Some SF&Fantasy links, some things you wish were SF (mostly about Katrina), plus the usual.
SF & FANTASY
Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal
Oft zitiert, selten erreicht.
A useful fanpage for George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire". It has a chapter guide (spoilers!) at least for "A Game of Thrones", but strangely I can't find the link on the page. Might just be me...
SF & Fantasy reviews. Long and useful.
Drageara has a wiki!
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Poet, or, if T.S. Eliot had been a Harry Potter fan.
HURRICANE KATRINA, or, THINGS YOU WISH WERE SF & FANTASY
Making Light has thoughtful coverage, useful links and comments. And they have a lot of experience re: Science Fiction, which helps making sense of the news.
Chuck Taggart posts live from NO.
Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?
Anne Rice: Do You Know What It Means to Lose New Orleans?
Why not just walk out? Because of the gunmen....
Oklahoma refugee camp. Lots of pictures, a mostly picture-less copy seems to be here. It's still debated whether it's true or a canard.
WHICH LEADS TO ...
John Scalzi: Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
Response to the earthquake of 1906
How an emergency command structure should work
Scientific American 2001 on likely hurricane damage in NO.
It also leads to filk.
More DarkSyde science: Why the stars shine
The milky way has a bar. And the comments are priceless.
Why is the night sky dark?
WEIRDNESS & FUN
Pastafarians announce: "We are willing to pay any individual *$250,000 if they can produce empirical evidence which proves that Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti
A high ranking Norwegian penguin. Also here.
The Credit Card Prank. WTF?
Kansas Periodic Table of Elements
The hunt for the non-existing word, or, a lexicon game.
Which director will film your life?
I got Ed Wood. I have to repeat this for my more interesting characters.
Which city (country) suits you best?
The results are strange and had me musing over them quite a lot. If I'm having a good day, organization-wise, it's Santa Fe and New Zealand (among others), on more chaotic days it's New Orleans or Germany. Hm. Double-Hm.
What Guitar are you. Nice.
"Darwinism implies that the only eternal life we have is in the recycling of our atoms. I find that comforting."
--- Georges Monbiot in The Guardian
"I think calling this a revolving clusterfuck is an insult to relatively respectable revolving clusterfucks."
--- Xopher at Making Light, Sept 3rd
"Just out of curiousity, why "angsty werewolves?" I would think vampires would be bigger candidates for criticism in that area. Not only are vampires angsty, they're romanticized, androgynously sexual, tragically poetic, superbly coiffed, manicured, and garbed, perfectly poised, "darkly" elegant, lounging about and rhapsodizing about the high culture of centuries past as they sip AB+ from champagne flutes....
Good grief, I just realized: they're GOTH ELVES."
--- rhjunior in limyaaels LJ, Sept 8th
"Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."
Title: On Merry Yule
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Length: 187,000 words
What it's about? Bilbo and Frodo spending Yule in Buckland. Or about dysfunctional hobbit families.
Why read it? Hobbit intrigue, clever Bilbo, lots of hobbit customs, daily lives and politics, and relations to the outside world.
Why not read it? Very long, angsty Frodo, and you do not want any adult topics in your LotR.
Title: Harry Potter and the Curse of Durand
Fandom: Harry Potter (6th year AU, based on OotP)
Length: 98,000 words
What it's about? Hogwart is under a curse: no one can leave. And if the riddles are not solved and the curse not broken within a year, no one will ever leave again...
Why read it? Good characterisation, good storytelling, integrates very well into the world, a very good read.
Why not read it? The device that set off the plot is artificial, and the ending unsatisfactory.
Title: Bad Medicine
Author: Robert Sheckley
Length: 5,700 words
Why read it? It's funny, twisted, evil and imaginative -- everything a good SF story should be.
Why not read it? No idea.
I'm currently translating some of my stories into English for no reason that I know of, apart from feeling blah and uncreative.