who celebrate the holiday. And happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] tuesday_darling. I hope your day was a special one.


I have a few quick notes...


* Last call for holiday cards! If you'd like a card from me this year, please respond here. Thanks!


* I thought one or more of these 2011 Reading Challenges might be of interest to some of my friends:


* It's time again for the nomination round of the annual Sofanaut Awards, hosted by StarShipSofa! All listeners are invited to vote once in this round (but you may vote for as many different entries in each category as you wish). I am eligible for nomination in the Best Narrator category (as Amy H. Sturgis) and the Best Fact Article Contributor (for my regular "Looking Back at Genre History" segments). Regardless of which nominees you choose to support, I do hope you'll take part. Voting is here, and no registration is necessary. Thanks so much for participating!


* I will be teaching two courses in the Spring, one undergraduate and one graduate, both on the same topic: "Stories of Worlds Gone Wrong: The Dystopian Tradition."
Here's the class description. )
Here are the assigned texts the courses have in common. )


* I was right: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is even more enjoyable on the second viewing. Yay!


I'll leave you with one of the wonderfully informative and inspirational public service announcements produced by the Chickasaw Nation:




"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."
- Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," by Arthur Conan Doyle (<-I'm almost finished reading my fourth book in the Holmesian canon in proper order of publication, and I'm loving it.)
eldritchhobbit: (Space/Jupiter)

For nearly three years now I have thoroughly enjoyed being a regular contributor to StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine with my "History of the Genre" segments and my narrations, and I've been delighted to work with its wonderful editor, Tony C. Smith.

Today, StarShipSofa became the first podcast ever to win a Hugo Award.

To Tony, to the other StarShipSofa contributors, to all of our listeners and supporters, and to every member of the larger podcasting family, I offer heartfelt thanks and congratulations. History has been made!

And, of course, congratulations to all of the 2010 Hugo Award winners. (Note: It was my special privilege this year to get to narrate two of the winning stories, Will McIntosh's "Bridesicle" and Peter Watts's "The Island." I'm so thrilled for these deserving authors!)
eldritchhobbit: (Space)
For the past two years I have been so very pleased and proud to be a regular contributor to StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine with my "History of the Genre" segments and my narrations, and delighted to work with its fantastic editor, a true visionary, Tony C. Smith. Tonight, StarShipSofa became the first podcast ever nominated for a Hugo Award. To Tony, to the other StarShipSofa contributors, and to all listeners and supporters, I offer heartfelt thanks and congratulations. History's been made!

And best wishes and congratulations to all of the 2010 Hugo Award nominees!

(Along with Lawrence Santoro, Grant Stone, and Hugo-nominated editor Jonathan Strahan, I took part in a live podcast show with Tony reacting to/commenting on the nominations. You can download or listen to it here.)
eldritchhobbit: (SF/Exploring space)

The Hugo Awards are special in the world of science fiction because they are made by, determined by, and administered by the fans. Technically speaking, electronic publications have always been eligible for the Hugos. The year 2009, however, brought two new and exciting developments for those of us who support new media: first, the audiobook METAtropolis (by Joseph E. Lake, Jr., Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, and edited by John Scalzi) was nominated for a Hugo in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category, a first for a straight-to-audio production; and second, the World Science Fiction Society Business Meeting ratified a constitutional amendment that added the words “or the equivalent in other media” to various Hugo Award category definitions, thereby formally acknowledging what had always been the case de facto, that electronic publications were eligible.

Recently I was thrilled to see this thread in the [livejournal.com profile] hugo_recommend community regarding podcast eligibility for the 2010 Hugos -- and, in particular, the case of StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine. (Go team!) The consensus seems to be that Best Fanzine would be the best category for a podcast: no one is certain, because no podcast has ever received sufficient nominations to make the ballot. Since this discussion in the [livejournal.com profile] hugo_recommend community, a growing wave of support for the StarShipSofa nomination has appeared on John Scalzi's blog under "Science Fiction Award Suggestions." So, if you, like me, are a World Science Fiction Society member and you plan on participating Hugo Awards nominations (open now through March 13), now is a fantastic time to help raise the issue of podcast eligibility in the Hugos -- and, if you like, support StarShipSofa in the process!


[On a related personal note, I've also been gratified to see some mention of another project near and dear to my heart, in this case with relation to the Best Related Work category for the 2010 Hugos, namely The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko, which grew out of my keynote address to the Mythopoeic Society a few years ago and which I co-edited with the wonderful David D. Oberhelman. My sincere thanks and lasting gratitude to all who have supported this book!]


"If America or any other nation turns its back on space, it becomes the caveman who ignores the sight of the first spark. It becomes Columbus content to mark time in a Spanish port. It becomes the Wright Brothers never leaving their Ohio bicycle shop. It spits in the face of wonder – and in so doing denies every noble impulse of humanity."
- Troy Senik, "When Man Looked Up"

Thank you!

Dec. 9th, 2009 08:40 am
eldritchhobbit: (Read more science fiction)

I have many thanks to offer today!

* I'm grateful to all of you who nominated me for the Sofanaut Awards! Thanks to you, I'm now a finalist in two categories for my work on StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine: "Best Narrator" and "Best Fact Article Contributor." Beginning today, voting in the Final Round is open to everyone here! I'm very thankful for your ongoing support and encouragement, my friends. Thank you so much.

* Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] janissa11, [livejournal.com profile] dodger_winslow, [livejournal.com profile] killerweasel, [livejournal.com profile] pinkfinity, [livejournal.com profile] thrihyrne, [livejournal.com profile] lothithil, [livejournal.com profile] cyloran, [livejournal.com profile] st_crispins, [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble, [livejournal.com profile] gilda_elise, [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha, [livejournal.com profile] marthawells, and an anonymous friend for the wonderful holiday LJ gifts! Your kindness made my week and put a huge smile on my face.

* Speaking of StarShipSofa, my latest "History of the Genre" segment, which this month is about the literary character of Captain Nemo, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

Best wishes for a terrific rest of the week!


"Sir, your error was in supposing that the past can be resuscitated, and in contending against inevitable progress. It is one of those errors which some admire, others blame; which God alone can judge. He who is mistaken in an action which he sincerely believes to be right may be an enemy, but retains our esteem. Your error is one that we may admire, and your name has nothing to fear from the judgment of history, which does not condemn heroic folly, but its results."

The old man's breast swelled with emotion, and raising his hand to heaven,--

"Was I wrong, or in the right?" he murmured.

Cyrus Harding replied, "All great actions return to God, from whom they are derived. Captain Nemo, we, whom you have succored, shall ever mourn your loss."


- Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island

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