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.
“Not every science fiction story is meant to predict the future, but some of them have forecast future events with incredible accuracy. This timeline sketches out some of the most exciting examples of times that science fiction became fact…”
“The Old Testament is full of examples of chiasmus, which is a figure of speech used in ancient times to emphasize balance. It lists a bunch of ideas or things and then repeats each of them in reverse order. It’s often not an identical repetition. It frequently uses the opposite of what came before or something similar to it…
“RoboCop (1987) is the first film I reviewed on this website, so it’s fitting that it should be the first that I talk about here. Get ready to see how RoboCop is an almost perfectly symmetrical film…”
"David Cronenberg: Consumed. The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy…
"These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex. Consumed is an exuberant, provocative debut novel from one of the world’s leading film directors…"
“Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
"Welcome to Random Reads, wherein we talk to authors about the characters and stories that defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand which ones we’ll ask them to talk about.
"…Karen Russell published her first short story collection, St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves, in 2007, only a year after receiving her MFA. With the fanciful dark comedy of the title story, “Ava Wrestles The Alligator,” and “Lady Yeti And The Palace Of Artificial Snows,” Russell’s work was immediately recognized for its imagination. A second story collection, Vampires In The Lemon Grove, was released last year, with another array of surreal tales that inject horror and science fiction into otherwise recognizable realities…”
“We are saddened to report the death of author Lucius Shepard, who passed away on March 18th at the age of 66. Shepard began publishing short stories in 1983 and his first novel,Green Eyes, appeared in 1984. In 1985 he won the John Campbell Award for Best New Writer; over the course of his career he won the Nebula for his novella “R&R,” the Hugo for his novella “Barnacle Bill the Spacer,” and the Shirley Jackson Award for his novella “Vacancy” in 2008.
"Shepard wrote in many different genres, including science fiction and fantasy, cyberpunk, magical realism, poetry, and non-fiction. He was influenced by his life in Central America, writing stories in a more magical realist vein. He also rode the rails for a time to research freight train culture in America, and reviewed films in a regular column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
"With his complex body of genre-bending work, Lucius Shepard’s voice added immeasurably to our community. He will be sorely missed…"