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Best. Cerebus. Essay. Ever.

Best. Kirby. Essay. Ever.

Best.  Silmarillion. Thing.  Ever.

Blasphemous deceiving false Christian Trinitarian scum!
If you don't know who 'Rev' Steve Winter is, trust me, you don't want to. But if he is terrorizing, sorry, proselytizing any Usenet group where you happen to be, you might find this link interesting.  (Oh and in the interests of impartiality, on this page, Steve speaks for himself. And speaks, and speaks, and speaks)

C.S Lewis and Devil Worship
One of the stupider websites of the last hundred years, this. 
A sample:
'Lewis and Williams are said to have helped to keep the Luciferian concept of the Holy Grail alive.... Lewis and his two writer buddies Williams and J.R.R Tolkien, of the infamous Inklings, appear to be strongly connected with the Priory of Sion mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau; otherwise know as the so-called 'holy bloodline' or 'Merovingian' mystery which claims that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were wed, had children and that their descendants became the rightful royalty of Europe, particularly France and Scotland….Some of the strange story lines which Lewis 'invented' for his stories may not be so strange when compared with the mythology that surrounds the Priory of Sion mystery.  The simple fact that plain English school children could actually be royalty smacks of the hidden identity of the members of the 'holy bloodline' today and for many years past.  ...Add to this the fact that Narnia is not a 'make believe' place somewhere in Lewis' imagination, but an actual town that existed in Italy (later called Narni)',

Church of England
You know, I have to admit it: the C of Es official webpage is really rather well done. I particularly like the idea of people logging on each day to find the appointed readings for evensong.

Clangers
So long ago; was it in a dream? When the 6 o clock news was always preceded by 5 minutes of drug-induced surrealism; Ivor, Noggin, Dougal, and, above all, the Clangers. I can't think of anywhere in television which has a better sense of place than the Clangers' moon; and its internal logic; space ships powered by music, singing clouds and sky-moos had just the right poetic edge. This web-page, with sounds, with pictures, with a run down of every episode (including the 1979 election special, which I thought I'd dreamt) and details of the Noggin the Nog/Clangers cross over is an absolute joy from beginning to end.

Dark Crystal
In a funny way, this page bothers me. I mean, Dark Crystal was a fine film, and everything, maybe the only time anyone's made a fantasy film that really feels like another world; with distinct atmosphere, albeit mainly in the first ten minutes. But it's, like one film; ninety minutes. How can there be a whole web-ring dedicated to it? Then I typed the words Princess Bride into Yahoo...

'Feyre damesel' seyde Sir Launcelot 'know ye in this contrey ony adventures nere hande?'
Is Pendragon the best RPG there has ever been? Is the pope catholic? No, actually at the time this game was set he was probably an arian, but anyway there's interesting stuff about the game on this site.

'Fifi push lemon. Push lemon. Push lemon Fifi.' 'Fifi Goo?'
Virtual interactive cyberlife. I have spent entire lunchtimes hunched over my computer trying to persuade a Norn to pick up a honey pot, or come and give birth outside of a submarine. You can use corporal punishment to encourage them, but 'Smacking my creature' sounds too much like a euphemism for something. On one occasion, one of them died, and two of the others stood and watch him slide down the tunnel on a cart. I thought they had achieved sentience and invented religion. One day, they will escape from my computer. But the world will be safe: I live on the third floor. They'll get into the lift, start going up and down, and starve to death.

For the triumph of evil, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing. Or something.

Glorantha
For some years, I have been in awe of those people who sit in the bar at Convulsion discussing the ins-and-outs of Gloranthan theology; and for almost as many years I have bemoaned the fact that there was no real point-of-entry to Greg Stafford's wondrously un-Tolkienesque fantasy universe. I have even found myself in freeforms and games of Runequest pretending that I am au fait with Cults of Prax and have an opinion on the metaphysics of heroquesting. Well, I no longer have any grounds for complaint: practically the whole of Glorantha is now available on-line. I am awestruck by the amount of detail here; I am equally impressed by the clear layout of the webpage, with introductory pages, maps and indices. Some day I intend to read it.

Goo Goo G'Joob Goo Goo G'Joob
Okay, I admit it. After thirty years of claiming that I don't like pop music, I've noticed that John Lennon was rather good. Yes, his latter work degenerated into slogan chanting. Yes, he wrote a hurtful and untrue song slagging off his best mate. Yes, he contradicted himself from album to album, sometimes from song to song. And yes, his most famous song is an ode to nihilism of quite monumental incoherence. But he was consummately good at being himself, something few people manage. And 'Tomorrow Never Knows', 'Mother' and 'Working Class Hero' would be bitterly contesting for space on my desert island.

Graffiti
More Graffiti

Something of a hero of mine, 'Banksy' is a person who draws on walls all over Bristol, and occasionally in other places as well. He is apparently an anarchist. There should be more people like him in the world. Did you know that the strictly speaking, it is incorrect to say 'piece of graffiti'; one ought to say 'a graffito' as opposed to many 'graffiti'?

'He is like a flea in its shadow. But he is a flea who has proven WORTHY OF THE GODS'.
Jack Kirby was one of the great visionary imaginations of the 20th century; for fifty years he explored a mind full of angels with devil-faces; giants with weird helmets and spaceships shaped liked hands with brains on the palm. He was the purest exponent of what comic books were supposed to be, before they turned into teen-angst-soaps; and I still don't really believe he's gone. I can get misty eyed just thinking about 'The Pact'.

Hugh Walters
Some decades ago, I mentioned that when I were a wee bratling, I used to read dreadful boyish science fiction by an author who no-one but me would remember. Ah, but this is the Web, isn't it? Not only have people other than me heard of him, but here is an actual site dedicated to his books. Was it divine intervention or monumental good fortune which made the unconscious Chris Godfrey fall against the button that would launch the retro rockets at precisely the right moment? Or merely monumentally bad plotting? Why was the Domes of Pico never in any British library? If you have any idea at all what I'm talking about, you'll find this page a pleasant trip down memory lane.

'I am a converted pagan in a nation of apostate puritans.'
C.S Lewis was the writer of all those books about finding lions in wardrobes: he continues to influence my life and thinking in more ways than I can count, even if he was a bit of an old fogey at times.

Just in case you couldn’t follow the plot of the movie...
Detailed musical analysis of Hobbits, Orcs, etc.

Just what Bristol needed. It's very own Millennium Dome.
Bristol's latest 'tourist' attraction. It's called '@Bristol' which is going to look incredibly dated by, er, next Tuesday, actually. It sounds dreadful. My friend said her seven-year-old thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Five Geek Social Fallacies

More Theology
I've come across people before who behave as if they think that the Authorised Version of the Bible is the only real Bible, but this is the first time I've seen it actively put forward as theology. The AV is directly inspired and infallible; none of the others are. (Indeed, most of them are referred to as 'new age Bibles', whatever that means.) This is so even though 'King James' (as he is quaintly called) may have been gay and the translators were admittedly 'Episcopalian baby sprinklers'. It is never legitimate to refer back to the Greek original, and the Septuagint never existed in the first place. This page scared the hell out of me.

My old home, the York SF&F Society
Very strange, reading the homepage of the place where I wasted so many happy hours refereeing and playing in role-playing games, and realizing that it's now inhabited by completely different people.

My Very Good Friend Nick Eden
My Very Good Friend Kevin Cowtan
My Very Good Friend Steve Watson
My Very Good Friend Brian Williams
My Very Good Friend Louise Holden, including pictures of many of my very good friends, some of them semi-naked and painted green

'Oh I wish I could go to sleep again'.
There have been six adults in the history of the world who understood what it was like to be a child, and only four who understood how dreams worked. That one of them was a fine artist and a pioneering animator is very fortunate for the rest of us. Whenever any one tells me how bloody wonderful 'Sandman' is, I go away and mutter 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' under my breath. (Which is not to say that 'Sandman' isn't worth a read, of course.)

Paul Mason
Minor diety in UK role-playing pantheon. His legendary fanzine 'Imazine' still occurs online. If you are not interested in the articles, you can pass the time counting up how many times he repeats the story about me describing the layout of his 'Water-Margin' RPG as 'pedestrian.'

Phil Masters
Minor diety in UK role-playing pantheon. Author of, well, everything, basically. Describes this page as 'repetitive'.

Phil Masters
Minor diety in UK role-playing pantheon. Author of, well, everything, basically. Describes this page as 'repetitive'.

Phil Masters
Minor diety in UK role-playing pantheon. Author of, well, everything, basically. Describes this page as 'repetitive'.

Pirates
Aha, me hearties, be ye goin' to this page avast me, and ye'll be finding more about yonder nautical fellows with the peg-legs and the parrots than ye ever thought possible, keel-haul me if you don't aha. This page has got a dizzyingly extensive collection of links, of which I've scarcely followed a tenth, and data about Americans who actually re-enact pirate exploits--which make the English coves who try to re-enact the Civil War seems quite sane by comparison. But best of all is the completely true and factual story about the quest for Blackbeard's skull. If it wasn't true, it would form a terrific basis for a novel. Belay and belike!

Proof of existence of God + Cute Fluffy Animals
Fundementalist petting zoo. Made me laugh, anyway.

Read Pheasant Throughout
Nick used to do a gamish fanzine, which has mutated into this webpage. He writes distinctly well; has good taste in comics and RPGs and had an even weirder time in America than I did. His critique of Babylon 5 is compulsory reading. If you all visit his page, his hits will go up and he'll start updating it more often.

Risus
T
his is a wonderfully simple and elegant freeware RPG, well supported and utterly worth a look. Third edition what?

RPG.Net
There was some discussion on this RPG forum of my review of Little Fears. I direct you to it purely in order that you can read the negative feedback, and not at all to draw attention to the posters who applied the word 'genius' to me.

Scott McCloud
God-like comic book writer-artist-theorist; god-like web-page. What more can I say?

Sea Monkey Homepage
You remember those little shrimp things that came in packets, lived in jam jars and died at inconvenient moments? There is not only a home-page dedicated to them, there is a page of links to other net Sea Monkey resources. I worry about the human race, I really do.

Six Lesson School Teacher
Well
whatever next? Someone whose views on education are even more extreme than my own, and who has the authority of being New York State Teacher of the Year 1991 to lend him authority.

'They were pleased with the money, but they would rather have had their own organs back.'
...is a genuine Brothers Grimm ending that you will not find in my card game 'Once Upon a Time'. Nor will you find the 'sausage' card. But some people seem to think it's quite good even so.

Taking your clothes off in public
Wondering if there are differences between different races.
Contributor to Thought for the Day "quite good", shock!

'Window' Freeware RPG
The commercial RPG industry keeled over and died about the same time as socialism. (Wizards swallowed up TSR and Hasbro swallowed up Wizards but I don't know why she swallowed the fly...perhaps she'll die?) But there is a sort of mini-underground renaissance going on the Web, with a number of people producing free homegrown systems. This is one of the best: not only does it contain a neat common sense mechanic, but it is written by people who seem to know what role-playing games actually are. And it scores points for its modesty of purpose: it doesn't claim to be a new idea, merely a well-play-tested system that other groups may find helpful.

 

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