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  • #16
    Originally posted by Berry Sizemore
    Mike,

    How can we get a hold on a copy of ARTHUR?

    ...
    I was wondering that too? :)

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    • #17
      Arthur website

      Arthur website at:

      http://www.arthurmag.com/news/

      Looks like you can view issues as PDF files.

      --lapis

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      • #18
        Thanks lapis
        The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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        • #19
          Kirk,

          I did just make a post. I had forgotten. :-)
          The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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          • #20
            Ha! Yeah, I thought about calling you back and simply saying "Thanks, Lapis" and then hanging up. :D
            "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
            --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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            • #21
              They're reading a Ballard story on 7th Dimension -- the Radio Seven sf and fantasy programme. You can also hear C.S.Lewis's Perelandra, Gibson's Burning Chrome and a whole lot of other stuff!

              Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in Europe:
              The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars - The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
              Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles - Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - Modem Times 2.0 - The Sunday Books - The Sundered Worlds


              Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in the USA:
              The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction - The Sunday Books - Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
              Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - The Sundered Worlds - The Winds of Limbo - Modem Times 2.0 - Elric: Swords and Roses

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              • #22
                Anybody know if any of that stuff is streaming or saved as MP3s somewhere?
                My Facebook; My Band; My Radio Show; My Flickr Page; Science Fiction Message Board

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                • #23
                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/

                  You'll then be able to go to Radio Seven and find out a complete list of what's on. You can click on 'Listen Again' to get the archived material.
                  The Ballard isn't due out until, I think, next Friday.

                  Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in Europe:
                  The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars - The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
                  Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles - Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - Modem Times 2.0 - The Sunday Books - The Sundered Worlds


                  Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in the USA:
                  The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction - The Sunday Books - Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
                  Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - The Sundered Worlds - The Winds of Limbo - Modem Times 2.0 - Elric: Swords and Roses

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                  • #24
                    Cool, that's really a nice thing to have handy, thanks! I guess I should've figured you'd have the link since you're listening from Austin and all.
                    My Facebook; My Band; My Radio Show; My Flickr Page; Science Fiction Message Board

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                    • #25
                      We have to thank Greg Dyke, former DG of the BBC, for his foresight in modernising the BBC extensively and rapidly. Not all his changes were popular (including with me) but he did so much better than his predecessor. Might be I would never have left Britain if it hadn't have been for John thingy (name escapes me as usual) who was caught fiddling his income tax returns. Not him, but the fact that the inland revenue guys who'd given me so much trouble over mistakes they acknowledged were innocent were laughing about it the morning of my final show-down with them. That is, they were amused that he hadn't followed the usual procedures for falsifying his returns. They knew no moral outrage. I lost it... After all, it was my license fee that was paying his wages!
                      Never regretted it, either. Still can't remember the smarmy bugger's name.

                      Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in Europe:
                      The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars - The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
                      Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles - Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - Modem Times 2.0 - The Sunday Books - The Sundered Worlds


                      Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in the USA:
                      The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction - The Sunday Books - Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
                      Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - The Sundered Worlds - The Winds of Limbo - Modem Times 2.0 - Elric: Swords and Roses

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                      • #26
                        Martin Amis review of JG Ballard's early novel, The Drowned World.
                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012...ld-martin-amis


                        The Drowned World by JG Ballard

                        The sun is so close it's noisy, and London is under water – welcome to JG Ballard's vision of the future, written 50 years ago. Martin Amis pays tribute to a bold, hypnotic novel, by an author with a genius for the perverse

                        guardian.co.uk, Martin Amis. 13 July 2012

                        Is prescience a literary virtue? And should the work of JG Ballard be particularly prized (as some critics maintain) for the "uncanny" accuracy of its forecasts? The answer to both these questions, I suggest, is a cheerful no.

                        In The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) Ballard famously tapped Ronald Reagan for president. His Hello America (1981), on the other hand, surmised that the United States in its entirety would be evacuated by 1990. The meteorological cataclysms envisaged by his first four novels still look plausible. But the social crisis envisaged by his last four novels – violent and widespread anomie brought about by a glut of leisure and wealth – now looks vanishingly remote.

                        So here's a prophecy: fictional divination will always be hopelessly haphazard. The unfolding of world-historical events is itself haphazard (and therefore unaesthetic), and "the future" is in a sense defined by its messy inscrutability. Besides, the art of fiction owes allegiance to a muse, a goddess as pure as her nine sisters, and not to some bustling Madame Sosostris (Eliot's "famous clairvoyant", with her "wicked pack of cards"). Nevertheless there are certain writers whose visionary power is indifferent to the corroboration of mere upshots – writers who seem to be able to feel, and use, the "world hum" of the "near-after". That first quote is from Don DeLillo, who is one such; the second quote is from James Graham Ballard (1930-2009), who is another.

                        ...
                        Rest at link.

                        Bit too much stuff about SF foretelling the future. Does this Amis chap actually get SF, or Ballard?

                        Good thing he's a 'serious' writer and doesn't do SF.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Pietro_Mercurios View Post
                          Martin Amis review of JG Ballard's early novel, The Drowned World.
                          http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012...ld-martin-amis


                          The Drowned World by JG Ballard

                          The sun is so close it's noisy, and London is under water – welcome to JG Ballard's vision of the future, written 50 years ago. Martin Amis pays tribute to a bold, hypnotic novel, by an author with a genius for the perverse

                          guardian.co.uk, Martin Amis. 13 July 2012

                          Is prescience a literary virtue? And should the work of JG Ballard be particularly prized (as some critics maintain) for the "uncanny" accuracy of its forecasts? The answer to both these questions, I suggest, is a cheerful no.

                          In The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) Ballard famously tapped Ronald Reagan for president. His Hello America (1981), on the other hand, surmised that the United States in its entirety would be evacuated by 1990. The meteorological cataclysms envisaged by his first four novels still look plausible. But the social crisis envisaged by his last four novels – violent and widespread anomie brought about by a glut of leisure and wealth – now looks vanishingly remote.

                          So here's a prophecy: fictional divination will always be hopelessly haphazard. The unfolding of world-historical events is itself haphazard (and therefore unaesthetic), and "the future" is in a sense defined by its messy inscrutability. Besides, the art of fiction owes allegiance to a muse, a goddess as pure as her nine sisters, and not to some bustling Madame Sosostris (Eliot's "famous clairvoyant", with her "wicked pack of cards"). Nevertheless there are certain writers whose visionary power is indifferent to the corroboration of mere upshots – writers who seem to be able to feel, and use, the "world hum" of the "near-after". That first quote is from Don DeLillo, who is one such; the second quote is from James Graham Ballard (1930-2009), who is another.

                          ...
                          Rest at link.

                          Bit too much stuff about SF foretelling the future. Does this Amis chap actually get SF, or Ballard?

                          Good thing he's a 'serious' writer and doesn't do SF.
                          Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
                          I've been to London to visit the Queen.
                          Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you there?
                          I drowned. The Greenland icecap gave way, and so did the tide gates, and I was swept out to sea minus the peagreen boat and the Owl ...
                          Last edited by In_Loos_Ptokai; 09-16-2012, 03:29 AM.
                          sigpic Myself as Mephistopheles (Karen Koed's painting of me, 9 Nov 2008, U of Canterbury, CHCH, NZ)

                          Gold is the power of a man with a man
                          And incense the power of man with God
                          But myrrh is the bitter taste of death
                          And the sour-sweet smell of the upturned sod,

                          Nativity,
                          by Peter Cape

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Pietro_Mercurios View Post

                            Bit too much stuff about SF foretelling the future. Does this Amis chap actually get SF, or Ballard?
                            Aye, Amis is an idiot. I read this a wee while ago and really wondered on what basis the Guardian commissioned the piece - it seems to have no point whatsoever!
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by The English Assassin View Post
                              ...really wondered on what basis the Guardian commissioned the piece - it seems to have no point whatsoever!
                              Sadly, these days, this seems to apply to 90% of the articles on The Guardian website. I guess that's what happens when 'Comment Is Free'.
                              _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                              _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                              _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                              _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by David Mosley View Post
                                Originally posted by The English Assassin View Post
                                ...really wondered on what basis the Guardian commissioned the piece - it seems to have no point whatsoever!
                                Sadly, these days, this seems to apply to 90% of the articles on The Guardian website. I guess that's what happens when 'Comment Is Free'.
                                I couldn't agree more. I'm afraid that myself and the Guardian have all but parted company - I prefer both the 'i' and the Independent (depending on how poor/rich I'm feeling) these days on the rare occasion I want to buy a news paper, as the Guardian has become a vacuous rag of endless editorials and opinion pieces by desperate hipster journos. Also, it has seriously priced itself out of my budget. In fairness its still the most user-friendly online paper (and still free!!!). Sadly, I hear that the Guardian has been in serious financial difficulties in recent years, although I doubt its alone in this regard.
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