Thursday, March 30, 2006

Congratulations to my friend Dominic Green who has been nominated for a Hugo Award for his story "The Clockwork Atom Bomb". The story is currently available to download from Interzone
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Via The Daily Grind - and Gia, I found this Greasemonkey script to help add Technorati tags when creating a Blogger post.

Monday, March 13, 2006

John Crowley is one of my favourite authors - his "Little, Big" is one of my all-time favourite novels. His latest book is "Lord Byron's Novel - the Evening Land".

According to Mary Shelley's introduction to Frankenstein, one evening in June 1816, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley and Dr Polidori met at Villa Diodati near lake Geneva. After a ghost story, Byron suggested they all write a horror story.

No prose from Lord Byron has survived, but Crowley has imagined the novel that Byron may have written, including various episodes based on the poets life: but the book is much more than this.

Byron's daughter was Ada Lovelace, the noted mathematician who corresponded with Babbage on programming the Analytical Engine - she is often noted as writing the first computer program. Her mother left Byron when Ada was less than one year old, she never knew her father.

Crowley's book posits that Ada inherited the manuscript of the book, and wrote some annotations - but then agreed to destroy the book due to the close similarity between the plot and with scandals in the family.

The present novel intersperses the Byron text with her annotations, and also the email correspondence between the modern day discoverers of papers containing these annotations and many pages of what appear to be mathematical tables.

I can't claim to know much about Byron, or the 1820's style of writing, but I'm sure Crowley has done his research properly, and he's created a brilliant pastiche novel with resonances between Byron's life story, that of Ali his protagonist, and the modern day finders of the papers.

Highly recommended.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Wallace & Gromit in Curse of the Wererabbit - now in Japanese

The translation process dragged on a bit through December and January, but it finally hits the streets in Japan next week. We found a reveiw on which was translated into delightful engrish by google:

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March 18th of 2006 with ???? and ????? vegetable field of release large pinch!

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W & the world of the G makes that way, politely and you have been packed! The to game converting
" (-_-; Woo? " With while the work which is thought being many, just the excellent work! It is foreboding of hit!
In simplicity operation colorful action! Furthermore every reproducing one town roundly completely
The mini- game and collection et cetera such as thing and 2 human simultaneous cooperation plays which are full
With the ?, the child together, you think long in coming from now!

The person who is continued to look at the former series the scene which is made the " Ni spear "
With like full load, W & the G fan convert the necessary item which we would like to insert in the hand by all means
It probably is thing! (*' ? `)