Marconi’s Shipwreck

August 30th, 2012 | music

Perhaps you might like to listen to Erstlaub’s new record, a beautiful piece of fogbound electronic mystery called MARCONI’S SHIPWRECK.  You can find out all about it here.

First I will lay into the (compressed) audiovisual version, and then the Bandcamp streaming version (where you can also buy a digital version for little money, as well as the physical version).

Marconi’s Shipwreck from Erstlaub on Vimeo.


The Unread Book List Of Shame

August 27th, 2012 | stuff2012

I am writing this list in order to shame myself into doing better.

I have obtained a pile (for values of “pile,” as most are electronic) of books over the last several months that for many and various (bad) reasons I haven’t yet read.  I need to fix this.  Not least because I need to add some more into the stream (ooh, “stream,” much better than “pile”) right now and doing that without processing what’s already in the stream is very bad and you get the idea.

In no order, and probably not complete:

* Jeff Noon’s CHANNEL SK1N

* TRIBAL PEOPLES FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD by Stephen Corry.

* ANGELMAKER, Nick Harkaway.

* HOW TO TEACH QUANTUM PHYSICS TO YOUR DOG, Chad Orzel

* BACKROOM BOYS, Francis Spufford

* DEAD WATER, Simon Ings

* HIGH LIFE, Matthew Stokoe (I think Frankie Boyle recommended me this)

* RATNER’S STAR, Don Delillo

* MURDER AS A FINE ART, David Morrell

* THE FORBIDDEN BOOK, Guido Mina di Sospiro & Joscelyn Godwin

* THE RELIGION OF THE SAMURAI, Kaiten Nukariya

* TOPLOADER, Ed O’Loughlin

* THE GIFT OF STONES, Jim Crace

* EMBASSYTOWN, China Mieville

This is basically appalling, and I need to do better.

Also why the fuck cannot I buy ebooks of Samuel Beckett’s oeuvre?  Seriously.

(He said, having just listed all the books he’s failed to read in the last four months.)

I nearly used a collaborative app, like Well, to list these, but I was suddenly horrified at the thought of people being able to add to the list.

My public email address is warrenellis@gmail.com, and I’m @warrenellis .

#informationdiet


Vintage Space

August 27th, 2012 | daybook

Writing my talk for Improving Reality, the Brighton (UK) event I’m speaking at on September 6.

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And I’m looking at this phrase I noted down Saturday night.  “Vintage space.”  Or “vintage space travel,” in a clearer but less economical (or, somehow, pretty/doomy) turn.

Google tells me it’s not a new term.  First hit was Amy Shira Teitel’s blog.

It is, to me, an incredibly grim term, one I wish I’d had to hand when I wrote the foreword to ORBITER.

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Saturday night, of course, Neil Armstrong died. Soon – it is horrible to note – Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins will be gone, too, and the last of the vast team that put them on the Moon with 1969 technology.  A period that recently entered the realm of “antique.”  Hell, I think a car from 1975 now counts as vintage. In a few more generations, the likes of me will be gone, too, and there will be no-one on Earth who remembers what it’s like to have lived in a time when humans walked on the Moon.

Vintage space.  I’ll be damned.