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  1. Test & forum update noise

    I apparently have three secret admirers. So, I'm pretty excited about that, I guess.
  2. Marvel's One World Order

    Black Widow is apparently still going to be dead. Marvel announced a Tales of Suspense mini-series which will be a non-team-up story featuring Hawkeye and Winter Solider who both believe that Black Widow is still alive and will be trying to find her. Yeah, the whole "a large percentage of America supported Hydra Cap" thing is what really makes me feel distaste about Marvel not hitting the reset button. The Inhumans in society were put in freakin' concentration camps! How do you deal with that in a shared comic book universe? "Gee, sorry about all that. I mean, I still wish you were in a concentration camp, but now that you're not, well, welcome back to your home. No hard feelings....unless I decide to lynch you in the middle of the night or something, in which case, yeah....." Hawkeye even made comments a few times during Secret Empire about how the superheroes shouldn't care about the public anymore, due to the fact that the public so readily decided to side with something like Hydra. Like people are really going to believe that Captain America was an alternate version created by a Cosmic Cube changing history. For all intents and purposes, the legacy of Captain America is tarnished beyond repair, I don't care what hand-waving Marvel wants to use. It destroyed the character of Tony Stark by turning him in to neocon during the original Civil War. I refused to read any comics starring Iron Man for years after Civil War, because Iron Man was no longer a hero, he should have been treated as a super-villain. It destroyed the character of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) by showing her as an authoritarian during the Civil War II. Yeah, let's lock up people before they commit any crimes, there's nothing wrong with that idea, is there? I refuse to read any comics starring Carol Danvers now. The situation with Steve Rogers is far worse. I won't be reading any comics starring Steve Rogers probably ever after this point. And, it's ruined the Punisher as a character. Yes, you could say he's already done that for himself, but to openly admit that he's a fascist, and not just pretend that he's somehow different than all those other lone-gunman vigilantes that Marvel superheroes actively fight.....Yeah, he claims he was "misled" by Steve Rogers because he thought he was the "real Captain America". Like Frank Castle really gave a fuck! He knew what was going on, he just had a State backing his "law and order" bullshit. He hasn't changed. Sure, they showed him shooting some Hydra agents now....well, isn't that just because the regime has changed and now Hydra are classified as "terrorists" again? It's just bad in so many ways.
  3. Trinity

    I'm not reading it, as I have very little interest in DC anymore. The main DC Trinity has been a thing for a long while now....Matt Wagner had a mini-series a while ago that introduced that concept. Then, back when DC decided to have an on-going weekly series constantly, Kurt Busiek wrote a book called Trinity, about what the DC Universe would be like if that original DC Trinity went missing....and, unlike most anything else written by Busiek, I remember it being terrible. Rob Williams is often a decent writer. I haven't read everything by him. Some of it is quite good, while other of his writing is pedestrian. He can be political in some of his stories. His first comic series was the heavily delayed ClassWar for the failed publisher ComX. It was a pretty good read, although it was somewhat derivative of John Smith's New Statesmen. He's also the current writer on the new Suicide Squad series.
  4. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    I'm reading through the anthology The Vintage Book of Amnesia, edited by Jonathan Lethem. It has some major issues, although it collects some good stories. First of all, I do already own a number of short stories included, but that's just my own griping, rather than an objective critique of the book. The far larger problems are: A.)Lethem collects far too many excerpts from novels. It was like he had a distinct lack of short stories to include, so he started to just fill up the pages with excerpts from novels. This may show a sign of some problem with the theme of said anthology. Sometimes you can excerpt a short section of a novel and have it read as a self-contained story, and that's fine, but usually the reader is left feeling cheated when you include so many excerpts from much longer works. B.)Many of the stories he chose for inclusion in the anthology don't even fit the criteria of the stated premise of said anthology. Jorge Luis Borges' story "Funes, His Memory" is included. I've read that story before. It's actually about a person who is able to remember everything. It's "reverse-amnesia". Sure, including some stories which don't really fit the criteria can shake up an anthology, if too many stories are dealing with the same plot, but there really aren't all that many stories which are strictly about the subject of amnesia. Philip K. Dick's "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" is also included, another story I've read before. A wonderful story to be sure, but it can hardly be classified as being about amnesia. The main character doesn't really forget anything. Having complained a great deal about this anthology (which I'd say it is deserving), there are some stories that are hard to fine other places, which made me decide to pick up this used copy. Robert Sheckley's short story, "Warm", is included. Once again, the main character doesn't actually forget anything. However, it's a delightful little story which taking Bishop George Berkeley's philosophy to their ultimate end. It's a Sheckley story that can be hard to find, but deserves to be more widely read, I feel. Then again, I'm intrigued by Berkeley's philosophy, myself.
  5. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    He's actually had a few short stories published posthumously, it appears. I checked the ISFDB. The one you are referring to is "The Drummer and the Skins", and it says it was collected in an anthology titled The Horns of Elfland published in 1997.
  6. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    Oh, Brunner did die in 1995. I thought he had died in the early-1980s, for some reason. Yeah, his Children of the Thunder novel, which I really liked, was from 1988, so I should have realized.
  7. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    "Ashes and Honey" was actually by Darko Macan, not Ellis. It was a two-part fill-in story between writers. I am a fan of the "Ashes and Honey" arc though, it was very good.
  8. Test & forum update noise

    If someone clicks that they like your post, it shows up on the top of your screen that someone liked your comment. It's how you can discover if you have a secret admirer, for one.
  9. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    Well, he was no John Brunner in that respect. Brunner is a writer who will probably never gain the recognition he deserves outside of genre circles due to the fact that he was constantly putting out works, of very differing quality. Brunner and Dick died around the same time, but look how much work Brunner had published versus how much there was by Dick.
  10. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    Yeah, it would be hard to choose a best work by him. He has a number that I could point to as his stand-out fiction. Although, perhaps that works against him, as there's no one or two works by him that everyone points to as the book you must read by Aldiss. If everyone is telling someone, "You have to read this book by so-and-so!", that writer often becomes more well known, just based on that novel. So, people might pick up other works by said author, to see how it compares (even if said book really isn't even the author's actual best book). With Aldiss, different people will point to different works by him, so there's no one "must read" book by him to draw in interested readers. Had he had that one book that large groups of people pointed to, perhaps he'd be better known, sadly. I expect that the literati will eventually discover Aldiss and come to their senses, just like with a Philip K. Dick, and he'll begin to get more recognition. It's just sad that these writers have to be considered "pulp writers" by the literati while they're alive, and only later do we see about how they were "really writing works of Existentialism and not sci-fi!".
  11. Upgrade

    I hate to be that guy, but it's a bit too....white....around here, isn't it? When are the other sections going to come back? The stuff that used to be in the Culture Bunker and Down the Local. EDIT:Oh, nevermind. I see that Down in the Ground is open to new posts. It says "where dead threads go", so I figured that everything there was locked away.
  12. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    The story actually wasn't very good though. It may have made a few good points, but the fact that the story ends with a student telling the gunman to shoot him was probably something that DC rightly worried about following the mass-school shooting. The problem with the story is that it really wasn't a John Constantine story. He was just there as window-dressing. It's not as if the story was a lost classic. I'm sure keeping Ellis around would have been better than Azzarello, as I did enjoy most of what we saw of Ellis, unlike my feelings for Azzarello. Although, maybe Ellis would have gotten bored in the middle of his next story-arc and moved on to other projects, and we'd be here bitching about how Ellis did that again, this time on our favourite comic book creator. Maybe if we go to an alternate reality where the "Shoot" controversy didn't happen, Ellis would have lost interest in Hellblazer half-way through his next story-arc, and Vertigo in a panic to find a new writer (as Azzarello would be busy now) has to stick Chuck Austen on HB. Maybe the fates were in our favour and saved us from something far worse. Also, welcome to new Forum member. It's nice to see that some people are still discovering John Constantine.
  13. Comics Shipping the Week of September 18th 2017

    I don't expect to see that, as Ellis said that he won't be using Planetary in the WildStorm relaunch. Ellis has said that the Planetary story is finished. Planetary did always come across more as a creator owned book from Ellis, rather than something like Authority or WildCATS, so I'm fine with the Planetary cast being left alone. Yes, I realize that Planetary crossed over with the Authority (and the JLA and Batman...).
  14. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    Ha! That's quite a cheeky little book. Definitely not Aldiss' best work, but a very interesting one. It's well worth reading if you've read the best of his genre fiction.
  15. Marvel's One World Order

    Yeah, that was a really good series. I doubt they'll even mention Secret Empire again. Marvel is moving on to the Marvel Legacy "not-a-relaunch" next. A lot of books already seem to be ignoring the fact that fascists were just running the United States, like in X-Men:Gold, there's a story-arc brewing about how Congress is voting on a bill to deport all mutants from the United States. Well, in Secret Empire, Steve Rogers allowed California to secede from the US, and rounded up all known mutants and sent them to California, naming it "New Tian". At the end of Secret Empire, it shows the US government destroying New Tian, and repatriating the mutants back in to the United States. Well, that all sounds incredibly stupid, on a number of levels. Sure, maybe the United States government wanted California back as part of the United States, but if they wanted to deport all mutants, especially when mutants don't have an actual homeland, why not just keep New Tian? Plus, "OK, it's time to make it up to mutants for what the fascist government did to them! Welcome back to America! Now, let's vote if we're going to deport you, in a fascist-like manner!". There's also the fact that fascist Steve Rogers is apparently still alive and being kept in a secret government prison compound. Spencer may have been going more for metaphor, in that the dark, fascist heart of the United States is always hidden just under the surface, waiting to come back out, and we must never allow that to happen. Sure. It's still a horrible decision. I never want to see fascist Cap showing up as a villain again. I think that's a bad story idea that needs to be locked away with the Secret Empire cross-over, not to be seen again.