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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Edgar Allen Poe, Sci Fi Writer?

Last week's post was about the Poe house and museum under threat of closure due to lack of funding. I talk about it a little more in my latest Examiner.com article, but not a whole lot, mind you. However, what I do talk about a whole lot more is Poe's science fiction.



What? You didn't know Poe wrote science fiction in addition to his many horror stories of the supernatural? Well then you need to read a lot more of his work!

I mention a few of Poe's science fiction titles in the article, but you can find more titles by checking Amazon.com for Harold Beaver's The Science Fiction of Edgar Allen Poe and either purchase this collection of Poe's sci fi stories or look at the table of contents in the book's virtual sample pages and see what those titles are. If you go the first route, you'll have a very informing and insightful introduction and commentary by the editor to read. If you go the second route then you can read the stories in a complete works collection of the author if you have one, and if you don't have one you can check one out at your local public library. If your local public library doesn't have a copy of a complete works, well good luck hunting for the titles while journeying from collected works to collected works. In doing so you may find other great books or authors along the way, which is the great thing about going to an actual library or actual book store as opposed to merely ordering a selected few books that you're searching for on online bookstores such as Borders.com and BarnesandNoble.com, and you can feel the tangible possibilities rather than just see them on a screen.

Here's the link to the article: http://www.examiner.com/sci-fi-in-sacramento/the-closing-of-baltimore-s-poe-house-and-museum


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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Save a Piece of Literary History

They say the Recession is dying out, and that may be true in a sense, but most of us would agree that we're still seeing the impact. Many of us would agree that we're still feeling the impact! The sad thing is that what has really been getting cut or at least threatened to be cut are many art and literary programs. Many public libraries have had to reduce their hours which has been definitely the case with the one in my town of the Woodland. In addition to libraries, museums have been closing up and that includes the closing of one of Davis, California's Explorit Science Center locations.

Further out from my home area of Sacramento--like way, way out--a museum is in danger of having its doors closed and that is the Edgar Allen Poe museum in Baltimore, Maryland. This includes the Father of American horror's house that he resided in when he was alive and living in Baltimore. This would be really sad to see these literary historical sights shut down for eternity and God only knows perhaps even demolished (I shudder to even just mention the possibility).

But like with all things, there is hope. The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore has a petition form set up on the Web that you can sign to save these important sites of not just gothic horror history, but literary history in general. I signed the petition, and, especially if you're a horror fan like me and even more especially if you're a Poe fan like me, I hope you sign the petition too. Yes, the economy is tough, and priorities have to be taken, but even a minimal of funding for the museum could help; progress may be very slow, but it can pay off in the long run. I don't think the petition sight is asking for funding, since that comes from, I believe the state of Maryland, or maybe federal government or maybe even both (honestly I really don't remember, I apologise). But petitioning can do a lot.

Until next time . . .

(If the above link to the petition does not work, you can try clicking on or cutting and pasting the address: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-the-poe-house-and-museum-in-baltimore/ )

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bad Space Epic Film, or Good?

Hello, All!

For those of you who love B-rated sci fi movies (or any genre of B-rated flicks) or you hate them so much you just like to watch them as a means of masochism, you might be interested in this. This was made in the era of the premiere of the Star Wars Saga, the late '70s, and so is probably one of Star Wars's knock-offs.

Let me know how good (because you think it's so bad) or how bad (because you think it really is bad) it is and whether you loved it because it was so bad that it was good, or you absolutely hated it for the very reason that it was bad. Personally I haven't seen this clip myself, but I'm going to watch it tonight. I just happened to have encountered it on io9 while doing research for one of my Examiner.com articles (hopefully to be published by tomorrow evening). So it will be just as interesting for me to see how terrible it is as it will probably be for you. Oh, and you may want to read the article that presents this clip; it's really interesting.

Until next week . . .

http://io9.com/#!5752459/one-of-the-absolute-worst-space-battle-sequences-weve-ever-seen