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guess my pics didnt win the competition. is it still open for more submissions?---could see this happening in Hull or Brighton, but now it's pure America:http://www.trueamericandog.com/2012/01/wi-fi-dog-teaches-class-on-alternative.htmlgood stuff:http://www.trueamericandog.com/---my pals write for Adult Swim in the US doing a show called "The Heart She Holler" and were picking my brain for great underrated SF comedies that they could turn into a movie. i went thru some Fredrick Brown & R. Sheckley and sorta stopped. anyhow, opinions would be appreciated. dont say D. Adams or Pratchett please. (dunno if you all saw the Pratchett abortion DISCWORLD, its a stinker, avoid.)i thought of Ellison's "Santa Claus vs S.P.I.D.E.R." but the thought of them dealing with that guy upsets me. i've heard horror stories of direct contact: nothing can go wrong or the entire universe will shit on you thru him without logic or mercy even if it's implied snafu.
Mother, please don't cry for me, for I have goneMy pain's embrace has left, though you feel it stillTurn your anguish to joy, for I am at peaceIn our trench's arms I lie; a sweet releaseAnd softly the tender rain falls like bloodUpon our upturned faces that see no moreLovingly sweeps the red mud from sightless eyeWith purest tears wrought from God's own summer skyAnd our trench fills with a profuse torrent thenCarries remains of its hopeless protectionEarthen walls, sandbags and bodies, everyoneSeeks to escape the carnage we have becomeWe're but empty vessels of our former selvesThe flow that seeks to wash away our remainsBlushes as it turns an even redder hueShamed witness of those, who know not what they doMother, the foe were like us; all someone's childNo malice in their hearts; there was none in oursAround their feet I beg you let no blame poolCheap were our brief lives; sent here by those who ruleWe were as but leaves on a great tree grown oldBut as the leaves fall, so shall the strong oak tooWeakened, helpless to stand against folly windRoots consumed from within by men who have sinnedLeaders who knew the cost in our blood and livesAt their spotless boots must all blame be now piledVain, they called the piper, but bade us pay the tuneIn granite should their shame be forever hewnSo... to grave we go; I hope for the best causeAs symbols of the imprudence of conflictPeacefully safe with our friends, our enemies, men, brave and trueWar, that took so many... ... Begun, by so few...
There wasn't really a competition, Vaude. I made a suggestion that there might be one but, since you were the only one to respond in any way... Anyway, your pictures are just too chaotic. I want something simple - not too 'busy' - that illustrates the same idea as the one I'm presently using. Frankly I can't think of much in the way of SF comedy. It's not generally what I read SF for.Been to see Warhorse, Bob?
What was the picture thing about? I must have missed that :(
Fader, I want to put up a picture, like the one here, every time I start an open thread. Something of a similar nature, just as I said to Vaude.
Why is it that on the cover of The Voyage of the Sable Keech we don't see the Sable Keech but some different ship. I've seen two covers. On one of them there was a big metal ship from the 2. WW, it had nothing to do with any of the ships in the book. The other cover was much better, but there were too many sails. It's as if the artist hadn't known the story, only that there were ships. What happened?
Zoltan, the first one was a cut and paste job (masts and sails tacked onto an aircraft carrier). I remember having to insist that they put in portals! The second cover is typical Sullivan: very good, captures the spirit of the thing, but not necessarily factually correct. I tend now to just go yes that's fine if the cover is sufficiently gorgeous. Being highly nit-pickety with publishers and being a 'problem author' is never a great idea. And anyway, being completely honest, I'm normally so wrapped up in the next book I begrudge the time involved.
Nah, haven't seen The War Horse and doubt I will, I'm guessing it will be too weepy to watch. I wrote that poem a few years before the War Horse film came out.
Heh, dinoporn, Vaude.Very Wilfred Owen, Bob. And always 'begun by so few'.
Just wondering, is it Asselis Mika or Isselis? Because there seem to be inconsistencies, as pointed out in the "Errors in the books" thread.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83ULlgpT1UQCheeta Darpa Robot
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