Desert Of Zin

The occasional blog of Alistair Bain – Writer, Husband, Father and Chief Techno-Arcanologist at the Institute of Giant Robots, Spaceships and Wizards. None of these positions pay well.

Sci-fi Classics Humble Book Bundle!

Hey Campers,

There a new Humble Bundle on the go with the following books for 15 of your Earth Dollars.

  • Robot Dreams by Isaac Asimov
  • Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov
  • The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester
  • The Deceivers by Alfred Bester
  • The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  • Roger Zelazny’s The Dawn of Amber by John Gregory Betancourt
  • Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber by John Gregory Betancourt
  • Roger Zelazny’s To Rule in Amber by John Gregory Betancourt
  • Roger Zelazny’s Shadows of Amber by John Gregory Betancourt
  • Wild Cards: Deuces Down editied by George R.R. Martin
  • George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards: Death Draws Five by John J. Miller
  • Dragonworld by Byron Preiss
  • Arthur C. Clarke’s Venus Prime 1 by Paul Preuss
  • Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
  • Eye of Cat by Roger Zelazny
  • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth by Roger Zelazny
  • The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny

Not a bad selection. A few in there that I’m not massively interested in but for the price having a few more books on the (electronic) shelf to work through isn’t a bad thing.

And it being a Humble Bundle, there’ll be more added soon no doubt.

Oh, and just over 12 days to go to get them. Here they are.

February 19, 2016 at 10:44 am | Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No comment

NaNoWriMo 2013 – What madness is this?

I was going to post about something else today but that can wait. I have very alarming news.

This year I’m going to do NaNoWriMo again.

That’s right, like a fool I’m going to fire up the 50,000-words-in-a-month-a-tron and dislocate my sanity in the process.

And the name of this epic? Mechasnake!

Now, I feel compelled to explain something here. The last, and only, time I successfully completed NaNoWriMo was 2008 with the pulp sci-fi masterpiece Planet Of Snakes. Since then there’s been a running joke among some of my writer friends that any of my ideas are dramatically improved with the addition of giant snakes.

After yesterday’s post, a friend, The Real Big Al, commented and invoked the name Mechasnake! (don’t you just love the way that sounds with the exclamation point?) just as I was musing on whether I’ll involve myself in that annual writing marathon. Unfortunately (for everyone) the idea is stuck in my head.

Looks like I’ll just have to do it. (sigh) Life is so hard sometimes.  ;)

September 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Writing | Tags: , , , | No comment

Get Me Outta Here!

In the end, one might just say that Moorcock’s work as a whole represents an extraordinarily multifarious execution of the fantasist’s main task: which is to get us out of here.

– John Clute’s introduction to The Michael Moorcock Collection as found at the beginning of Daughter of Dreams: Book One of Elric: The Moonbeam Roads

This is why I write. For me. To get me out of here. And for the few who have read (and, occasionally, enjoyed) my small body of work, such as it is.

…to get us out of here.

That’s why I read and enjoy these fantastic tales. They get us out of here. There are worse ways to spend my time, certainly.

I read quite a range of fantastic fiction. I know in SF circles there tends to be a lot of snobbery about the differences between SF and sci-fi but, to be honest, I don’t really care. Rarely would I get drawn into a conversation/argument about the benefits and woes of either part of the greater genre. I didn’t, and still don’t, care. Just fire up the engines and get me out of here.

My current reading list includes Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds and Mechwarrior Dark Age: Ghost War by Michael Stackpole. The latter, I’ve read before and what’s not to love about giant mechanised robots fighting each other. I mean, really?!?

September 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reading, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No comment