This is just cool. The fantasy epic, Beowulf, lives on in a new, actually-readable, translation by Dr. David Breeden. I remember reading one of the older translations in high school, and thinking, “man, this would be a good story if it made any sense.” This version is eminently readable, and breathes new life into the oldest of the old school.
It seems Stephen King is ready to retire. I
think he’s probably the most successful
horror-fantasy authour out there. I wonder if
anyone’s going to try and fill into the market
void he’ll leave behind. The details are here.
This is rather disturbing… in one of the weird little dots that used to make up the Soviet Union, the police are arresting and allegedly torturing people who re-enact scenes from Tolkien novels.
I just received word (via a friend of his on the
Larry Niven Discussion mailing list) that Poul
Anderson passed away last night. I’ll post a link to
mainstream press articles if I find any.
The annual Bulwer-Lytton awards, given to the person
who writes the first sentence of the wosrt imaginable
novel, were awarded yesterday. The winners in all
categories (including the sci-fi and fantasy
categories) are given here.
I love the sci-fi dishonourable mention: Rodney
knew that he was going to die a horrible, screaming,
unspeakable death, when he arrived on the bridge in a
uniform that did not match the others, was referred
to only as “yeoman” and was to be sent planetside
with Captain Kirk and the regular away team.
Another spoiler free book review follows. Read more
for the goodies.