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1  General Discussions Topics / The News / Interview
 on: 30. Oct 2018 at 16:45 
Started by Forum Administrator | Post by Forum Administrator
Speaking of the Fantastic IV
https://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Fantastic-IV-Darrell-Schweitzer/dp/147943857X/
contains an interview with Blaylock, discussing the origins of steampunk.
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2  General Discussions Topics / The News / Re: Blaylock Essay, June 2018
 on: 29. Aug 2018 at 17:36 
Started by Forum Administrator | Post by Forum Administrator
Published April and July in the Orange County Register, a couple of essays:

"First Person: By the Book"
https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/04/essay-by-the-book/

"What do you do when there are no good alternatives?
https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/30/essay-what-do-you-do-when-there-are-no-...
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3  General Discussions Topics / The News / Re: Blaylock Essay, June 2018
 on: 29. Aug 2018 at 17:28 
Started by Forum Administrator | Post by Forum Administrator
And if you subscribe to Poets and Writers magazine, you can read:

"The Tale of the Traveling Chicken: Learning the Art of Fiction With a Joke"

https://www.pw.org/content/the_tale_of_the_traveling_chicken_learning_the_art...
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4  General Discussions Topics / The News / Blaylock Essay, June 2018
 on: 29. Aug 2018 at 11:23 
Started by Forum Administrator | Post by Forum Administrator
There's a recent essay published in Orange Coast about a treehouse Blaylock built in an avocado tree back in the 80s:
http://www.orangecoast.com/essays/treehouse-essay-reflecting-life-family-neig...
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5  General Discussions Topics / The Books & Stories / Re: What's everybody reading?
 on: 03. Aug 2018 at 17:01 
Started by Patrick - Ex Member | Post by Forum Administrator
Reading Margery Allingham's mystery Tiger in the Smoke, set in the late 1940s, there's a gang that seemed like it would be not out of place in some of Blaylock's steampunk. Led by an albino in dark glasses, they include a fellow who's a bit mad from a trauma in the war, a dwarf who sometimes becomes hysterical and gets strapped into a wheelchair with a plaster over his mouth, and a miscellany of other characters. Together, they traipse around London in the fog as a band, playing drums and cymbals and things, collecting alms and biding their time until they can get the treasure they dream of. During the course of the story they kidnap the heroine's fiancé, imprisoning him in their lair because they can't work out what to do with him...
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6  General Discussions Topics / The Zany Stuff / Cheesepunk
 on: 30. Jul 2018 at 01:19 
Started by Mike | Post by Mike
We know that Mr. Blaylock has been credited with influencing and possibly originating "Steampunk".  However, some of his earliest stories, such as the Elfin Ship and its sequel (and prequel) do not really fit into that category at all.

They tend to get lumped in with works of "High Fantasy" but for me they convey a completely different type of mood and experience than other books in that genre.  

The solution, as I see it, is to create a new category for literature that presents an epic tale or quest, while retaining a light-hearted, almost farcical atmosphere.  I will take this moment to put forward the name "Cheesepunk" as a potential designation for this category, in honor of the author's mild obsession with cultured dairy products.
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7  General Discussions Topics / The Zany Stuff / Re: Squids in Cyberspace
 on: 29. Jul 2018 at 03:01 
Started by Swancrash | Post by Mike
In San Francisco my wife and I encountered a "Pirate Store" which was actually a front for a free reading/writing workshop. I remember they had "Giant Squid Repellent" as one of their novelty gifts. I'm not sure if you can buy it online...

As a game developer I have also encountered TurboSquid, which is an online repository for 3D art. Not really as whimsical as it sounds, so I doubt there is any connection to Blaylock there.  

Truly, outside of Blaylock, Gary Larson, H.P. Lovecraft and my own humble efforts, I feel that squids, and cephalopods in general, are under-represented in literature.

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8  General Discussions Topics / The Books & Stories / Re: Connexions
 on: 29. Jul 2018 at 02:45 
Started by Swancrash | Post by Mike
I thought the nail/coin trick was in "The Last Coin" and the intended target was Pennyman, though it has been a while since I read that or "Bells" so forgive me if I'm incorrect.  

I have not read Anubis Gate, so I cannot speculate on the connection.  However, Ashbless in Digging Leviathan is certainly a strange character.  He seems to know something about the life prolonging properties of carp, or at least suspects something, as the main characters find him (Ashbless) in the underground lake area where they encounter Frosticos's boat.  

This could account for his existing in different time periods, so I think your hypothesis has some merit.
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9  General Discussions Topics / The News / Re: Upcoming Books
 on: 29. Jul 2018 at 02:33 
Started by Swancrash | Post by Mike
Can't believe I missed this one.  Just ordered.  The balance has been restored.
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10  General Discussions Topics / The Books & Stories / Re: What's everybody reading?
 on: 05. Jun 2018 at 01:47 
Started by Patrick - Ex Member | Post by Swancrash
Going back and forth between Zeuglodon and Thirteen Phantasms, I opted for a re-read of Night Relics. When I first read it, back in the mid-90s, I was surprised by how outside of works such as The Elfin Ship and The Paper Grail it seemed. Coming back to it 20 years later, I really enjoyed it. Well worth the second read, and resplendent with Blaylock style, I think now. I thought there were also a few echoes of Tim Powers, as well, but maybe that was because I'd just read Down and Out in Purgatory...
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