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.
“Music and the visual arts are central to the way he approaches his literary craft. It was while touring nightclubs (“a ridiculous concept now of course, but at the time it was something that people did”) with authors from the rave-lit anthology Disco Biscuits, for instance, that he hit on his future direction. Listening to a reader before him, while he waited to go on stage, he became aware that techno music from the next room was “pumping away – doosh doosh doosh doosh, four-to-the-floor – and it was interfering with the reading in quite an interesting way. It suddenly came to my head and I turned to Sarah Champion [the anthology’s editor] and I said: ‘I wonder if you could do a dub version of a story.’ I couldn’t get that idea out of my head…”
“The regrettable reasons for the decline in SF by women this year don’t change the fact that the best books were by men.
“As a feminist, I am opposed to including women writers in shortlists just because they are female: the work has got to hold its own in its field: we can discuss whether that field is a level one or not, but when you’re judging a work, you’re obliged to deal with what you’ve got, and to me, that means regardless of any ideological criteria…”
“Barnes & Noble Inc. has sharply reduced the number of Simon & Schuster titles it carries in its stores as well as the promotion it gives those books as a result of a financial dispute between the two companies, say people familiar with the matter.
“The dispute, which one publishing executive likened to a blackout of TV channels by a cable operator, reflects tensions created by the shift to digital reading and the impact of online discounting, which are shaking up publishing.”
“Douglas Adams – one of the most celebrated and beloved humorists of the 20th century – had an imagination that defied gravity and soared past Earth’s atmosphere. As a young man, he famously got the first inkling of an idea for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while hitchhiking across Europe, pausing to contemplate the starry night sky... “Douglas Adams has entertained and inspired so many generations of people around the world with his warm humor and courageously curious intellect. Happy birthday, you hoopy frood!”
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