November 10th, 2008

Here a Fomalhaut, there a Fomalhaut...

...everywhere a Fomalhaut!

So, I'm currently reading Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin and The Killing Machine by Jack Vance at the same time, and both authors put to use Fomalhaut, the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, either as a star system or a planetary system that invoke awe and wonder. Vance's mention, at this point, is just that--a mere mention. But it plays a much larger role in Le Guin's first novel, with the almost-titular planet of Rokanan being the second planet of Fomalhaut.

Upon further research, a gajillion of other authors have used Fomalhaut in their work, ranging from Joe Haldeman to Philip K. Dick to Isaac Asimov. Which makes me wonder if it was like a meme back then, where everyone just had to include the star system as some sort of dog-pissing contest to show who could invert/subvert it the best. Seeing as there's been a dry spell of planets named Fomalhaut from the current generation of writers (unless y'all wanna prove me wrong), I promise that the next SF story I write involving space travel will now contain a lava-red planet with breathable air called Fummelhot.

Okay, maybe I don't promise that...

Everyone Laugh at the Dewey Pyle

2008-10-19

I’m not sure why I drew myself looking angry in that final panel, but I definitely wasn’t anything but a jolly zombie with my raccoon eyes. Oh, and here’s the video for the final commercial, where you can see me in undead form hug attack Tara in a mall parking lot:

Yes, folks. That’s right. Not an ounce of acting skills in my body. And of course, what you can’t see is that I’m holding a Starbucks bottled frappuccino drink the entire time…

Just don’t forget this
We won’t regret this
We’ve got one chance to get it right

- “We All Roll Along” by The Maine

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