Monday, June 22, 2009

News from the Fishbowl

Sorry, but I've forced the Deej to push back the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour a day. We have news that has to be posted.

GEORGE LUCAS IS THE NEW ARCHBISHOP OF OMAHA

A reader sends us news from the Omaha World Herald:

Cardinals Francis George of Chicago and Justin Rigali of Philadelphia are among the dignitaries expected to attend the July 22 installation of George J. Lucas as Omaha archbishop.

The Mass of installation will be at 2 p.m. at Omaha's St. Cecilia Cathedral. An outdoor reception will follow. Because of limited seating at the cathedral, the installation events will be private, the Rev. Joseph Taphorn, chancellor of the archdiocese, said Saturday in a statement. [more...]

GIRL WITH CANCER GETS DYING WISH TO SEE UP

And in less humorous but more touching news, Pixar graciously sent an employee with a DVD to the house of a young girl dying of cancer who was too sick to go to the theater to see Up, as MSNBC reports:


The 10-year-old girl desperately wanted to see the new Disney-Pixar movie, “Up.” But the cancer-stricken girl was too sick to go to a theater.

Thanks to a family friend who got in touch with the movie studio Pixar, an employee of the Emeryville-based company arrived at Colby’s home with a DVD copy of the movie, The Orange County Register reported Friday. The girl died later that night. [more...]


ALASTAIR REYNOLDS SCORES A MILLION POUNDS TO WRITE SPACE OPERA

That pretty much says it all, as reported in the Guardian:


As banks struggle and businesses collapse, the science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds is making his own contribution to the flagging UK economy, signing an unprecedented ten-book deal with Gollancz worth £1m.

Reynolds, who has published eight novels with the Orion imprint Gollancz since his 2000 debut, Revelation Space, said he was "amazed and thrilled" to commit himself to the same publisher for the next decade. "It gives me a huge amount of security for the next ten years," he said, "and writers don't have a lot of security. Even at the best of times you're worrying about the next deadline, the next contract. To have that in place is fantastic for me." [more...]

JAPAN CONSIDERS SCIENCE FICTION TO SAVE THE ECONOMY

Or maybe just bad ideas? You decide. io9 reports:


U.S. economists may dabble in science fiction, but only the Japanese are considering resorting to science-fictional ideas to rescue their economy. To avoid the spectre of deflation, the Japanese are considering abolishing cash altogether. [more...]

BUFFY VS. EDWARD

Also, don't miss io9's take on the hilarious Buffy the Vampire Slayer vs. Edward Cullen mashup.
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