Monthly Archives: March 2012

Know Your Idols #22 – Adele Blanc-Sec

When her sister accidentally ends up with a hairpin lodged in her brain, adventurer and writer Adele Blanc-Sec knows what she must do – raise an Egyptian mummy who has the skills she needs to cure her sister.

What’s her deal:
Set before WWI Adele is a cynical yet famous adventurer and writer who faces many different foes, including corrupt officials and supernatural creatures. The comics cover her exploits predominantly in Paris but also other countries whilst in the movie our heroine heads to Egypt. She’s probably best described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Victoria Beckham. No matter what the situation, she remains calm in the face of danger and deals with all she meets in a respectful but no nonsense manner, including when meeting an Egyptian pharaoh she helped raise from the grave and an over-enthusiastic fanboys. Adele will do whatever it takes to reach her goals, be it learning how to ride a pterodactyl, challenging officials or creating a number of different characters to ensure she can gain access to the information or people she needs.

Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec) (the comics) 1976
Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec) (the movie) 2010

She says:
Death is the only path that leads to birth

Adele: ‘What’s move in Arabic?’
Camel herder: ‘Yallah, Miss Adele.’
(the camel still won’t move) Adele: ‘And ‘move, you ass, or you’re dead?”

(Narrater) One thing you should know about Adele, she listens to her instincts, not her publishers.

Like our own feral leader, Adele challenges the preconceived notions of societal constraints of the day, all whilst rocking a variety of stunning outfits with a single mindedness we should all hope to attain.

2012 Clarke Award… will post apocalyptic fiction take the prize?

Over at Torque they are giving you the chance to guess on what you think the Clarke Awards shortlist will be, since Sci Fi often crosses into apocayptic territory I thought we should be taking a look. Pick six titles and leave your choices in the comments section of the Torque post.

Here is the long list:

Embedded by Dan Abnett (Angry Robot)
Dead of Veridon by Tim Akers (Solaris)
The Departure by Neal Asher (Tor UK)
Novahead by Steve Aylett (Scar Garden)
Bronze Summer by Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)
Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear (Gollancz)
The Kings of Eternity by Eric Brown (Solaris)
The Great Lover by Michael Cisco (Chomu Books)
Random Walk by Alexandra Claire (Gomer)
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
Sequence by Adrian Dawson (Last Passage)
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Canongate)
The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan (Gollancz)
Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing (Abaddon Books)
Bringer of Light by Jaine Fenn (Gollancz)
Final Days by Gary Gibson (Tor UK)
Heaven’s Shadow by David S. Goyer&Michael Cassutt (Tor UK)
The Fallen Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Orbit)
The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman (Michael Joseph)
Dead Water by Simon Ings (Corvus)
The Ironclad Prophecy by Pat Kelleher (Abaddon Books)
11.22.63 by StephenKing (Hodder and Stoughton)
Shift by Tim Kring and Dale Peck (Bantam)
Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith (NewconPress)
Echo City by Tim Lebbon (Orbit)
Nemonymous Nights by D.F. Lewis (Chomu Books)
The Age of Odin by JamesLovegrove (Solaris)
Wake Up and Dream by Ian R. MacLeod (PS)
The End Specialist by Drew Magary (HarperVoyager)
Germline by T.C. McCarthy (Orbit)
Savage City by Sophia McDougall (Gollancz)
Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan)
Equations of Life by Simon Morden (Orbit)
Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (Picador)
Hell Ship by Philip Palmer (Orbit)
The Shadow of the Soul by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky (Hodder and Stoughton)
The Recollection by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)
The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
Here Comes The Nice by Jeremy Reed (Chomu Books)
The Demi Monde: Winter by Rod Rees (Jo Fletcher Books)
by Light Alone by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Down to the Bone by Justina Robson (Gollancz)
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (Sandstone)
Regicide by Nicholas Royle (Solaris)
Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer (Gollancz)
War in Heaven by Gavin Smith (Gollancz)
Reamde by Neal Stephenson (Atlantic)
Rule 34 by Charles Stross (Orbit)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Hodder and Stoughton)
The Waters Rising by Sherri S. Tepper (Gollancz)
Osama by Lavie Tidhar (PS)
Dust by Joan Frances Turner (Berkley UK)
The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates (Solaris)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Harvill Secker)
All Clear by Connie Willis (Gollancz)
Blackout by Connie Willis (Gollancz)
Son of Heaven by David Wingrove (Corvus)
The Godless Boys by Naomi Wood (Picador)
The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

hageldragon – destroyer of cities

by special request, you get the Hageldragon, created by Vincent Holland-Keen to satisfy my secret fantasy of being a city destroying dragon. You can see primitive villager types worshipping me/it, won’t help, they will all be devoured. om nom tasty snack. When the dragonpocalypse comes, this is what it will look like!!