I hope you can join us on Wednesday, with James Morrow and Laird Barron at KGB. Details below:
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
JAMES MORROW‘s two newest publications are the trade paperback of The Philosopher’s Apprentice, described by the author as “Lolita meets Pygmalion on the Island of Dr. Moreau;” and the stand-alone historical novella, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, set in the summer of 1945 and dramatizing the U.S. Navy’s efforts to leverage an unconditional Japanese surrender through giant mutant iguanas that strangely anticipate Godzilla.
LAIRD BARRON is the author of a dark fantasy collection The Imago Sequence & Other Stories. His collection will be released January 15th in trade paperback , and an original novelette “Catch Hell” will appear in Ellen Datlow’s upcoming Lovecraft Unbound anthology.
Here are some pictures from Wednesday’s KGB event. Let’s thank Ellen for always having her camera handy. This time I even snapped one of her.
So, on a totally unrelated note I recently purchased a second hand Eeepc, and a few months before that, an iPhone. For the past week or so, I have been intensely hacking the Eee. I put Eeebuntu on it (Ubuntu Linux tailored for the Eee). I jailbroke my iPhone and installed several non-Apple-approved applications on it. Surely, the geeks among you must have noticed the iPhone’s similarity to a tricorder? Watching those shows growing up, I always wondered how they were able to both read and type on those tiny little screens. Now, I get it. But what really fascinates me about these new devices of mine is Linux*.
I started hacking Linux in my junior year of college. I installed Slackware from 20 or so floppy disks onto my IBM SLC2, which was a 486 clone. The kernel version (for the non-geeks, the kernel is the core of any OS) was 1.2.13. Now they are up to 2.6.XX something. Yesterday I managed to connect my Eee pc to my iPhone via Wifi, and then use my iPhone’s EDGE network to connect to the internet through T-mobile’s T-Zones program on a phone that’s only supposed to run AT&T. Not to mention other configurations I have done that I’m not at liberty to say on an open forum. Needless to say, all this technology is both miraculous and baffling. I’m not sure if I really need to be this connected, but it sure is fun playing with this stuff.
* Yes, I know the iPhone doesn’t run Linux, but for this argument let’s assume it does.
Please join us at the KGB Bar tonight for a night of surreal fun. There will be slides! There will be beer! There will be holiday good cheer! What are you thinking? Get your arse in gear and come out to KGB!