Around the Sphere June 2013

Once again, I am here to bring you some entertainment in the form of the odd, silly, questionable, and perhaps, even, rude.

i09 has this great little article, 10 Great Books You Didn’t Know Were Science Fiction or Fantasy. I have two books on this list: Beloved by Toni Morrison and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Several others look weird and warped and I think I would need to be in a stable mindset to give them a go. I know Invisible Cities was one of the oddest books I have ever read.

If you haven’t heard about Saladin Ahmed and his first novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, then here is another great interview from the folks of Sword & Laser. It’s about 30 minutes long, but worth the time.

Over at Academic Earth, they have this cool little video summarizing Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s one those videos with hand drawings that illustrate the narrator’s words. I find these types of videos charming.

Last month, I included a video by Peter Hollens. Well, Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings left a comment pointing me to his Skyrim Theme video, which is great. I haven’t actually played Skyrim, but this theme music makes me want to spend some quality time with the Xbox adventuring through Skyrim.

Peter Hollens also does some cosplay videos with Lindsey Stirling that you might want to check out.Here is her video of violin music for Assassin’s Creed III, which I haven’t played either, but my man assures me is quite fun.

6 thoughts on “Around the Sphere June 2013”

    1. I think the term ‘fantastical realism’ has been applied to their works. But I think Calvino should have his own little sub-sub-genre and the initials might be WTF.

  1. somehow I don’t quite see Beloved as either science fiction or fantasy…magical realism? yes, I could live with that description.

    1. It was mostly historical fiction with a ghost story element. So, I didn’t really think of it as fantasy or paranormal while reading it. In fact, this book was my introduction to the term ‘magical realism’. Sounds like a mystical tea to me.

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