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… so different, so appealing?

I was going to post this as “The Worst Science Fiction Paperbook Book Cover Ever” and let it stand, but then I noticed its resemblance to this seminal Pop Art collage by British artist Richard Hamilton. The palette is the same, the sense of clutteredness, the busyness of the composition. Both have a white, male …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/18/20: Rock Bands

  It’s not an easy task to worldbuild a fictional rock band. You need to have polished writing skills, a finger on the pulse of contemporary culture (or history of pop culture, if set in the past) and an in-depth knowledge of the music world. That’s a rare order. Nevertheless, some writers in recent years …

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Q:  Why did the yogi put himself into a trance before going to the dentist? A:  Because he wanted to transcend dental medication. (Artwork by Larry Carlsen)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/11/20: The Best of
xxxxTwittersnips (Crime Novels)

  I like how casually this woman is aiming the gun. The illustrator caught her right at the moment before she pulls the trigger. How cold-blooded and hard looking she is! This is one tough cookie.  Usually crime pulp cover women are plumper-cheeked and younger: Dames. This woman is firmly in Broad territory. Incidentally, I’ve …

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Future Tokyo

In 2011 we should have been wearing jumpsuits and whizzing up and down spiral ramps to airports  in the sky. Jeez, what went wrong?

Worldbuilding Wednesday
11/4/20: Military Division

  The American military has a long tradition of giving colorful nicknames to its various companies, divisions, and specialty groups. To go along with these nicknames are specially commissioned patches to be worn proudly on uniforms or jackets. Take a look at the assortment above. The graphics reached their height of bizarreness during the Vietnam …

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The Skeleton

Existential angst that is in store for all of us one day, if we’re still sentient that is.

Private Island

” After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine   [ * titters girlishly * ]  I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. ” Yup. May history bless the Kardashians with …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 10/28/20: Solomon’s Demons

Despite the name, these demons have nothing to do with King Solomon of the Bible. They are supernatural beings listed in a spellbook known as The Lesser Key of Solomon, or Salomonis Regis, which contains descriptions of them along with summoning instructions. This meaty tome is divided into five parts, compiled by an anonymous author …

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Can’t a man have a little privacy?

Japanese demons, or yokai, invade the personal space of this very aghast male bather.