Cyberpunk nutbars Richard Kadrey and Bruce Sterling began a
project in 1995 to document all the odd and kooky communications
devices that have gone away, from dead-animal-semaphore to
mechanical machines that printed transmitted images in the 1920s.
Check here for information on joining their mailing list, and for
pithy quotes on the nature of dead media.
The publishers of such titles as Groo, Star Wars: Crimson
Empire and Predator have a brand new Website. Features include
news about upcoming titles, interviews with writers and artists,
and a searchable archive of previous books.
It's strange: self-published fiction is almost uniformly dreck.
On the other hand, self-published comics are the only game in
town if you want to read fresh stories, with original artwork and
novel ideas. Galaxion, a space-opera comic by Tara Jenkins, is
available here, along with background information and other
content of note.
Taking the prize for best company-name and funniest idea is
Cheapass Games, of Seattle. At roughly $6 each, these board-games
would be worth a shot even if you'd never heard of them. Now
that you have, you'll know that Cheapass publishes some of the
most addictive, playable boardgames on the planet. Don't say I
never gotcha nothin' for Xmas.
Don't go looking for the Scream 2 site at http://www.scream2.com;
Web-prankster Bill Sweetman registered the domain last summer.
The studio offered him "a couple hundred bucks" for this primo
Internet real estate, so he laughed them off and put up a page
telling the story. The people at Dimension Films haven't learned
their lesson: someone else registered scream3.com a little while
A site distributing the electronic zine of the same name. The
site has samples and covers, but the zine is only available
through paid subscription. It's pretty good -- solid fiction and
a decent editorial section.
This is the videogame that ate my brain. From Doom to Doom II to
Quake to Quake II, id Software's cheerfully amoral 3D
shoot-em-ups are just about the most fun you can have with your
computer. See! Horrendous Monsters! Hear! Their foetid breath on
your neck! Feel! The horrible, horrible agony of being
eviscerated by a beast from the nether-hells!
Academy Award-winner Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit stop-motion
animations are funny, witty, beautiful and highly addictive.
Aardman Animations is your Wallace and Gromit connection, with
official home pages for Wallace, Gromit, "Feathers" McGraw and
Shaun. Fab-oo merchandise, too.