I recently wrote a blog post about redesigning the covers of my books to make them more uniform, to give them more of a brand. The next book in this process is the box set that combines the trilogy of books 1-3 of The Dragons of Westermere. The book currently has a cover that I actually quite like, but it has different looking text to the way I want my books to look, going forward.

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Dirty Computer

I was getting my morning fix of news today, form a variety of outlets, when I saw on Vox that Janelle Monae’s movie, Dirty Computer, has finally been released. For her first couple of albums, she was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis to adopt an alternate “archandroid” persona named Cindi Mayweather. Now comes Dirty Computer and, as Vox says: Dirty Computer tells the story of Jane 57821, a defiant free spirit who lives in a near-future dystopia and takes joy in celebrating herself, her love for fellow rebel Zen (Tessa Thompson), and the queer black community that accepts them both.

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I wrote a diet book back in 2013, and have gone up and down in weight a couple of times since then. I recently decided that I would go down in weight again, and this time work to maintain my new, skinny body. I started counting the calories in mid March, about a month and a half ago. I started my latest diet weighing almost 200 pounds, with my belly bulging over my jeans and pushing them down.

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2000 Ad - issue 105

Judge Dredd is on the cover of issue 105 of 2000 AD. This comic book came out way, way back on 24 March 1979. The cover is a scene from this week’s story where a hideous and insane tyrant is manufacturing fake news. With Trump in the White House, it is so timely it is a little spooky. This cover is by Brian Bolland, even though the interior art on the story is by somebody else, which has become the standard way for Bolland to work.

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I’m reading The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 at the moment, which is edited by Jonathan Strahan. I actually gravitated toward this book based mostly on the cover by a book-cover illustrator named Dominic Harman. It is an atmospheric image of a spaceship coming in to land on some high-tech installation, with a giant planet or moon in the background. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I guess it’s okay to be swayed by nice art, now and again.

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2000 AD - issue 104

This time we are looking at issue 104 of 2000 AD, which came out way back on 17 Mar 1979. It has a great cover, of two men fighting on top of a speeding train, by Carlos Ezquerra. A fight on top of a train is an iconic image, and fairly screams action. Some would even say a train-top battle is a trope. The futuristic clothes and skillful posing of the figures is thrown into sharp relief by the simple, organic lines of the train.

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I’m listening to podcasts again today, this time to The Canon, a podcast about movies. The Canon, with Amy Nicholson, asks what films should be included in the list of all-time greats. Amy Nicholson (a film critic with MTV News) and a guest debate and discuss whether a film should be Canon-ized. Listeners then cast their vote in the Earwolf forums, and decide if they agree, or not, and this fixes the legacy of each movie forevermore.

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Brett Fitzpatrick

I am an author writing sci-fi novels, blog posts, and a bunch of other stuff.

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