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Wed
Dec 2 2009 5:46pm

Space and Time

A few weeks ago J. C. Hutchins wrote a post on Tor.com about how science fiction authors can benefit from reading other genres. I couldn’t agree more and thought I’d point out a few of my favorite non sci-fi reads. Although most of my writing is in the realm of comedy or satire, not counting “Adventures of the Floating Elephant” over at Activatecomix, I actually enjoy curling up with factual books about time, space and quantum theory. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m no rocket scientist, and I certainly have no idea what all those elaborate equations on the black boards of scientists mean, but I’m fascinated by theories about how our universe works.

My love for all things science fact started back in the very early eighties with Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. I never missed an episode of that show while in junior high. Secrecy was the name of the game back then of course. I’d have to watch a few snippets of The Dukes of Hazzard so I could interact with other kids in 8th grade. It was important they never know of my secret love, Carl Sagan. After Cosmos ended I lapsed back into high school concerns and my mundane activities of planet Earth. It wasn’t until a few years later that Stephen Hawking became known to the general public due to his popular and bestselling book, A Brief History of Time. I was probably being a bit of a sheep when I bought the book, but it was so nice to do so out in the open in front of all the other normal people. That was one less category of book to hide thanks to Mr. Hawking! I still had to keep my comic books hidden in those days before graphic novels were “cool.”

[More space below.]

Wed
Nov 25 2009 11:54am

People in my Neighborhood or, Strange Adventures part B

In my previous post I talked about the interesting people or places I encountered while traveling. After writing that essay, I heard a piece on the radio about the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street and suddenly remembered…“the song.” The one I’m sure you heard over and over as a child if you likewise grew up with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. That catchy tune sung by Bob McGrath known as, “Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood.” As I immediately regretted looking that particular Sesame Street segment up on You tube, it’s stuck in my head now, and I realized that one never has to travel far to encounter the interesting or unexplained.

So, with apologies to Jeff Moss, I give you my version of “The People in My Neighborhood(s).”

[They’re people that you meet...]

Fri
Nov 20 2009 11:52am

Strange Adventures

Traveling to strange new worlds or dimensions play a big part in that genre we call science fiction. In fact it’s one of my favorite themes. I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, talking to schools and libraries across the country about the Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, and how graphic novels are created in general.

Traveling all these places, I assumed there would be many interesting events or adventures to write about. This turned out not to be the case. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed all the wonderful people I’ve met and had a great time talking about my work, but everything is taken care of for me on these trips. That is, I’m flown around the country, put up in nice hotels and taken out to eat. All very embarrassing at times actually. It’s an uneasy feeling to have people cater to your needs so much.

[More Adventures below the cut]

Mon
Nov 16 2009 5:27pm

Day Dreaming, Night Dreaming

“Timmy is very much a dreamer.” That’s what Mrs. Wharton wrote on my fifth grade report card.

My grade school teachers were often angry with me for not answering them in class when they called on me. I was, as the report card said, daydreaming. In fact, I distinctly remember the one time I did answer a question in class. It was a very momentous event for me. My first grade teacher asked who the president was as everyone sat in silence. My household had been following the current scandal and I somehow knew the answer. I raised my hand thinking it must be a trick. How could nobody know

“Nixon?” I answered correctly

I vaguely knew that Nixon had been involved in some sort of break in, but also believed that he and Ed Sullivan were the same person as I thought they looked very similar. Crook, president and entertainer! How did he find the time?

Dreamy, mysterious images especially drew me in and fascinated me. It was during this time that the Zapruder film was often examined on news shows while men with big hair and leisure suits proposed conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination. The Zapruder film was a nightmare blurred by the chaos of the events it captured. I couldn’t look away. Likewise, the Patterson film was a hazy dreamscape I watched every chance I had. This was in the days way before YouTube. You saw the Patterson film once a year at most when a special would be shown about U.F.O.s, the Loch Ness Monster and of course, Bigfoot.

[More subconscious below the cut]

Tue
Nov 10 2009 3:58pm

The Make Believe Empire

“In the water. Did you see that?” I asked Janet as ripples spread across the pond near our hotel. A nearby sign warned, “Do Not Feed the Alligators” in big letters. I had heard that alligators could be found inhabiting any body of water in the South, but then again, I was known for letting my imagination run wild a bit too much. In fact, “Timmy is very much a dreamer” is what my teacher wrote on my fifth grade report card. I remember thinking that was a compliment until I showed my parents.

“I did see something,” I repeated as we hauled our luggage up the to the second floor of the hotel which over looked the pond in question.

“Uh huh,” Janet mumbled as she looked for our room number.

[There are no alligators below the fold.]

Tue
Oct 20 2009 2:00pm
Excerpt

Fahrenheit 451, Part 5 (Excerpt)

Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton

Tor.com is pleased to offer the fifth and final part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published by Hill & Wang, for your reading pleasure.

In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback editions, Hill & Wang has also put together a pretty cool iPhone app version, which is worth checking out. 

In the meantime, enjoy the read!

Tue
Oct 13 2009 2:00pm
Excerpt

Fahrenheit 451 Part 4 (Excerpt)

Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton

Tor.com is pleased to offer the fourth part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published by Hill & Wang. Every Tuesday over the next two weeks, Tor.com will post the entire work, for your reading pleasure.

In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback editions, Hill & Wang has also put together a pretty cool iPhone app version, which is worth checking out. 

In the meantime, enjoy the read!

Tue
Oct 6 2009 2:00pm
Excerpt

Fahrenheit 451 Part 3 (Excerpt)

Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton

Tor.com is pleased to offer the third part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published by Hill & Wang. Every Tuesday over the next three weeks, Tor.com will post the entire work, for your reading pleasure.

In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback editions, Hill & Wang has also put together a pretty cool iPhone app version, which is worth checking out. 

In the meantime, enjoy the read!

Tue
Sep 29 2009 2:00pm
Excerpt

Fahrenheit 451, Part 2 (Excerpt)

Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Tor.com is pleased to offer the second part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published by Hill & Wang. Every Tuesday over the next four weeks, Tor.com will post the entire work, for your reading pleasure.

In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback editions, Hill & Wang has also put together a pretty cool iPhone app version, which is worth checking out. 

In the meantime, enjoy the read!

Sat
Sep 26 2009 1:33pm
Excerpt

Fahrenheit 451 Part 1 (Excerpt)

Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton

Today, in celebration of the start of Banned Books Week, Tor.com is pleased to offer the first part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published by Hill & Wang. Including a new foreword by Bradbury himself, the graphic adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 is a striking work of art that expertly captures the now-classic story of Guy Montag’s awakening to the dangers of censorship. Fahrenheit 451 remains a very relevant book today, and this graphic adaptation is sure to introduce this seminal work to new readers. Starting this Tuesday and every Tuesday over the next four weeks, Tor.com will post the entire work, for your reading pleasure.

In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback editions, Hill & Wang has also put together a pretty cool iPhone app version, which is worth checking out. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing some video interviews with Bradbury himself, where he talks about the journey of his novel from prose to panel, and we’ve also got some nifty Fahrenheit 451-related giveaways planned, so keep an eye out.

In the meantime, enjoy the read!