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: (Star Wars/Pre-Raphaelite)
Carrie Fisher was many things: mother, sister, daughter. Accomplished author and actress and script wizard. Advocate for mental health and addiction awareness.

But to five-year-old me, and to forty-five-year-old me, she was my first heroine.

To me, she was royalty.



I'd like to think the afterlife knows its Hamilton, and she is greeted properly:

Here comes the General. Rise up.
eldritchhobbit: (Firefly/Losing Side)
R.I.P., Ron Glass (1945-2016). Our 'verse is a warmer and brighter place because of your touch.

eldritchhobbit: (UNCLE)
Stop it, 2016. Stop it.

The world needs Napoleon Solo in it. Desperately. Please. Or Albert Stroller, at least.

R.I.P., Robert Vaughn.

Here is David McCallum's touching statement to TVLine.

I'm holding my fandom cousins close.

eldritchhobbit: (Banner Icon)
R.I.P., Leonard Cohen (1934-2016). What a loss.

eldritchhobbit: (Galaxy Quest)
What a loss for us all. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.

eldritchhobbit: (Cold outside)
First, a list from BuzzFeed: 49 Halloween Costumes All Book Lovers Will Appreciate.

Second, I was sorry to hear that Swedish author and playwright Henning Mankell died yesterday. It seems only fitting to devote today's countdown post to this giant of Nordic noir.

A mere glance at the cover art from some of his books underscores the haunting bleakness of his work.



October-worthy quotes:

“The fear of death came and went, though right now her life force was strong. But she had never forgotten what went through her mind when she balanced on the railing of the bridge. Life wasn't just something that took care of itself. There were big black holes you could fall into with long, sharp spikes at the bottom, monstrous traps.”
― Henning Mankell, Before the Frost

“Spirits don’t have faces. And yet we recognise them. We know who is who. Spirits don’t have eyes or mouths or ears either. And yet they can see and speak and hear.”
― Henning Mankell, Chronicler of the Winds

“Life is a flimsy branch over an abyss.”
― Henning Mankell, Italian Shoes
eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Secret Gate)
I first met artist Jef Murray over a decade ago when we were both guests at the Tolkien event The Gathering of the Fellowship in Toronto. I most recently spent some wonderful time chatting with Jef and his lovely wife Lorraine last year when we were guests at A Long-Expected Party 3 in Kentucky. In between conventions and conferences, we kept in touch. His artwork delighted me, and I was thrilled when he offered to illustrate the deluxe hardback version of my edited edition of The Magic Ring by Baron de la Motte Fouqué. He shared his breathtaking art-in-progress with me as he worked (the book contains more than forty of his gorgeous illustrations), I shared my annotated music mix for the project with him, and the experience was a true joy.

The Magic Ring - Illustrated


If you're unfamiliar with Jef's remarkable art, do check out the website of Jef Murray Studios.

I was looking forward to seeing Jef again next year in Kentucky. The news of his sudden passing saddens me greatly. He was a rare soul and a truly gifted artist, and he brought beauty to everyone who knew him. Namárië, Jef.
eldritchhobbit: (Dracula/Gorey)
Christopher Lee's elegant and intelligent presence looms large in so many of the 'verses I love and study and research and teach: the Gothic, Holmesiana, Tolkieniana, Star Wars, etc. I'm handling the sad news today by imagining his *epic* reunion with his dear friend, Peter Cushing. Two one-of-a-kind gentlemen.

*moment of silence*

eldritchhobbit: (TOS/IDIC)
R.I.P., Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015).

I have no words.
eldritchhobbit: (The Time Machine)
Links of potential interest...

* This worthy Kickstarter has already met its goal, but there's still time to join the effort. I'm looking forward to my copy! MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol. 1 is an incredible 200-page collection of short stories from Indigenous creators across North America, in comic book form. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1.)

* "The Arthur Machen collection is at risk." This is a collection of international importance. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wellinghall.)

* How does The Imitation Game compare to the real history behind it? Read "A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing." (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cookiefleck.)

* I was sorry to hear of the passing of Rod Taylor. He starred in a number of good films, but his The Time Machine is a work that's been especially near and dear to my heart since I was a child. Here's an obituary from People.

Apologies for being quiet. The new semester starts next week, and my plate is full! I hope all is well with you, my friends.

Miscellany

Nov. 10th, 2014 09:56 am
eldritchhobbit: (Star Wars/Obi-Wan/Not Defeat)
* Huge congratulations to Glass Hammer's Stephen R. Babb on the publication of his gorgeous The Lay of Lirazel in paperback, ebook, and audiobook form. The Lay Of Lirazel is narrative poetry told in epic fashion, but it is poetry fully equipped with fangs and enough terror to keep a reader turning pages till the last curse falls and death and doom claim their prize! Inspired by the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the paintings of John W. Waterhouse, and the writings of George MacDonald, William Morris, and Lord Dunsany, The Lay of Lirazel is the essence of the mythopoeic set to verse. I'm proud to have written the foreword for this remarkable work. Highly recommended!

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* I'll be offering a two-weekend-long intense lecture series called "The Dystopian Tradition: What Worlds Gone Wrong Can Teach Us" in Spring 2015 in Asheville, NC (minutes from where much of The Hunger Games was filmed). Accepted undergraduate/graduate students will have hotel and meals provided without cost. Interested students may apply here.

* Sean Pertwee's Halloween costume made me go all mushy inside. (Incidentally, he's my favorite thing about Gotham, and there's a lot to love about that show.)

* So Star Wars Episode VII will be The Force Awakens. I didn't realize that the Force had dozed off. That said, I hope the latest speculations have some truth to them. If so, it could be good, even great. (Anthony Daniels certainly seems pleased with it.)

What do u think? Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens #starwars #disney


* I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Elizabeth Peña. She starred in a film I dearly love, Lone Star, and several other great ones (Jacob's Ladder, anyone?). So sad.

* I'm looking forward to Billy Boyd's "The Last Goodbye" for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. (We can hear a clip now here and via iTunes.)

Have a great day!
eldritchhobbit: (Pretender/Wondering)
R.I.P. Daniel Keyes (August 9, 1927 – June 15, 2014), best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968). Read more here.

Flowers for Algernon
eldritchhobbit: (Excalibur/Arthur)
* R.I.P., Mary Stewart (17 September, 1916 – 9 May, 2014), best known for her Merlin series of Arthurian fantasy novels: Mythopoeic Award winners The Crystal Cave (1970) and The Hollow Hills (1973), followed by The Last Enchantment. Read more from The New York Times: "Mary Stewart, British Writer Who Spanned Genres, Dies at 97."

* Is Tolkien's translation of Beowulf better than Seamus Heaney's? From Katy Waldman at Slate: "The Don’s Don: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf translation finally arrives."

* I should mention again that scholar Michael Drout has written a most enlightening blog post clarifying his work with Tolkien's Beowulf papers, etc.: "Tolkien's Beowulf: The Real Story."


And here's some amazing street art, a tribute to The Professionals.

The Professionals ~ Gatecrasher Fence
eldritchhobbit: (Space/Jupiter)
R.I.P. Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013), SFWA Grandmaster, award-winning science fiction author, editor, agent, and -- most importantly -- fan, one of the architects of both the modern SF genre and the modern SF community.

The Way The Future Was by Frederik Pohl. Man Plus (2000) British


“That's really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have.”
― Frederik Pohl
eldritchhobbit: (Read more science fiction)
I have been very remiss in sharing R.I.P.s of late. My most recent "Looking Back in Genre History" segment is now available on the latest episode of StarShipSofa, and it includes a tribute to a few of the greats the science fiction community has lost recently. (If you listen, I hope you enjoy!)

Incidentally, there are very few tickets left for SofaCON (the live, interactive, international, and online science fiction convention hosted by StarShipSofa). It looks like this event will sell out well before the day of the festivities (July 28, 2013), so please grab your ticket now if you're interested. I hope to see you there!

Richard Matheson  - I Am Legend Cover


Here is a longer list of some of the genre legends we have lost recently. May they rest in peace! They will not be forgotten.


Jack Vance - The Dying Earth (Lancer)
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: (Re-Animator/Weird)
Hey everybody! *waves* I hope you're having a fantastic day.

* Not exactly but almost a "last call": if you'd like a holiday card from me, please reply here. Thanks so much!

* Free goodness! Night Shade Books is giving away three fantasy eBooks away to anyone who asks. Send an email to happythanksgiving@nightshadebooks.com, and you’ll receive an auto response with a username, password, and link to their download site where you’ll be able to download the .epub or .mobi files of some terrific titles, including Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht, and The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams.

* In far sadder genre news, R.I.P., Boris Strugatsky (1933–2012). With his brother, the late Arkady, he wrote Roadside Picnic (1972) and other classics of science fiction.

* My article "Deadly Colonialist Fables: What Dueling Origin Myths from the 19th Century Tell Us About Ourselves," which ran earlier this month in the hard-copy version of Reason, is now online here.

Now I'm off to watch The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's film adaptation of The Whisperer in Darkness... Have a great one!

eldritchhobbit: (Babylon 5)
Just in case anyone who remembers and loves Babylon 5 hasn't seen this yet:

In the wake of the recent death of Michael O'Hare, Mira Furlan made a moving post about the many cast members from Babylon 5 who have passed since the show's conclusion in 1998 (including O'Hare, Jeff Conaway, Andreas Katsulas, Tim Choate, and Richard Biggs). You can read her post here.

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] settiai.)

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