Friday, 22 July 2011

The Magic Moonstone (A Tale from the Gateway Worlds). Free eStory available from:

Monday, 11 July 2011

Friday, 8 July 2011

Unwanted Gift
The wife bought me a computer, all cables and fancy keys,
With a TFT, a Pentium 4 and some wossname DVDs.
When I finally found the ON switch, at the back, out the way,
I watched in awe and listened to the whirring CD... JK?
Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to log on. What silly language is that?
I’d have more chance mud wrestling the next door neighbour’s cat.
Press START, All Programs, click Office then Word.
Oops, hang on... an Access Violation’s occurred.
There, that’s better, I can type to my heart’s content...
Wait a minute... not sure where that last paragraph went.
Now a box has popped up and I can hear a ding-ding-ding.
ALT-TAB out be Christ. Chance would be a fine thing!
“You have caused an error,” it said, “Windows is shutting down.”
I could hear the innards sighing, the monitor gave a frown.
I kicked the box which squealed aloud and made the speakers wince.
Hope my letter’s alright in there, I’ve not seen the damn thing since.
So you can have it if you want, this perplexing Packard Bell.
As far as I’m concerned? They can all go straight to hell.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

On ... Fatal Revenant by Stephen R Donaldson
Where once the depth and richness imbued by his 'clever words' added mystery and excitement, now I read over them as if they're not there. I also prefer Thomas to Linden and find myself getting rather sick of her self-pitying whine. "Just get on with it, woman!" I hear myself thinking, usually when I'm skipping the latest short but random assortment of unpronounceable letters. (I've been putting together Seven Words of my own.)

I always feel the time travelling thread is a cop-out and dislike it in science fiction too. In this case, if you want to go back in time just go back and stop worrying about justifying it or have your characters worrying about breaking the laws of causality - you just sent them back in time for goodness sake, too late to be careful now! Sorry, the latent theurgy obnubilated within my information processing system is uncontrollably effusing.

Will I read the 3rd one? Yes. But only after what happened on the last page. Up until then I might not have bothered.