Limericks and Lunar Life

I put two more videos on the Brom Bones Books YouTube channel this week, both hot-glued together from last month’s “A Limerick a Day” series. Posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, the series featured my readings of limericks, many original and some not. It was my way of proving I’m no Patrick Stewart with his fancy-schmancy Shakespearean sonnet recitations.

The not original limericks came from a 1909 anthology titled The Smile on the Face of Tiger. It’s a pretty good collection, and it’s available on Google Books.

I took the best of the recitations from The Lost Limericks of Edgar Allan Poe and stuck them together with bubble gum to make another video.

In other news, after a bout of social-isolation lethargy, I’ve started serious work on editing Imagining Life on the Moon during the Rise of the Telescope, forthcoming from Brom Bones Books. First, I’m modernizing the language in Francis Godwin’s The Man on the Moone (1638). Often dubbed “the first work of science fiction in the English language — and coming about two centuries before another work that often gets dubbed that, namely, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) — Godwin’s tale is a bit tough to find. This might be because it’s roughly 50 pages long, so it’s too short to publish by itself as a book and yet too long for, say, an anthology of early science fiction short stories. Maybe it’s scarce because the 1638 language is pretty thick to wade through. Anyway, it’s a fascinating and important work, and it certainly belongs in Imagining Life on the Moon! I’m aiming for a summer release . . . but it might be late summer. Possibly early autumn. In the meantime, enjoy this page about the long history of imagining and debating the existence of life on the Moon.

— Tim

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