Which science fiction writer are you?
Turns out I'm Samuel R. Delany, but y'all can call me Chip.
The online home of the Frostburg Science Fiction Society, a group of science fiction, fantasy and horror enthusiasts in and around Frostburg, Md.
She's Back! Laura Mallory, OFF/beat's 2006 Idiot of the Year, appears undeterred in her quest to banish Harry Potter books from school libraries. The suburban-Atlanta mother announced, Wednesday, that she plans to appeal a Georgia court's dismissal of her contention that the best-selling novels are "evil" propaganda aimed at indoctrinating youngsters into witchcraft. Despite having never read the books herself, Ms. Mallory persistently maintains that she is "tak[ing] a stand for truth."
Myth: Witchcraft is just harmless fantasy.
Truth: This is perhaps the greatest myth of all. America's desensitization to the occult is not only sad, but dangerous. We are in serious need of revival and a return to the traditional Judeo-Christian roots upon which our blessed country was founded.
I cannot count the times I have been told that these books are "just fantasy." But if you would like to know the truth, please keep reading and do your own research. Not only is witchcraft a real religion, subtly intriguing and luring our children and teens in unprecedented numbers, but it is also a dangerous one, often leaving its followers in darkness, depression and even suicidal. This was verified by a teenager from Lawrenceville and Mrs. Marsha McWhorter, a registered nurse and certified marriage and family therapist, both of whom testified at the Gwinnett County hearing on April 20, 2006, coincidentally, the anniversary of the tragic shootings at Columbine High School.___snip___
When the Bible and prayer were removed from our schools, in effect, God was expelled. So we've raised a generation not to know him. Now our schools and society are filled with violence, drugs, gangs, addictions, perversions, and we wonder why?
We need God in America again. He's the one who says don't lie, steal or murder — for our own good. Likewise, He's the one who says witchcraft, including the casting of spells, is an "abomination," meaning: detestable, repulsive, loathsome, vile, abhorred, (Deuteronomy 18:10-13), and we call it good reading material?
The death of Isaac Asimov and the dangers of overspecialization
A missing element in most modern sci fi: science
Asimov's robot stories as anti-Faustian
Star Trek as the typic Promethean story
Fairy Rings beyond the myths
All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.This is, of course, from the ancient verse quoted by Gandalf in his letter to Frodo in Book 1, Chapter 10 of The Fellowship of the Ring:
All that is gold does not glitter,So Tolkien's pronoun was who, not that, but that quibble aside, I was pleased to see this on the front page. Five days later, on Jan. 10, came a column by Times-News editorial page editor Richard Kerns on ExxonMobil and global warming. It begins:
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
"We now have but one choice. We must face the long dark of Moria ..." -- Gandalf the Grey, noting with great foreboding the path the nine-member Fellowship must follow in its quest to destroy the ring of power in The Lord of the Rings.Kerns returns to The Fellowship of the Ring at the end of his column:
The great wizard of Middle Earth could have been talking about January in Western Maryland, or just about anywhere for that matter. ...
"Be on your guard," Gandalf warns as the Fellowship sets off on its journey through the goblin-infested mines of Moria. "There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world."I believe the quotes in this column are from Peter Jackson's movie The Fellowship of the Ring, not the novel. In Tolkien's Fellowship, Book 2, Chapter 4, Gandalf says of the tentacled thing outside Moria's west gate:
There's oil, too. And greed ...
Something has crept, or has been driven out of dark waters under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.Maybe Richard Kerns ought to be in (FS)2!
Hooray! I'm biding my time in Catonsville (Baltimore) until I'm able to sell my house and move to Frostburg/Cumberland. Was hoping to find a writers group out there...and here it is!"Hooray!" is just the sort of response we're looking for, Chris, and we look forward to meeting you. Send me an e-mail and I'll send you a blog invite. What brings you to Allegany County?