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.
I can, in the last analysis, talk only about my own work; it is not that I am so entirely vain, but because there is really one writer I know well enough to say these things about; I would not dare discuss intimately anyone else.
Some of these are getting reprinted in January. I am excite.
"The Dance of the Dragons is the flowery name bestowed upon the savage internecine struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros fought between two rival branches of House Targaryen during the years 129 to 131 AC. To characterize the dark, turbulent, bloody doings of this period as a “dance” strikes us as grotesquely inappropriate. No doubt the phrase originated with some singer. “The Dying of the Dragons” would be altogether more fitting, but tradition and time have burned the more poetic usage into the pages of history, so we must dance along with the rest…"
Just for kicks, speaker and overall techie Tom Scott took a copy of Romeo & Juliet, saved the text file as a RAW Photoshop file, then saved the files as JPGs at different levels of compression to see how it corrupted the file. He then printed up the results as bound books, which is sort of a fun way to waste money. The results? At 100 percent, the text is barely readable. At 50 percent, it looks like gibberish. At zero percent, it looks like an accident. But the images Scott created? Here’s the interesting part: “On the front of each book is the JPEG image it was derived from,” he explains “And, for all but the lowest quality, they appear utterly identical to the naked eye.” Check the middle images of the photoset to see the photos in order.
"VURT: The 20th Anniversary Edition, with a foreword by Lauren Beukes and three fantastic new short stories, all set in the extraordinary world of Vurt. Take a trip in a stranger’s head. Travel rain-shot streets with a gang of hip malcontents, hooked on the most powerful drug you can imagine. Yet Vurt feathers are not for the weak. As the mysterious Game Cat says, ‘Be careful, be very careful’. But Scribble isn’t listening. He has to find his lost love. His journey is a mission to find Curious Yellow, the ultimate, perhaps even mythical Vurt feather. As the most powerful narcotic of all, Scribble must be prepared to leave his current reality behind."
"Brand new covers for five of George Orwell’s works feature in a new series published today by Penguin and designed by David Pearson. The set includes a remarkable take on Orwell’s most well known novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four…
"Pearson’s adept use of type – as demonstrated in his work on Penguin’s Great Ideas series of short, influential texts – is once again at the fore of each of the designs. And that includes what is perhaps one of Penguin’s most radical covers of recent years, for Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the title and author’s name are almost completely obscured by black foiling.”