Archive for February, 2011

Best sffh films of the last decade

Just read this on Locus Online: Lawrence Person’s Top Ten Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films of 2000-2010. Seems like a solid list and I agree with pretty much all of his comments on the films listed. I think District 9 could have been mentioned. At the bottom, there’s a run down of some turkeys of the decade – Anyone seen Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter?

What movies would you add to the list?

Word of the day: oblation

ob·la·tion /ɒˈbleɪʃən/

1. the offering to god of the elements of bread and wine in the Eucharist.
2. the whole office of the Eucharist.
3. the act of making an offering, especially to a deity.
4. any offering for religious or charitable uses.

1375–1425; late Middle English oblacion < Late Latin oblātion– (stem of oblātiō ), equivalent to oblāt ( us ) ( see oblate 2 ) + –iōn– -ion

—Related forms
ob·la·to·ry /ˈɒbləˌtɔri, -ˌtoʊri/
ob·la·tion·al, adjective


The noblemen and noblewomen ahead bowed or curtsied from horseback, and those oblations were deeper this time than they had been when meeting Elayne in her throne room.

Source: Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

Quite apart from how it’s possible to curtsy from horseback, this apparent misuse of the word ‘oblation’ indicates to me how weak Brandon Sanderson’s English is.