Will not appear this week* because we have foolishly decided to rely on ephemeral electronic media.
Had our records been stored in a more permanent medium, such as PRINT on PAPER, it would certainly take us longer to compile the news, but then, if that were the case, we’d have a bevy of reporters earning 35 cents an hour to do the grunt work.
Perhaps this is related to the two year string of paper book sales eclipsing electronic book sales…or maybe we’re just pissed that electronic technologies do not yet posses the reliability, robustness and permanency inherent, I say INHERENT in our so-called legacy technologies.
Go ahead, call me a Luddite. I won’t kick. But mark my words: 10,000 years from now they’ll be digging plenty of CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, hard drives and tablets out of land fills, and not a single one of them will convey any information…only a profound sense of puzzlement on the part of our future archaeologists as they try to rationalize our culture’s embrace of impermanent records. They’ll come to the conclusion that we just didn’t care all that much…and they’ll be right!
The silver lining, if one can call it that, is that paper will survive and remain decipherable. Our culture will be analyzed through the scraps and shreds that remain of all of those airport reads…Suzanne Collins, Tom Clancy, E.L. James…and the one thing they’ll know for sure about us, is that we didn’t know shit from shinola about S&M…
*Except for this somewhat appropriate announcement:
Ian Randal Strock’s Fantastic Books has contracted with Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial for an anthology of 40 science fiction stories under 2,000 words to be called:
SCIENCE FICTION FOR THE THRONE
The stories should be reprints–because the budget permits us to pay only $20 per story. The stories should NOT involve bathroom humor.
We also need blurbs. Anyone dare to call the book “A moving experience!”?
If the book does well, we expect to follow it with more titles in the same vein, such as:
FANTASY FOR THE THRONE
ROMANCE FOR THE THRONE
MYSTERIES FOR THE THRONE
HORROR FOR THE THRONE
and this announcement: