FakeN - Take 2

FakeN - Take 2

I don't keep a twitter account so it took me a while to stumble into this, but: The book with the exciting cover is @JohnsonJeffro’s collection of literary criticism that helped kick off the #PulpRev movement. The other one is an anthology of stories taken from Appendix N. Along with some personal additions the editor apparently felt like making. 1/11 pic.twitter.com/vkLBKq2sYY — Daniel J Davis (@DanielJWrites) March 24, 2021 The thread is pure gold. For posterity, if twitter kills it:…

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Lovely People

Lovely People

I've written before about a webcomic called Stand Still, Stay Silent. Love the artwork and storytelling on it. Unfortunately, I don't follow it daily, as only a few pages a week are released, so I often go a month or two before catching up, only to find myself waiting for the next installment yet again. It seems Minna, the artist and writer, has been busy with a new short comic/standalone story. The first clue I had was a piece of artwork posted with "a new comic about cute animals in a dystopian social credit system," - and the style…

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Tenet

Tenet

A while back I said I would write of Tenet, and didn't - in large part for the selfsame reasons that John C Wright points out in the beginning of his multi-part review of the movie, that to say almost anything of it is to spoil it. I generally don't believe in spoilers, and the movie holds up to multiple viewings, but I also want to maximize how much of it is caught fresh the first time, so I'll try to stick with what is obvious, or at least strongly implied, by the trailer. It starts as a spy thriller…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, and go off script enough to check if there are any books out there on the subject of the stories that…

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Traveller 5 - Why So Serious?

Traveller 5 - Why So Serious?

The other day I delved deeper into the T5 rules by showing how to develop a character. Yes, it came out complicated. Or is it? Let's step back a bit. The original classic Traveller character rules came from the era of Moldvay Basic and AD&D, but they had a different focus. D&D is class-based: you rolled your stats, chose a class compatible with those stats, and noted down the associated bonuses. You only had a few significant choices - mostly class and equipment - and there were only a few points of randomization: your base stats,…

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Traveller 5 - Thoughts, and Characters

Traveller 5 - Thoughts, and Characters

Marc Miller is a genius. Now, I'm not saying that T5, as incarnated, is going to be everyone's cup of tea, but going deeper into the wealth of tables available, the most relaxing thing about them is not that they are there when you need a quick and dirty lookup for something you didn't plan ahead of time, but that you can safely ignore them unless there is something going on that requires scientific/universe/random knowledge that doesn't naturally flow from the current state of the game world. One of the biggest mechanical differences is that almost every roll…

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Roundup

Roundup

It's been a while, and I've accumilated a few odds and ends that don't call for a full post. Hate is bad. So we are told. Of course, the same people will gladly tell us that "White Lives Don't Matter". I know, I know, they'll tell you that it's not "white lives" as in "the lives of white people," but instead "white lives" as in "lives lived as if you were white" - she even somewhat clarified it.  Leaving aside you'd think that a college professor would be aware of the implications of her choice of words, AND that if…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West has picked up some of my posts, and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical to the philosophical relevant to men without getting all squishy like Art of Manliness does all too often. I'll be trying out the orange chicken…

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