It’s been a quiet week here at The Hog’s Head, and apparently everywhere else, too–but there are a couple of hefty news stories. First, Christopher Tolkien gave an interview in which the history of his relationship to his father’s work is covered, as are his feelings about the Peter Jackson adaptations. Sample from the latter:
“Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time,” Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. “The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away.”
Second, the White House has responded to a petition to create a Death Star. Despite their rejection of the proposal, they’re apparently gung ho on getting to space. This has provoked some presumably fake diplomatic responses from long-dead Star Wars characters.
Also unfortunately for Star Wars fans, a bunch of wet-blanket physicists have determined that the Millenium Falcon’s jump to hyperspace wouldn’t look anything like what the movies show in Han Solo’s windshield. They’re probably correct, but whatever. They also have difficulties with Batman and James and the Giant Peach.
While we’re talking space, in honor of good sales for Shades of Earth, the finale to Beth Revis’ young adult sci-fi trilogy, the author and publisher have launched a copy of the first book, Across the Universe. Yes, launched it into space. You can watch this on video.
In other news:
The National Book Awards have doubled their nominee list and expanded the judging panel, hoping to increase the chances for a broader range of fiction.
Nerdfighter founders John and Hank Green are known for being made of awesome. They put that on display at Carnegie Hall recently, with guest stars that included Neil Gaiman. According to the story, Hank has the best Patronus imaginable. No dementor could stand up to such happiness.