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Atlantis Falling

My friend, Kirsten M. Corby, author and New Orleans librarian, has started a new blog in which she will discuss writing. You can find it at: http://www.atlantisfalling.net.

Kirsten also recently had a short story published in Dirty Magick: New Orleans.

Kirsten is a wonderful author, and I highly recommend her work.

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Fantasy, science fiction and steampunk author Brandon Black is the editor of New Orleans By Gaslight, a first of its kind anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans. Brandon is also the web content manager for the Week in Geek, New Orleans’ favourite fantasy and science fiction themed radio talk show, every Saturday at 1 pm CST on WGSO 990 AM. Click here to check out Brandon’s ever-expanding list of published works.

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Ode to My Awesome Power

I was chatting with a co-worker discussing some song or other and I said it was so bad it could be used to torture angels, to which my friend said, “Cool!” I then asked him if torturing angels was something he wanted to do and he responded that it wasn’t but that it would be “bitchin’ to be so powerful that one could torture angels.” And thus inspired, I wrote the following:

Even though I never would,

I am so bitching that I could –

torture angels. Torture angels.

Even if they were to me –

bigger than, or smaller than a flea,

I’m strong enough to torture angels.

Graceful wings of feathered span,

or insectile as an ant’s –

Praise my power to torture angels.

As the shining sunset falls,

and they hide behind clouded walls,

Heaven’s children fear my power – to torture angels.

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Fantasy, science fiction and steampunk author Brandon Black is the editor of New Orleans By Gaslight, a first of its kind anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans. Brandon is also the web content manager for the Week in Geek, New Orleans’ favourite fantasy and science fiction themed radio talk show, every Saturday at 1 pm CST on WGSO 990 AM. Click here to check out Brandon’s ever-expanding list of published works.


Free citywide wifi NOW!

More cities need to offer their citizens free wifi service. There are rural communities that companies like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T won’t deliver service to because they consider them too remote but at the same time, they don’t want cities and local municipalities to provide that service to citizens for fear the idea will catch on.

Check out: http://www.muninetworks.org/content/center-public-integrity-covers-big-telecom-attacks-munis

A state senator from Tennessee who suggested the very idea of the local government providing internet service for communities companies wouldn’t touch was threatened with litigation. A senator from Fayetteville was personally attacked in chambers for suggesting the city be able to sell fiber optic access to citizens whose homes had the cables running past already.

Every city ought to provide free wifi to its citizens. Each and every one.

A city the size of New York could provide wifi citywide at a cost of pennies per person living there. How awesome would that be? You wouldn’t have to wonder about or ask if this or that hotel has internet access. You wouldn’t need to visit this particular coffee shop or that fast food restaurant to use your laptop.

You could go anywhere in the city and be assured of access: schools, homes, restaurants, libraries, hotels — but also museums, parks, stadiums, government offices, the airport, stores, everywhere! How wonderful would that be? Complete access to world communications, information and entertainment everywhere in the city.

It would certainly boost tourism for cities like New Orleans and Las Vegas to be able to say that you’ve got free internet and wifi access everywhere in town. This is really something we should do immediately!


“Winter” in Florida

Well of course I know there’s such a thing as winter. Just not in Florida.

Everyone knows Florida is a forlorn, steamy jungle, overrun with dinosaurs, sabertooth tigers and other megafauna, a place filled with vine-overgrown ziggurats and ancient stone temples, where crocodiles pad silently across the ancient cobblestone streets and large breasted amazon warriors capture the daring but foolish archaeologists who brave this antithesis of civilization seeking the tombs of ancient warrior kings and the necropoli of long-dead wizards.

Florida is a place overrun with man-eating megaflora and vile serpent-man cults that have survived since prehistoric times. It is a place where the spirits of winter hold no sway and not a single flake of snow would ever dare to touch the ground.

When the lost Ice Children of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts decide they have finally had enough of this realm and must at last return to Faerie, it is to Florida they go in which to find a place to die.


What is a “Book?”

The “book” was a non-computer analogue of the standard data pad. Books used pigment to stain words and symbols upon data recording devices called “pages,” which were composed of tightly pressed cellulose.

Books were largely phased out by the end of the 21st century and banned by the end of the 22nd, in which Earth became a member of the Arcturan Hegemony, a political body largely dominated by plant sentients.


Moving Day

Hi! I’m just getting moved into my new online digs here and I’m really enjoying it. Things are kinda sparse here right now but in the near future, you can expect more activity!

In the meantime, please join me and the other authors of New Orleans By Gaslight on October 15th, 2013 for the official book signing and release party of New Orleans By Gaslight at the East Bank Jefferson Parish Library at 7 pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/636681846350315/

See you there!

Cheers,
Brandon