Ilium Now Drinking

I’ve made a story title scrambler using my big list of Hugo titles. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_yQOp6UkOYcnAyKa_DI690m59eubDo4NcKOHSVrFss8/edit?usp=sharing

To get a new name you have to refresh the page (I think, I can’t find a recalculate formula shortcut on Google Sheets).

Some highlights so far (some punctuation and articles added):

  • Different Storms Alliance
  • And Time Buyer Found
  • The Quiet “A
  • Buffalo Age
  • Eight for Honor
  • Shadow Sharing a Shouted Cerberus Book
  • The Deepness Love
  • The Point Overdrive Down
  • The Memory Scattered Wolf
  • The Wings Suit
  • The Empress, The Touched
  • The Mars Lady
  • Computer Dog China Revolution
  • Glasshouse Quiet
  • Alastair Lady Emporium
  • The MacDonald and Behind Time
  • The Dragon Lady Zanzibar
  • The Loose Coeur Falls

Final Cartographer Catch-up

The serial mega-novella Homunculus Cartographer concluded this week: https://homunculuscartographer.home.blog

The final four chapters include a visit to hell and our heroes finally reaching the site of the epic battle:

If you want all the chapters in order you can find them here https://homunculuscartographer.home.blog/contents/

It was a lot of fun to put together and thank you for reading it.

Get a free opinion about science in science fiction

It’s an old discussion: how much science should there be in science fiction and what kind of science should it be? It’s so old that when the discussion rolls around again you will probably be tired of it immediately. Aha! What if you had a totally new position on it? Then things might be interesting again.

You’ll need a D20 dice and the table below. Take the sentence “I believe that the science in science fiction should be X and Y” and replace X and Y with entries from the table, rolling the dice twice to get your exciting new take on the discussion.

Roll 1XRoll 2Y
1alien1based on 18th century understandings
2at a high school level2be expressed in profanities
3be indistinguishable from magic3consistent
4colourful4conveyed by scent
5confused5cribbed from Wikipedia
6consistent with the laws of thermodynamics6expressed using algebra
7cool7in the background
8cutting edge8include references from medical textbooks
9environmental9integral to the world building
10fuzzy10involve clockwork
11generous11involve pie charts
12hard12mainly about dairy goods
13in the appendix13mainly physics
14mathematical14only appear in sentences that start with a vowel
15morbid15plausible
16obscure16served with mash potato
17pervasive17shiny
18random18speculative
19sociological19use buzzwords like ‘quantum’
20soft20with copious footnotes

Cartographer Catch-Up

The serial mega-novella Homunculus Cartographer continues on twice a week over here: https://homunculuscartographer.home.blog

We are into the final weeks of the story with just four more chapters to go.

The story so far

Cartographer Homunculus is an artificial being created by alchemist bears to gather data for maps. Carto’s mission is to journey across the bowl shaped world called the Unfolded Hades to discover crucial data needed to make a map of the paths between worlds. Carto is accompanied by a bodyguard, Sir Pangolin (a pangolin).

Their journey has taken them across a crystallized sea, through a magical door and into the secret tunnels that join worlds. Now they find themselves under the control of a demonic being who has taken them to London in 2015. Their only route back home again requires them to find a pathway to hell itself…

Still to come: a journey through Hell and obligatory big cliche epic fantasy final battle!

Missing Moments in Movie History: Batman (1955)

Alfred “Pennyworth” Hitchcock’s one foray into the superhero genre was scrapped after the famed directors attempt to film Gary Grant in costume carrying a giant bomb (labelled “bomb”) around the French Rivera in a single long take, proved impossible. Grace Kelly also objected to the acting coach brought in to teach her “feline like movements” to aid her role as Catwoman. Later, reminiscing on his long (and yet surprisingly unfruitful) career in film, Timothy the Talking Cat concedes that he possibly was the wrong choice — he regards climbing over rooftops as “uncouth” and a negative stereotype of cat behaviour. “I prefer sitting down to be honest,” he says.

Having bought the film crew and actors all that way, Hitchcock quickly improvised a wholly different film and had Grant play the cat burglar.

Cartographer Catch-Up

The serial mega-novella Homunculus Cartographer continues on twice a week over here: https://homunculuscartographer.home.blog

Every two weeks or so I’ll run a catch up post here with a little plot summary and links. Previous catch up: https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/cartographer-catch-up-2/

The story so far

Cartographer Homunculus is an artificial being created by alchemist bears to gather data for maps. Carto’s mission is to journey across the bowl shaped world called the Unfolded Hades to discover crucial data needed to make a map of the paths between worlds. Carto is accompanied by a bodyguard, Sir Pangolin (a pangolin).

Their journey has taken them to a human dominated part of their world called the Electorates. A civil war has been declared. Carto and Sir Pangolin find themselves having to board a ship sailing across the Alkaline Sea – the semi-solid inland sea surrounded by the Electorates. Carto is convinced the ship contains some powerful objects of alchemy. However, their voyage leads to intrigue, murder and a pirate ambush!

After a shocking betrayal, Carto is forced to follow the paths-between-worlds in a desperate bid to save the mind of Sir Pangolin. Their journey is leading them to a fabulous city were a mighty empire once attempted to control time itself….

We’ve still got a police shoot-out, a trip to hell and, of course, a climatic fantasy final battle of good versus evil to go!

Missing moment in movie history

Susan’s 1960’s music industry contacts led to a chance meeting between her and Ennio Morricone, which almost led to some novel casting by Sergio Leone. The plan was scuppered after Timothy learnt that “Il Cattivo” is not “real cool cat” in Italian. I treasure the memory of Sergio saying to me “Ah good, you are already in costume” when in fact I was still in my regular clothes.