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: (Pretender/Wondering)
Cool Things are Extremely Cool:

- Netflix Revives Western Longmire. Woohoo! I am one happy fangirl.

- The University of Iowa is digitizing 10,000 vintage sci-fi zines dating back to the 1930s. Fantastic!

- Three Calls for Papers of potential interest: 1) on Robert A. Heinlein, 2) on the Gothic and Racism, and 3) on "It's Happening Again": Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks.

- FX Is Making a Television Show Out of Alan Moore's From Hell.

Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell - From Hell


- The latest episode of StarShipSofa is out - it's a jam-packed episode - and it includes my most recent "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, which celebrates the recent good news received by fans of The Pretender, Millennium, and Twin Peaks. You can download the episode via iTunes or stream/download it here.


Uncool Thing is Way Not Cool:

Cut for TMI )

The takeaway here is that most of my Spring 2015 trips and appearances - my Asheville weekend seminars, SofaCON and ConCarolinas, and likely another university campus talk in the works - won't be affected by this turn of events, but I'm very disappointed to say that it looks like Mythmoot III in January is off the table. I'm quite bummed about this.

For now I'm on the road again. Have a great one, my friends!
eldritchhobbit: (Space/Jupiter)
* I'm delighted to say it's official: I'll be giving an hour-long academic presentation on "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction" at Loncon 3: The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London this summer. (It's the perfect year for returning to London, as it's the 160th birthday of Mr. Holmes!) It looks like I'll be on some terrific panels, as well. I'll post my schedule when I know it.

* Speaking of Sherlock Holmes: "One Fixed Point: Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes, and the British Imagination." (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cookiefleck!)

* Check out the latest experience from StarShipSofa: The Sofanauts! You're invited! "Do you travel extensively to meet and hear the great creators of science fiction or wish that you could? Now you don’t have to do so! The Sofanauts will bring highly respected and sought-after guests directly to you for video talks and chats. Hear and interact with SF legends and rising stars from the comfort of your own home!"

join-the-sofanauts


Last but not least, here are several Calls for Papers that may be of interest:
* "Doctor Who: Twelfth Night" (book collection)
* "The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Phenomena" (book collection)
* "Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity" (book collection)
* "New Approaches to the Jazz Age" (book collection)
* "Digital Games and Interactive Media" (journal special issue)
* "The Classical Canon and/as Transformative Work" (journal special issue)
* "Privacy and Dataveillance" (journal special issue)
* "Queens of Crime" (conference)
eldritchhobbit: (Sparkly)
Did you miss SofaCON? Or would you like to relive it? Now you can see it after the fact!

This video includes, in order, the introduction by Peter Watts, my "Looking Back At Genre History" multimedia presentation (beginning at approximately 0:18:30 on the video), a reading by author Ted Kosmatka, my "One to One" interview with the great Lois McMaster Bujold (beginning at approximately 1:35:00), a reading by author Gregory Frost, a discussion of SF fandom by the gentlemen of Amazing Stories, the SF Quiz featuring SF Signal vs. Geeks Guide to the Galaxy (with questions/officiating by yours truly), the keynote talk by Peter Watts, and the conclusion by StarShipSofa's fearless leader, the incomparable Tony C. Smith. I do hope you enjoy it.

eldritchhobbit: (Firefly/River/Morbid&Creepifying)
I had a splendid time participating in Joss in June: A Conference on the Works of Joss Whedon. It was a truly national event, with presenters from California to New York and everywhere in between, and a very well organized and attended one, to boot. The talks were consistently excellent, and in every session I attended, questions/answers and discussion continued well after the presentations. Two thumbs up! I returned with a couple of news items to share:

  • The Whedon Studies Association wants you! Here's the information: "We invite all Whedon scholars, whether writers or readers, to join the organization. Please send your name and email address to the WSA's secretary/treasurer Tanya Cochran at wsamembers@gmail.com. Those who enroll in the WSA will receive first notice of new issues of the journal; information about upcoming conferences; shared calls for papers for upcoming books; announcements of association meetings; and more. For anyone who can provide monetary assistance, $25.00 is the suggested contribution for those who are employed full-time; $10.00 is the suggested contribution for those employed less than full-time (presumably most students). However, we invite all devotees of Whedon scholarship to join the association, with or without financial contribution.


  • There's a new kid in town! The brand new Supernatural Studies Association (SSA) is an international organization dedicated to the study of representations of the supernatural in popular culture, including (but not limited to) film, television, literature, and art. Here is the Call for Papers for the inaugural issue of its multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, Supernatural Studies.


On a personal note, tremendous and heartfelt thanks to all of my friends who have responded to my call for help in navigating the smartphone jungle. Your kindness has been most helpful and most appreciated! You're the best!

Happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lynn_maudlin, [livejournal.com profile] morningapproach, [livejournal.com profile] gods_lil_rocker, [livejournal.com profile] bouncybabylemur, [livejournal.com profile] splix, [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1, [livejournal.com profile] fungus_files, [livejournal.com profile] markbourne, [livejournal.com profile] sunshinedew, [livejournal.com profile] knesinka_e, [livejournal.com profile] ithildyn, [livejournal.com profile] melissagay, [livejournal.com profile] faramirgirl, [livejournal.com profile] arymetore, [livejournal.com profile] caster121, [livejournal.com profile] syrcleoftrees, [livejournal.com profile] ghislainem70, [livejournal.com profile] johnjosephadams, and dear [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble. May all of you enjoy a wonderful one and many happy returns of the day!


And now for your moment of zen...

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
eldritchhobbit: (Dr. Horrible/Coming Along)
I have lots of links and news to share today!

* I've chosen my text assignments for the Fall 2013 semester. For my online graduate course "Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination" for the Mythgard Institute, here is the list.
Assigned Texts )

For my undergraduate/graduate cross-listed course "U.S. Exceptionalism: The American and the Frontier" for the Lenoir-Rhyne University, here is the list.
Assigned Texts )

* A news story very much worth a listen/read: "Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl." "This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families. When producer Tim Howard first read about this case, it struck him as a sad but seemingly straightforward custody dispute. But, as he started talking to lawyers and historians and the families involved in the case, it became clear that it was much more than that. Because Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl challenges parts of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, this case puts one little girl at the center of a storm of legal intricacies, Native American tribal culture, and heart-wrenching personal stakes." Read/hear more here. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble.)

* The Force is strong with the Navajo! "Translated Into Navajo, 'Star Wars' Will Be". (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble.)

* Speaking of Star Wars, Luke Burrage of The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast has made his own edit of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Here's the tagline: "No illogical dialogue. No annoying voices. No racist accents. All the best visuals. All the best music. An all new script.” Check out Star Wars, Episode I: The Silent Menace.

* On July 19, Midnight Syndicate will release its sixteenth studio album, Monsters of Legend. This "tribute to the golden age of horror" will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. "We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films - that you've entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner," said composer Edward Douglas. Check out more information here.

Monsters of Legend cover for the Midnight Syndicate album


* A national conference on Whedonesque scholarship, Joss in June, is coming up on June 28. I'll be presenting a paper on Firefly/Serenity, and I hope to see some of you there!

* More than half of the tickets for SofaCON: An Online International Science Fiction Convention have sold. Be sure to get your tickets now before they're gone!

I hope you have a terrific day, my friends.


“I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
eldritchhobbit: (Hunger Games)
Remember the Henry River Mill Village near my home, the one I've visited repeated and photographed and posted about, the one where District 12 of The Hunger Games was filmed? Official Hunger Games site tours begin there next month.

A revised/updated schedule for Potterwatch 2013 is available now.

In other news, registration is now open for my international and online Summer 2013 course "The Dystopian Tradition" with Mythgard Institute at Signum University. Everyone is welcome, including students who wish to take the class for masters credit and auditors who wish to take it for the love of the subject. More information is here.

Have a trailer!

eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Dames and Horses)
* Hi there, everyone! Just a reminder, FYI: my Goodreads giveaway of the new Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy ends tomorrow.

* Random goodness: "15 Must-See Historic Cemeteries Across the United States."


* I now have my schedule for StellarCon 37 and SONAR: The Symposium on Nerdy Academic Research. (I'm really looking forward to the weekend, so I'm hoping my current feeling-under-the-weather-ness is very short-lived.)

Saturday, March 2
10am Panel: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and Power Rangers: A 20-Year Retrospective

2pm Panel: The Hobbit, Filler, and You

3pm Panel: The British Invasion (Sherlock and Doctor Who)

4pm SONAR Solo Presentation: "From Amerind to Dorvan: Star Trek's Uneasy History with Native America"

6pm Panel: Podcasting: How Does It Work?


Too Bad Georges Melies Never Directed A STAR TREK Episode
eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Secret Gate)
I'm a very happy height-challenged, mushroom-loving Middle-earther, as I've been invited to be a guest scholar at one of the most anticipated international Tolkien events currently in the works, A Long-Expected Party 3. I do hope to see some of you there!

AL3P


Have you ever looked to the mountains and wondered what lay beyond - or even under them? Have you ever wanted to carry a sword instead of a walking stick? Then perhaps you are in need of an adventure. Take a trip to the Shire and live the adventure of a lifetime and create memories that can be retold around the fire for ages to come.

Find out more about A Long-Expected Party 3 here!
eldritchhobbit: (Trek Reboot/McCoy Silence)
Happy February to all!

* My latest unabridged narration for StarShipSofa, which is of Jerry Oltion's beautiful short story "In the Moment," 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.)

* I'm very pleased to say that I'll presenting my talk "Why Kendra Dumbledore? Harry Potter in His Native American Context" at the PotterWatch 2013 Conference on Harry Potter. Just a reminder: the call for papers is still open if you're interested in taking part! I hope to see some of you there.


* On the recent "new TV" front, I have two reports:

1. Ripper Street: Brilliant! I'm so pleased to see a well-written and well-researched series based on the time period. I've been flailing and referring to my books in delight after each episode, in appreciation for the dedication and craftsmanship represented by this series. Well done indeed. Beautifully written, gorgeously acted. Two thumbs up!

2. The Following: Alas, I've already kicked this show to the curb. Why on earth would one base a series on Edgar Allan Poe and then not read Poe? If the producers asked an unpaid intern to read the back flap of a Edgar Allan Poe for Dummies, it certainly doesn't show. To quote Sherlock, do your homework. Sheesh. What an insult. And what a waste of significant acting talent.

Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] time_shark and [livejournal.com profile] alitalf, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] mayree, [livejournal.com profile] infostudent, [livejournal.com profile] akaihyo, [livejournal.com profile] vonjunzt, [livejournal.com profile] wiredwizard, and [livejournal.com profile] griffith_gwyn! May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day.


For the love of Trek, here's the Super Bowl trailer. I can't wait for this film (but I will).

eldritchhobbit: (TOS/IDIC)
I'm delighted to say I'll be taking part in SONAR: Symposium on Nerdy Academic Research in April. I'll be presenting a talk entitled "From Amerind to Dorvan: Star Trek's Uneasy History with Native America," based on my essay in the forthcoming 2013 collection Star Trek and History. (Psst! The call for papers is still open, if you're interested in taking part! I'd love to see you there.)


In other news, the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville has just released a video of the public talk I gave there in October 2012, "Rethinking the Trail of Tears: Liberty, Constitutionalism, and the Cherokee People."

"Rethinking the Trail of Tears," Dr. Amy Sturgis from McConnell Center on Vimeo.

October 25, 2012: Dr. Amy H. Sturgis delivered a lecture on the Trail of Tears as a part of the McConnell Center's reTHINK public lecture series.

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: (Hobbit/Bilbo walking)
Hi there! *waves* Lots of interesting things are afoot. I can only make brief mention of a couple of them at present, as I'm getting ready to head off to D.C. to give a talk on U.S. American Indian policy at the Cato Institute. It's a super-fast trip; I'll be back straightaway!

Brief notes of interest...

* It's official: The Hobbit will be three films instead of two.

* Happy birthday to Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling)!

* The Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting offers one great surprise after another. Wiress? Beetee? Plutarch Heavensbee? Brilliant!


I'll leave you with gratuitous picspam of my precious niece. Here's Kaitlyn enjoying her new wading pool. I love her sassypants expression. If I could choose a caption for this photo, it would be...

"No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die." *insert baby Kaitlyn giggles here* (See why they don't let me near the family album?)

In the Pool



"I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth" - by which he meant: "What am I going to get out of it? and am I going to come back alive?" - The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
eldritchhobbit: (Sparkly)
Happy Tuesday, everyone!

There are two new nonfiction e-books out of possible interest to Sherlockians, both by professional pastiche authors: scientist Stephanie Osborn's exploration of the rationale behind Holmes's cocaine habit, Sherlock, Sheilas, and the Seven-Percent Solution, and Barbara Roden's collection of Holmesian essays on various topics, I Am Inclined to Think....

In science fiction news, the latest issue of Booklist has the young adult dystopia 1.4 on its cover. I just finished the book (the sequel to Human.4) and recommend it.

I was intrigued by Booklist's "Top Ten SF/Fantasy for Youth" list. Sometimes I think I'm the only one who was underwhelmed by Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker. Lest I sound like a curmudgeon, I should say that I was delighted to see that Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze won this year's Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Well deserved!



In other news...

In the last day or so, a number of videos have appeared on YouTube from past meetings of PhreakNIC: Technology and Culture Exposition, the largest U.S. "hacker con" east of the Mississippi River. Several of these from the years 2003-2006 are my... well, not formal presentations exactly, but very informal talks. (These aren't professional videos like my other YouTube films; originally these simply were shown throughout the con hotel on closed-circuit TV.) It was fun reliving some terrific memories. I miss my "Got Jedi?" shirt! Ha.




"…nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”
- John Green

"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating."
- Simon Pegg

I'm back!

Apr. 24th, 2012 10:14 am
eldritchhobbit: (Dr. Who - Smith)
I'm back from a fantastic time at the Duke University symposium. Thanks to everyone involved! I'm grateful for the wonderful attendance at and reception of my presentation, and for the terrific conversations and talks I enjoyed.

In other news, my unabridged narration of Peter Crowther's moving story "Jewels in the Dust" is now available on the latest episode of the Tales to Terrify podcast.

I love this Doctor Who 50th anniversary trailer, "The Tale of a Madman in a Box." The sense of history it captures gives me chills.

eldritchhobbit: (Books)
Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

I'm deep in lecture notes at the moment, so this is just a quick post to say the third of my mini-films for the Institute for Humane Studies has now hit the web. This one is The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong. ("People of the time knew it was wrong. People of the time knew it was illegal. People of the time knew it was unconstitutional. And it happened anyway.") Again, tremendous thanks to Ozymandius Media for putting this together with style and loving care.

Here 'tis!




The two shorts of mine in this series that already have been released are as follows:
* Forgotten Rebellion: Black Seminoles and the Largest Slave Revolt in U.S. History
* Andrew Jackson: The First Imperial President


-- In other quick news, here's an interesting (not to mention somewhat problematic) article on the young adult dystopian phenomenon by Brian Bethune: "The Hunger Games: Your Kids Are Angrier Than You Think."

-- I still owe a few emails/replies; I'll be catching up very shortly!


"Sir, does this government think that the people of the United States are become savage and mad?"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson to President Martin Van Buren
eldritchhobbit: (Dancer)
The second of the videos I filmed for The Institute for Humane Studies is now online. Many thanks to Ozymandius Media for producing/editing this. I'm really pleased with the final look of the piece. This one means a lot to me.



This was inspired by my Reason article "Florida's Forgotten Rebels: Rediscovering the most successful slave revolt in American history," which, to my surprise and delight, received a shout-out from the 50th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards in 2008.

Thanks so much for letting me share this with you!
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/Watson memories)
In case you're interested, here is my five-minute audio promo for my upcoming live video lecture/Q&A session on "Sherlock and Science Fiction." At the time I'm posting this, only nine tickets remain for this event, which will be held online at 3pm GMT on 18 February, 2012. I hope some of you will be able to join me. I already have my "thematic" apparel chosen and ready. *wink*

To get everyone in the mood, StarShipSofa is running a three-part serial (on episodes #220, #221, and #222, the first of which aired this past week) of one of M.J. Trow's Inspector Lestrade stories, "Exit Center Stage." Enjoy the Holmesian love!


I love this new image of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit films:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


In other news, I'm steeling myself for tomorrow's "The Reichenbach Fall," Sherlock's adaptation of "The Final Problem." Thus my quote for the day:

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”
- Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Red Circle"
eldritchhobbit: (Fringe/Hand)
* The always-eldritch Dwight MacPherson is offering the first chapter of his forthcoming Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom for free download. It's Lovecraft! It's MacPherson! It's free! What's not to love? Check out the preview here.

* My paper on the literary ancestors of the TV series Fringe (including Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and the tradition of "SF investigator" literature) has been accepted for presentation in March at SONAR: The Symposium On Nerdy Academic Research (I love that name!), which should be loads of fun.


As you may recall, last May I went to DC to film some videos for The Institute for Humane Studies. Well, the first has gone live into the YouTube 'verse. More are forthcoming.

(For those of you who know me in real life, no, I don't know why I look like I haven't slept in six months. For those of you who don't know me in real life, meet the lisp that fought my childhood speech therapists and won!)

As usual, I'm far better via the written word than in person; FYI, this mini-talk is based on my article "Not the Same Old Hickory: The Contested Legacy of Andrew Jackson" in Reason.




"To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Impudence)
To say I'm excited about this announcement is quite the understatement.

It seemed only fitting to post this on Sherlock Holmes's birthday!


The Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa presents...

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND SCIENCE FICTION:
A Live Video Lecture by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis




What does the world’s only consulting detective have to do with science fiction? What was the relationship of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to the genre? Why have so many science fiction authors since Doyle found ways to incorporate Holmes into their works? What is the unique history between Holmes’s world and H.P. Lovecraft’s? In what ways has Holmes been recreated and reimagined via science fiction over the years? What is it about Holmes that makes him so at home – and popular! – in the 21st century?




Join award-winning genre scholar Amy H. Sturgis live as she investigates Sherlock Holmes then and now through a science fictional lens. A live Q&A will follow the lecture.

Click here for full details (date, time, tickets), including a synopsis of this four-part presentation.

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