Happy Birthday, Luther, and thanks for that free copy of The Benevolence Archives!

Even though I *said* I wasn’t publishing anything this weekend that wasn’t already written, I just have to wish Luther of Infinite Free Time a happy birthday. He’s celebrating it by giving the rest of us a gift! How cool is that? From today through Monday, his sci-fi collection, The Benevolence Archives, vol. 1, is free at Amazon.

Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can get a free reader for your PC or mobile. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up an account, and you don’t even have to give them a credit card number if you’re just doing a free download. If you like science fiction, you really don’t want to pass this up. And if you’re as big a book nerd as I am, you must have some version of my own personal rule: When somebody offers me a free book, I accept it and say “thank you.”

Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien

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Thanks to James at A Tolkienist’s Perspective for alerting me to the fact that  J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892.

This is one of my favorite Tolkien quotes, from his essay “On Fairy-Stories” in Tree and Leaf:

Faerie itself may perhaps most nearly be translated by Magic — but it is magic of a peculiar mood and power, at the furthest pole from the vulgar devices of the laborious, scientific, magician. There is one proviso: if there is any satire present in the tale, one thing must not be made fun of, the magic itself. That must in the story be taken seriously, neither laughed at nor explained away.

Dangerous Minds has an awesome video today of a BBC documentary on Tolkien from 1968.

Image: Dangerous Minds