A collection of stuff, things, nonsense, rants, raves, pretties, sillies, and gee-gaws from Rev. Hugo Nebula, Ordained Minister of the Church of the SubGenius.
(And boobs. Sometimes there are boobs. Just like in real life.)
Thank you for reading.
Last week’s news that the principal of Pensacola, FL’s Booker T Washington High School had cancelled its One School/One Book summer reading program rather than have his students read my novel Little Brother has alarmed several national anti-censorship organizations, led by the National Coalition Against Censorship.
"Dracula was Bram Stoker’s fifth and by far his most famous novel. It was first published in the UK in May 1897 by Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster. The book itself is a 390 page hardcover with a yellow cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in red. About two months later Dracula was published by Hutchinson & Co., London, as a part of their Hutchinson’s Colonial Library series for circulation in India and the British Colonies. This edition is a 390 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. Dracula was first published in the US in 1899 by Doubleday & McClure Co., New York. This edition is a 378 page hardcover with a beige cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in black, tan and gold…"
"The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.."
"…Kurt Vonnegut? FUCK AND NO. The man is one of America’s literary icons. To allow fan fiction based on his work is a disgrace to it, because while someone might write a Vampire Diaries story as good as the original Vampire Diaries author, there is no goddamned way anyone is going to write a story starring Kurt Vonnegut’s characters as well as Vonnegut did…”
This week, writer MCA Hogarth reported that her novel Spots the Space Marine had been removed from sale by Amazon after representations by Games Workshop, which publishes tabletop games and novels under the popular Warhammer 40,000 banner and which heavily feature “space marines”.
"…Games Workshop stated that they believe that their recent entrée into the ebook market gives them the common law trademark for the term ‘space marine’ in all formats. If they choose to proceed on that belief, science fiction will lose a term that’s been a part of its canon since its inception. Space marines were around long before Games Workshop."
"It took 100 years to bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars to the big screen. It took Disney Studios just ten days to declare the film a flop and lock it away in the Disney vaults. How did this project, despite its quarter-billion dollar budget, the brilliance of director Andrew Stanton, and the creative talents of legendary Pixar Studios, become a calamity of historic proportions?
"Michael Sellers, a filmmaker and Hollywood insider himself, saw the disaster approaching and fought to save the project – but without success. In John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, Sellers details every blunder and betrayal that led to the doom of the motion picture – and that left countless Hollywood careers in the wreckage.
"JOHN CARTER AND THE GODS OF HOLLYWOOD examines every aspect of Andrew Stanton’s adaptation and Disney’s marketing campaign and seeks to answer the question: What went wrong? it includes a history of Hollywood’s 100 year effort to bring the film to the screen, and examines the global fan movement spawned by the film."