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From tanngrisnir: Interesting article in the New Statesman by Ursula LeGuin about fantasy and transcending age boundaries. I really must subscribe to NS; I only remember to buy it if I'm going down to my parents' and need something to read on the train, but it's always great. Other things of note this week - Phillip Pullman on William Blake, a snippet about Christmas in Glasgow, and the Christmas Quiz, to which I know very few of the answers, but the questions are funny. The readers voted Camila Batmanghelidjh Person of the Year, which perplexed me originally because I'd only really heard of her when she blamed black women for driving their men away and causing one-parent families and widespread crime. But apparently she does good things too.

BBC links - A Proclaimers musical?!?! WFT?!
BBC goes filesharing with Azureus
Government scraps huge ID card database, deciding to keep the info on three separate current databases. Nothing can go wrong.
Either the BBC or the West Yorkshire Police are trying to stir up Islamophobia again -"Police seeking a man over the murder of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky are considering the theory he may have fled the UK dressed as a veiled Muslim woman."
And I'm sure everyone's heard about the MP and the Cheeky Girl. I always thought Lembit Opik was quite cool, though I may just have liked his name. Never mind.

I am:
William Gibson
The chief instigator of the "cyberpunk" wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction.


Which science fiction writer are you?


Yay :)
Also, festive icon of me. Yay.

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ianmcdonald
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
two good links there: the Le Guin on fantasy and Pullman on Blake complement each other beautifully.
tanngrisnir
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
Good icon! I actually recognised you!

I did better with the Christmas Quiz than I usually do (and I even found Dave!), and that little piece on Christmas in Glasgow is great, isn't it?

I hear that those who knew Lembit Opik and Sian Lloyd (that was his ex, wasn't it?) always said that they were not well-matched.

pickwick
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'm going to be terribly confused when I get around to coming back to Trout, and you don't look like William Hartnell...
tanngrisnir
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
The way I feel right now, I wouldn't completely rule it out... ;O)
furzepig
Dec. 20th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
I think I broke the quiz - I got William Gibson too. =)

Come to think of it that icon looks a bit like me too. Argh! I'm just a figment, I'm not the real me at all - I'm you!

Ahrm.

In other news: I went off Philip Pullman when I heard him (that must be R4 somewhen) say that he only wrote fantasy because it was easy to do. He didn't really like it, or words to that effect. Will watch the drama of one of his books over Xmas though.
pickwick
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
*worries* I don't think you're me, but I can't be entirely sure. Hmm.

Bah. I'm thinking of completely avoiding author interviews and so on, because they keep saying such stupid things that I can't quite ignore them.

tanngrisnir
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
You're not kidding. We were recently watching some extras on a Trek DVD I got rhionnach and were treated to David Brin talking about the old legend of Frankenstein!
redatt
Dec. 20th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
I probably have no idea who any of these people are ...

"Philip José Farmer
This prolific author brings surprising depths to he-man adventure tales, and broke science fiction's prudery barrier."
pickwick
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I thought I knew who he was, but I googled to check, and discovered I had him mixed up with Fritz Lieber. God knows why.
dakegra
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
I saw the Proclaimers live last year. They were ace. Got their new album too.

:-)
pickwick
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
They're great live! I didn't even know they had a new album, though...heh.
dakegra
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
ah, I've had a look and it's from 2001

http://www.emusic.com/album/10870/10870475.html

though they do have a more recent one...
http://www.emusic.com/album/10947/10947524.html
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