My 70s Sci-Fi Art tumblr hit 5000 followers!

Bob Eggleton

My 70s Sci-Fi Art tumblr, on which I post sci-fi art from the 70s, passed 5,000 followers last week! I’ve written about it before, back when I was proud that it had 300 followers, so now I’m chuckling lightly to myself about my past naivete. Which happens a lot. There may be a lesson here, and I’m sure I’ll chuckle lightly about it in the future.

At any rate, it’s picking up speed: today I added 120 new followers, which is a record for a 24-hour period. I’ve been posting a bit more, since I’m on winter break, but it proves that new people are still finding out about it every day. Take a look around the place. See what you think.

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The Most Futuristic Thing Ever

Apparently, 25 solar-powered vehicles are currently competing in a 3000 km race cutting straight across the entirety of the Australian outback, all the while trying to look their best like they’re blasting straight out of a 50s-era retro-conception of the future. Seriously, look at how awesome and weird these things look:

The winner of 2009 Global Green Challenge, "Tokai Challenger," from the Japan Tokai University Solar Car Team. (Via Wikipedia)

The winner of 2009 Global Green Challenge, “Tokai Challenger,” from the Japan Tokai University Solar Car Team. (Via Wikipedia)

Nuna 3, from the 5-time winners, the Dutch Nuna team. Via Wikipedia

Nuna 3, from the 5-time winners, the Dutch Nuna team. Via Wikipedia

Something British, I guess. Via themotorreport.com

Something British, I guess. Via themotorreport.com

Nuna 3, via Pointwise.com

Nuna 3 again, via Pointwise.com

Via eco-h2o.co

Via eco-h2o.co

The University of Michigan's entry, for 2009, I believe. Along with some guy named John.

The University of Michigan’s entry, for 2009, I believe. Along with some guy named John.

Stanford's solar car, via cleantechnica.com

Stanford’s solar car, via cleantechnica.com

Here’s a video about the 2013 race:

And just when you think the World Solar Challenge can’t get more mad-science-fictional:

“The University of Johannesburg has entered a vehicle that,apart from using petrol and battery power, also makes water as it burns hydrogen.” -from the 2009 race. Source.

Assorted links

I have a habit of opening a draft in Gmail and using it to store random links that I need to access in the future. Then I forget to use them, and they accumulate. Here’s a list of the ones I currently have, for your enjoyment.

 

1. 8 links to random possibilities that I might be able to post to my 70s sci-fi blog.

2. This link to a short story written by PG Wodehouse. It’s designed to spoof Sherlock Holmes stories, and is titled “Dudley Jones, Bore Hunter.” Here’s more info on it:

In a preface to a Ballantine Books edition of Doyle’s The Sign of Four, Wodehouse looked back upon his friendship with Doyle in the 1920s, and recalled that the great author was always somewhat reluctant to discuss Sherlock Holmes with him. “I never could get him to talk of Sherlock Holmes, and I think the legend that he disliked Sherlock must be true. It is with the feeling that he would not object that I have sometimes amused myself by throwing custard pies at that great man.”

One of the most famous “custard pies” that Wodehouse threw at Holmes was the very amusing 1959 Punch piece, “From a Detective’s Notebook,” but he threw perhaps the first pie at the “great man” in 1903, during his early days as a journalist and magazine writer. Wodehouse’s “Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter,” printed in two parts in the last April and the first May number of Punch neatly parodies Holmes’ adventures by taking the most distinctive elements of Doyle’s stories to an amusingly absurd level. Holmes’ detailed listings of the personal traits of practically everyone in London, Holmes’ violin, Watson’s awe of Holmes’ genius, Holmes’ frequent disguises, and Holmes’ and Watson’s frequent journeys on the midnight mail all come in for some ribbing. There are also references to The Sign of Four (in which Holmes goes to see a man about a dog), “The Speckled Band” (in which a villain “falls into the pit he has digged for another”), and (in the story’s opening paragraph) a parody of “The Final Problem,” in which Holmes had been “killed” by falling into Reichenbach Falls. In fact, at the time Wodehouse wrote “Dudley Jones,” Holmes had been “dead” for ten years and his impending return had only been recently announced by Doyle in The Strand. Wodehouse hailed this joyous occasion with a short poem in a later May number of Punch:

“Oh SHERLOCK, SHERLOCK, he’s in town again,
That prince of perspicacity, that monument of brain.
It seems he wasn’t hurt at all
By tumbling down the waterfall.”

Clearly a must-read.

3. Another short story, this time a recent one, titled The Schrodinger War. I want to read it mainly for the title.

4. This:

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It’s more scifi art. I already used it, though, so I don’t know why I didn’t get rid of that link.

5. A YouTube link to the 2013 IT Crowd special that just aired. Go look it up yourself; I don’t want to get it taken down or anything.

6. The Byron website theme. I’ve been thinking of upgrading website themes, and I’ve been researching good ones.

7. A collection of free Neil Gaiman audiobooks. I like the author a bundle, and I also like free stuff. Scroll about halfway down to get to Neil.

List of pulpy compilation titles

Ray gun

Ray gun

There’s a soft spot in my heart for pulp, and especially certain very specific types, like rip-offs of Sherlock Holmes or mad scientists. There’s also a fairly specific type of title that many books have in a series that has continued for so long that the titles must only accomplish two things: evoke as much adventure as possible, and remain as non-descript as possible. This list of pulp titles is no “Devil’s Claw,” “Dutchman’s Ghost,” or “Giant Sumerian Rat.” It’s designed to alert you to titles that can reused as often as you’d like.

1. The Adventures of

2. The Return of

3. The Memoirs of

4. The Casebook of

5. The Reminiscences of

6. The Journey of

7. The Chronicles of

8. The Dossier of

9. The Secret Files of

10. The Exploits of

11. The Recollections of

12. The Threat of

13. The Escape of

14. The Sign of

And, not least and  (very often) not even last:

15. The Final Adventures of

3 Time Jump Panels from a 70s comic book series about 2001 A Space Odyssey

Jack Kirby’s series extending the universe of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which ran ten issues from Dec. 1976 to Sep. 1977, may be underwhelming, but it did have a few cool time-jump scenes. Here are the best parts from that series:

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Jack Kirby Splash Pages

Splash pages are the double-page spreads that comic books throw into each issue, just for a little extra wow factor. As a fan of the old-school, 60s-through-80s comic book art, I figured I’d share this awesome flickr photoset that I recently found: a collection of splash pages by the comic great, Jack “King” Kirby.

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Jack Kirby double-page spreads

Rodney Matthews’ Alice in Wonderland

“Rodney Matthews is generally acknowledged to be among the greatest artists that have ever lived. Need I say more? Please buy this book, and all his other works, because then my immense collection of stuff will become even more valuable.”

— John Cleese

Alice in Wonderland, as illustrated in a sci-fi style by Rodney Matthews.

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Jabberywocky

Jabberywocky

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