cynthia1960: (ivanova1)
I'm in the midst of mucking out the spare bedroom and found one of the boxed season sets of B5. I'll have to find the rest to start a rewatch and do another bout of worship of the Warrior Goddess in Her Susan Andreyevna Ivanova avatar.

Finding out Abi at Making Light is doing her own rewatch is also prodding me to find the DVDs.

Hee, after B5, it should be time for Farscape (worship of the Warrior in Her Our Lady of Perpetual Leather avatar, Aeryn).
cynthia1960: (hello cthulhu)
I'm not a gung-ho gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but I need this: an RPG based on Charlie Stross's Laundry books.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Today is Ursula Kroeber LeGuin's eightieth birthday, and also the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Left Hand of Darkness.

I came across the Earthsea books at least thirty-five years ago (the actual date is rusty) at my local library and was never quite the same after that. Besides Left Hand and the Earthsea books, the LeGuin books that continue to rock my world with every re-read are The Dispossessed and Always Coming Home.

It was very important to me that Potlatch 18 (in Sunnyvale, CA earlier this year) honored Always Coming Home as one of its books of honor this year, because that book captures the physical reality and spirit of Northern California. Having Ursula there as part of the con made it even more special to me, because it was an opportunity to honor and thank somebody who created a special book while she is still here to hear it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Ursula. May we have the blessing of your presence for years to come.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
If I listed all the writers I want to thank, it would be a case of tl;dr, so I'm going to thank the folks that got me reading the stuff back in the dark 1970s:

Ursula K. LeGuin: The Earthsea books got me started, and The Left Hand of Darkness and the Dispossessed got me hooked.

Isaac Asimov: The Foundation books, although I cringe at the gender roles in these books now.

J.R.R. Tolkien: My fifth grade teacher tried to get the class reading The Hobbit, but that didn't work. A fair chunk of us did get hooked on LotR in high school, I guess we needed to be a bit older to get fished in. I may not be quite as big a fan as [livejournal.com profile] calimac, but I come fairly close.

I want to thank all the writers of my acquaintance, many thanks for all the good reading, and may you continue to flourish in your art.
cynthia1960: (lightreading)
Cyteen is one of the SF books I re-read every so often and get something new out of it each time. I've devoured Regenesis twice (once to get the plot, then again after I re-read Cyteen to pay more attention about how the two books work together. I just finished reading 40,000 in Gehenna and am going to take another stab at reading Downbelow Station, I bounced off it way back when.

I'm curious about what my flist thinks of this universe. Comments may well veer into spoilerific territory for Regenesis, so caveat lector.
cynthia1960: (Down with patriarchy)
[livejournal.com profile] femsfaward is now open for suggestions and posts about sf/fantasy written by women, especially those eligible for major award nominations.
cynthia1960: (booksandcats)
David Weber's first book for Tor, Off Armageddon Reef (edited by [livejournal.com profile] pnh), just came out. The most recent Honorverse books haven't grabbed me with the same intensity that the early books did, so I will be interested to see what a new universe (as well as a new publisher and editor) will do for him.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Happy 208th birthday to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

If I didn't have to work today, I'd be wearing my Broad Universe T-shirt in honor of the birthday grrl.

ETA: fixed the broken link, thanks [livejournal.com profile] supergee

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