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Quinn Norton - Love in the Time of CryptographyJust a quick hint, a pointer to something rather extraordinary, and of course entirely topically relevant in these days:

have a look at Quinn Norton's Love in the Time of Cryptography over on Backchannel.

It's a deceptively simple story about withholding personal information from the authorities who, by default, feel entitled to this, and the consequences and complexities this can have if you attempt to live a 'normal' life in an environment which expects you to share and overshare these things.

It's fascinating, thought provoking, and (at least for me) slightly sad. But go read, and make up your own mind!

The illustration which goes with the story is by very talented Illustrator Daniel Stolle

Links: Quinn Norton - Love in the Time of Cryptography - Backchannel - Daniel Stolle

 

 

I Ate Three Eggs Every Single Morning For A Week - Here's What HappenedHere is an unexpected treat - and no, I don't mean the Eggs!

Behind Click-Bait Headlines like the one above you normally find either yawn-inducing mundanity not worthy of the over-hyped title, or advertising completely unrelated to the topic. If you're lucky...

Still, this here is very much worth reading, because of What Happened.

Enjoy!

I Ate Three Eggs Every Single Morning For A Week - Here's What Happened

From Every Day Should Be Saturday

 

 

Daniel Lieske - Wormworld Saga - Chapter 9This is just a quick note, as I've just tripped over the fact that Daniel Lieske has the 9th chapter in his long-standing webcomic (er, graphic web album? comic really doesn't do this justice!) called The Wormworld Saga available for all to see and read.

The Wormworld Saga follows the adventures of a boy called Jonas in a parallel world, which he entered through a picture/mirror/empty frame in his Grandmother's attic. So far so default a setting, what really sets this apart is the storytelling, but even more it's the artwork by Daniel which drives this. The drawings, in an unusual, vertical format, are exquisite, a visual smorgasbord of impression and references, really bringing to life the cultures, settings, and creatures in the story.

But go look for yourself - you will want to start with Chapter 1 if you have not read this before, there are no real jumping-on points, and it's very well worth starting at the beginning!

I notice that Daniel meanwhile also has a Patreon page, so if you like what you see you could, nah, should help him with making ends meet whilst he crafts these great stories (or you could always visit the shop, and buy the books, or merchandise, or the game to go with the on-going story!).

Anyway, enough hyperbole. Go look, and make up your own mind!

 

What I normally post here are things which are a bit more polished, a bit more finished and together that this, but this thread on Imgur by user Looked4LoveInAlderaanPlaces (terrible, terrible pun mate) called Nature, You Scary is really rather neat.

It all stems from a suggestion to come up with a scenario where aliens invade earth, effortlessly wipe out human defences, only to run into major issues from the local wildlife.

 

Or, to give you the suggested tag line:

They were expecting military resistance. They weren't counting on bears.

 

It's written in individual short bits, by different authors, in slightly differing styles, with no editing to hold it together or clean up the style (or the typos, for that matter), but it's hugely entertaining, and well worth reading.

The title itself is part of an Internet meme, and so is the picture on the right. Isn't this just the cutest little alien?

 

 

Wormworld Saga 7Daniel Lieske has made the latest instalment of his on-going Wormworld Saga graphic novel availabe on his website, and a number of translations are already on the website, too.

The Wormworld Saga follows the fortunes (and occasional misfortunes) of a boy stranded in a parallel world. The story is a classic adventure yarn, set in a fascinating world with lots of history and background, and best of all presented in absolutely gorgeous graphics.

Also - there is now a book version of Chapters 1-3 available in English - perfectly in time for Christmas! (link below)

If you're new to the story then I'd strongly suggest you start at the beginning, of course, the chapters are definitely not independent.

 

Links: Wormworld SagaChapter 7 - Daniel Lieske Blog - Volume 1

 

Daniel Lieske - Wormworld Saga - Chapter 6Just a short notice to let you know that the 6th chapter in Daniel Lieske's gorgeously drawn Wormworld Saga online graphic novel is now available for your reading.

It's good to see that he has started to publish these stories as books now, too, initially in German, but English versions seem to be under way, too (the online chapters have been and are being translated into umpteen languages by fans); plus there's any amount of merchandising and extra content available for a little cash, too, whilst the actual story remains free to read.

For those not familiar with the Wormworld Saga (you know who you are!) - it follows the travels and adventures of a boy, Jonas, who slips into a parallel universe from his Grandmother's attic. Neither the setting nor the topics dealt with are new (very few things are), but both the storytelling and especially the artwork are superb, and the format with a very long/tall image, with the story flowing through it is unusual (and must be challenging for conversion into books!).

Links: Daniel Lieske - Blog - Wormworld Saga - Chapter 6

 

 

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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