Thursday, February 26, 2009

R.I.P. Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer passed away at age 91 Wednesday the 25th. I vividly remember "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" and it pushed me to think about what it is to be a human being. Actually,
that's my personal definition of good science fiction - it forces you to think, specifically about humans and the human condition.

There's a lovely obituary in Farmer's local paper.

What stories do YOU remember from Philip Jose Farmer?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Do you ever cry when reading a book?

HeatherJ, over at Age 30+ ... A Lifetime of Books, is running a poll to find out how many folks cry when reading books. As opposed to watching movies, listening to music, etc.

I remember crying several times during really sad bits of stories. Not often, by yes, when the boy threw himself into Lloyd Alexander's Black Cauldron.

Interesting question, no? Go have a look.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Free Astronomy & Science Fiction Stories!

The National Science Foundation (USA) has funded a Science Fiction anthology - a free one! Check out stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Geoffrey Landis, and others in Diamonds in the Sky.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Save a word from extinction from the English language

The Oxford Dictionaries are running a campaign to rescue certain words from extinction and/or removal from the english dictionary. Warning! There is sound (which can be turned off in the lower left) - but it's a bit disconcerting to here "Pick Me!" as you scroll across the words.

Let us know in the comments which one you saved, 'K?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Food, Glorious Food!

Loyola College in Maryland is running a Humanities Symposium on the nature of food and its relationship to humanity. In addition to studying The Omnivore's Dilemma, the 2-and-a-bit month long seminar will cover movies, tastings, children's nutrition, history, and art. Many events are free and open to the public! Details may be found here.