Friday finds

Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling sat down in 1970 with author and academic James Gunn as part of Gunn’s series “Science Fiction in Literature.” This footage, never released, was recently re-synched with an audio track. The results are technically highly variable, but the content is fascinating to anyone interested in Serling’s work or science fiction in general. I particularly appreciate Serling’s avowed respect for the SF genre, all the more striking for the fact that the interview took place well before science fiction was considered respectable by most critics — or commercially viable by Hollywood. Contrast Serling’s name-checking of recognized SF authors with the pretentious evasions of a certain filmmaker who made immense amounts of money strip-mining the work of his betters.

Thomas Ricks lists the best books about George Waterboard Bush’s excellent Iraqi adventure. Imperial Life in the Emerald City is the only one I’ve heard of, much less read.

Cage match! The Big Chill vs. Return of the Secaucus Seven.

Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness adapted as a graphic novel.

Attention, Kurt Vonnegut fans! In response to my post about the 1972 broadcast of Between Time and Timbuktu, a friend scouted out the complete show on Tudou. I’ll have to see if the decades have been kind to it.

North Wind, a journal devoted to the study of pioneering fantasy author George MacDonald, has put its entire archive online. Tolkien fans may be interested in Jason Fisher’s essay (PDF) on MacDonald’s influence on the Don’s early writings, and how he eventually fell out of favor with Tolkien.

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  1. Fred Kiesche says:

    Oddly enough, I just finished “Fiasco” by Ricks and have “The Gamble” on Mount Toberead.

    “One Bullet Away” if excellent. Flick was a Lieutenant in the same unit depicted in the book (and HBO miniseries) “Generation Kill”, so it gives a good alternate view.

    “House to House” was also excellent. It was one of my picks for best read of the year a few years back in my Year in Books ongoing posts.

    The best one is yet to be written. Maybe in 20 years or so.

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