Friday, June 10, 2011

Fantastically Fun Fridays: June 10, 2011

It was a hot week here at Fantasy Matters! (quite literally--the temperature hit 101 on Tuesday, which was way too hot for me, thank you very much)  Before you break for the weekend, remember to head over to the forums and help our webmaster, Adam, pick the next fantasy book that he reads.  Also, here are some of the fun things that we've found floating around the web this week:

  • This is clearly the best children's toy ever, but unfortunately it seems to be discontinued.  Sigh.  You can read a write-up about the toy here, though. (Shakespeare's Den, Smithsonian Magazine)
  • Are you getting excited for the last Harry Potter movie?  If not, this should help.  And if you are already excited, go there anyways! (YouTube)
  • Although it's actually a fact-based historical treatment of Area 51, Annie Jacobsen's Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base looks like an interesting behind-the-scenes treatment of one of the go-to places in science fiction. (Slate)
  • For those of you looking forward to TNT's new series Falling Skies, their website features a webcomic to tide you over until the big premiere on June 19. (TNT)
  • Two very artistic (and very different) videos with sci-fi/fantasy themes--one for those who like epic tales of good versus evil, and another for those whose tastes are more along the lines of Metropolis, androids, and high fashion. (YouTube)
  • An Oxford historian has found the possible real-life inspiration for Shakespeare's Ophelia. (BBC)
  • And even though he is only very tangentially related to science fiction and fantasy, this man is someone we should all consider a hero. (Wave At The Bus)
See you all on Monday!