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8/21/13 11:30 am - baron_waste - “Clap Hands and Sing,” by Orson Scott Card

Moderator note: Absolutely no copyright infringement is intended of this unforgettable story, that I have wanted to read ever since I heard of it.


By Orson Scott Card

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7/5/13 09:23 am - baron_waste - “Divine Madness,” by Roger Zelazny

[A love story, a fantasy - and yet - ]

Roger Zelazny. “Divine Madness”

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6/21/10 08:45 am - baron_waste - Re: Alt/1977

[NB: In reference to sooguy's original post, because the website is giving me Issues, I have taken the liberty of recreating its salient features here.

p.s. Oddly, though I can back-date this entry, it still appears now, not then.]

“What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here's what I'd do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70's, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars…

“I've explored that idea in this series by re-imagining four common products from 2010 as if they were designed in 1977: an mp3 player, a laptop, a mobile phone and a handheld video game system. I then created a series of fictitious but stylistically accurate print ads to market them, as well as a handful of abstract posters (you know, just for funsies).

“I've learned that there is no greater design element than the anachronism. I've learned that the strongest contrast isn't spatial or tonal but historical. I've learned that there's retro, and then there's time travel.

“The irony is that all post-modern, smugly self-referential retro porn aside, I'd gladly trade in my immaculately designed 21st century gadgets for these hideously clunky, faux-wood-paneled pieces of über-kitsch. Sorry, Apple.”

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5/12/11 09:57 am - baron_waste - Writer's Block: Behind the wheel

If you could have any vehicle (a helicopter, sports car, space ship, yacht, etc.) and a free place to park it, what would you choose, and why?

That's pretty obvious.

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9/29/10 05:54 am - baron_waste - “Time Machine II”

The Time Traveller, named George, and the pregnant Weena try to return to his time, but instead land in the London Blitz, dying during a bombing raid. Their newborn son is rescued by an American ambulance driver, and grows up in the United States under the name Christopher Jones. Sought out by the lookalike son of James Filby, Jones goes to England to collect his inheritance, leading ultimately to George's journals, and the Time Machine's original plans. He builds his own machine with 1970s upgrades, and seeks his parents in the future.

I want to dig this out of whatever storage box it's in. I liked it. The notion that George & his heavily pregnant Weena crashland in a Really Bad Time to Visit London was well done, and the followup was clever too. Imagine a Model T Ford versus Doc Brown's DeLorean from Back to the Future, and you'll have an idea what C Jones - who comes from good stock, and is a tinkerer-genius in his own right in the microelectronics age - does to his father's Victorian brass-and-quartz “flying bicycle.” Like an automobile, it runs on the same basic principles, but O wow.

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(The digital colors of the DeLorean's time instrumentation were deliberately chosen from the colors used on the original Time Machine in G Pal's 1960 production. Bless them.)

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(Wells was, of course, no physicist - his 'Time Machine' was a philosophical vehicle, conveying his protagonist to the Moral of the Story with no concern for how it actually worked. The hard-SF author Jules Verne could have told him that if his Time Traveller sat and watched the Sun arc across the sky, that meant he'd absorbed a whole day's sunshine in seconds, bunched up like a rucked-up carpet, and he'd be heated to incandescent plasma.

Larry Niven used that idea in a SF detective story, where corpses were found burned beyond recognition and the only 'weapon' ever found was a six-volt lantern flashlight with a dead battery. It had been put into a time accelerator, see, and had shone peacefully upon the frozen statues it observed, just sitting there, dimming gradually as the hours went by, finally fading out as it normally would. They, in turn, saw the entire battery capacity discharged in one second, and were incinerated by the cumulative energy pulse.)

- If you consider that idea of Doppler compression, it becomes likely that the Time Traveller would die puzzled - visible light would scale up into the hard gamma radiation that would incinerate him, and in those last seconds of life he'd be “seeing” radio wavelengths compressed into visible spectra. The world he perceived would look very odd - though not for long…

6/21/10 09:03 am - sooguy - Alt/1977: We Are Not Time Travelers

I just stumbled upon Alex Varanese's website courtesy of Boing Boing and am in love with his Alt/1977: We Are Not Time Travelers. He takes 2010 technology and re-imagines it in glossy 1977 ads with faux-wood products, red LEDs, and a orange and yellow color scheme straight out of the 70s. Even better than the retro-mp3 players or the LapTron is the ad copy.

Sample line from the Pocket Hi-Fi:

"So next time you are looking for a way to bring your tunes with you on the go, remember two things: Nothing beats the Pocket Hi-Fitm and our company definitely wasn't started by rogue time travelers from 33 years in the future. Like at all."


Now, I need framed prints of these ASAP!

Cross posted to my blog http://blog.timetravelreviews.com/2010/06/awesome-anachronistic-alt1977.html

6/18/10 07:34 pm - sooguy - 6 Time Travel Realities Doc Brown Didn't Warn Us About

6 Time Travel Realities Doc Brown Didn't Warn Us About
by By Jacopo della Quercia


Good read.

Still wouldn't stop me from time traveling.

6/13/10 08:14 pm - sooguy - Help Identifying Time Travel Short Story

I had a recent request from a visitor to my website Andy's Anachronisms looking for some assistance identifying a short story (novella?) about time travel.

I don't recognize the description, but am damn intrigued now by the synopsis and want to know the title so I can add it to my reading list. I know most of you are as big of fans of time travel as me and might have a better clue.

Here is reader Wild Animal's recollection:

As I remember it, the story starts in a once 'perfect' society that has been in decline, falling apart over the years. Scientists and historians have been able to look back over the last x (x=10?) years and have identified what went wrong and when - the initial trigger for the chain of events that started the decline and, having also invented a method of time travel, decide to send one individual back to change things and prevent the decline.

The individual in question (a detective or policeman?) is either successful or realises why he can't succeed. Either way he attempts to return to his own time and that's when the problems start.

Details are increasingly vague now but, essentially, he finds that he can't locate his origin - it's not 'where' it's supposed to be. As he 'jumps' around he encounters worlds that are sometimes subtly different from his and sometimes hugely different, to the extent that they appear alien, as if the earth has followed a different evolutionary path.

Somehow along the way, possibly he finds a world that he thinks is 'home' but realises something is wrong and leaves again, he realises the truth - that time in his world isn't linear. His experience of life, until his first jump, was an illusion. The whole universe is in a constant state of quantum flux - continually rearranging itself at random, mostly into chaos, but 'occasionally' into a recognisable pattern such as the 'alien' world or the one he started from.

Essentially he realises that the world he was searching for had only come into existence at the very moment he 'left' it. The history of that world, his own memories of a life lived there, never happened. They were only 'created' in that particular configuration of the universe and the atoms of his brain. Although it's possible that each 'moment' of linear time that he experienced does exist at some point in the flux, they would not necessarily be in 'order' or sequential. Even though each world is created and destroyed every 'moment', from the perspective of an individual 'within' that world, life seems to have constancy and a linear history and (therefore) future.

He spends 'an eternity' jumping around, waiting for the random configuration that is his home world, (or maybe learns to 'control' it) but, eventually he finds the world he 'left' and returns to it with his new knowledge (and possibly abilities?)


Ring any bells for anyone?

Thanks for you time.

6/3/10 02:39 am - baron_waste - Mark Twain Tonight!

Circa AD 1900. Sam Clemens would absolutely wig out if he were shown this.

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3/31/10 05:03 pm - potemkinp - Delorean VS Black lightning


Многие граждане были, мягко сказать, недовольны тем фактом, что в фильме "Черная молния" не было ни одной шутки, ни одного упоминания о прототипе Черной молнии - автомобиле Delorean удачно полетевшем в кино-шедевре "Назад в будущее".  Восстанавливаю пробел кавер-клипом А.Рыбака!

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