"We all know ants are incredibly capable creatures. They live in vast, interconnected colonies, can lift several times their own body weight, and coordinate their activity with incredible precision.
"But many of the things that make ants impressive would also make them formidable foes. Perhaps it’s time we took a look at some of these strengths in greater detail. Remember: it’s important to know your enemy - erm, I mean your new insect overlords…"
"With its assets frozen, MegaUpload can no longer pay to host its data with its service provider, and so the AG will cooperate with the erasure of tens of millions of users’ personal files — backups, family photos, personal videos, financial records, and even movies and music in production by independent artists who used MegaUpload as a file-locker while their produced their work. TorrentFreak characterizes this as the destruction of evidence, and I think that’s right."
"When, at the end of Alien, Sigourney Weaver says, “This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off,” she’s not telling the whole truth. Because there’s another survivor, curled up with her in the hypersleep capsule. Jones (or Jonesey) the ginger tom.
"Jones serves multiple functions within the Alien storyline: 1) CATGUFFIN, a pretext for characters to go wandering off on their own. 2) CATPANION, an excuse for Ripley to express herself out loud when she’s otherwise alone. 3) CATSHOCK, a cheap shock tactic in which the cat jumps out unexpectedly. 4) CATSCALLION, a wild card; at the end of the film, the cat might yet be harbouring an alien.
"In short, one cannot overestimate the importance of Jones to Alien. This is his story.”
Rather than the ‘Zombies on an Oil Rig’ story promised by the blurb (in fact the back cover blurb is inaccurate, if not outright misleading) this is a simple Aliens meets The Thing novel - lots of paranoia and antagonism, and plenty of running up and down refinery corridors against the clock. The ‘zombies’ are sci-fi creations, and the human characters are cardboard cut-outs (you can easily predict you will die first, based on how little you know, and therefore care, about them).
Despite this (and despite Baker’s terse, clipped writing style which favours pace over description), Outpost is a fast and gory read, a great many things explode, and it would make a great film. The author probably thinks so too, which may explain why the prose reads like stage directions.
We have had no time to edit the hours of location recordings from our SubGenius Road Trip, much less the Puzzling Evidence shows from its midpoint, so we’re again presenting an especially good rerun — at least, the label on the master had a scrawl on it in Stangwriting saying “Good one!” (I, Stang, have not actually heard it since 2002!) We know from the log however (seen at subgenius.com) that it has a fine Pater Nostril collage from devivals and other things, music by Saint N and Hellena Handbasket, lots of clips from good old Media Barrage Tape #5 (1982), LeMur, Nu-Monet, and Artemia Salina collages, much best live ESO Swamp Radio with Dave, Chas, StangDoe and callers, Puzzling Evidence, a Glassmadness classic “Bob” hymn, and even RastaBillyBob and “Zeeza.” MANY of these contributors are now dead or vanished! So it MUST be good!