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Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis | Matthew Schmitz. Ayn Rand was no fan of C.S. Lewis. She called the famous apologist an “abysmal bastard,” a “monstrosity,” a “cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-meta­physical mediocrity,” a “pickpocket of concepts,” and a “God-damn, beaten mystic.” (I suspect Lewis would have particularly relished the last of these.) These insults and more can be found in her marginal notes on a copy of Lewis’ The Abolition of Man, as printed in Ayn Rand’s Marginalia: Her critical comments on the writings of over 20 authors, edited by Robert Mayhew. Excerpts appear below, with Lewis’ writing (complete with Rand’s highlighting and underlining) on the left and Rand’s notes on the right. 13-year-old's act of heroism in Aurora massacre - Videos.

National Bravery Awards 2012: Big courage on little shoulders. By Neetu Chandra and Praveen Negi Updated: 00:12 GMT, 19 January 2012 One is only seven years old. The others are not much older. But all of them put their own lives in danger to save others. This year, 24 children - eight girls and 16 boys - have been selected for the National Bravery Awards. Five awards have been given posthumously. Mail Today profiles some of the bravehearts. Om Prakash Yadav pulled children out of a burning van Name: Om Prakash Yadav Age: 11 Feat: Pulled children out of burning van He received burn injuries on his face, back and arms, is still recuperating, hasn't received proper medical treatment and lost one year of school.

But ask him would he put his life in danger once again if caught in a similar situation? The boy, a Class VII student and the son of a Uttar Pradesh farmer, pulled out several of his friends alive out of a burning van, caring little about his own safety. On September 4, 2010, Om Prakash was going to school along with other students in a Maruti van. Mother of boy killed in upstate N.Y. fire: "I'm really proud" The mother of an 8-year-old boy killed in a fire says she is very proud of her son, who rescued six people from the blaze but died when he ran back to try to save two older relatives. Tyler Doohan is being remembered as a hero as investigators work to determine what started the devastating fire at a mobile home in suburban Rochester, N.Y. "It makes me so proud that he went the way that he did," Tyler's mom, Crystal Vrooman, told CBS affiliate WROC. "He made it big, he made it really big and I'm really proud.

" Tyler was spending the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with his grandfather and other relatives when a fire broke out in the grandfather's mobile home in Penfield early Monday morning. Tyler woke six people, including two other children ages 4 and 6, and escaped, but he died when he ran back into the burning trailer to help his grandfather and another relative, officials said. Tyler died along with his grandfather and another, adult male relative. "He saved six people. Pre teen fighter wins at world championships. Nathan Lugo lost his grandfather, Robert Pope, to a heart attack June 22 — the young boy’s 10th birthday. With a fight looming in North Carolina shortly after, the young boxer’s aunt asked him to win that bout in honor of his grandfather.

Competing with a heavy heart, Lugo lost the match. Distraught over the loss, Lugo was still determined to make his grandfather proud, however. That’s when he promised his father, Michael, that he would honor his grandfather in his own way with a win at the Ringside World Championships in Independence, Mo. “He kept his word,” Michael Lugo said. Nathan Lugo beat Mickel Clements of Michigan by a 5-0 unanimous decision to win the world championship of the Boys Pee-Wee Open, competing in the 8- to 9-year-old age group division at the 81-85 pound weight class. Lugo was one of more than 1,500 boxers at the event, which lasted from July 28-Aug. 2 and crowned 262 champions across 62 divisions ranging from pre-teens to senior-level boxers.

Different sequels that were never finished (for good reason) The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 5): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien: 9780345406859: Amazon.com. The Lost Road. The Lost Road and Other Writings was published in 1987 as the fifth volume in the twelve volume History of Middle-earth series, consisting of the previously unpublished writings of JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien.

The Lost Road and Other Writings consists of the “Early Silmarillion” narrative up to late 1937-early 1938, at which point Tolkien set those writings aside for many years during WWII and the writing of The Lord of the Rings. The book contains four major sections, or parts. These are: Part One: The Fall of Númenor and The Lost Road I – The Early History of the Legend II – The Fall of Númenor III – The Lost Road Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth Before the Lord of the Rings I – The Texts and Their Relations II - The Later Annals of Valinor III - The Later Annals of Beleriand IV - Ainulindalë V – The Lhammas VI – Quenta Silmarillion Part Three: The Etymologies Part Four: Appendix I – The Genealogies II – The List of Names III – The Second ‘Silmarillion’ Map.

21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Vol. Book 21) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels): Patrick O'Brian, Richard Snow: 9780393339338: Amazon.com. Review: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey, Patrick O'Brian - The Making of a Novelist. The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey by Patrick O'Brian (136pp, HarperCollins, £18.99)Patrick O'Brian: The Making of a Novelist by Nikolai Tolstoy (505pp, Century, £20) Few writers have a career so spectacularly successful that it climaxes with the posthumous publication of an uncompleted typescript.

But Patrick O'Brian is one of the pantheon, the nearest thing to an idol as yet produced by the decidedly unstarry genre that is historical sea-fiction. The film of his novel Master and Commander increased his already massive international audience. Each of his 20 Aubrey-Maturin novels sells at least 1,000 copies a month in America. The ultimate artist of the floating world, O'Brian did for the poop-decks of Regency England what Roddy Doyle did for the pubs of Barrytown. The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey is not quite a first draft, nor even a full outline. His writing is attractively clear, if punctuated by oddly endearing statements of the obvious. Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga): C. S. Forester: 9780316289443: Amazon.com. Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #4) by C.S. Forester. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman: Walter Miller: 9780553380798: Amazon.com. Book Review: Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman | Túrin Speaks.

I recently read the book St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. It is a sequel, of sorts, to A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Canticle came out in the 60′s; this book was published in 1997, posthumously – Miller committed suicide in 1996 – and finished by a ghost-writer. The basic premise of Canticle was that, sometime in the 20th century, there was a nuclear war. Wild Horse Woman is a much different kind of book.

The political situation is interesting, but more interesting, I think, is the relationship of the title – Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. He also speculates about the divinity of the Virgin, and invents a “Northwest Heresy” that claims “her womb is the primordial void into which the eternal Word was spoken”. Overall, I think, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman is not as good as A Canticle for Leibowitz primarily because much of the power of Canticle came from its power as a piece of speculative fiction. Still, it wasn’t a bad book. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. At LoneStarCon II, David Hartwell commented that Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman did not surpass A Canticle for Leibowitz. Instead, Hartwell pointed out, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman would be known as "Walter Miller's other novel.

" In saying this, Hartwell was acknowledging a truth, which is not to say that Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman does not deserve to be read. It is a fantastic novel, only suffering in comparison to Miller's earlier work. Shortly before Miller's death in late 1995, he had his agent contact author/editor Terry Bisson for help in finishing Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. Miller had finished the majority of the novel, but was suffering from a bad case of writer's block and wanted to ensure that his second novel would be finished.

The novel tells the story of Blacktooth St. Miller's world is far more complex than glimpsed in A Canticle for Leibowitz. Many of the characters Miller has created, however, are memorable. Dark ages and doubt: Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. Dark ages and doubt: Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz So after re-reading 1959’s Hugo winner A Case of Conscience (post), I couldn’t resist picking up 1961’s Hugo winner A Canticle For Leibowitz.

It may not be the only other explicitly religious Hugo winner, but it’s certainly an interesting contrast. A Canticle for Leibowitz is about a world that has been through a flood of fire—a nuclear war that has left survivors to grope through a new dark age. Walter M. The three sections of A Canticle for Leibowitz were published in SF magazines in the late fifties, and then the novel came out in 1960, winning the 1961 Hugo award. The central question is that of knowledge—both the knowledge the monks preserve, hiding the books, and then copying and recopying them without comprehension, and the question of what knowledge is and what it is for. We see three time periods of the monastery of St. I want to repeat: it’s delightful to read. The details of the monastery are pretty good. Why the Empire Sucks. George Lucas talks future of STAR WARS with us. 0 Comments | Add Rate & Share: Related Links: Info: And has a few things to say about fan pressure By Christopher Allan Smith and Zachary Sotolongo June 14, 2002 Christopher Lee is Count Dooku in ATTACK OF THE CLONES.© and TM 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd.

In an interview with our own Zachary Sotolongo, STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES writer/director George Lucas talked about the pressure of fan attention he toils under while creating the STAR WARS prequel trilogy, as well as what will happen when EPISOD III is over. "I gave [the fans] as much as I could I gave them a 110 percent," Lucas told us in the July issue of CINESCAPE.

He also talked about the hardcore fans which weren't all that thrilled with EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE. "I think that in anything, you're going to find fans," Lucas said. He also reiterated that there would be no third trilogy, despite what he said years ago about the whole story being a trilogy of trilogies. "There are two worlds here," explained Lucas.

Questions? Five Leadership Mistakes Of The Galactic Empire. 6 Baffling Flaws in Famous Sci-Fi Technology. As a species, we are tool makers first and foremost. That's why we love to see gadgets in our movies, and to watch our Captain Picards and Batmans and David Hasselhoffs defeat the bad guys with technology we know we'll never own. But in the course of trying to dazzle us with their fancy spaceships and battle vehicles, sometimes Hollywood forgets to make sense.

The dreaded Imperial Walker, or All Terrain Armored Transport, is frequently considered the single coolest vehicle in the entire Star Wars universe. The moment the rebels spotted these things on the horizon in The Empire Strikes Back, the only question was exactly how much of their stuff they could pack before they flew screaming off the planet. "Fuck it! The Flaw: In addition to being huge battle robots of death, the Imperial Walkers also boast a blind spot in excess of 300 degrees. This is not a minor issue. "Two targets for the price of one. This would not be a problem if, say, the walkers were extremely fast and maneuverable. Mr. The Inbox Of Nardo Pace, The Empire's Worst Engineer. Subject Trash Compactor From Death Star Detention Level Janitor <oldroscoe@empiremail.com> Date A Long Time Ago 7:46 PM To Nardo Pace <npace@empiremail.com> Hey, kid. That trash compactor you designed is up and running and I've got to say it looks great.

Lots of grime, a magnetically sealed hatch that can't be opened from the inside, a tentacled garbage creature that practically serves no purpose at all. It's got everything a salty old janitor could ever want. One thing, though. Subject breathing device too fuckin LOUD From Lord Vader <xVaDeRx@empiremail.com> Date A Long Time Ago 12:20 AM To Nardo Pace <npace@empiremail.com> yo hey i still dont understand whats going on with this thing can u put a knob on my breather apperatis so i can turn down the volume when im in the library or sneakin up on maintenence droids? Also, Subject E-11 Blaster Rifle Calibration Still Off From Stormtrooper Commander 09731 <09731@empiremail.com> Date A Long Time Ago 3:51 PM To Nardo Pace <npace@empiremail.com> 7 Classic Star Wars Characters Who Totally Dropped the Ball. Tarkin Parks The Death Star, Waits to Shoot The Moon Meanwhile, when the Empire does arrive to bring the hammer down on the Rebellion, Tarkin stops the Death Star on the other side of Yavin, the gas planet the Rebel moon is orbiting.

There he waits for the moon itself to pop into view. It's like interstellar whack-a-mole with a huge, population-melting laser, and it gives the rebellion time to mount their counter-attack. Why It Was a Bad Call: First, we already know the Death Star is perfectly capable of destroying a planet. That's all it does. Second, if you're trying to destroy a moon, you know what's really effective? Anybody not killed by flaming debris from the planet-slaughtering explosion will quickly freeze to death or suffocate in the sudden lack of atmosphere, and any ships that manage to escape would be vaporized by the Death Star. "We feel it's only fair to tell you that you may be exploded by lasers. " Priority: 1 Also, Ewoks. "Yeah, I've been working out, no big deal. " Main/Hollywood Tactics. Defense Nerds Strike Back: A Symposium on the Battle of Hoth | Danger Room.

Maybe Vader lost bigger at Bespin. Image: Lucasfilm So. You guys have really, really strong opinions about the Battle of Hoth. Many took issue with my argument that Hoth represented a military debacle for the Galactic Empire. Some questioned the (meta)factual premises of my case (are TIE Fighters even capable of in-atmospheric flight?). Others argued that Vader was deliberately trying to lose, rendering my essay myopic. My responses are less interesting than those that others can provide. If Hoth was a defeat for Darth Vader, as Spencer Ackerman contends, it was a short-lived one at best. Luke Skywalker may have escaped to Dagobah, sure, but Yoda saves Vader the expense and hassle of having to train young Luke. Vader’s true strategic failure comes not at Hoth, but at Bespin, when he fails to turn Luke to the Dark Side. Inside the Battle of Hoth: The Empire Strikes Out | Danger Room. How did the Galactic Empire ever cement its hold on the Star Wars Universe?

The war machine built by Emperor Palpatine and run by Darth Vader is a spectacularly bad fighting force, as evidenced by all of the pieces of Death Star littering space. But of all the Empire’s failures, none is a more spectacular military fiasco than the Battle of Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. From a military perspective, Hoth should have been a total debacle for the Rebel Alliance. Overconfident that they can evade Imperial surveillance, they hole up on unforgiving frigid terrain at the far end of the cosmos. The defenses the Alliance constructed on Hoth could not be more favorable to Vader if the villain constructed them himself. When Vader enters the Hoth System with the Imperial Fleet, he’s holding a winning hand. Www.dau.mil/pubscats/ATL Docs/Sep-Oct11/Ward.pdf.