We open with trailers for Coming Attractions: to the immediate right you can see the French cover for Echopraxie, from Fleuve. I like it. Whoever the artist is, they’re channeling a bit of a Giger vibe.
Immediately below, on the other hand, is the cover for Head of Zeus’s UK edition (they’re the guys who put out the Firefall omnibus; the stand-alone Echopraxia appears slotted for a May release). I think I may like this cover even more than Firefall (and I liked that a lot)— it has a kinda literary feel to it, plus it’s the first time I’ve seen the word “fucking” quoted as part of a front-cover blurb (even if they did asterisk out a couple of letters).
But what I especially like is the contrast between these two covers: the cool palette vs. the hot one, the light vs. shadow. I kinda wish they could be front and back covers of the same edition…
And Now—Our Main Attraction. (Please turn off your cell phones.)
Up in the frigid wastes of Scarberia— not too far from the Magic Bungalow, as it turns out— there’s an unremarkable door set into an unremarkable brick wall in an unremarkable industrial park. It’s nothing you’d look at twice, if you didn’t know that it was a portal to a whole other world. Think of it as the back of the wardrobe, from those Narnia books.
Assuming, of course, that the Narnia books had been written by HP Lovecraft.
One of the cool things about having fans is that you never know what any one of them might turn out to be. You answer an email from some anonymous reader and they turn out to be half an industrial rock duo with NASA connections, or an astronomer whose brain you can pick when you find yourself on thin ice. I have a whole subdirectory of such wondrous fans, ripe for exploitation.
A few of them have turned out to be economists; I’ll be exploiting them a fair bit over the next few months. But only one of these economists has a partner who makes disembodied bodies for a living. The company she works for is called MindWarp, and you’ve seen their handiwork in everything from “12 Monkeys” to “Pacific Rim”. Not to mention “Hannibal”, for which they do pretty much all the rubber work these days.
Thanks to Joe Fenner (the Economist) and Jenn Pattinson (the Rubber Woman), I got a chance to take my whole family to antiNarnia for a visit last week. Some of what we saw has yet to appear in public. I wish I could show it to you— some of it moves— but the unaired stuff is embargoed.
If you watch any kind of genre at all, though, you may recognize a fair bit of what follows. (All pics can be embiggened by clicking.)