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Brett Fitzpatrick

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I am doing more work on the cover of my latest science fiction novel, and part of that is deciding on a colour scheme for the spaceship sitting slap bang in the middle of it. Of course it is impossible to think of spacecraft colour schemes without the spaceships of the Terran Trade Authority coming to mind. At least for a child of the late 70s and early 80s like me.

I spent a good few hours yesterday listening to one of my favourite podcasts. It’s called The Dork Forest, and it’s hosted by Jackie Kashian. I don’t listen to it very often, just a couple of times per year, but when I do listen, I binge. I usually listen when I’m doing something round the house, like cleaning and tidying. I hate cleaning and tidying, but it’s not so bad if my mind is off in the Dork Forest while my body is doing the filthy housework.

Star Lord 3

Regular readers of my blog will know that I have decided to read every issue of Star Lord, a short-lived British sci-fi comic of the late 70s. I’ve reached issue three of this undertaking, and it is the best so far. After two underwhelming covers, this week’s cover is one of the classics. It is the work of Kevin O’Neill, and showcases his talent for creating complex and beautiful spaceship designs.

This is a very spoilery few musings on episode one of American Horror Story: Cult, which I just watched. I was very brave, because I’m alone in the house and it is after dark. I’m no fan of horror but I thought I would give Cult a try because it has been reported in the news as having an overt political message, along with a whole bunch of clowns. I figured it was going to be mostly psychological horror with an interesting political twist, which I might enjoy.

A few posts back I was talking about my half-baked idea of accepting bitcoins in exchange for my books. Here’s the post where I speak about it. Unfortunately, I was using Mycelium widgets, as I explain in the post, but I ran into a problem. It is the same problem described on this Reddit. The Mycelium widgets are needed to sell my books, and I have more than one book. With multiple books therefore, I need multiple widgets.

Star Lord - Number 2

In a recent post I talked about prog slogs, and how much I love them. A prog slog is where you read a swath of comic books based on some criteria best known to yourself. I’ve decided to do a prog slog of my own, but initially a very limited one. I’m starting with a few issues of a very short-lived comic book called Star Lord. Star Lord later merged with a comic called 2000ad, so theoretically I could continue to read from there for thousands of issues because 2000ad is still going today, thirty or forty years later, but let’s stick to just the 22 issues of Star Lord for now.

Star Lord - Number 1

In my last post I talked about prog slogs, and how much I love them. A prog slog is where you read a swath of comic books based on some criteria best known to yourself. Usually it means rereading issues of a British sci-fi comic book called 2000ad, collected in the 70s during the prog slogger’s childhood years. Now I’ve decided to do a prog slog of my own, but initially a very limited one.

Prog Slog Blogs

Over the last few days I have been reading prog slogs, for nostalgia but also for sci-fi fun. But what is a prog slog? To understand what a prog slog is you have to understand what a prog is. A British sci-fi comic called 2000ad that started in the 1970s, riding the wave of popularity of Star Wars is where the word comes from. Instead of calling the weekly comics issues, like any other comic, they decided that their comic would be released in weekly progs.

There is some negativity out there towards Atomic Blonde, typified by this review from Variety. In the review Andrew Barker says: the film has style to burn, employing enough neon lighting to power the Las Vegas Strip for weeks. Theron casts an indomitable figure throughout, and the camera lingers on every contour of her face and body with an intensity that verges on the fetishistic. But he thinks: There’s a fundamental emptiness behind all the flash.

I am designing the cover to episode four of my series of sci-fi novels at the moment. Only a few thousand words are written as of yet, but that just means I have plenty of time to work on it in tandem with writing the actual book. I’m designing the cover using Blender, an open source 3D modeling suite advanced enough to create the model spaceship for the cover and the typography, and almost anything else I can think of.