Starfall

Giant, beetle-like Aliens dubbed “Scarabs” destroy earth’s twelve most populous Cities in the autumn of 1951, fortifying the impact of their Invasion by use of superior Weapons and Technology to bring much of humanity into conditions of Slavery. As with the invaders from Mars in H G Wells‘s War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson’s1898), the Scarabs have been observing the planet for some time, and have scheduled their arrival to occur at precisely the point between planetary depletion from War and developments in Nuclear Energy. Nigel Kneale-scripted dramas such as The Quatermass Experiment (18 July-22 August 1953 6 episodes) and Quatermass and the Pit (1968; vt Five Million Years to Earth) direct Starfall‘s comprehension of the thematic link between humanity’s predisposition to fascistic behaviour [see “Nigel Kneale and Fascism” under links below] and the suitability of planet earth as a target for the Colonization of Other Worlds:-

 

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Lathe of Heaven

The light changing is such a relief. Winter was rough but there were a few high points.

We’ve no home group for roleplay anymore but I did have a preliminary costume fitting for my character in Old World Adventures, an ongoing larp inspired by the world of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

If you’re ill or if you lost someone this winter, then bless you.

 

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Ashurbanipal

 

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The Assyrian king (668-627 BC) wasn’t above collecting books as war booty and I’m afraid we rather mashed-up the royal library when carpet-bagging its contents back to Europe.

Iraqi archaeologists are now excavating at Nineveh while scientists at the British Museum create an electronic catalogue of the cuneiform tablets that are available.

I find them very beautiful.

 

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Pergamino Barocco


 

The Pergamino Barocco of Roger S G Sorolla (a hastily-stapled edizione economiche of the grimoire’s ornate text was distributed by Lost Pages at Dragonmeet) communicates the defining motif of the Baroque: the Fold, on and on, unfolding & refolding, each Orientalist swirl or explosion of meteorological Physick a selection and accretion, an Old-school preference for the eddy of potential over the possibility of white space; open-ended, Generick, inexhaustive, a Fold repeating by meaning and design, a bird into whose plumage is tucked the Grimorio Minuscolo of Paolo Greco:-

 

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“I deliberately forgot to mention the sinister book’s existence, instead treating the Pergamino as a vehicle to ship the nefarious spellbook as contraband.”

 

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Sorolla’s spell “Cheirosciamancy” (pp2-3) is something of a masterpiece.
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The spell’s design bears some resemblance to that of  the “Inquirer” card from the tarot deck of Austin Osman Spare.

 

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Social Contract

I was finally able to give Judith Clute her contributor’s copy of Itras By: The Menagerie last night: she was impressed by the design and the variety of the book.

The girl from Judith’s painting “Social Contract” (2017, main image) kind of breaks my heart. I want to leap into the picture and save her.

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