Another Place, Another Time

A podcast story by Cory Doctorow, for The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Another Place, Another Time. Based on The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, “a collection of illustrations and titles from a lost (imaginary) short story collection” by Chris Van Allsburg.

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Alan Moore: Meet the Man Behind the Mask

So what’s Alan Moore–the mystical man behind the popularity of the Anonymous mask–thinking about the use of that mask for OWS?

Read Tom Lamont’s article in the UK Guardian, HERE.

Excerpt: “I suppose I’ve gotten used to the fact,” says the 58-year-old, “that some of my fictions percolate out into the material world.

But Moore has been caught off-guard in recent years, and particularly in 2011, by the inescapable presence of a certain mask being worn at protests around the world. A sallow, smirking likeness of Guy Fawkes – created by Moore and the artist David Lloyd for their 1982 series V for Vendetta…”

Interregnum Timeline: 2056 (excerpt)


Collage, “Madame LaMorte,” by Gromyko Semper.

The following is an excerpt from M.A. Fink’s Interregnum Timeline:

2056

The most popular “mercy” (immersive video game) is Schütze, a wild and borderline pornographic science fiction adventure involving the hypothetical aliens behind the Big Bow Triangle. Social commentator Sanray Shotaway remarks, “With continuing silence and frustration about the meaning (if any!) behind The Message, its reality has devolved into burlesque and parody.”

NASA starts construction on an orbital facility designed to build spacecraft and launch them from space. Called Nerio after the consort of Mars, it is ultimately intended to provide a platform for a manned mission to the red planet.

Nerve regeneration becomes a medical reality, albeit an expensive and time consuming one. Almost overnight, most forms of paralysis are curable.

Brazil is recognized as a major economic power, largely through its increasingly libertarian stance towards corporate industry, as well as its new-found disinterest in environmental issues – intense worldwide protests notwithstanding.

— M.A. Fink