The Universe

You Can Be The Last Dalek!

Models of Dalek (Dr. Who). Image via Wikipedia

This is a great, addictive web game called The Last Dalek!  BBC America has it up on their site.

Now you get your chance to see what it’s like to be the most evil creature in the universe! You control the last Dalek! You’re trapped deep underground in Henry Van Statton’s base in America. Your mis

sion – to escape the base. Guide the Dalek through the underground levels of the base to freedom - and pick up weapon enhancements on the way. There are guards trying to stop you. Show no mercy! Exterminate!

I spent a little under 2 hours and 10 lives beating the game though I felt kind of bad for allowing the Dalek to win the Time War.

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Project:Shadow 2007 December Newsletter

Hey everyone!

Are you concerned about keeping up to date on the latest Speculative Fiction, Culture, and Tech news? Would you like to talk with other like minded fans of sci-fi fantasy and horror? Then join us at the Project Shadow HQ at  http://hq.projectshadow.com/where you can share with us your favorite finds or talk about your latest fascination. The conversation is here!

 

KILLER REVIEW  

***Eric received a great write up for his novel Legends of the Jade Moon Book One: Liquid Sky here is an excerpt for your enjoyment.

Downwarden com Review by Nick Crabowsky

...What we have here is indeed science fiction ala Dune, though less detailed but just as vividly portrayed. Dorsett deserves praise for the execution of a story less intimidating for one more inclined to read other genres which require far less brain power to understand, breaks through those barriers and develops a narrative which renders a glossary needless and pretty much explains itself as is without asserting its vast mythology in explanatory rhetoric.

I enjoyed the damn thing. I think C.E. Dorsett is one powerhouse of imagination, inspired obviously by the greats of his craft. Liquid Sky is full of mysticism and spirituality, of themes centered on the search for one’s inner self and the meaning of the universe around him, where a youthful monk with adopted parents finds himself catapulted into an interstellar journey fueled by the death of the one he called Father and driven at odds by the results of saving him, by mysterious truth-sayers who aren’t what they seem and personal intuition telling him he’s destined to amount to something greater than himself and the savior of worlds. Ianus’ adventures and intrigue are entertaining and don’t smother us in the sort of over-explanation I’d read in other novels like this one. Liquid Sky is an extremely intelligent, very readable and delightful piece of work, and I’m glad to recommend it...

 

A TEASER

***  We at Project:Shadow have been working hard on completing PROJECT X.  We hope to have an announcement later in the month with a date when project X will go live.  For now all I can advise is to check back regularly for updates.  All that I am allowed to tell you is that Project X is an entire site rework that will bring some really cool things to the community.

 

# 1

***Black Moon Rising is out and is a top seller at amazon.  We want to thank all of the members who have already got their copy of the latest installment in C. E. Dorsett's series Fates Harrow.  If you haven't already got your copy then visit www.ProjectShadow.com/shopping.  

Get your one stop holiday shopping with us at Project:Shadow.  We set up a store so that you can get your holiday shopping done in one stop, stores include Amazon, Hot Topic, and Sharper Image.  We also have cool t-shirts, posters, and other merchandise available.

 

WACHA WATCHING

***Share your favorite video clip with the group:  We now have 112 videos available to members at the ProjectShadow HQ at http://hq.projectshadow.com/.  Its a great way to share your great finds with everyone and also a great way to catch the coolest, neatest new videos that are out.

 

MOON SPOTTING

***Brian posted a review of the Story Black Moon Rising here is a copy of it.

Wow! This is a great story!   5 stars (must own)

The story picks up from where we left off with Adir Radd in the hospital tortured by his visions of the future. I was caught up in Adir’s haunting vision.  It is written so viscerally I could almost hear the screams and smell the stink coming off of the battle field. This heart felt tale took me through the events and choices that led Dov Lavan to become the famed villain I knew him to be from reading Liquid Sky: Legends of the Jade Moon http://astore.amazon.com/projectshadow/detail/0595369162/.  The choices and motivations of Dov were very compelling. Reading his tale turned him into a compassionate and sad character. I could empathize with his frustrations and found myself thinking that if I were caught up in the same situation I would probably make the same choices. The conclusion was extremely rewarding even though I knew how the story would end I still found myself shocked, surprised and brought to tears with a beautiful, rewarding ending. To be cliché for a minute I literally laughed, cringed and cried while reading this.

Dark Moon Rising is the second installment of C. E. Dorsett’s Fates Harrow series which covers three historical characters in the Barren’s End setting. Their tale was first told in the book Liquid Sky: Legends of the Jade Moon but from the Jade Moon’s perspective.

In this episode Dov Lavan fears loosing his friends and culture, longing to save the ones he cares about he takes on a new master who promises to help him lead his people into a safer future. Dov rises to power, forming a new group, encouraging others to join him and stand for freedom. But, his childhood friends Tien Shaa and Adir Radd are concerned with the fire in Dov’s rhetoric, so they set out to try and stop the coming war.

We Love Net Flix!  We have been a member of Netflix for more than five years now and it is great!  Before that we would spend one to three hours in the video store every Friday looking and trying to decide what video we wanted to rent (a large chunk of this time was spent trying to remember what videos were out that we wanted to see), spend all that money on the rentals, and then have to go through the hassle of trying to watch and return the video so that we would not get charged a late fee.  This terrible experience was flipped with Netflix.  Now we have a list of videos that we want to see set up.  Whenever we see a trailer for a movie or show that we want to rent we just add it to our list and when it gets released to dvd about a year latter the video just arrives!  Now every week we get excited waiting for the mail to arrive so that we can see what new videos arrive.  We watch them when we get time to watch them.  Then when we are done watching it (in some cases this can take several weeks to accomplish partially due to some hectic event that takes up all of our time and in some situations it's because we end up watching it over and over again) we just drop it in the mail.  If you don't already use Netflix then go to www.ProjectShadow.com and get your videos today!  

 

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Our Lives in Sim City...

Hmm, I know I should not get worked up about this, but you know me. In the Article: Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch - New York Times John Tierney talks to Dr Nick Bostrom from Oxford University about his theory that we are nothing more than a simulation running on someone's computer and notes that there is a better than 20% chance that we are, in fact, created by some futuristic computer geek for the entertainment or curiosity... That is not what got me worked up. It is just the idea that we are computer simulations has a greater than 20% probability of being true, but if I said I believed in a Higher Power creating the universe, that would be laughed at...

I understand that Atheism is en vogue right now, but to say with a straight face that we are living in an elaborate computer game created by a techno-geek... how is that any more rational?

This reminds me of those people that say they do not believe in angels but instead in aliens, and mock believers in angels. Both beliefs are unprovable through argumentation, so don't even try.

This is Lama News Network's Eric Dorsett, and that is how I see it. :P

Not Another Lovecraft Movie?

Reenter the skeptic:

Writer/director Guillermo del Toro told SCI FI Wire that he'd like to direct a faithful film version of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness as one of the projects he'd like to do next, ... "The whole idea of Lovecraft's position towards the universe, he's very much like an Albert Camus position," del Toro said in an interview, referring to the French novelist and philosopher..., on Dec. 18. "He's an existentialist. He says the cosmos is indifferent to man. At the very best is indifferent. And [it] just [sees] us as fleas, or ... [is] hostile to us."

Del Toro, director of Hellboy and Blade II, has been developing a film version of Madness since at least 2003 (SciFi Wire).

So there you have it. I am indifferent to del Toro's work. I enjoy it, but it evokes no strong emotions in me one way or another. When I watched Hellboy, I thought it felt like a low budget Lovecraft knockoff, so may be del Toro might make a good movie...

I have seen so many bad Lovecraft inspired films over the years, that I have almost given up hope that there will ever be a good one, not to even dream of a great one.

I like del Toro's comparison of Lovecraft to Camus. It shows a deeper understanding of a writer that is often trivialized. Personally, I would rather see the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. According to IMDB there is one, but I can't find it on Netflix.

Mystery Explosion in space

C.E. Dorsett The universe has thrown us a curveball:

Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic outburst that they can't yet explain. The event was very close to our galaxy, they said.

The eruption might portend an even brighter event to come, a supernova (Space.com).

Personally, I like it when we discover new things.  It keeps us from thinking to highly of our own intellect.  This object is very interesting.

The blast seemed a lot like a gamma-ray burst, the most distant and powerful type of explosion known to astronomers.

But when scientists first detected it with NASA's Swift satellite on February 18, the explosion was about 25 times closer and lasted 100 times longer than a typical gamma-ray burst (Reuters).

Here is the NASA page of the Explosion. Cool pics.

Fantasy VII Film released on DVD

C.E. Dorsett I've been waiting for this for a long time:

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced the April 25 release of the DVD and PSP versions of its computer-animated film FinaI Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The 100-minute movie is set in the universe of the hit video game Final Fantasy VII and features the voices of Steve Burton, Rachael Leigh Cook and Mena Suvari. The film comes from director and character designer Tetsuya Nomura and features a blend of action, SF and anime (SciFi Wire).

Ever since I first heard about the movie being made, I have longed to watch it. Well the wait is over:

Buy it here.