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by Phenopath
Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Podcasts and suchforth
Topic: Dystopian author JG Ballard dies
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Dystopian author JG Ballard dies

Cult author JG Ballard dies age 78 ( BBC obit ). Surprisingly he died of natural causes and not as a result of a middle class terrorist attack, or a knife fight at the tennis club. The man was a master of portraying futures in which society crumbles and man's (often violent) base instincts are expos...
by Phenopath
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Podcasts and suchforth
Topic: Drabble Reviews Blog
Replies: 413
Views: 56412

Yes, the Selfish Gene is the classic, arguing that natural selection operates at the level of the gene and not the individual or population (although I sometime like a bit of group selection myself). This was the book that made his name. The Extended Phenotype explored those ideas in more depth but ...
by Phenopath
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: Podcasts and suchforth
Topic: Drabble Reviews Blog
Replies: 413
Views: 56412

Good thread, I will be checking out 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'. By a country mile the best book that I read last year was 'Darkmans' by Nicola Barker. It is a weird, wry, funny book about ... umm, possession by a medieval jester in present day Kent. It has a fantasic array of characters; highlights ...
by Phenopath
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Arrival in New York
Replies: 4
Views: 1197

cammoblammo wrote:You'd better be cooking a sequel...
Thanks, Cammo. After reading Anathem I do not know if I have the attention span for anything longer than a 100 words.
by Phenopath
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Announcing the Weekly Tw(itter)-(Dr)abble Contest!
Replies: 1044
Views: 125106

rajasmasala wrote: It was Walpurgisnacht and my cat was not in. So I hugged a cushion, but then it started replicating.
I like stories with cool words that I do not know :)
by Phenopath
Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Arrival in New York
Replies: 4
Views: 1197

Arrival in New York

I stepped out of Penn Station onto 8th Avenue; an orphan and alone in the world for the first time. Outside a tumultuous surge of humanity passed me in every direction. Searching for my bearings I scanned the street. Then I saw him, staggering through the crowd against flow of people. Gaunt and unsp...
by Phenopath
Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Announcing the Weekly Tw(itter)-(Dr)abble Contest!
Replies: 1044
Views: 125106

I couldn't let it lie... remixed to the tougher 100 character format (although the horrid little tale does not stand retelling).

Revolted, I learn the reason the tomatoes flourish; sixteen dead dogs are buried beneath the garden.
by Phenopath
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 110 - Trifecta VII
Replies: 16
Views: 3814

I think, perhaps, that I enjoyed 'Sheltered' most of all. The premise appeals to my sense of the absurd. And the moment at which the fate of the resolute few who remained on the surface was decided... Ha, vindicated.
by Phenopath
Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Announcing the Weekly Tw(itter)-(Dr)abble Contest!
Replies: 1044
Views: 125106

I was disgusted to learn that the tomatoes flourished because sixteen dead dogs were buried beneath the vegetable path.
by Phenopath
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Panopticon versus the conspiracy
Replies: 0
Views: 1767

Panopticon versus the conspiracy

Deep under Whitehall, ever vigilant, the AI is alert to every potential threat to the nation. The populace are under constant scrutiny as the great mind listens to a thousand phone conversations, reads a million emails and watches through inumerable CCTV cameras. The multitude are tabulated and cros...
by Phenopath
Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: CCS Relentless
Replies: 5
Views: 2290

Thanks for the feedback. It is not obvious how a mental image will translate. I am not a Baltipudian, but where better to destroy. I would have set it in the English Civil war, except, of course, they did not have war ploughs back then. Unfortunately every thing I know about the American civil war I...
by Phenopath
Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Lobsters: the third best sea creature
Replies: 9
Views: 1602

Nice lobsters.

I am a fan of the horseshoe crab, which is:
- weird looking
- a living fossil
- edible

Some random pics:
Horseshoe crab being prepared (to be eaten)
moulting
by Phenopath
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: CCS Relentless
Replies: 5
Views: 2290

CCS Relentless

The great war plough carved a deep scar as it steamed across the Maryland landscape. Her mechanical mind set with a grim determination; her objective the destruction of Baltimore and the ploughsheds of the Union. Below deck two dozen jack tar of the Confederate Navy laboured stoking her boilers and ...
by Phenopath
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 109 - Babel Probe
Replies: 50
Views: 13142

Love it, this was a great story, which has followed a great run of episodes. Initially I had thought; construct a multi-billio dollar probe to go back in time and investigate the tower of babel - why bother? Ah, to battle the demon controlling the human race though sub-quantum mind control. I also l...
by Phenopath
Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Droubble: The Dying Game
Replies: 2
Views: 1148

I like this; hard sci-fi combined with the classic perverted youth of today meme.
by Phenopath
Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Britian's Greatest Medium
Replies: 1
Views: 795

Britian's Greatest Medium

Britian's Greatest Medium Simon slumped in front of his oversized TV channel surfing before alighting on 'Britain's Greatest Medium'. Ah, shadenfrauder. On screen a pathetic crone was being conned by a tanned silver-haired fraud. "I have a message for you from a John ... no James ... Jack! Jack want...