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#readingnow Andy Weir's The Martian. 
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MERRY CHRISTMAS.  HAPPY HOLIDAY!
May you have a blessed day filled with the joy of family and friends.
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Bow down: I am the emperor of dreams;
I crown me with the million-colored sun
Of secret worlds incredible, and take
Their trailing skies for vestment when I soar,
Throned on the mounting zenith, and illume
The spaceward-flown horizons infinite.
~ Clark Ashton Smith, Excerpt from The Hashish Eater

Now as the twilight's doubtful interval
Closes with night's accomplished certainty,
A wizard wind goes crying eerily,
And on the wold misshapen shadows crawl,
Miming the trees, whose voices climb and fall,
Imploring, in Sabbatic ecstacy,
The sky where vapor-mounted phantoms flee
From the scythed moon impendent over all.

Twin veils of covering cloud and silence, thrown
Across the movement and the sound of things,
Make blank the night, till in the broken west
The moon's ensanguined blade awhile is shown....
The night grows whole again....The shadows rest,
Gathered beneath a greater shadow's wings.
~ Clark Ashton Smith, The Eldritch Dark

The likelihood that Smith will ever attain widespread recognition for his poetry is, to be sure, not great. Most members of the general literary community have become so unaccustomed to the lushness and complexity of this kind of poetry that they are likely to pass it off unthinkingly as either esoteric or passé (as if literary merit were somehow equivalent to contemporaneousness); while devotees of Smith's fiction appear to be unfamiliar with the rhetoric of poetry and are therefore unused to fantasy in verse form. But to the judicious reader, the compressed brilliance, the imaginative range, and the verbal and metrical panache of Smith's odes, sonnets, and lyrics will be immediately evident. The Roman axiom pulchrum est paucorum hominum ("Beauty is for the few") never had a more relevant object than the poetry of Clark Ashton Smith.
~ S. T. JOSHI & DAVID E. SCHULTZ, 2002 Excerpt from the Introduction to The Last Oblivion: Best Fantastic Poems of Clark Ashton Smith

"Clark Ashton Smith was born on January 13th, 1893, in Long Valley, California and lived much of his life in nearby Auburn, with his parents. An autodidact after Grade 5, Smith began to write at the age of eleven. At seventeen, Smith sold stories to The Black Cat, The Overland Monthly, and other magazines. His first collection of verse, Star-Treader and Other Poems was published in 1912, and received rave reviews. He resumed writing short stories in the late 20s, his best output occurring between 1930 and 1936, often in Weird Tales. A literary friend of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft, he contributed a number of elements to the Cthulhu Mythos, and created a world of Hyperborea before Howard used it for his Conan tales. He continued to publish verse in a number of magazines. His translations of Baudelaire's Les fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) are also very highly regarded. Smith was also a painter and sculptor. He also worked a number of mundane jobs including journalist, a fruit picker and packer, a wood chopper, a typist, a cement-mixer, a gardener, a hard-rock miner, mucker and windlasser."
From: https://www.sfsite.com/04b/la150.htm

Explore more of Clark Ashton Smith's art, poetry, analysis and writing, and a gallery of his cultures and paintings  at the ultimate fansite:  http://www.eldritchdark.com/

Explore Clark Ashton Smith's complete bibliography at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/smith_clark_ashton

Image The Shadow of the Torturer by Bruce Pennington at: http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=717516

Down the rabbit hole again. Thank you, dear +Dirk Puehl 
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 3-day visit to New York City, their first, includes Prince William's visit with Obama and Kate's tour of a child development center.
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Lovely friends ...hope u r all doing fine
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RIP PD James.
R.I.P to one of the finest crime writers of the 20th Century.
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How can love between two men possibly be responsible for a horse’s death during the Kentucky Derby? Reporter Will Yeats wants to know the truth. #bookreview #romance  
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Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth's military. #bookreview #spaceopera  
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Layanna in love with Brant and Lee: Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails. If you think you've heard this story before, trust me - you haven't.
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